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The Mercury Cars Guide : January 9th 2010
6--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, January 9, 2010 Buyers rejoice after tariffs tumble MATCH THAT: Suzuki Alto breaks the $12,000 barrier. SAVE: The Peugeot 4007 4WD is $1000 off. Consumers are the big winners thanks to the lowering of import tariffs and 2010 model upgrades. Neil McDonald reports CHEAP JEEP: Save $2500 on the Cherokee. AS importers rush to slash prices and pass on the 5 per cent import tariff drop, others are putting more equipment into their cars. Buyers can save as little as a few hundred dollars on a popular hatch or as much as $5500 on some four-wheel drives because of the tariff drop, which came into effect on January 1. Leather, electronic stability control and curtain airbags --- previously options on many cars --- are becom- ing more widespread. Suzuki is leading the way, with a new price benchmark for its Alto and Swift. The Alto now breaks the $12,000 price barrier, with the GL manual now $11,790 --- a $700 reduction. The GLX is $12,490, $2000 less than when it first went on sale last year. It is available for $12,990 driveaway and comes with anti-skid brakes, electronic stability control, six ai- rbags, alloys and driving lights. ''Let's see the Koreans match that,'' Suzuki Australia general manager Tony Devers says. The entry Swift now starts at $16,290, $500 less than it was last year. A Swift automatic is $17,990. Joining Suzuki are Peugeot and Chrysler, while Subaru has opted for a driveaway price for its Impreza R sedan. Before the recent limited drive- away offer, the Impreza R's price varied between $26,400 and $27,164 nationally. The new price is $24,990. Subaru Australia managing direc- tor Nick Senior says the company is applying the Federal Government's duty reduction in two ways. ''Via increased equipment and specification levels on our newest models, including Liberty and Out- back, and through tactical driveaway pricing programs, such as with Imp- reza R,'' he says. Nissan has boosted equipment on its X-Trail models for a modest lift in price. Honda has already passed on tariff cuts of between $1500 and $3000 on its Japanese and UK imports. But it has also upgraded its Thai-built Civic range. Curtain airbags are standard on the VTi sedan, while the VTi-L gets 10-spoke 16-inch alloys. The Civic 1.8 VTi now starts at $22,900, rising to $34,490 for the Hybrid. Chrysler has clipped Dodge Journey and Jeep Cherokee Limited prices. The Journey SXT is $36,990, a saving of $1000, while the R/T models are $3500 cheaper. The Jeep Cherokee is $37,990 for the 3.7-litre V6, a saving of $2500, while the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel is $44,990, a saving of $5500. Peugeot Automobiles Australia cut prices by up to $2200 to coincide with the addition of electronic stability control as standard on all its passen- ger vehicles. Even the new 4007 four-wheel drive has benefited. It now starts from $44,990, a saving of $1000 for the ST 2.2-litre HDi manual. Peugeot light commercials have also been reduced by between $600 and $2600. † Free rego, free CTP and free stamp duty offer only available on Octavia 2.0 TDI and Octavia 1.8 TSI Liftbacks and Wagons purchased and delivered from a koda Dealer between 12th December 2009 and 28th February 2010. * Bluetooth phone kit not available on 6sp manual RS; Ski & Luggage Box will replace it. **Offer available on koda vehicles purchased and delivered from a koda Dealer between 12th December 2009 and 28th February 2010 while stocks last. Accessory packages and options vary for each vehicle. Visit skoda.com.au for full range of accessories. SKOD0370_2/HM Euro Central koda, 118 Argyle Street, Hobart. Ph: (03) 6234 0200 DL: 73130 OVER $2,000 OF FREE ACCESSORIES ON EVERY KODA VEHICLE Visit skoda.com.au to see the full range of accessory packages available. PLUS •FREE Rego •FREE Stamp Duty • FREE CTP on every Octavia 2.0 TDI and Octavia 1.8 TSI Liftback & Wagon.† Race in to your local Dealer and get over $2,000 worth of free accessories on every koda model, including a selection of bike, surfboard and ski carriers, Bluetooth phone kits* , a Media Device Interface to control your music player via the touch-screen display, and a whole lot more** . Every koda also comes with Volkswagen Group technology under the bonnet, six airbags and ESP (including ABS, EBD and ASR) for safety, a 3-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, and a host of simply clever features throughout. Yo u r local koda Partner:
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