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The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

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2 NT NEWS. CARSguide www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 5 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 3 0 2 C O L O R : C M Y K CARS GUIDE l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Vehicles must be purchased and delivered before 29th Feburaury 2012 to be eligible for these offer. These offers only available at participating Suzuki automobile dealers. Private buyers only. Drive away includes 6 months rego. Pictures are for illustration purposes only. Not available in Queensland or Northern NSW. Metallic paint $475 extra 1 0 6 3 3 8 5 WE WANT YOUR TRADE, TOP PRICES PAID DARWIN SUZUKI - 34 Stuart Highway Phone: 08 8946 4460 www.ntag.com.au | LMVD 403 | Esanda Finance available in 15 minutes to approved persons. SX4 2WD Hatch ALL NEW SWIFT Kizashi Touring Demo6 months registration 6 months registration Keyless start & entry USB Connectivity 17" Alloys wheels Manual Transmission DRIVE AWAY DRIVE AWAY DRIVE AWAY Fr o m Fr o m Fr o m$19,990 $16,990 $27,990 PLEASE PHONE DANIEL 8939 0340 CHRIS 8939 0393 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION NT MOTORCYCLE CENTRE 1143 Stuart Highway, Pinelands Ph: 89390 390 USED AND DEMONSTRATOR BIKES Polaris Outlaw 450 ...........$8,495 Ducati M1100 Monster ...$18,495 KTM 85SX .........................$4,995 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14 ......$14,995 Honda SV100 ....................$1,495 Yamaha YFM350 ...............$8,995 KTM 625SXC .....................$7,995 Honda CRF450 ..................$7,495 KTM 50SX Mini .................$2,195 Yamaha TTR110 ................$3,295 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB FatBoy Lo ........................$24,995 Yamaha TW 200 ................$3,995 KTM 530EXC .....................$6,995 Yamaha YZ450F ................$5,995 Yamaha Grizzly 450FA ......$7,995 KTM 450EXC .....................$8,495 Harley-Davidson FXDWG Wide Glide .......................$15,995 KTM 250SXF .....................$6,995 KTM 65SX .........................$3,995 Demo Yamaha YZF-R6 ....$13,995 Demo Yamaha FZ8-N ......$11,995 Demo Triumph Sprint GT .$14,995 Demo Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline .........................$23,995 Demo KTM 350SXF ...........$7,995 MAKE PRICE MAKE PRICE All our bikes are workshop inspected and serviced. 1 0 7 9 1 0 4 1 0 7 9 1 0 4 00000000 LMVD 385 Commodores days numbered A GM EXECUTIVE has revealed Holden will replace the Commodore brand in five or six years. Tim Lee, the Shanghai-based president of GMs international operations, was quoted in reports this week saying that the Holden Commodore would be phased out in favour of a global car Mr Lee reportedly said, while visiting Melbourne, that Holden had been one of the car giants strongest sellers in local markets, but that the GM business plan, like that of Ford, was moving towards global models. But he said that GM would maintain full-line capacity in Australia with designing and engineering, building and selling vehicles, according to reports in business media. The reports also quote Mr Lee as saying that the big family Holden would be replaced by a global car that would have more appeal both here and in overseas markets, but it would not affect the rollout of the next update. Were going to build a s**tload more great Commodores, he was quoted as saying. Its still an outstanding motor vehicle and one that we intend to produce for a long time. But if you look at the motorway here (in Melbourne), you see a lot of small cars. You see a lot of more fuel efficient vehicles on the roads than Commodore. The comments come after the release of a South Australian report, detailing that Holdens Elizabeth car manufacturing plant alone is worth more than $1.5 billion to the state economy each year and closure would lead to the loss of up to 16,000 jobs. SA Premier Jay Weatherill released the report last week, after the state Opposition called for a costbenefit analysis before the handover of more taxpayer money to the company. The study by University of Adelaide Business School head Barry Burgan, dated February 4, does not comment on the merits of further taxpayer backing. Holden is in negotiations with the SA and federal governments over a bailout to keep the Elizabeth plant operational beyond 2016 and economists have forecast a $200 million price tag. The Federal Government will contribute the bulk of the funding. Associate Professor Burgans report finds there are 2700 people directly employed by Holden in Elizabeth. The company purchases $530 million of goods from core local suppliers, supporting 5610 jobs. The new Nissan Navara is coming out of Spain this month keeping faith with the core product Nissan inspired by newmodels By PAUL GOVER The hulking Nissan Patrol is part of the company revival A TWO-YEAR drought will break with a bang when Nissan renews everything from its baby Pulsar to the hulking Patrol this year. It also has the compact Almera, a Diesel Dualis, and the battery-powered Leaf, as well as another sharpening tweak to the GT-R supercar to fold into a richer product mix. Then there are four upscale Infiniti models in a big brand stretch at the top end of the Nissan family. The flood of new models is intended to get Nissan on to many more Australian shopping lists, as the company looks to overtake Hyundai and Mazda to become the countrys favourite pure import brand. We will be putting eight new products into the market in the next 12 months. We have four on the Nissan side and four from Infiniti, says Dan Thompson, managing director of Nissan Australia. There are also the regular updates across the other models like the 370Z. Its all coming together within two years. Its great. Thompson is nearing the end of his time in Australia before taking up a promotion in Europe in April, but is clearly still committed to a product update thats easily the biggest since Nissan closed its local manufacturing operation in Australia. Weve got a lot happening. Leaf is in June, thats the next one to come, Thompson says. Then Almera, then Patrol, then Pulsar. Its all in the next 12 months. Probably the biggest challenge is probably prioritising things. Its going to be a busy, busy period. Thompson says the return of the Pulsar nameplate which was dumped by Japanese management in favour of the Tiida is a big event. Weve got big plans for the Pulsar and there is a lot of good stuff were going to do, especially with the hatch, he says. Right now, he says Nissan is working towards the end of the Japanese financial year and its target of overtaking Mitsubishi in Australia. Were also up there again in the top three fastest-growing brands. Were starting to get there. Weve had seven per centplus market share for a while now, he said. But Thompson says the new cars will make the biggest difference. Weve got the new GT-R landing this month. And thats a pretty big update for just a running change, he said. Weve got the update to the Z, which is the US cycle. Weve got Dualis diesel coming towards the end of the year. And we have some other big stuff. Weve got lots of good little running changes for all the core product. Weve got a new Navara product coming this month out of Spain.

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