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Journeys : Dec10 Jan11
32 December 2010 / January 2011 Buying a new or used car has never been easier. autoSEARCH Tasmania will: • Find the type of vehicle you require • Arrange a discounted RACT Vehicle Inspection, if required • Negotiate a special ROADSIDE cardholder’s price, including your trade-in • Arrange a manufacturer’s or dealer’s warranty on most vehicles sold. This independent service is free to RACT ROADSIDE cardholders. Statewide 0418123 060 Hobart 6231 9992 • Launceston 6334 3965 autoSEARCH autoSEARCH Life on the move Ford Fiesta ECOnetic With vehicle manufacturers vying for the eco-friendly trophy, we’ve witnessed the birth of the hybrid and now full-electr ic vehicles, both of which usually come with a hefty price tag. Ford has taken a different approach in developing a car with green credentials. The Fiesta ECOnetic has an ultra-efficient common- rail turbo diesel power plant that achieves 3.7L/100km on the official combined cycle. Indeed, it is Australia’s most fuel- efficient car. The engine is a 1.6 litre diesel with a Diesel Particulate Filter (so add DPF to your list of motor ing acronyms). It’s only currently available as a five-speed manual, although we hear a Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) is on the way. The specification for the ECOnetic is based on the premium Z-Tec so there are plenty of extras as standard. The thing we liked best about driving the ECOonetic is the feeling that we were still driving a real car, not some space station on wheels. The ECOnetic retains all the dynamic abilities of the petrol Fiesta var iants, giving that light and nimble feel that hybrids still don’t deliver (not the ones mere mortals can afford, anyway). Without adjusting nor mal driving patterns the ECOnetic produced economy in the mid 4L/100km and around town just on 5L/100km. The Toyota Pr ius we drove a year ago didn’t come near these numbers in and around Hobart’s hilly topography. While the pr ice tag of around $25,000 drive away is a little dearer than your average Fiesta, it still cuts $15,000 off a base-level Pr ius. The only drawback we immediately found was the smell of diesel on your hands when you filled up. Disposable gloves solve that problem – but on the positive side, you wouldn’t be visiting the ser vo too often w ith this sort of economy! Lindy George and Darren Moody First drives Life on the move
Oct Nov 2010
Feb March 2011