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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 15th 2010
4--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 15, 2010 Next generation reaches for sky Much needed automatic transmissions are likely to be added to Mazda's diesel-powered models sometime in 2011. Paul Gover reports NEW AND IMPROVED: Mazda's concept car, unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, which will incorporate the new SKY- Drive transmission system. M AZDA will bring in an all-new transmission --- SKY-Drive --- which is under development in Japan and will be suitable for use in everything from the Mazda3 to CX-9 with diesel power. It is part of the company's SKY development program, which is spearheaded by a 2-litre petrol engine intended to deliver a 15 per cent im- provement to both torque and fuel efficiency. The first look at the SKY program came at last year's Tokyo Motor Show, where a 1.3- litre SKY engine was fitted to its Kiyora concept car. A SKY-D engine is also on the way, according to Mazda's Masazumi Wakayama, for use in the next-generation CX all- wheel drives and the mid-sized Mazda6. The transmission for the Sky engines is an all-new auto with a five per cent efficiency im- provement, although few other details are available. No-one at Mazda will discuss the number of ratios, the poss- ible use of constantly-variable technology, or a Euro-style twin-clutch drive system. But the SKY-Drive auto- matic is set for introduction and its potential for diesel use is obvious. ''The SKY-G petrol engine is coming in 2011 with SKY-Drive automatic transmission,'' says Steve Maciver of Mazda Aust- ralia. ''The diesel is being devel- oped to work with that trans- mission, but we haven't con- firmed when it's coming. ''We're keen to get it as soon as we can. We recognise there is a demand there from cus- tomers and we're keen to satisfy that demand.'' The transmission is expected to cope with up to 400 Newton- metres of torque, which means it should easily work with the CX-9 at the top end and --- since the CX models are all-wheel drive without a centre transfer case or crawler gears --- and also with the Mazda3 and Mazda6 passenger car layouts. ''We believe the trans- mission is being developed on several models,'' Maciver says. MOTORS PT Y LTD HOBART CNR COLLINS AND BARRACK ST HOBART 6230 7220 Conditions: All cars must be ordered and delivered between 1st April and 30th June 2010. Offer valid at participating dealers on existing dealer stock while stocks last. Offers exclude fleet, rental and govt. buyers and vehicles used for commercial purposes. Hyundai reserves the right to change, supersede or extend these offers. The 5 Year/ unlimited kilometre warranty is only applicable to vehicles used for private and domestic use and is not applicable for vehicles used for certain high mileage commercial purposes i.e. courier, security and rental cars. iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc. , registered in the U.S. and other countries. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc ^ADR 81/02 fuel consumption will vary depending on a combination of driving habits, road conditions and condition of vehicle. 1. 2009 RACT Operating Cost Sur vey (Small Car) for i30 SX 2.0. 2. Source VFACTs April 2010. 3. Awarded to i30cw wagon CRDi by ECO Car magazine. A) Campaign price for i30 1.6 SX petrol. Australia s Best Mid Size Car under $28,00 0 (2008) & $30,000 (2009) awarded by Australia s Best Cars to i30 SX. B) Campaign price for Getz 1.4, 3 door manual. C) Campaign price for i30cw wagon 2.0 SX manual. HMCA1497/HPC/HM 5-STAR QUALITY FROM EVERY ANGLE 2009 MOST ECONOMICAL CAR TO OWN AND RUN1 6.5L/100km^ ABS with EBD iPod & USB connectivity ESP Stability Control with Traction Control Full size spare Glovebox drinks cooler SAFET Y AUSTRALIA S FAVOURITE ECONOMICAL CAR2 6. 1L / 100km^ Bluetooth Immobiliser & alarm Remote keyless entry Full size spare Air Con Steering wheel audio controls GETZ FROM $12,990BDRIVE AWAY ECONOMY i30HATCH FROM $19,990A DRIVE AWAY hyundai.com.au/offers or call 1800 186 306 2009 ECO CAR OF THE YEAR3 0 petrol 7.3L / 100km^ 1,395L of luggage space iPod & USB connectivity 6 airbags ESP Stability Control Luggage net Roof rails i30cw FROM 22,990C DRIVE AWAY wagon
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