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Carmakers begin 2002 with product enhancements

Motor manufacturers are enhancing their product offering in the guise of New Year/January sales promotions.

Vauxhall has cut prices in its Corsa range and has reintroduced its free insurance programme, following an 8% rise in sales in 2001 of the car. The range gets price decreases of up to £765, air conditioning as standard on the Comfort range, more upper-segment specification (bigger alloys on the Elegance, improved CD/radio and foglights), three-year 0% finance on the Comfort, free insurance on the Club and SXi and special rate finance.

Until March, Citroen is offering £1,500 cashback on the Xsara Picasso XS petrol models, plus £1,380 cashback on the Xsara 1.4i LX, putting its price below £9,000.

Proton is offering deals on all its models – excluding 1.3 versions – aimed at adding more than £1,000 in value to its range.

The Wira – and Satria 1.5 Sport and Satria GTi - will now come with one year or 9,000 miles free servicing, five year warranty, free electric sunroof and six CD autochanger until March 31, 2002. The new Impian 1.6 four-door saloon comes with one year free servicing, five year warranty, si CD autochanger and free metallic paint.

The 1.6 X Impian is available with three year/27,000 mile free servicing, five year warranty and free metallic paint. And until the end of March all new Proton's, except the 1.3 versions, are available with £750 cash back.

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