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by Tim Beissmann

Renault Australia is offering the 2011 Renault Koleos SUV with three years’ free scheduled servicing for a limited time.

Between now and the end of March, participating Renault dealers will offer the special deal to all new Koleos buyers.

For petrol models, it includes four services with intervals of 10,000km, to a maximum of 40,000km or three years (whichever comes first).

For diesels, there are three services with 15,000km intervals included, to a maximum of 45,000km or three years (whichever comes first).

Renault Australia predicts the offer will lead to approximately $1400 worth of savings to owners of both petrol- and diesel-powered models over the three year period.

Renault Australia managing director, Justin Hocevar, said the brand believed removing the costs of scheduled servicing from the family budget for the first three years would appeal to buyers in the compact SUV market.

“The benefits are not only budgetary, because by having the vehicle serviced by an authorised Renault dealer will ensure that only genuine and approved Renault parts will be fitted, ensuring the ongoing reliability and durability of the vehicle,” Mr Hocevar said.

“That’s good for peace of mind as well as enhancing the resale value of the vehicle at the end of its time with the first owner.”

The Renault Koleos is available in three specification levels, with the option of front- and all-wheel drive, petrol and diesel engines, and manual, automatic and continuously variable transmissions.

Prices range from $28,490 for the Expression 4×2 manual (currently $29,990 driveaway) to $43,990 for the Privilege 4×4.

The Koleos is a small player in the compact SUV segment, with just 816 sales in 2010 giving it a 0.7 percent share of the market. Sales were down almost 20 percent compared with 2009, when the Koleos had a 1.2 percent share of the market.

Read CarAdvice’s full drive review of the Renault Koleos.




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