The Road Ahead : August September 2008
IN THE SHOWROOM... motoring Circle the wagons A wagon with a distinctly European tly European fl avour is set to complement Holden’s Commodore line-up. Traditionally, wagons have been the tool of choice for fl eet and business buyers. However with Sportwagon, Holden is attempting to lure private buyers away from mid-sized SUVs by offering style and performance in Euro glides in Honda appeared to have all bases covered at the recent Australian launch of its second generation Accord Euro. addition to the usual practicality of a wagon. addition to the usual practicality of wagon Sportwagon represents an investment of $110 million and more than 500,000 additional test kilometres. nts an inves Unlike previous wagon models, it is built on the short wheelbase sedan platform, which helps maintain the driving dynamics. handling in slippery conditions The 2.4-litre engine – common across the range – delivers 148 kW (up from 140 kW) at 7000 rpm and peak torque of 234 Nm (up from 223 Nm) at 4400 rpm (manual transmission). Honda claims an improved fuel economy of 8.9 litres/100 km (down from 9.1 [manual] and 9.4 [automatic]). Prices start from $32,990 (Euro manual) and rise to $44,990 for the Euro Luxury Navi. M3 dips its lid The all-new Euro, more powerful and ‘torquey’ than before, bristles with safety and equipment improvements, but is less expensive. Honda points to the base model being $1000 cheaper than its predecessor, but with $2000 extra value. Make that $3000 more for the Luxury model and $3500 for the top-of-the-range Navi. In a nutshell, the lower, wider and longer 2009 Euro boasts a: • New platform. • More powerful, Euro 4 compliant, 2.4-litre engine. • Six-speed manual transmission or a fi ve-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel paddles for manual changing. • Electronic stability control (VSA) now complemented by motion adaptive electric power steering for improved The newcomer is the fi rst M3 convertible to feature a retractable hardtop roof and the fi rst BMW to offer the new (optional) M double-clutch transmission. A 4.0-litre V8 engine and manual six- speed gearbox are standard. BMW claims improved fuel effi ciency and fewer C02 emissions over the E93’s AUG/SEP 08 65 BMW M3 buyers now have a choice with the June release of a convertible as stablemate to the highly acclaimed coupe. The cargo area is almost two metres long with the rear seats folded fl at and features two shopping bag hooks and eight tie-down points. Electronic stability, six airbags, rear park assist, alloy wheels and airconditioning are standard. Two V6 engine versions are available, as well as a 6.0-litre V8 mated to either a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission. There are seven variants in the line-up, with prices ranging from $37,790 for an Omega to $60,290 for a Calais V V8 with six-speed auto. Options include leather seats ($2500), satellite navigation (from $1290) and metallic paint ($400). predecessor: 12.9 litres per 100 km on the combined cycle (12.3 litres per 100 km for the double-clutch gearbox). The M3 convertible is also fi tted with sun-refl ective leather, allowing owners to leave the top down for extended periods without the risk of the seat leather overheating. Like the 3-Series convertible, the M3 version is equipped with a rollover sensor system that constantly monitors the vertical and horizontal movement of the car. First customer deliveries are expected in the fi nal quarter of 2008. VW goes compact Volkswagen has joined the throng in the thriving compact SUV segment in Australia. A new development from the ground up, Tiguan is available with a choice of turbo-diesel and turbo-petrol engines and six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
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