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The Mercury Cars Guide : October 31st 2009
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, October 31, 2009 MUSCLE: The Hyundai Santa Fe, one of 17 cars in the fuel-efficient challenge. Slow race TIME OUT: The Sante Fe takes a breather in the bush alongside the highway. Pictures: PRESSGANGED A field of 17 cars, harsh conditions, all with one aim: proving which car has the best fuel efficiency. Keith Didham takes the Eco Challenge email@example.com with KEITH DIDHAM ENDURANCE: The hot and straight Stuart Highway tests the Santa Fe. IT'S HIGH noon on the longest straight stretch of the Stuart Highway. The temperature has soared to a sticky 40 degrees and a willy-willy is kicking up a menacing dust spiral right beside us. The road ahead disappears into a mirage, only the faint shimmering of what passes for trees indicates where the highway heads. Heavy skid marks and hawks circling overhead pinpoint today's fresh road kill --- yet another cow --- which has been hit the night before. Already the carcass in the ditch is bloating in the heat. Beside it termite mounds are rising through a rusting vehicle abandoned in the bush. This is a punishing environment but the perfect one for Hyundai. The company is out to prove its new Santa Fe all-wheel drive wagon has clean, green credentials --- even in this Outback oven. The Koreans launched the re- vamped seven-seat Santa Fe in Ade- laide last night. But we have already been testing it this week, competing as a guest driver in Hyundai's two- car team in the Global Green Chal- lenge, an endurance rally for produc- tion or near production vehicles to prove their fuel efficiency. The task: drive 3000 km from Darwin to Adelaide using the least amount of fuel possible; with each day's stage having a maximum com- pletion time, forcing entries not to dawdle too slowly or they will be penalised. It's a mind game of meas- uring speed against time for maxi- mum efficiency. The vehicle which returns to best fuel efficiency gain over its official consumption rating wins. We have been cutting it close --- 11 minutes to spare at the stage finish on day one, just one minute on day two after nine hours on the road and two minutes on day three. www.thecarmart.com.au 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park David Strang 0404 724 986 Mark Patterson 0417 025 936 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) Easy on-site finance available 14688Jono 98 Nissan Pulsar N15 LX 1.6lt manual, p/s, a/c, 17" alloys, 117,813km, lovely example. $8995 93 Toyota Corolla Seca hatch 1.6lt manual, p/s, 147,000km, 06/10 rego, lovely. $3995 98 Ssangyong Korando 2.3lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, small economical 4x4. $4995 01 Mitsubishi Lancer 1.5lt, manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, 77,000kms, tint, spoiler, sporty. $9995 01 Hyundai Santa Fe GL 2.4lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, 163,000kms, reliable. $9995 00 Ford Falcon AU Forte 4.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, 189,000kms, be quick. $5995 93 Mitsubishi Express van 2.0lt manual, 06/10 rego, tow bar, suit tradesperson. $3995 96 Ford Falcon EL GLi 4.0lt, auto, p/s, a/c, 187,000kms, c/lock, value at only... $3995 98 Toyota Camry CSi wagon 2.2lt auto, p/s, a/c, 179,000kms, c/lock, tow bar, popular. $7995 92 Toyota Hilux ute 2.4lt manual, p/s, sunraysias, tint, above average. $5995 04 Ford Courier PG Dual cab 2.6lt, manual, p/s, a/c, 4x4, cheapest in town. $10,995 97 Hyundai Excel X3 Sprint 1.5lt manual, great first car, value. $2995 $5995 $10,995 93 Holden VQ Statesman V8 5.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, 07/10 rego, ABS, climate, cruise and more. 04 Holden VYII Commodore Wagon 3.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, 169,000kms, c/lock, airbags, ABS, be quick. Specialising in cars... Under$10,000 www.thecarmart.com.au
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