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Journeys : August September 2009
Life on the move She says wouldn’t be without it now – they are just so practical. When I told him our next press car was the new XR6, he couldn’t get the smile off his face! Lindy George M No longer the domain of the tradie, the ute has become somewhat of an Aussie icon. Born out of practicality (yes, it was the idea of a woman!) the ute is far more than just a work-horse. Base models up to the XR6 are available as a cab-chassis or styleside box, while the XR6 Turbo and the XR8 are styleside box only. Our XR6 came with a 4.0 litre DOHC DI–VCT I6 engine with a five-speed auto transmission that delivered fuel consumption of 10.7 l/100km on the open highway. Safety features include Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), and driver and front passenger airbags. Add to that sports suspension and 17” alloys and the XR6 has great handling capabilities. The unique XR front bumper, side skirts, sports rear bumper and fog lamps distinguishes it from the base model – add a sports bar and hard cover for a very stylish look. And just because it’s a ute doesn’t mean you compromise on interior comfort – you get power windows, power mirrors, auto headlights, climate control and sports leather steering wheel, housing cruise and audio controls. The multifunction display features average fuel consumption, distance to empty, average speed and speed warning. The cloth trim sports seats have both driver and passenger lumbar support, so long distance driving can be done in comfort. The seats are also quick-tilt, giving you easy access to the storage space behind. Cup holders, door bins and a centre console bin give you ample storage in the cab – handbag, coffee and umbrella all stowed away beautifully. So if you don’t require a back seat but you do require carrying capacity, if you want the versatility of a ute, the sportiness of an XR and the comfort and safety of a sedan, then go test drive the new FG Falcon ute. ANCAP rating Green Vehicle rating ½ www.ract.com.au August / September 09 33 Viewings and fixed price on Saturdays from 9am-2pm or Mondays from 8am Auctions every Tuesday at 11am 56 Sunderland Street, Derwent Park y hubby’s BF Falcon ute is the first he’s ever owned and he certainly new car? Buy with Looking for a confidence at Pickles Auctions Ex-Tasmanian Government vehicles, most about two years old with 40,000km RACT Roadworthy Inspection with each vehicle (includes pre-registration certificate) 6428
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