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No Better Time Than December To Buy A New Ford

30 November, 2001

The continued weak nature of the New Zealand dollar has lead to a situation that will see the price of some new Fords increase from January 1, 2002.

"With the current outstanding range of Ford vehicles available, and recommended retail prices at the level they are, the few weeks left in 2001 represent an opportunity for customers to capitalise on the current situation," said Ford New Zealand Marketing Manager, Steve Pleciak.

"While the increases themselves are relatively small, we felt it necessary that we should let everyone who is considering purchasing a new car know that there will soon be changes to the current recommended retail price list."

Price rises on the Falcon brand are limited to three vehicles. The Forte and Futura increase in recommended retail price by $300 and $350 respectively, while the powerful new 220kW XR8 increases in recommended retail price $710.

There is to be no immediate change in the price of a new XR6, Fairmont or Fairmont Ghia.

The recommended retail price of a new Escape, Courier and Transit are also to increase from January 1, 2002.
The highly specified 3.0L 150kW Escape XLT, with on call four wheel drive, ABS and six stack in dash CD, will increase 3.2% to $49,500.

The two and four-wheel drive derivatives of the 2.5L Turbo Diesel XLT SuperCab Courier will increase $900, while there will be a $1500 increase in recommended retail price of a Long Wheel Base Transit.

"Given New Zealand's exchange rate levels, it is more than likely that new car prices will rise again next year. With the current comprehensive line-up available, and competitive pricing of new vehicles, there is simply no better time to buy a new Ford than now," said Mr. Pleciak.

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