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Best end of year van deals

Citroen's Berlingo compact van is currently available for $25,990 drive away.

Competition is running hot in the van segment at the moment and that means great deals for customers.

The major brands are keen for a good start to 2015 and that means a lot of sharp deals for the first two months of the year.

Low profile brand Citroen currently has a hot deal on its Berlingo compact hauler, offering the 66kW diesel manual long body version for $25,990 drive away. It has also thrown in an extended warranty, covering it for five years/200,000km.

Volkswagen has two limited edition vans available now, with special drive-away pricing.

They are called Runner models and are effectively entry-level models.

The Caddy Runner is based on the TSI 160 petrol version of Volkswagen’s small van. It is not loaded with gear, but does have airconditioning as well as stability control, and costs $23,990 drive away.

The Transporter Runner, based on the TDI 250 diesel, is not completely void of features either and has just picked up Bluetooth phone connectivity and cruise control in addition to AC and stability control.

Volkswagen is currently offering it for $32,990 drive away.

Renault is receiving initial stock of the new Master large van, but there are a fair few of the old one left and that means bargains are to be had.

The company hasn’t locked in incentives with the dealers, instead asking them to check in when someone is interested, so it might well be worth asking.

The company does have an extended warranty offer in place at the moment to help its Kangoo compact van, which covers it for five years or 200,000km.

Ford is offering two special deals with price cuts and extended warranty deals for its front-drive Transit Custom vans.

The first is a short wheelbase model at $38,990 drive away and the second is the long wheelbase version for $40,990 drive away.

These are keen prices, especially as Ford has now introduced an extended warranty that lasts for five years/200,000km.

Both models are standard, but the Transit is very well specified and each van has a five-star crash safety rating, stability control, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, a bulkhead and even heated seats.

There is only one transmission, a six-speed manual, as an automatic is still being developed, and only one engine, a 2.2-litre turbodiesel.

Fiat is not doing any special deals on its just-introduced Doblo and Ducato vans, maintaining the strong pricing structure from the launch, including the well specified Doblo compact van from $22,000 for the petrol 1.4 and the larger Ducato with a 3.0-litre diesel from $38,000, but neither price includes drive-away costs.

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