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      06-14-2009, 07:03 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by BMW //MPOWER View Post
A bit of a reverse example that shows how much more we get screwed on cars here, for those mentioning how far away from everything we are, which is BS, it's all about taxes and a lack of competition.

Have a look at the locals, a top of the line Holden SS (or SSV whatever they call them these days) will set you back roughly $50k off the lot, for an Australian built & delivered car. The same car, converted to RHD and dressed up as a Pontiac is sold driveaway in the US for $30k (USD$24k) with a longer warranty and scheduled servicing included! Go Figure!
Well, don't appreciate the swearing, but on the point you're making:
The tax regime is not that damaging (luxury car tax aside) and allows us to have some sort of health system at least. Competition: There's quite a few brands wanting to sell their cars here so I'd say that doesn't really come into it. The size of the market is the key I think. Everything becomes more expensive in smaller numbers. As for the Commodore; being the basic car that it is, it would probably be difficult to sell it for more in a huge market that is spoilt for choice with much more sophisticated offerings at reasonable prices.
320d | 6sp Auto | Tasman Green | Beige Dakota Leather/Burr Walnut | Memory Mirror & Seats | Electric Lumbar Support | Alarm | Active Cruise | Adaptive Xenons | Business Navigation with iDrive | Hi-Fi with iPod Interface | Already over 29000 km !