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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 7th 2010
14--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, August 7, 2010 SNEAK PEAK Holden Barina Supercar hybrid given production approval HYBRID: Production of the Porsche 918 Spyder concept been approved. THE Porsche 918 Spyder is a goer. An overwhelming global reaction to the German sports car specialist's first hybrid supercar has provided the power for a production go-ahead. The bad news for Australia is there is zero chance of local sales. The 918 will only be built in left- hand drive and the only Aussies with a hope of landing one of the 900-ish production cars --- probably 918 to match its type number --- are collectors who do not plan to drive it on local roads. ''The reality is that the market here would be extremely limited and we are the only right-hand drive market in the world where you cannot register a left-hand drive car,'' says Michael Winkler, managing director of Porsche Cars Australia. ''So it's left-hand drive only.'' Winkler says there were several strong responses in Australia to the car and he still sees the potential for a couple of sales. ''Collectors will always be interested,'' he says. The 918 is the spiritual successor to Porsche's previous road-going supercar, the Carrera GT. Few details have been made public but it is intended to have a 0-100km/h sprint time of less than four seconds and a top speed in the 300km/h region. But, just as importantly, Porsche says the 918 will have a fuel consumption of around 3 litres/ 100km and CO2 emissions of just 70 grams/kilometre. Porsche has only built a single 918 Spyder for motor show display work and Winkler says the real work on its plug-in hybrid drive system is just about to begin. He forecasts a minimum three- year development time. ''The motor show car works. But it's very much prototype components. ''There is only one,'' Winkler says. ''If you produced the car today the cost would be prohibitive. ''But in three or four years time things will have improved. ''Development is going ahead in leaps and bounds, and it takes that long anyway to get some of those components reliable enough for everyday use.'' Development of the 918 Spyder will be based at Porsche's development centre in Weissach and it will be built in the company's main factory in Zuffenhausen. There is no talk yet of a race program and Winkler says it is unlikely to be a track car. PAUL GOVER The new Barina is beginning to take shape in US SPY CAM carparazzi Chevrolet Aveo, Holden Barina --- whatever you call it, we still caught a glimpse. PAUL GOVER reports DISGUISED: Spy shot of the Holden Barina. Picture: CARPARAZZI THIS is the next Holden Barina. It's not confirmed by Fishermans Bend, and it's not hitting until the middle of next year at the earliest, but it's definitely Holden's next small car. Actually, it's one of two Holden small cars as the company plans to have a Barina and a Spark to help combat the growing threat from cheap Chinese imports. This Barina, caught by Carparazzi, is actually a Chevrolet Aveo prototype. But, as Holden said at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year, the Aveo is the Barina. Detroit was the scene for the unveiling of the Aveo RS concept car, a thinly disguised production car, and it's likely the bodywork under the test-car cladding caught by Carparazzi is very similar. The Aveo is testing in the US which explains why a wild turkey feather is attached to the car's antenna in one of the pictures. The Barina is built on General Motors' latest global mechanical platform, called Gamma II, and there are expected to be both five- door hatch and four-door sedan body styles. 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