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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 26th 2010
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, June 26, 2010 UPGRADE: The top-of-the-line Toyota Corolla Ultima has been given a more powerful 2.0-litre engine. Rivals prompt saving grace from Toyota Keith Didham TORQUE SOUNDS BETTER: New audio. CHANGE: Flat-bottomed wheel. ' I don't like being No.2inthe segment.' ---TOYOTA'S DAVID BUTTNER GIVE them more, charge them less --- there's a win for Corolla buyers this week as Toyota moves to freshen the family favourite to ward off increasing competition in the small car market. The evergreen Corolla is no longer Australia's biggest-selling small car and Toyota is hungry to regain the crown. Few cars can match the Corolla's enviable reputation for reliability, solid engineering and good resale values. Over the years Toyota has even injected some much-needed styling pizzazz and added more equipment to lift its appeal. But the Corolla, if you add sedan and hatch sales together, is no longer king of the small car set. The latest national sales figures paint a picture of a model in need of something more to fight off the opposition. And Toyota has gone for the hip pocket nerve. So far this year, according to statistician vFacts, the Mazda3 has comfortably outsold the Corolla, while rising newcomers such as Hyundai's i30 and Holden's Cruze are nipping at Toyota's heels. The company's senior executive director of sales and marketing, David Buttner, says he does not under-estimate the strength of Corolla's rivals, some of which offer frugal diesels as an alternative choice of engine. ''However, with the improvements and spec upgrades the Corolla is still great value for money. But I don't like being No. 2 in the segment,'' he says. Toyota's counter-attack is to cut prices in four of the five Corolla sedan models by up to $400 while loading them with more equipment. It has also given the top-of-the-line Ultima a more powerful 2.0-litre engine for the first time. However, it is not all good news. Prices of some models are up $800, but that, says Toyota, has been offset by the value of added kit. The cheapest Corolla sedan has been repositioned below the $21,000 barrier (before on-road costs are applied) at $20,990. The Ultima gains a modest 200cc in engine capacity with its new 2.0-litre motor. That may look insignificant on paper, but the variable valve motor gets a useful 8 per cent lift in torque (now 189Nm) and 2kW more in power, with peak power achieved at lower revs. That means the Corolla should be more sprightly, but it still produces less power than the i30 (105kW) and the Cruze (110kW) from about the same engine capacity. Importantly, the Ultima gains a reversing camera for added safety, with the image displayed on a small screen in the rear vision mirror. The flagship Corolla also gains brighter Xenon headlamps and a ubiquitous rear spoiler. The rest of the Corolla sedan range gains new components that can be added cost-effectively on the production line without expensive changes to sheet metal: new front and rear bumpers, restyled radiator grille, headlamps, mirrors and two new blue body colours. The Conquest gains a new set of smart 16-inch alloy wheels, as does the Ultima. Inside, the facelift stretches to a new audio system, instruments and steering wheels (one of which is flat- bottomed), as well as seat fabrics. As usual, Toyota packages its safety features as extra ''take it or leave it'' options for the Ascent models. One incorporates side airbags and curtain airbags with a driver's knee airbag for $750; the other combines cruise control, a premium steering wheel with audio controls and upmarket gearshift and park brake levers, also for $750. You can add a moonroof on the Ultima for $1500. FACELIFT Toyota Corolla 04 Ford Econovan JH 1.8lt manual, p/s, towbar, only 97,000km, ideal tradesman van. $9995 99 Holden Astra hatch 1.8lt manual, p/s, 129,000km, a/c, central locking. 00 Mitsubishi Lancer MR Coupe 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, low kms, spoiler, nice. $7995 David Strang 0404 724 986 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 David Steer 0410 297 976 Bob Wansbrough 0419 312 051 (Finance) 92 Toyota Hilux tipper tray 2.4lt, p/s, towbar, ready for work. 6211 0566 Easy on-site finance available www.thecarmart.com.au 14 Derwent Park, Derwent Park 01 Peugeot 206 XR hatch 1.5lt manual, p/s, c/lock, looks smart in black. $6995 98 Hyundai Sports wagon SE 1.8lt, p/s, a/c, 155,000km, hard to find in auto. $5995 86 Toyota Hilux flat tray 1.6lt manual, as traded cheapie, BE QUICK. $1600 99 Toyota Echo 5 door hatch 1.3lt manual, a/c, 116,000km, WOW! $6995 99 Mitsubishi TH Magna wagon 3.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, tow bar. $4995 16928Jono 01 Nissan Pulsar N16 Hatch 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, 155,000km. $6995 99 Kia Sportage wagon 2.0lt manual, p/s, elecs, 104,000km, c/lock, a/c. $6995 02 Renault Laguna Privilege II 3.0lt semi-auto, p/s, a/c, elecs, alloys, side & front airbags. $9995 87 Nissan Navara DX tray 2.4lt manual, 4x4, 195,000km, well above average. $4995 00 Mitsubishi TJ Magna sedan 3.5lt auto, p/s, a/c, 105,000km, value. $4995 03 Proton Jumbuck GLi ute 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, c/lock. $6995 end of THE financial year end of THE financial year 4 DAY sALE 4 DAY sALE OPEN ALL WEEKEND Sat&Sun9AM-4PM OVER 100 CARS PRICED TO CLEAR $6995 SAVE $2000 SAVE $2000 SAVE $2000 SAVE $2000 SAVE $2000 $7995 SAVE $2000
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