The show’s on the road

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THE run­ning of the 2009 Mel­bourne Mo­tor Show be­came real this week. With the open­ing only 21 days away, we’re chas­ing down leads, looking for­ward to all sorts of pre­views — per­haps a Mazda3 MPS, def­i­nitely Aus­tralia’s first plug-in elec­tric car — and talk­ing to peo­ple about how the show will re­flect this year’s Aus­tralian motoring scene.

Suzuki is bullish and still talk­ing about record re­sults, Holden is cau­tious and Toy­ota is hit­ting its tar­gets, but BMW and Mercedes-Benz are wor­ried about a slump in lux­ury-car sales.

By the time you read this, we will also be sift­ing through the first of­fi­cial Vfacts sales fig­ures of the new year.

We’ll have a re­port next Fri­day as well as pre­dic­tions on what the Jan­uary re­sults mean for the rest of the year.

But, back to the show. Bob Ro­man is putting the fin­ish­ing touches to a spe­cial Au­totek draw­card for the Mel­bourne Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre and we will also have an­other an­nual prize pack — Au­totek has been a cars­Guide part­ner for more than five years at show time— for next week’s liftout.

We have also heard Toy­ota is go­ing all-out for Mel­bourne by build­ing a triple-decker stand.

The ar­rival of the Mit­subishi iMiEV plug-in bat­tery car will be in sharp con­trast to one of the cars in the an­nual Shan­nons Auc­tion, a 1914 Rauch & Lang, built dur­ing the last boom in elec­tric cars.

The new Fi­esta is likely to be a big pres­ence for Ford at the show. There could even be the classy Kuga all-wheel drive wagon.

Holden will prob­a­bly push even harder on the E85 ethanol front with the Com­modore.

En­gine room: there will be plenty to look at un­der the bon­net at this year’s Mel­bourne Mo­tor Show.

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