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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 5th 2010
14--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, June 5, 2010 Iran fuels push to go green LEADING THE WAY: Isuzu Australia is looking to the Middle East for inspiration on using compressed natural gas in their trucks. AUSTRALIA should look to Iran for inspiration when it comes to alterna- tive fuels. That's the opinion of Isuzu Trucks Australia director, Phil Taylor, who says the Middle Eastern country is setting a great example with the rapid development of a compressed natural gas (CNG) network. ''It is not often that we turn to Iran to find inspiring work of government. However, in the case of promoting CNG, what this country has achieved in the past five years is quite remark- able,'' Taylor says. ''CNG accounts for 7 per cent of Iran's total transport fuel consumption, up from 0 per cent just five years ago.'' Taylor says there are now 900 public CNG refuelling facilities in Iran with 180 more ready to connect to the gas grid soon. ''It just goes to show that with some support and investment a swift expansion of refuelling infra- structure is possible.'' Isuzu is hoping the Australian government will follow Iran and encourage the rollout of a CNG refuelling network to tap our country's great reserves of the inexpensive gas. The Japanese truckmaker is especially keen for a comprehensive CNG refuelling network in Australia as it has just introduced three new CNG- fuelled light and medium duty trucks. For now, these trucks are likely to be limited to operators with their own on-site CNG refuelling facilities, but Taylor expects several public CNG sites to appear in metropolitan cities in the near future. Currently there are just seven public CNG filling stations in Australia, with three in Canberra and two in Melbourne and Sydney. Taylor says the take up of vehicles that use CNG, which is a relatively clean-burning fuel should be encouraged with some form of state and federal government support. ''An incentive program today would work wonders to increase the uptake of natural gas vehicles, both CNG and LNG,'' he says. A Federal Government incentive scheme had been in place from 1999 to 2008, but Taylor argues that it was not successful at encouraging the introduction of CNG trucks because the tech- nology was not far enough advanced and there were issues with range and performance, which have now been overcome. ''Since this time a new generation of natural gas technology has come to market, the price of diesel has risen dramatically and the awareness of natural gas has grown as has the pressure to minimise environmental impact,'' he says. Isuzu decided to head down the CNG path rather than hybrid like Hino and Mitsubishi Fuso, despite having one available. ''While I won't rule out Isuzu introducing a hybrid into Australia in the future, at present the environmental benefits offered by hybrids are at best token,'' he said. ''To perform at their best they require specific traffic conditions, con- ditions that won't often be experienced here. There is a place for hybrid technology in commercial vehicles at the moment, but Aust- ralia is not that place.'' JAMES STANFORD used cars SEVENTH HEAVEN: The luxurious 2003 Toyota Kluger CVX. Tilford Used A 2003 TOYOTA Kluger CVX wagon is Tilford's hot deal today. This luxury seven-seater comes with leather trim, all-wheel drive, window tint and factory alloys. Today's drive-away special price is $25,888. DJ Quality Used WHEEL Deal of the week at DJs is a 2007 Nissan Navara ST-X 4x4 dual-cab. Sporting a 2.5-litre turbo diesel, this vehicle also features a six- speed manual gearbox, dual airbags, cruise control, alloy wheels, side steps, nudge bar, tow bar, roof racks and six-disc CD player. Was priced at $36,990, now $33,990 drive away. Co-Op Used THIS week at Co-Op Used Cars you can buy a 2007 Landcruiser GXL 200 Series for $72,990. Powered by a 4.5-litre V8 twin turbo diesel, the Landcruiser also comes with stability control, ABS, six airbags, climate control airconditioning, six-stack CD player with Bluetooth, alloy bullbar, tow bar and side steps. Wayne's Car Sales WAYNE'S has a 2009 Holden Commodore SS 6.0-litre six-speed ute. It is seven months old with red duco. Expect four airbags, tray liner and towbar. An absolute ripper at $34,990 --- less for ABN holders. 17,000km Style & Quality 1 owner, only 17,000km, front & rear park assist, leather interior, climate control, superb vehicle. 2005 Mercedes C180 Kompressor 3 year warranty Top of the range, leather interior, park assist, curtain airbags, keyless start, only 40,000km, 3 year warranty. 2007 Aurion Sportivo ZR $29,500 $36,995 Glenorchy 270 Main Road, Ph. 6211 0650 used cars 10 0 OF MOTORING IN TASMANIA YEARS 1910--2010 www.motors.com.au 16712dev Two pre-owned specials this week at Motors Glenorchy SAVE $2495 281 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Hans Kerkvliet 0411 174 411 Robert Heuke 0438 289 277 $23,990. Drive away. The V240 4x2 Ute -- Leather trimmed seats, airbags, CD/radio, ABS/EBD, air conditioning, electric windows, alloy wheels and a 3-year/100,000km warranty... Great. 4x4 $3,000 extra. Metallic paint $350 extra. The Great Cars of China are here! $23,990. Drive away. The X240 4WD -- Leather trimmed seats, airbags, CD/radio/mp3, ABS, climate control, electric windows/mirrors/driver s seat, alloy wheels and a 3-year/100,000km warranty... Great. Metallic paint $350 extra.
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