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The Northern Territory news Sat 23 Jan 2010



The Northern Territory news Sat 23 Jan 2010

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2 Northern Territory News, CARSguide, Saturday, January 23, 2010 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 3 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 3 0 2 C O L O R : C M Y K * ^ See mitsubishi-motors.com.au for further information. Offers at participating Mitsubishi Dealers only. While stocks last. Mitsubishi Motors Australia reserves the right to extend or modify these offers. Offers available on new vehicles ordered and delivered between 9 January and 31 January 2010. Business, Fleet sales by special arrangement. 10 year or 160,000km Powertrain Warranty (whichever comes first) (non transferable). *5 year or 130,000km New Vehicle Factory Warranty (whichever comes first). ^5 years or 130,000km Roadside Assist (whichever comes first). Service conditions apply. 4 year or 60,000km Capped Price Servicing (whichever comes first). Covers all items specified under the standard Maintenance for Normal Operating Conditions schedule detailed in the Service and Warranty Booklet. Additional service/repair items (if required) are at additional cost. Excludes Government and Rental Fleet customers. See your Dealer for full details. 1. Recommended selling price. 2. Drive away price includes 12 months Registration, CTP Insurance, Stamp Duty and Dealer Delivery. LMVD348 TDM1047/NT/6x7/SR $20,990 1 DRIVE AWAY 2 EXCLUDES METALLIC/PEARLESCENT PAINT $450 EXTRA. PRIVATE BUYERS ONLY. Lancer ES INCLUDES DRIVER, PASSENGER AND DRIVER KNEE AIRBAGS 2.0L MIVEC engine 5 speed manual Cruise control Power windows Power steering ABS brakes Active Stability and Traction Control LIMITED STOCK Exclusive to Darwin Mitsubishi 8946 4460. To see all offers visit buyamitsubishi.com.au or call 1300 13 12 11. $59,990 1 DRIVE AWAY 2 EXCLUDES METALLIC/PEARLESCENT PAINT $450 EXTRA. PRIVATE BUYERS ONLY. Pajero RX $5,000 EXTRA VALUE REVERSING SENSORS SIDE AND CURTAIN AIRBAGS 3.2L turbo diesel 5 speed automatic ARRIVING SOON tic MOTOWN DANCES By PAUL GOVER in DETROIT ABOVE: Mind your head ... a Dodge pickup on the ceiling made an interesting sidelight at the Detroit Motor Show. RIGHT: The Volkswagen New Concept Coupe. The NCC looks like a lot of fun W HAT a difference a year makes. Or not. Motown is still shiny and new for 2010, putting on its best face for the North American International Motor Show and highlight ing the potential for profits and sales improvement after one of the worst years in the history of the car business. Ford and General Motors are more global than ever before, the Euro pean flash brands have good lookers with potential for excitement, green cars are still making the pace, and there is a peek at the potential of the Chinese. Only Chrysler, in a strange and confusing joint display with its new part ners from Fiat, seems com pletely lost. As I walk into Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit I am not sure what to expect. The record shows 2009 was a disaster for the American motor industry in every way and some of the flashy drawcards at any major show Porsche, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and others have skipped Motown to concentrate on business. Last years Detroit show had a whiff of death, and not just for two of Amer icas traditional Big Three. Sales had tanked and most companies had diffi culty finding anything good to say. The good news for 2010 is that the bad smell is gone, blown away like like Pontiac and Saturn, and people are talking again of good times up ahead. The optimism is re flected in a wide range of cars, from the first truly global Ford Focus to the chunky GMC Granite con cept, the Volkswagen NCC that points to the new Jetta and the Mini Urban Beach concept that will become a born-again Moke. Fifty years from now, people will remember 2009, said Bob Lutz, the best known executive in American motoring. He is talking big and draws huge crowds when ever he steps on to the centre stage at General Motors. In typical Lutz style he draws the Japanese car brands into talk of the downturn, and deadpans an obvious conclusion for any American. I remain dry-eyed, Lutz said. GM has stabilised and looks to be on the way back from its bankruptcy and Ford seems strong as I check the blue-oval stand, taking a close look at the impressive Focus and the Coyote V8 engine that will soon be installed in the Falcon. Chrysler? Next ques tions. There are far fewer concept cars at the Detroit show of 2010, but the ones that are rolled into the spotlight have something important to say. And most are, in sharp contrast to the dreamy days of the noughties and earlier, actually developed from real-life production cars and not just some design fantasy. The Focus is absolutely real and comes as a sedan and hatch, the GM Aveo is the next Barina with big w h e e l s a n d t u n e r bodywork, the NCC is the upcoming Golf, and the Honda CR-Z is well, actually the production CR Z hybrid. But Detroit 2010 is still not what the show used to be and mean. The best example is the GM display, which has a lot more open space after the loss of Pontiac and Saturn Continued next page Big V8 takes centre stage AN engine, off all things, was the Aussie headliner at the Detroit Motor Show. But this one is not just any old engine. It is the all-new five-litre Coyote V8 that will soon be slotted into the Ford Falcon XR and, once a supercharger is bolted to the top, become the hero engine at Ford Performance Vehicles. In its most basic form it pumps out 307kW and 529Nm of power, well up on the present Falcon V8 and even better than Holdens 6.2-litre Chevrolet V8. The Coyote is seen for the first time in Detroit as part of the unveiling of the latest Ford Mustang, and is a radical remake of the V8 blueprint with lightweight, all-alloy construction and twin- overhead camshafts. We will be taking an engine from the Coyote family, said Ford Australias spokesman Sinead McAlary in Detroit. But thats as far as it goes. No-one is saying yet if the Coyote will be in the XR8, or used by FPV, or subject to a supercharged upgrade. Even the American engineer in charge of the Coyote program is sworn to secrecy in Detroit. I keep getting asked all these questions but I honestly cannot say anything, he said. My boss would kill me. Ford Australia is moving rapidly towards a Coyote future as it also prepares for a four-cylinder Falcon, as well as an LPG upgrade and a diesel powerplant for the Territory. Even its gearbox strategy is set for an overhaul, with the four speed used in lower-grade Falcons and the LPG model going in favour of a six-speed self-shifter. Ford knows it needs to make the Falcon more fuel efficient, which is why it has a local program tied into the goals of the Ecoboost operation. But it also needs to keep the car attractive to muscle-car shoppers.