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Holden slashes prices

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Holden slashes prices

David Berthon

November 3, 2007

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Holden dealers have huge savings on new VE Commodores, with some prices slashed by more than $8800.

The Holden Commodore Lumina limited-edition sedan, already with significant extra equipment over the Omega on which its based, is $33,697 drive-away, a saving of $5251.

The 3.6-litre (180kW) V6 Lumina is distinguished from the Omega by body colour rear-view mirrors and door handles, a Berlina-style grille and 18-inch alloy wheels (steel spare). It comes standard with stability control, anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags, a four-speed automatic and cruise control.

Comfort and convenience items include air-conditioning, rear parking sensors, a trip computer, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, tilt and telescopic steering column, steering-wheel audio controls, a CD player and remote central locking.

Bigger savings are available at Peninsula Holden at Bankstown on the higher-grade VE models - the 3.6-litre (195kW) V6 Calais with five-speed automatic is $43,570 drive-away, a saving of $7822. The flagship 6.0-litre V8 Calais V six-speed auto is $56,514 drive-away, an $8835 saving.

Extra items on the V6 Calais (over the Lumina) include side and curtain airbags, climate control air-conditioning, sports suspension, leather bolstered cloth trim, leather steering wheel, power front seats and a six-disc in-dash CD player. The V8 Calais V gains full leather trim, front parking sensors, memory mode on the power seats and a DVD player.

Peninsula Holden also has the performance-skewed 6.0-litre V8 SS sedan (pictured) in six-speed manual for $42,190 drive-away and the six-speed auto for $44,190 drive-away, each a saving of more than $8800.

Equipment on the SS includes four airbags, stability control, traction control, 18-inch alloy wheels, six-disc CD player, sports suspension and seats, and a full body kit with rear spoiler.

All VE sedans now have free registration and CTP green slip. Peninsula is now selling all models at invoice cost plus a dollar.

Additionally, the sedans carry a reduced dealer delivery fee of $190, normally $1895.

After a slow start following its launch in August last year the VE Commodore has gained momentum. Sales in the first nine months of this year were up by 9 per cent over the corresponding period last year.

The arrival of the all-new VE Commodore ute this month has been warmly received while the new Sportwagon variant, revealed at the recent Sydney motor show and due in the first half of next year, is also expected to lift considerably the car's profile and sales.

However, recent hikes in the price of crude oil have once again created concern about petrol prices and large six-cylinder cars.



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