Holden fu­els gold

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Newcomers -

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.

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