Northern News : December 7th 2011
12 NORTHERN NEWS, DECEMBER 7, 2011 3 Petersen Motors Broadway, Kaikohe Phone 09 401 0388 HOT LIST! petersens -- where It's always a Great Time to Buy a Car! After Hours: Dave 09 407 4492 --- 027 492 0149 $6,990 $7,990 $5,490 For All Listings and Details Visit: www.petersenmotors.co.nz $9,990 2004 MAZDA DEMIO 1.3ltr, auto, 5 door hatchback, air con, dual air bags, AM/FM stereo with CD player, 86,000kms 2005 SUBARU LEGACY, 2ltr auto, NZ New $9,490 2005 NISSAN TIIDA LATIO 1.5ltr, auto, ex rental $8,990 2002 HYUNDAI ACCENT 1.3 5 speed manual, 72,000 kms, air con $6,990 2001 NISSAN BLUEBIRD SYLPHY 2.0L auto, tiptronic transmission, luxury trim, dual air bags, CD $9,995 2004 TOYOTA PREVIA 2.4ltr auto, 8 seat people mover $8,990 2003 NISSAN PULSAR 1.6ltr, 5 speed manual, air con, AM/FM stereo with CD player, power windows & mirrors 2003 SUBARU LEGACY 2.0L WAGON, AUTO, AWD, CRUISE CONTROL, NZ NEW, ROOF RACK, AIR CON, DUAL AIR BAGS 2003 TOYOTA CAMRY ALTISE 2.4ltr auto, dual air bags, power front windows & mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD SPECIAL OF THE WEEK See us First for a Great Range of Family Cars 2001 TOYOTA OPA 1.8ltr, auto, dual air bags, air con loads of room for the xmas luggage $13,495 firstname.lastname@example.org $10,495 $10,495 2002 TOYOTA VITZ 1.3ltr, auto, dual air bags, air con, stereo with mini disc and cd player 2005 TOYOTA COROLLA 1.5ltr, auto, dual air bags, ABS, air conditioning, 69,000kms of Family Cars 3427411BT Summer BROADWAY, KAIKOHE PH (09) 401-0388 A/H Dave Gorrie 09 407 4492, 027 492 0149 Petersen Motors LMVD 1.3ltr, auto, air con, dual air bags, very economical motoring WAS $6490 - SAVE $500 $5,990 2004 HYUNDAI GETZ TB WHEELS OF THE WEEK NorthlandMotoring Your guide to what's new on the road Advertising feature LPG-powered Ford gets a facelift By ROB MAETZIG Ford Falcon EcoLPi: Gassed up and ready to go. The latest Ford LPG-powered Falcon will arrive here early next year as part of a facelift of the FG Falcon series. In Australia 20 percent of all Falcons made are LPG- powered, and Ford continues to be the only manufacturer to offer dedicated LPG tech- nology to the Australasian market. The Australian Federal government subsidises most of the extra cost of buying LPG vehicles and the retail price of the fuel is less than half that of 91 octane petrol. But in New Zealand there are no such subsidies, and LPG is close to two-thirds the price of petrol. Therefore, unless the operator of an LPG vehicle is doing enormous mileage, it isn t financially worth going the natural gas way. That s a real shame. Having just spent several days driving an XR6 version, the writer has become some- thing of a fan of this car. The cornerstone of the EcoLPi engine is a new injec- tion system which uses a high-pressure fuel rail delivering LPG in its liquid state directly into the intake port. Fuel efficiency has improved, with an average consumption of 12.5 litres per 100 kilometres, more than 15 percent better than before. All LPG engines need to be primed for start-up. It s inter- esting with the Falcon EcoLPi because primming automatically starts to hap- pen when the driver s door is opened, meaning once the driver is aboard, the big Ford is ready for start. Right now in New Zealand our LPG pricing regime and lack of government support for using this environmentally-friendly fuel conspire to be something of a barrier, which is a shame because this new Ford deserves better than that. SUV takes car of the year award AMI NZ Autocar Car of the Year: Ford Ranger reigns supreme. By DAVE MOORE The Ford Ranger has been named supreme winner of the 2011 AMI Insurance NZ Autocar Car of the Year Awards. This is the first time a ute has taken the overall COTY honour in the his- tory of the NZ Autocar magazine awards, which date back to 1993. Scoring consistently on all judging criteria, the Ranger was ranked first overall by four of the six judges, beating the Renault Megane RS250 by a comfortable margin to claim the top prize, as well as taking the gong for the best SUV of the year. NZ Autocar editor and chief judge Kyle Cassidy says the Ranger scored highly in the practicality and value categories but also ranked strongly for driving dynamics and performance, highlighting its all-round capabilities. Ranger was an easy choice as our SUV of the Year and the way it performed over the two days astounded the judges, he says. That it offers car-like comfort and dynamics, and is packed with safety features sealed its win. Six judges took the cars on a rigorous road drive covering 1000km in two days. Each car was judged on design, performance, driving dynamics, practi- cality and value. Other finalists of the year included: Small Car, Suzuki Swift; Com- pact Car, Ford Focus; Medium/Large Car, Peugeot 508; Perform- ance Car, Renault Megane RS250; Luxury Car, Audi A6. US takes stance on 'gas-guzzlers' The United States Obama administration has made its new fuel- economy rules official. By 2025 vehicles must average 54.5 miles per US gallon. The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority say this will add an additional $NZ2500 to the cost of a vehicle -- equating to about $NZ210 billion nationwide. However, the same agencies say this will be offset by saving as much as $NZ625 billion in fuel costs. Latest British data shows that the poorest 20 percent of house- holds there paid almost twice as much of their income in duties on fuel than the richest 20 percent. Which means either the rich buy more efficient cars or they do much less driving than those with lower incomes. While still up 6 percent this year, Chinese growth in car sales are down con- siderably from peak times of recent years. The drop in sales is hitting the luxury seg- ment hard and sales have been slowing.
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