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20 NT NEWS. CARSguide www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 0 -S E P -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 3 2 0 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 Race is on to test drive newM5 AT least 40 Australians are signing up for a session in the new twin-turbo BMW M5, but theyre headed for Europe to sample it. The new 412kW/680Nm M5, set for an appearance in Australia early next year, will be tested by more than 1300 people at Spains Ascari racetrack. The 26-corner 5.4km racetrack experience of the most powerful engine yet fitted to an M-Car is invitation-only good luck and will cost $1900. NewToyota sales topping 1m DESPITE sluggish new car sales figures earlier this year, Toyota Australia is still predicting improved vehicle sales and an annual tally of more than a million new vehicles for 2011. Executive director sales and marketing David Buttner says demand still suggests a result over the million mark, a tally only previous reached three times before: 2010, 2008 and the record 2007 market. Resurgence byKia Kia has popped back into the top 10 brands for vehicles sales in August, increasing its monthly tally by 10 per cent with sales of 2102 cars last month. Kia continued its dominance of the people-mover market with the Carnival, the Soul and Rondo all making ground. The brands SUV brigade of Sportage and Sorento also experience continued strong demand and Kia says it has improved supply of the pair. Mercedesmuscles in to create awork of art By MARK HINCHLIFFE Wehad a lot of Harley riders jumping on it because its so light and comfortable The Ducati Diavel AMG Special Edition THE high-performance tuning division of MercedesBenz has turned its hand to an Italian two-wheeled cruiser to create a carbon-fibre work of art and muscle. Ducati will show the result of their partnership with AMG the Diavel AMG Special Edition at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. The flagship model is based on the Diavel Carbon and features AMGs signature five-spoke wheels, carbon-fibre lateral radiator grills with aluminium trim, AMG sports exhaust system with engraved end caps and AMG horizontally ribbed seat upholstery. Every Desmodromic L-twin 120kW 1198cc engine has hand-set cam-timing authenticated with the name of the engine technician engraved on the left engine casing. Each bike will also have a numbered plaque on the fuel tank. It is dressed in matt black carbon fibre bodywork with an AMG Diamond White Bright stripe and frame. Production begins next year and orders are now open. Ducati Australia marketing co-ordinator Marina Strbac cannot confirm how many will be produced or allocated for Australia. But it is expected to cost more than $30,000 and will include a special-edition leather jacket and helmet. Ms Strbac says the Diavel Standard ($23,490) and Carbon ($28,990) are selling above target and winning conquests from HarleyDavidson. At the New Zealand Speed Show in July, we had a lot of Harley riders jumping on it because its light and comfortable, she says. But thats not what were after trying to win customers from other brands. Were also looking for people who havent had bikes for a long time. You are also correct to assume that some buyers are Ducati owners who want a second bike. Due to the Diavel filling a gap in the cruiser market, there is a vast mix in our buyer demographic. Ms Strbac says 60 per cent of Diavel buyers are opting for the more expensive Carbon. Green zone grows The countrys greenest new cars have been showcased, writes CRAIGDUFF The Nissan Leaf was a popular attraction at a taste test in Melbourne of the countrys greenest new cars MORE than 1000 people drove into the future in Melbourne last week in a brief taste test of the countrys greenest new cars. Plug-in battery cars were most popular, with the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi iMiEV dominating, during the second running of the Green Zone Drive. The Leaf was so popular the organisers had to schedule extra shifts to cope with unexpectedly high demand. The line-up at the Green Zone Drive for 2011 was smaller than last year, with 12 models against 22 in 2010, but the organisers reported a 15 per cent growth in support despite shorter working hours and no weekend running. Apart from the Leaf, the range of cars included two models Hondas CR-Z hybrid and the Volvo C30 DRIVe that are so new the carmakers would only agree to have them on display and not available for driving. But it was the chance to touch, tinker and talk about the latest vehicles that dragged passers-by in. Organisers said walk-up demand during the peak lunch-hour periods of the five-day event had been overwhelmingly positive. We probably didnt anticipate the volume of walkin bookings, spokesman Alexander Corne says. Thats a reflection of the venue (the Rialto in the citys CBD) and the amount of traffic but the response has been extremely positive in terms of people test driving the cars themselves and then stopping to talk. The event doesnt prefer one technology to another the cars on show are a representative cross-section covering pure electric motoring, petrol-electric hybrids and fuel-efficient petrol and diesel-powered vehicles. Carmakers involved were Audi, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault and Volvo. The RACV-backed event is intended to show drivers they dont have to lose anything be it space, handling or power, from buying the best-of-breed vehicles in each class. CARS ELECTRIC o Mitsubishi i-MiEV (two): 0g/km CO2 o Nissan Leaf (two): 0g/km CO2 hybrid o Honda Insight VTI-L: 4.6 litres/100km, 109g/km CO2 o Honda CR-Z (display only): 4.7 litres/100km, 109g/km CO2 petrol o Audi A1 1.4 Sport: 5.9 litres/100km, 139g/km CO2 o Honda Jazz GLi: 6.1 litres/ 100km, 138g/km CO2 diesel o Audi A6 3.0 quattro: 6.0 litres/100km, 158g/km CO2 o Renault Latitude (two): 6.5 litres/100km, 170g/km CO2 o Volvo C30DRIVe (display only): 3.9 litres/100km, 104g/km CO2 o VolvoV60wagon: less than 7 litres/100km, less than 160g/km CO2 o VolvoXC60D5Teknik: 6.9 litres/100km, 183g/km CO2 Enthusiasts give a seal of approval o David Jones, IT consultant: The one-stopshop nature of the Green Zone Drive is a big draw for David Jones, a confessed petrolhead with a passion for technology. Jones attended the first event last year and drove every car. He repeated that effort this year. Its a convenient way to compare the latest technologies, Jones said after climbing out of the Leaf. Im really impressed with the Nissan it is the closest to being an electric car youd drive but the price needs to come down to about $30,000 before it is good value. Jones was not as happy with the Volvo V60 wagon which, as with an increasing number of new cars, did not have a temperature gauge. I grew up driving when youd pull over to the side of the road if the engine got too hot. I cant do that in these cars, he said. o Peter Norman, bus driver: The eight-year-old Honda Civic in the Norman garage isnt ready to be retired yet but it has done well enough to convince Peter Norman to test drive the latest Jazz. My wife and I dont travel outside the city much any more so this size car is right for us, he said as he negotiated Melbournes city centre. Norman was impressed with how quiet the little hatch was and by the amount of rear seat and cargo space. o Scott Murray, university student: Business and pleasure combined for journalism student Scott Murray. This is fantastic, he said. I want to be a motoring journalist so Ive got a mate coming down and we will do some interviews and test some of the cars. I think its a smart idea. All the cars are in the one place at the same time so its easy for people to come and compare them. The Audi A1 and A6 were high on his priorities, along with the Volvo wagon.