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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 26th 2009
6--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, September 26, 2009 Lancer spit-and-polish MITSUBISHI has given its top-selling Lancer range a spit-and polish up- grade with aesthetic and equipment improvements at no extra cost. ''In the current economic climate everybody is looking for better value for money without compromise,'' Mitsubishi Australia president and CEO Robert McEniry says. ''The new Lancer line-up lets our customers have this without breaking the bank.'' The Lancer range, which ac- counted for almost half of all sales for the triple-diamond brand last month, has been freshened with some minor exterior style changes, more exten- sive interior freshening and a limited edition RX model (from $21,990) with unique badging and wheel designs to sit beside the entry ES cars. Across-the-range changes include a new-look instrument cluster, im- proved ETACS (Electronic Total Au- tomobile Control), synchronised windscreen washers, and premium VRX-style tail lamps as standard on all variants. The ES also gets extra storage with a floor console box and the availabil- ity of optional side and curtain airbags. Exterior changes to the mid-range VR model include a new chrome upper grille, and alloy wheel design while NVH has been improved with the inclusion of an insulated front windscreen to cut down on road noise. The high-end Rockford Fosgate audio system is also available as an option. The VRX and Aspire also win the sound-deadening windscreen and the premium audi system as standard. ES, RX, VR, VRX and Ralliart models are available with a sedan or Sportback body, with the premium Aspire offered solely as a sedan. KEVIN HEPWORTH AESTHETIC: The revamped 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer RX sedan that does not break the bank. The Swede smell of secrecy DISGUISE: Volvo S60 spy shot. Picture: CARPARAZZI THE heavy dis- guise on this Swedish proto- type says a lot. So does one of the engi- neers in the cabin, who was so upset at being caught by the Carparazzi team that he vented his annoyance with a signal to the snappers. The car in question is the all-new Volvo S60, and the reason for the secrecy and concern is that it sets an all-new design and safe- ty direction for the Swed- ish brand. It is very close to the concept car shown at this year's Detroit Motor Show, complete with a coupe-style rounded roof, but without the rear-hinged door on the prototype. Volvo is relying on the new S60 to revitalise its following and cement its future by ensuring a viable sale out of the Ford empire. ''Unless we deliver on the plan, then the owner- ship doesn't matter,'' says Steve O'Dell, head of Volvo Cars, speaking to Cars- Guide at the Frankfurt Motor Show. ''Ford has declared and re-affirmed that Volvo is for sale. But it's not a fire sale. We are trying to find the right potential owner.'' O'Dell says Volvo has cut staff and production to get it through the global economic crisis and back into consistent profit. ''We'll come through the downturn,'' he says. ''But you cannot cost-save to a profit, you have to have great products.'' O'Dell believes the S60 will be great, with a high- efficiency DrivE power- train including a direct- injection, 1.6-litre petrol engine with a twin-clutch transmission. The target is fuel con- sumption of just 5.0l/100km, with class- leading CO2 emissions. The efficient new en- gines are a centrepiece of Volvo's planning, giving the company the green credentials to match its safety record. ''They have been in the pipeline for two to three years,'' O'Dell says. ''The target is 99g/km for the C30. The S60 will be ready in the [European] spring next year.'' On the safety front, the S60 will be the first Volvo with an all-new system that detects pedestrians and will brake automati- cally at up to 25km/h to prevent an impact. It will join the existing City Safety system for car- to-car crash avoidance, and such Volvo innova- tions as blind-spot warn- ings, and a system that warns a driver if it detects signs of drowsiness. PAUL GOVER Public Vehicle Auction Tuesdays from 12:00noon +,1 Ea\dYf\ @oq$ :ja_`lgf L9K L]d]h`gf]2 (+! .*.+ +0++ FEATURING: Salvage, Clearance, Government, Financiers & Corporate, Lease & Others. ooking to sell your car? Call David McDavitt 0407 740 877. a full listing of vehicles visit: manheimfowles.com.au 3 6 -7- 01/09 Ex-fleet vehicles now at fixed prices to the public Pre-Auction Sales
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