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The Mercury Cars Guide : October 2nd 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---3 Getting it straight IN last week's CarsGuide it was incorrectly reported that you could ride a 50cc motor scooter on a car licence. While this is correct in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia it does not apply in Tasmania. All scooters driven here require a motorcycle licence. Last week's CarsGuide also quoted a national road safety campaigner who said there was nothing to stop a driver from watching TV while driving. The Road Rules make it clear it is against the law to have a TV visible to the driver when the vehicle is moving or stationary but not parked. PARIS Motor Show Electric dreams for Paris show IN PASSING PLUG-IN: Kia's electric POP. ZAP: Peugeot's EX1 may be short --- bit it's also sharp. TWO WHEELS: The Mini badged electric scooter from BMW. E LECTRIC cars will put the spark into this year's Paris Motor Show, which opens today. Every major carmaker at the biggest European car event of 2010 is planning some sort of electrification, from city runabouts to full-on supercars. At the bottom end of the business, Kia is building its Paris display around the tiny plug-in POP. It's a three seater and unlikely to make it to Australia, but already set for production --- with less extreme bodywork --- for Korea within two years. French brands have also plugged into the electric action with Renault doing more compacts and Peugeot going all-out on a battery supercar called the EX1. Peugeot says the radical looking EX1 has ''lightning acceleration'' thanks to a pair of electric motors with 240Nm of constant torque and an all-wheel-drive system. The French concept is a full 177cm wide but only 90cm tall to cut its drag. Even Infiniti, the Nissan luxury brand set for an Australian comeback within two years, is using Paris to showcase something special. It is an electric vehicle which taps the program that has already produced the Nissan Leaf, a sellout in Japan and promised eventually for Australia. Even scooters are involved in the electric action with Daimler and BMW Group revealing battery-powered two-wheelers at the show. BMW is badging its two-wheeler as a Mini, and pushing the design edge with the British connection, while Daimler is using Smart to push its first scooter. The Smart has a similar safety cell to the ForTwo and is powered by a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack that gives a range of around 100 kilometres. PAUL GOVER Lexus of Hobart: 267 Argyle Street, Hobart. Ph: 1800 631 298 lexusofhobart.com.au. After hour enquiries please call Steve Westwood on 0418 174 837 *Complimentary scheduled servicing expires at three years or 60,000km from the date of first registration, whichever occurs first (up to the first four standard scheduled services [six for LX 570]). Offer only available on Pre-August 2010 production vehicles purchased by October 31, 2010. New vehicle warranty expires four years from date of first delivery or 100,000km whichever occurs first. Refer to the warranty conditions. See your Lexus dealer for further details. LEXUS ARE MAKING WAY FOR NEW MODELS. Never has there been a better time to purchase a new Lexus as we make way for new models. For a very limited time, enjoy zero servicing costs for three years or 60,000km* when you purchase a current Lexus model, as well as a four year 100,000km warranty. You'll also receive membership to our exclusive owners benefits programme, Encore Privileges. Hurry, this offer ends October 31, so call1800023009, visitlexus.com.au or yourLexusdealer today. ZERO SERVICING COSTS FOR THREE YEARS* ON LEXUS CURRENT STOCK.
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