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The Mercury Cars Guide : December 12th 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---13 Electric dreams becoming reality IDENTITY CRISIS: The planned Mitsubishi i-Miev may be re-named. It's still ready for its much-anticipated launch next year, but Mistubishi's i-Miev may be arriving under a new alias. Mark Hinchcliffe reports PLANS to have the first mass-produced electric vehicle on the Australian market next year are still on --- but the car might have a different name. Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd CEO and president Robert McEniry rejected reports that they had aban- doned or delayed the introduction of the small electric-powered i-Miev hatchback. ''We still plan to be the first company in Australia to have an electric vehicle,'' he said. ''Long-term test vehicles will arrive in the first half of 2010 and will be available for key opinion leaders such as the media. The first of the small but regular shipments into the market will arrive later in the year.'' But it may not be called the i-Miev. ''People are struggling with the name and we're thinking of changing it.'' Volvo recalls wagon over steering issue VOLVO has recalled nearly 2000 of its XC90 all-wheel drive wagons because of a potential steering defect. Volvo says it is recalling 1940 five-cylinder diesel ve- hicles, sold from 2007, be- cause the power steering hose may be damaged by the engine cooling fan which may result in a loss of power steering oil. A loss of oil will result in no power steering. Owners are asked to contact their dealer. Blast from the past NEIL DOWLING ALFA doesn't be- lieve history never repeats. It's having an- other shot at tugging at the heartstrings of its loyal fol- lowers with a name from the past --- Giulietta --- that rep- laces the current 147. It will present the new Giulietta --- the reincarnation of the 1980s sedan and of a name that harks back to the 1950s --- to the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010 before production later in the year. Alfa's Australian importer, Ateco Automotive, says the car fits between the 147 and 159 and will be in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2010. The Giulietta will come only as a five-door hatch. It has a wheelbase 84mm longer than the 147 --- yet 30mm shorter than the 159 --- indicating much more cabin room for the family. Alfa says the Giulietta --- originally to be called the 149 and then the Milano --- is built on a new platform designed to maximise handling yet return a high level of comfort. It says the platform was designed ''to integrate and enhance all onboard systems''. Like the Mito, it has three set-ups --- dynamic, normal and all weather --- which can be selected using the Alfa DNA controller which fine- tunes the car's handling. Externally it gets a new interpretation of Alfa's classic grille, set into the front bum- per and suspended between the two air intakes. The head- lights have LED technology. The Giulietta also picks up Alfa's ''hidden'' rear door handles. Engines for the global mar- ket include four turbocharged units which will come stan- dard with Start&Stop system for reducing fuel consumption and emissions --- two petrol engines (1.4-litre petrol turbo 90kW and an upgraded Mul- tiAir version at 127kW) and two diesel engines (1.6-litre 78kW and 2-litre 127kW). There will also be a 1750 TBi version producing 175kW in its Quadrifoglio Verde con- figuration. Alfa says the Giulietta will get a five-star crash rating and the range will come standard with ESC, dynamic steering torque and Q2 electronic dif- ferential.
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