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The Mercury Cars Guide : December 10th 2011
Sale into sun Is further proof needed that the mascot of the fleet has finally reached retirement age? firstname.lastname@example.org PAUL GOVER Time marches on: Commodore THE 15-year rule of the Holden Commodore as Australia's No.1 car could be over. It's a sign of the times that the full-sized fleet and family favourite has been mauled by a pair of baby-class contenders this year. Toyota's Corolla topped the sales charts in November for its fourth monthly win of 2011, with the Mazda3 trumping the Commodore again after the Holden came fifth in October. The November results reported by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show Holden and Mazda continuing their joust for the top spot. The Mazda3 has topped two individual months, far fewer than the Commodore. In November, Toyota sold 3731 Corollas, the Mazda3 tallied 3480 and the Commodore lagged on 2808. The results for 2011 to date reflect the overall downsizing in Australian driveways. The Commodore has been hit hard and the Ford Falcon is battling a huge double-digit decline --- the almost certain consequence is that its successor will be sourced from overseas. Holden has not given up after running several value- added sales incentives this year with the Commodore. TOP 10 VEHICLES NOV Toyota Corolla 3731 Mazda3 3480 Toyota HiLux 3332 Holden Commodore 2808 Hyundai i30 2617 Holden Cruze 2393 Ford Territory 1776 Toyota Yaris 1764 Nissan Navara 1653 Toyota RAV4 1577 04 Market forces WHAT'S HOT Skoda: After four years under the radar, 2011 has been good for the Czech brand --- never better than last month when, with a full line-up for the first time, it racked up 609 sales. That s much better than comparable badges such as Renault. WHAT'S NOT Saab 9-5: Yes, we could say Ford Falcon or just about any Honda, but it s time to be mean about someone else. Just three of these $72K-plus sedans sold in November. Time to stop flirting with oblivion and embrace it. Paul Pottinger HERE JANUARY SUBARU XV COMPACT SUV $33,000 (est) The XV compact SUV will now line up on the showroom floor with the Forester. Subaru says there s room for both: the Forester has a bigger 2.5-litre engine and is capable of off-road duties; the XV is a crossover appealing to the city-focused and fuel-conscious. The XV gets the third-generation 2.0-litre mated to a constantly variable transmission or a six-speed manual. Subaru claims its standard equipment puts it in a premium sector. It will have seven airbags, 17-inch alloy wheels, multi-function displays and --- in response to criticism of hard cabin plastics --- soft-touch fittings. RIVALS Volkswagen Tiguan (from $33,990), Nissan Dualis (from $31,890), Mitsubishi Outlander (from $33,240), Kia Sportage (from $32,720) and Toyota RAV4 (from $31,990). Neil Dowling MERCURY ON SATURDAY 4--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, December 10, 2011 MOTORS PTY LTD HOBART CNR COLLINS AND BARRACK ST HOBART 6230 7107 5-STAR CARS. 5-STAR VALUE. hyundai.com.au/offers Conditions: All cars must be ordered and delivered between 1st December and 31st December 2011. Offer valid at participating dealers on existing dealer stock while stocks last. Offers exclude fleet, govt and rental buyers and vehicles used for commercial purposes. Hyundai reserves the right to change, supersede or extend these offers. The 5 Year/unlimited kilometre warranty is also only applicable to passenger vehicles used for private and domestic use and is not applicable for vehicles which are or have been used for commercial purposes, including without limitation, courier, security, taxi and rental cars. Canstar Blue -- Best Value for Money Cars -- Cars Category, 2011. 1. 2010 Australia s Best Small Car under $35,000 awarded by Australia s Best Cars to MY11 i30 SX. 2. 2010 Australia s Best Light Car under $20,000 awarded by Australia s Best Cars to MY11 i20 1.4L Active. A. Campaign offer and price for i30 SX 2.0 manual only. B. Campaign offer and price for i20 MY11 1.4 Active, 3 door manual. HMCA4004/HPC/HM 2010 AUSTRALIA S BEST SMALL CAR UNDER $35,0001 i30 SX 2.0 2010 AUSTRALIA S BEST LIGHT CAR UNDER $20,000 2 i20 FREE • CTP • DEALER DELIVERY • REGO • STAMP DUT Y FROM $14,490 DRIVE AWAY B FREE • CTP • DEALER DELIVERY • REGO • STAMP DUT Y FROM $18,990 DRIVE AWAY A
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