Holden fuels gold
THE high cost of fuel is seriously affecting sales of new cars, so makers are getting more creative.
Holden is leading the way with a 99c fuel offer, capping the cost of fuel at 99c a litre on all new cars sold before October 31.
Holden will pay the difference between the pump price of 91 RON and diesel for 20,000km or two years, whichever comes first.
The larger Commodore and Captiva models are feeling the pinch most but the deal extends across the range.
‘‘We will provide this cap across all segments to ensure the benefits are as widely available as possible, given that fuel prices affect all drivers regardless of the size of their cars,’’ Holden executive director of sales Alan Batey says.
The 99 cent offer isn’t Holden’s only attempt at trying to ease the fuel-price problems. It has just launched a new two-wheel-drive Captiva with a diesel engine (top).
The engine is the same 2.0-litre unit found in the all-wheel-drive model. Holden claims economy figures of 7.2l/100km for the fivespeed manual and 8.5l/100km for the five-speed automatic.
Manual prices start at $33,990, automatic at $35,990.