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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Cost of living debate: Chevrolet Cruze vs Holden Cruze 

The Cruze has caught my eye lately as a potential family car, and since it's offered in NZ (with a Holden badge) and Canada (with a Chev badge) with the same 1.8L petrol 'ecotec' engine and a 6-sp manual gearbox, I decided to compare prices:

Alberta incl GST $17,275
(NZD22,204 on today's exchange rate)

New Zealand incl GST $29,300

So that's NZD7000 (25%) more!

If sales tax here was 15% (which it is in some provinces) the price of the Chevrolet Cruze would increase to CAD19,000 (NZD24,422), so it would still be NZD5000 cheaper than exactly the same car in New Zealand, albeit with the steering wheel on the other side and no running lights.

Rip. Off. Alert.

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