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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 1st 2010
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 1, 2010 FUTURE STYLE: The BMW Gran coupe concept shown at the 2010 Beijing car show. Wraps off new BMW concept Creativity is being cranked up at BMW. Neil McDonald reports At this stage we haven't received anything official from the factory on whether it's going into production' BMW has just unveiled its Gran Coupe concept in China, a swoopy four-door that clearly points to an- other niche filler for the luxury brand. More importantly it also has the next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS, new Audi A7 and even the Volk- swagen Passat CC in its sights. Despite the buzz at the Beijing Auto China show that the Gran Coupe points to a new 8 Series model, it is still officially a showcar. ''At this stage we haven't received anything official from the factory on whether it's going into production,'' BMW Australia spokesman, Tim James, says. Visually, the Gran Coupe draws on the 2007 Concept CS for inspiration. However, it showcases the brand's future styling direction being pur- sued by BMW design boss Adrian Van Hooydonk. BMW says its newest showcar is faithful to the classic features found in all its coupes. It has a long wheelbase, short overhangs, vaulted bonnet with an aggressive, upright grille, a set-back cabin and coupe-style roofline. At almost 5m long, the coupe sits between the 5 Series and 7 Series. However it is 100mm lower than a 5 Series. Van Hooydonk has presented a new take on some traditional BMW styling cues, from the kidney grille to the shark nose. Like its German production rivals, the frameless doors allow the win- dow glass to merge seamlessly with the body. The wedge-shape LED headlights are matched by LED daytime running lights in the bum- per and deep below-bumper air intakes. At the rear L-shaped LED tail- lights merge into the bodywork while the quad exhaust outlets are integrated into a rear diffuser. A third LED brake light is pos- itioned at the top of the rear window and illuminates the entire width of the window. If the Gran Coupe goes into pro- duction it could share some of the new engine technology available in the 5 and 7 Series. This could include BMW's latest direct-injection 3.0-litre turbo petrol and diesel engines, as well as a flagship petrol V8. www.thecarmart.com.au 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park David Strang 0404 724 986 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) Easy on-site finance available $7995 05 Hyundai Getz MY05 1.5lt manual, power steering, electrics, great value, award winning car. Specialising in cars... Under$10,000 www.thecarmart.com.au 04 Ford Falcon BA XT 4.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, towbar, 112,000km. $9995 93 Toyota Corolla 4WD wagon 120,000km, manual, p/s, a/c, a rare find. $4995 04 Toyota Corolla Ascent 1.8lt manual, p/s, late model, will sell fast. $9995 02 Hyundai Sante Fe AWD 2.4lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, cheapest in town. $6995 96 Toyota Corolla Conquest Auto, p/s, a/c, only 102,000km. $5995 97 Ford EL Futura wagon 4.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, elecs, airbags, only 130,000km. $4995 98 VT Commodore 3.8lt, rare 5 sp, manual, p/s, a/c, lowered, Be quick, looks great. $6995 92 Toyota Hilux dual cab 2.4lt auto, p/s, a/c, above average, be quick for this. $6995 96 Mitsubishi TE Magna 3.0lt manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, lowered, tint, a sporty sedan. $3995 99 Mitsubishi TH Magna 3.5lt auto, p/s, a/c, family wagon. $4995 05 Suzuki Liana 75,000km, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, many features. $10,995 97 Ford Mondeo LX 2.0lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, 81,000km, economical. $4995 16404HB This week's hot BUY CHOICE OF 3 OPEN ALL WEEKEND
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