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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 17th 2010
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 17, 2010 ECONOMY Fuel misers Drivers laughing all the Forget about style and speed --- fuel economy is becoming the most important factor when purchasing a car. And Ford's Fiesta ECOnetic is leading the way. WHEN it comes to sipping less fuel, the car industry is getting better and better. The most miserly cars have been researched by Stuart Innes. Doing 100km of general running about for less than five bucks in fuel makes motoring pretty affordable. As manufacturers bring out more models with increasingly-amazing frugality, motorists are laughing all the way from the pumps. A generation ago, the 30 miles per gallon mark (9.4 litres/100km in metric speak) was a fairly good figure to achieve, with only the little, low-powered super-sippers doing better than 40 miles per gallon (7 litres/100km). Now, however, the best of the fuel misers are achieving official results of better than 4 litres/100km (70 miles per gallon). Just as importantly, they are cars that perform OK in the cut and thrust of everyday commuting and most will readily hold their own on a run to Victor or the highway to the Barossa. There's no need to creep along getting in others way, when you've got 80kW of power and 250Nm of torque under the right foot as is the case with two of the top five fuel economy cars on sale in Australia. Three main considerations drive auto engineers to develop these fuel- sipper engines: 1. The cost of oil in the long term will rise, making filling the car more expensive. 2. The world will run low on oil (we are using it at a greater rate than we are discovering it), and so it has to be stretched further. 3. The environment and people's concern for it means it's important that less fuel is burnt per kilometre, creating less exhaust emission (cars might be taxed on their emission rating here one day). The best advances have been made with diesel-fuelled engines. The fuel is squirted into the engine 05 Hyundai Getz TB XL hatch 1.3lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, 105,000km, award winning. SAVE $1000 03 Holden VY Commodore sedan 3.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, low 108,000km, top condition. David Steer 0410 297 976 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) 99 Honda CR-V 4x4 wagon 2.0lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, new tyres. 6211 0566 Easy on-site finance available www.thecarmart.com.au 14 Derwent Park, Derwent Park 01 Toyota Camry wagon 2.2lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, c/lock, economical. 97 Hyundai Sportswagon SE 1.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, towbar, economical. 98 Mitsubishi Triton s/cab tray 2.4lt manual, p/s, a/c, towbar, ready for work. 03 Mitsubishi Lancer GLi coupe 1.5lt, p/s, a/c, alloys, airbag, sporty. 04 Ford Falcon BA XT 4.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, towbar, 112,000km. 17118Jono 94 Toyota Camry wide body 2.2lt auto, p/s, a/c, top value. 01 Hyundai Elantra XD sedan 2.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, be quick, value.... 98 Toyota Starlet Life hatch 1.3lt manual, a/c, alloys, priced to sell. 99 Holden CD Vectra hatch 2.5lt auto, dual airbags, electrics, alloys, ABS, traction, p/s, a/c. F $9995 $6995 06 Hyundai Elantra XD FX 2.0lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, 105,000km. SAVE $1000 97 Toyota MR2 GT Coupe 2.0lt turbo manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, sunroof. $11,995 $2995 $7995 $8995 $3995 $7995 $7995 $8995 $5995 $5995 $6995 $9995
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