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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 30th 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009 Commercial Vehicles ISUZU FSR 1990 Pantech body, single curtain side. 1,000 KG fold up tailgate, full service records available, GVM 15 tonne, $45,000 ono. 0458 611 599. 0 2 Trucks, TIP—TRAY bisalloyed, swing- ing tail gate, hoop tarp sub frame, hoist set up for ring feeder. As new $22,000 ono. Ph 0400 179 977. 0 To Advertise Your Business Here Call 62 300 520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org TOYOTA DYNA ’85, tip tray, 6 mths reg, new tyres $4,500 ono Ph 6245 1466 or 0439 701 579 0 MOREVEHICLES! ISUZU NPR200 tailgate/loader, excellent con- dition, 2002, no reasonable offer refused. Ph 6231 4771 0 There are more cars in CARSguide Extra. To find them, look in the index of today’s classifieds. DEADLINE FOR CARSGUIDE 8PM THURSDAY 1 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —15 Turismo. It’s everything from a sedan to a hatchback, a crossover wagon, a sports sedanandamorphmachine that dips into the parts bins for both the 5 and 7 Series. The styling is newer than to- Marketing a morph machine J UST when you thought there was nowhere new for BMW to go, along comes the 5 Series Gran day’s 5 Series but not as new as its all-new replacement and, despite its name, the cabin looks and feels more like the new Seven. So, where is BMW going with the Gran Turismo? It believes it has found another lucrative hole in worldwide show- rooms, and particularly in Europe, with a vehicle that will draw fresh customers to the brand. It comes as the follow-up to the X6 SUV and arrives following a range of crossover cars—notably the Mercedes-Benz R-Class and CLS — trying, and not always succeeding, to find a fresh oppor- tunity. ‘‘It’s the car you would drive to France. Or Albury,’’ says BMW Australai spokesman Toni An- dreevski. There isnonewsyetonwhatthe Gran Turismo will cost in Austra- lia, or even a confirmation it is coming, but it will be available with turbodiesel, petrol six and V8 engines, a huge range of standard equipment and BMW’s latest Dy- namic Drive. BMW Australia believes it can get the car in the towards the middle of 2010, if it can make a business case, but predicts sales around the same level as the X6. That means less than 50 cars a month, so owners would rarely have to worry about seeing an- other Gran Turismo. So, what is the question BMW has answered with the 5 GT? ‘‘It’s BMW trying to establish a new category or appeal to custom- ers in a new category. Its primary function is to combine a sedan, an SUVand a classic gran turismo. In Motors Saab A NEW 9-3 Linear sedan 2.0-litre petrol with sen- tronic automatic transmis- sion can be driven away for $37,980. Motors Hummer RECENTLY moved to the showroom floor is a Hum- mer H3 Luxury demonstra- tor. Automatic transmission and only travelled 1400km. A huge saving at $55,880 drive away. DJ Kia THE Kia Wheel Deal of the week is a Sorento LX turbo diesel for $32,880. It has a 2.5-litre common- rail with intercooler and automatic transmission. Feature-packed for town or bush and a towing ca- pacity of 2800kg. DJ Nissan LOOKING for a sexy sports coupe, try Nissan’s power- ful and agile 350Z. Featuring 230kW of raw power with Nissan’s award- winning high revolution 3.5-litre V6, matched with a close ratio six-speed man- ual. DJs have one 2008 model that features heated leather interior, 18-inch alloys, Xe- non headlamps, Bose stereo and aluminium interior ac- cents for $59,990 drive away this weekend. DJ Mitsubishi DJS has one red Lancer VR Platinum Edition five- speed manual for $26,590 drive away. Features in- clude automatic headlights and automatic windscreen wipers, Bluetooth, satellite navigation and DVD, seven airbags, alloy wheels and stability control. Honda Central It’s more affordable than ever to drive away in the exciting Honda Jazz. This class-leading small car is huge on the inside, with the convenient magic seat system that gives you a number of practical options to fit everything from a surf board to pot plant. Get into a Jazz GLi man- ual demonstrator today for $18,888 drive away — only one at this price. Tilford A XR8 manual ute is priced to sell this weekend. This is new 2009 six-speed manual features air condi- tioning, cruise control, lim- ited slip diff and dynamic stability control. Plus this unit is fitted with the optional sports pack that adds Bluetooth, iPod connectivity and 18-inch alloy wheels. Finished in eye-catching nitro blue paintwork, the normal retail price is close to $46,000 on road but with an ABN, this car will drive away for $41,990. Motors Hyundai Hobart MOTORS has a great deal on their fuel-efficient diesel NF Sonata SLX 2.0-litre au- tomatic demonstration ve- hicle. diesel engine coupled to a selectronic Features include a turbo automatic transmission, electronic stability program, anti-skid braking, electronic brake- force distribution, driver, passenger, side and thorax airbags, seatbelt preten- sioners with load limiters and power steering. There is also air- new cars CROSSOVER: BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is sedan, hatchback and wagon, all in one fabulous package. in passing a modern, premium way,’’ says Andreevski. ‘‘It’s for people who like style, luxry and a bit more flexibility. It’s another example ofBMWinnovat- ing. Again.’’ The most unusual thing about the Gran Turismo is the tail, which is hatchback in style but— like the twin-door Skoda Superb— has two tail-end choices. It can be a hatchback or a sedan, depending on the amount of luggage space needed for a job. To boost the rear-end flexibility, the rear seats can also slide for- wards to increase the luggage space. BMW currently lists three en- gines for the car—530d, 535i, 550i — and a huge range of standard and optional equipment. But the cabin takes its lead from the new 7 Series in dash layout, space and final finishing. And BMWsays theGran Turismo does not necessarily point to the look of the next 5 Series sedan, coming in 18 months.Or perhaps point to the end of the Touring wagon. ‘‘You can see traces of the Concept CS. It’s a mixture of 7 Series as well. The styling is not necessarily the new 5 Series,’’ says Andreevski. But one thing is certain: like every new highline car in BMW history, it will have a premium price. ‘‘It’s likely to be priced higher than a 5 Series sedan,’’ admits Andreevski. ‘‘For Australia, it will be a very niche car. It’s not a car that will sell in great volume. It can never be as popular in Australia as itwas in Europe.’’ He points to the contrast in sales of station wagons, which are huge in Europe, against theSUVswhich dominate in Australia and the USA. ‘‘It will only ever appeal to a very select customer base. So we’re looking at whether we intro- duce it, which engines, and all that,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s not a done deal. But, if it comes, it’s most likely for the first quarter of 2010. We’re currently- discussing which way we might go.’’ Show stoppers MORE than 20 major foreign carmakers, including General Motors and BMW will skip the Tokyo Motor Show later this year to save costs, underlining a deep- ening slump in the global auto industry. ‘‘It is unprecedented to see such a large number of carmakers not coming to the motor show. It’s disappointing,’’ said Kazusa Yoshino, a spokeswoman for the Japan Automobile Manufac- turers Association, which spon- sors the biennial auto event. Yoshino said 22 foreign car- makers including Ford, Volkswa- gen and Porsche would pass on the Tokyo Motor Show, leaving only four foreign makers — in- cluding Hyundai, Ferrari and Lotus — at the October event. conditioning, alloy wheels, cruise control and full elec- trics for $28,990 save $7371. Co-Op Toyota CO-OP’S new Special Edi- tion Camry Touring is available for $29,990 drive away. Features include 17-inch alloys, rear lip spoiler, dual-zone air-conditioning and a six-disc CD changer. Sharp deals can be found on the new Special Edition Aurion Touring for $33,990 drive away. They boast 17-inch alloys, wing type rear spoiler, dual- zone air-conditioning and enhanced sports fea- FEEL THE HEAT: The Nissan 350z coupe at DJ Nissan. tures. DJ Mazda ONE Mazda 2 Maxx auto- matic demonstrator has been discounted to move. Features include alloy wheels, rear spoiler, six stackCDand a modern look in passion orange. Great value at $21,750 drive away. Performance Automobiles SAVE over $2000 on a Sub- aru Forester X automatic. This fantastic five-star ANCAP safety-rated ve- hicle is finished in the popular spark silver paint. It comes with extras like a full window tint, cargo barrier, and rubber mat set. Fantastic buying at $35,490, save $2137. Eurocentral A 2009 Peugeot 207 Touring is the must see deal. Featuring a 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine, a manual gearbox, six airbags, ABS braking system, cruise con- trol and speed limiter, air- conditioning, panoramic glass roof with electric sun- blind, automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers, it is a deal not to be missed. Was $35,337 now $31,820 on road, save $3517.
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