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LAP OF LUXURY
FANCY a new car, but can’t stretch the budget enough to buy one? The Cairns Post and Far Northern Mitsubishi dealers are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a new car worth $40,000.
Readers will have a choice between a Mitsubishi Outlander LS 7 seat wagon auto or a Mitsubishi Triton GLX double cab 4x4 ute manual.
And if fuel prices are adding to your budget problems, we can help too.
Each day during the promotion, The Cairns Post will give readers a chance to win $100 worth of fuel a day.
Simply log onto www. cairns.com.au and enter the code number found on the promotional ad each day.
Look for details of the competition inside today’s The Weekend Post. IN this fast-paced world of technology where flat screen TVs and MP3 players are becoming necessities, the motoring industry has not been left behind.
More than 97 per cent of drivers expect to have at least three of what used to be considered luxury items included in a medium-priced car and they feel duped when having to pay extra for them, says research conducted by distributors of the Mahindra Pik-Up utility vehicle.
TMI Pacific chief operations officer Claire Tynan said an average of 90 per cent of participants thought items such as airconditioning, power steering, remote central locking, CD/MP3 player and power windows should come standard in new.
“The days of getting RSI from winding your windows up and down or turning a heavy steering wheel are long gone,” she said. “Less than 3 per cent of those surveyed said they wanted a basic car for a basic price with no extras included. The bar has certainly been lifted.”
When asked what the one feature Australian drivers couldn’t live without, the answer was airconditioning for 45 per cent of people.
Power steering came next, with 25 per cent saying they would struggle without it over and above any other item.
Next were safety features, which gained more of the votes than true creature comforts such as remote central locking, a CD/MP3 player and power windows.
“Aussie drivers are discerning consumers who undoubtedly expect value for money propositions,” Ms Tynan said.
“Even within the utility vehicle category, which has traditionally appealed to farmers and tradies due to their basic workhorse appeal and practical functionality, we’re seeing consumers gravitate towards a vehicle which offers much more.”
RAISING THE BAR HIGHER
CHRYSLER has announced it is developing new technology for customer convenience.
Expect an in-vehicle wireless internet connectivity system, rear Cross path and blind spot monitoring systems and a host of in-vehicle connectivity and entertainment systems as optional extras.
Chrysler LLC executive vice president of product development Frank Klegon said the features would be introduced to the line-up in 2009.
“In today’s market, Chrysler’s mission is to bring innovation to market more quickly, ultimately resulting in more customer satisfaction and convenience. Each of these unique Chrysler technologies delivers on that mission,” he said.
The in-vehicle wireless system will provide high-speed data transfer and convenience, combining WiFi and 4G connectivity to transform the vehicle into a “hot spot” to deliver internet and email access, plus movie and music download capability.
Voice commands can input addresses to the navigation system and access voice mail with Chrysler’s UConnect Bluetooth hands-free system which recognises more than 100,000 words and is capable of learning new words.
Chrysler’s rear cross path system warns drivers reversing of traffic moving toward their vehicle, but outside the driver’s field of vision, via an illuminated icon on the sideview mirror and with an audible chime.
The blind spot monitoring system aids drivers when changing lanes if being passed by vehicles or when vehicles are positioned in the blind spot zone.