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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 30th 2009
2— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 30, 2009 Compact NEIL McDONALD M ORE than 10.6 million people cannot be wrong. This is the number of dedicated buyers that have handed over hard cash to get behind the wheel of the Volkswagen Polo since the first generation hatch was launched in Europe in 1975. As a result there is a lot riding on the development and success of the fifth-generation car, which has just been launched in Europe. As one of the most popular VWs globally and a best seller in Ger- many, VW Australia has high hopes for the new car. Sales of the current car are up 36 per cent locally this year, thanks to a strong market- ing push. VW spokes- man, Karl Geh- ling, says the company is hop- ing to maintain momentum when the new car arrives early next year. Although pric- rear tracks are 29mm and 30mm wider. The wheelbase has edged up ever- so-slightly to 2470mm, a 4mm in- crease while the ride height has been lowered 20mm. In size, the new Polo mirrors the Golf II from the 1980s. Luggage space is also a respectable 280 litres with the reat seats up and 952 with the seats folded. The seats also split 60/40 and have folding cushions. The head of exterior design for the new Polo, Oliver Stefani, says there was a desire to give the new car a ‘‘simplicity and elegance’’ but con- nect with the VW family DNA. ing is yet to be fixed, Gehling says VW Australia hopes to get the new car in at close to current prices. That means an opener from around $16,990 and upper models in the $19,990 to $21,990 bracket. BESTSELLER: TheVolkswagen Polo, oneof themost popularVWsglobally andabest seller in Germany, above, hasa luxury interior, left, thatmakesitoneof themostcompetitive in its class. However, as a guide,UKprices for the car have risen just over $1000 and currency could be a critical decider for the local cars, which will be built in South Africa. In Europe three models are avail- able: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. Visually, the new car borrows some cues from the Golf and the Scirocco three-door with its sharply styled headlights and crisp shoulder line. The Polo is safer, lighter and yet has grown slightly in size, giving it a bigger, more sophisticated look. It is54mm longer,32mmwider but 14mm lower in height than the previous model and the front and Thegoal with the Polowasto delivera level of quality, both technicalandvisual, generally foundon cars several classes higher ‘‘It is the first Polo to get a distinct shoulder line and this, combined with the larger wheels and wraparound headlight and grille treatment, helps give it a VW identity.’’ VW says the goal with the Polo was to de- liver a level of quality, both technical and visual, generally found on cars several classes higher. The car was benchmarked against its key European competitors, the Opel Corsa, Peugeot 207 and Ford Fiesta. In the Australian market it must also tackle the Mazda2, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris and the budget- end Koreans. The five-door arrives to market first but VW will also build a three- door sedan as well asathreeandfive- door GTi version. The Polo sits on an all-new plat- form shared with the Skoda Fabia and Seat Ibiza, but like the Golf, much of the architecture has been refined, honed and polished into a car that will comfortably fill out the top end of the light car class. Electronic stability control is stan- dard on Euro Polos, with six airbags also available. Satellite navigation and tyre pressure monitoring are also available. Specialising in cars... www.thecarmart.com.au 03 Hyundai Elantra XD 1.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, 75,000km. 93 Ford Festiva 1.3lt auto, only 63,000km, very hard to find. BE QUICK. 96 Hyundai Excel LX 1.5lt manual, p/s, economical. 98 Toyota Camry Conquest 3.0lt manual, p/s, a/c, well featured. 97 Hyundai Excel LX 1.5lt hard to find auto, p/s, 124,000km. 97 Holden Vectra JR 2.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, moderate kms. 91 Daihatsu Applause Xi 1.6lt manual, p/s, reliable, ideal 1st car. 97 Toyota Camry Conquest 3.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, dual airbags. 01 Daihatsu Sirion 1.0lt manual, p/s, electrics, 101,000km. $10,000 98 Toyota Corolla CSi 1.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, 168,000km, hard to find auto, extremly clean, always in demand. David Strang 0404 724 986 Mark Patterson 0417 025 936 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) 92 Toyota Cressida Grande 3.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, leather. Easy on-site finance available 01 Hyundai Elantra XDi 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics. 96 Mitsubishi Magna TS Exec 3.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, 131,000km, low kms. 96 Mitsubishi Mirage CE 1.5lt alloys, perfect 1st car. www.thecarmart.com.au 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park 6211 0566 13446jayne Under 3 TO CHOOSE FROM TODAY’S SPECIAL $9995 $3995 $3995 $7995 $4995 $5995 $3995 $4495 $2995 $4995 $5995 $6995 $5995 $6995
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