But the reduction comes at a cost -- customers will be no longer offered five years free servicing.
The Preve will be priced from $15,990 drive-away for the 5-speed manual variant and $17,990 for model fitted a 6-speed CVT for the rest of 2013. In place of the generous free servicing promotion, Proton is introducing a capped price servicing scheme for the models first five annual services.
Powered by a 1.6L four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 80kW and 150Nm, the Preve boasts a pretty handy standard features list including 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, 60-40 split fold rear seat, and steering wheel audio and phone controls. Budget conscious buyers can also be reassured by the model’s five-star ANCAP safety rating.
General Manager of Sales & Marketing at Proton Australia Billy Falconer said the Preve delivers excellent value for money. “These days everyone is seeking excellent value and keeping an eye on their spending.”
“With this special offer we have Australia’s most affordable small car and the peace of mind of five years of capped price servicing, five years warranty and five years roadside assist. Added to that is the security of a five star ANCAP safety rating.”
Joel Helmes is the editor of the Behind the Wheel radio program, heard on more than 150 stations around Australia, and www.behindthewheel.com.au