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Market watch – new and used deals
The Audi A6 is about to get a mild refresh, so now is a good time to shop for the current version. Especially with deals like this: Motorpoint has an Avant in desirable S line trim, 08-plate, with just 1,010 miles, for £23,999.
That price represents a £6,271 saving over the current £30,270 list before options (metallic paint alone is £600).
Just to prove that the best deals aren’t always found on the internet, Broadspeed reckons it can save you up to £4,000 on a new Mercedes-Benz SLK – but only if you contact them by phone.
That sort of money off this kind of vehicle may mean considering remaindered stock (delivery miles only) rather than brand spanking new from the factory, but if you’re interested it’s got to be worth a call. Broadspeed’s number is: 0800 191 0000.
Last week we mentioned that Fiat has just introduced a two-wheel drive petrol version of it’s Sedici SUV hatchback. But the four-wheel drive diesel version is a better car. Fortunately UK Car Discount is advertising the 1.9 diesel in top spec Eleganza trim for £11,200 (£5,025 off list). Be quick as stock is limited.
Renault Clio upgrades
Renault has updated its Clio range, with changes to standard specification and trim grades.
The three-door range now runs from bottom to top as follows: Extreme, Rip Curl, Dynamique, and Dynamique S. The five-door range comprises Expression, Rip Curl, Dynamique, Dynamique S, and Initiale. Renaultsport models are unaffected.
Starting at the bottom end, Extreme gains front fog lights and ‘extra-tinted’ windows as standard, Expression adds cruise control, speed limiter, and automatic headlights and wipers.
Dynamique gains 16-inch wheels, sportier front wings, air conditioning, automatic lights and wipers, plus an upgraded stereo.
Dynamique S gets a sportier interior featuring new ‘zinc grey’ trimmings, white dials and part leather seats; a new 16-inch wheel design spruces up the exterior. Rip Curl and Initiale models remain unchanged.
Prices for the revised Clio range start at £9,495 for the three-door, £10,365 for the five-door.
New Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet is set to unveil an all-new small family car at the Paris Motor Show in October, and these are the first details.
It’s called the Cruze. It’s a very striking looking vehicle, with modern surfaces and a tapering roofline. We’ve no clear photos of the interior yet, but it’s said to feature a ‘twin-cockpit’ design, complete with ‘distinct centre console dividing the front into separate areas for driver and passenger’.
Three engines will be available at launch, 1.6-litre and 1.8-litre petrols with variable valve timing, plus a 2.0-litre common rail diesel. Look out for it in showrooms in Spring 2009.
Free fuel for Peugeot 308
Buy a new Peugeot 308 before the end of September, and Peugeot is offering to give you £308 worth of free fuel.
This applies to every car in the 308 range, including the recently introduced SW estate. If you choose one of the economical diesel engines (such as the HDi 90 that officially returns 62.8mpg combined) and Peugeot reckons its generosity should take you 3,000 miles.
If you prefer a petrol car, £308 of unleaded should be sufficient for 2,500 miles of travel in some models (according to the company’s calculations). The sums assumed £1.19 per litre of petrol, and £1.33 for diesel; with fuel prices currently dropping, you could go even further. See Peugeot’s website for more details.
Seat gets colourful
In spite of its new loud paint choices Seat has this week been regaling us with tales of its white paint success.
‘Candy White’, available on Ibizas and Leons, has been proving an enormous hit with Seat buyers. 886 white Seats sold up to August this year, that’s up 3,592%on the previous year.
This has prompted the Spanish marque to get even more creative, resulting in a selection of ‘Custom Palette’ colours, available on selected Seats for £550.
Alongside the ‘Lumina Orange’ shown, new car customers can also choose ‘Speed Blue’, ‘Kiwi Green’, and ‘Furia Grey’. Apparently the last one is a ‘stealth’ shade – not to be confused with unfinished primer.
Unfortunately the brigher hues don’t include a free pair of sunglasses.