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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 3rd 2010
14--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 3, 2010 NEWS Electric dreams WHEEL DEALS used cars Motors Holden HUGE savings are available on a sterling silver space cab 4x4 LX Colarado demonstrator. This manual 3.0-litre turbo diesel has a towing capacity of 3000kg and comes with a tow bar, enhanced alloy tray with a fitted tonneau cover and alloy wheels. It will meet tough working needs with ease and double as a family transporter or a weekend freedom machine. Normally retailing for $53,290, now $39,400 drive away, save $13,890. Motors Citroen MOTORS has a new Citroen C4 Grand Picasso 2.0-litre diesel with six-speed EGS semi-automatic transmission in silver. This popular seven-seater combines safety, comfort and economy. The Picasso has a five-star safety rating with seven airbags, alloy wheels, quad-zone climate control airconditioning, ESP, ABS with EBD and EBA, auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, speed limiter, cruise control and six-speaker sound system. It features a special value Safari pack that includes Bluetooth/ USB system, portable satellite navigation with free dealer delivery and on-road costs. Drive away at $46,790. Co-Op Toyota THE Mid-Season Rev Up is on now at Co-Op, with fantastic drive-away deals available. There is the new Corolla Ascent from $20,990, the new Yaris YR from $15,990, and the new Rav4 from $29,990 drive away. Lexus of Hobart A LEXUS RX350 Sports Luxury demonstrator can be driven away for $95,990 today. This 3.5-litre V6 has got a six- speed automatic gearbox, graphite paintwork and sleek black leather interior. DJ Kia WHEEL Deal of the week at Kia is the Cerato S. It boasts 115kW of power, six SRS airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, a six-speaker audio system with iPod connectivity, electric windows, airconditioning, power steering, remote central locking and a five- year unlimited kilometre warranty. Drive away at $18,990. Great Wall A GREAT Wall V240 2WD demonstrator has been reduced to $23,350. This dual-cab has metallic silver duco, alloy wheels, airconditioning, leather-trimmed seats, dual airbags, ABS/EBD, electric windows, remote central locking and immobiliser. DJ Mazda SAVE almost $6000 on a Mazda CX9 Grand Tourer demonstrator. This is is a top-of-the-line vehicle featuring all-wheel drive, leather interior, sunroof, electric opening rear tail gate, verbal Bluetooth, GPS, keyless start and six-speed active-matic transmission. Great value at $62,990 drive away, save $5,804 off the recommended retail price. DJ Nissan DJ'S has a Nissan Tiida hatch, big-car space at a small-car price. The Tiida retails at more than $24,000, but this one will sell at $18,990 drive away, save $4000. It has a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission, dual front airbags, ABS brakes, cruise control and airconditioning. DJ Mitsubishi SAVE more than $6000 on a Triton 2WD dual-cab. This 2.5-litre five-speed turbo diesel is fitted with alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone kit and power windows. Was $39,031, now $32,990 drive away. Tilford THIS year marks the 50th anniversary of Falcon in Australia, and to commemorate this special event Ford has released the 50th anniversary range of Falcons. See the 50th anniversary Falcon XR6 in the showroom today. Decked out with special features such as leather trim with 50th anniversary embossed logo, dual- zone climate control, premium audio system with iPod integration, unique 50th anniversary badging and more. System's focus on installation issues SAFETY FIRST: Incorrect installation of child car seats is an ongoing problem. Child car safety is about to shift back into the spotlight thanks to a move to introduce an international safety system in Australia. PAUL GOVER reports T HE ISOFIX system is a method to provide positive location for all types of child seats, from baby capsules to booster seats, and is being assessed by major motor clubs. Car companies are also pushing for ISOFIX acceptance in Australia. The Australian Automobile Association says there is no major safety improvement from the ISOFIX system but admits it could have benefits in installation, cutting the high incidence of incorrect installation of child seats by parents. The NRMA has begun an investigation, including tapping overseas research on installation errors. ''The major issue with all child restraints is the mis- installation of restraints and incorrect seating of children in the restraint. ISOFIX addresses (but does not eliminate) the mis-installation issue, but is no better in regard to incorrect seating of children,'' says Jack Haley of the NRMA. Some carmakers dispute the safety figures but the majority of importers are in favour of the ISOFIX standard being approved for Australia. The Australian Standards committee is looking into the system. But there are a number of complications, from the design and location of ISOFIX mounts --- a pair of D-shaped mounts at the junction of the backrest and base of the back seat --- to a conflict between the systems used in Europe, Japan and the US. The AAA is concerned that there are only requirements for two ISOFIX locations in cars, which would reduce the carrying capacity for Australian families because it is impossible to fit three child seats or boosters across the back seat. Heat is on electric cars KARLA PINCOTT POWER TO THE PEOPLE: Fuel-cell vehicles such as the Honda Clarity, top, can be refilled at a service station, above. IT is a waste of money to buy an electric car in Australia, says Honda technology expert Thomas Brachmann. As the senior engineer in the carmaker's European research and development facility, Brachmann is a fan of fuel-cell vehicles such as the Honda Clarity. However, he doesn't have much time for battery-electric cars such as the Mitsubishi iMiEV and Nissan Leaf, especially for a hot climate like ours, which presents a lose-lose situation because heat undermines a battery's ability to take on full charge. To keep it cool, you have to draw on its reserves of that charge and of range. ''It's first of all a waste of money to buy an electric car, because the hotter it is, the more auxiliaries you have --- the airconditioning, everything is running on electricity,'' Brachmann says. ''And the more you demand, the more is consumed, and the less range you have. ''For one specific electric vehicle already on the market, ranges have been measured in the one car between 37 and 100km, depending on conditions.'' He thinks the heat poses a severe limitation for the vehicles in Australia, especially in our summer months, or for anybody who has to park outside. ''The optimum temperature range the battery would most like to live in is between 10 and 35-40 degrees maximum,'' Brachmann says. Anything outside that, and you start losing efficiency in charging, or have to chew into the charge to aircondition the battery's surroundings. ''If you park your car in an area where the battery can heat up, then you have to take measures to protect the battery,'' Brachmann says. ''Either it has to be under cover, or the system has temperature sensors and initiates its own cooling, but draws on its power reserve to do so.'' He says that means either a roof of solar cells, or having to stay plugged into a charging source while parked so a cooling system can keep the battery in shape. Brachmann says our climate will also make any visions of quick-charging infrastructure difficult. ''For the quick-charging systems, one has to also understand that quick- charging requires quite a temperate battery,'' he says. ''The temperature of the battery should not be too high, otherwise it does not pick up any of the additional energy from the grid, or quick- charging turns out to be slow- charging. ''There are ideas existing that you drive to the next filling station where you can recharge your car on fast-fill, go for a coffee [while you wait] and then you can continue for another 100km. But it will happen that one coffee will become three coffees or four or five.'' And Brachmann says the alternative refuelling system for battery-electric cars --- the battery swapping station --- is not a convenient solution either. ''Battery-swapping infrastructure is not so easy because then all carmakers have to agree on one battery format,'' he says. ''Or a dealership is providing the swapping and that requires quick connectors --- half an hour is the maximum we think a customer would be happy with.'' But Brachmann says most of the batteries being designed for battery-electric cars will take much longer than that to swap over. 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 • Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 • Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 95 Suzuki Baleno GLX -- automatic............................ $3,990 98 Toyota Paseo Coupe -- very tidy .......................... $5,990 03 Elantra GLS Hatch -- 2.0 litre, auto ..................... $6,490 98 Honda Civic CXi -- hatch, low km ........................... $6,990 99 Corolla CSi Sedan -- 1.6 manual ............................ $6,990 99 Toyota Corolla CSi Seca -- 79,000 km ............. $7,990 06 Holden Barina -- 5 speed............................................ $8,490 01 Nissan Pulsar LX -- 73,000 km............................... $8,990 07 Kia Rio EX Hatch -- 1.6 manual............................. $8,990 04 Ford Futura -- alloy wheels ........................................... $9,990 98 Subaru Forester -- GX wagon................................... $9,990 04 Hyundai Elantra GLS -- auto, leather trim..... $10,990 04 Ford Courier -- steel tray........................................... $10,990 04 Nissan Pulsar -- 58,000 km .....................................$ 10,990 05 Suzuki Liana -- alloy wheels ...................................... $10,990 06 Suzuki Liana Auto -- 52,000 km ........................$ 12,990 01 Holden Statesman -- 5.7 litre luxury................ $12,990 98 Hilux Dual Cab SR5 -- 3.0 litre diesel ..............$ 13,490 Good cars at cheap prices! SPECIAL OF THE WEEK 08 Holden Barina 36,000 km, alloy wheels ......... $9,990
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