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Proton Offers A Jolly Bonus That Will Have Jumbuck Waltzing Out The Door

December 31st, 2007

Malaysian carmaker Proton has given Australian buyers plenty to cheer about after recent drought easing rains with a jolly New Year value-added offer, a free ATV quad bike with new Jumbucks ute sold in Australia during January.

The quad bike, with a retail value of $2,300, will be a bonus with every new Jumbuck once the customer buys $1000 worth of genuine accessories during the first month of 2008 allowing buyers to explore the great outdoors or put the hardworking machine to use on the farm or in the workplace.

The special quad bike bonus makes the Australia's lowest cost and most economical commercial vehicle an even better proposition.

Priced from just $14,990 for the GLi (plus on roads) and $16,990 for the up spec GLSi (plus on roads) the Jumbuck is already a sharply priced workhorse while the addition of a quad bike as part of the deal makes it a welcome money saver particularly for long suffering rural producers.

According to Proton Cars Australia managing director John Startari the Jumbuck quad bike offer is a way of adding extra value and enhancing the attractiveness of Australia's toughest half tonne ute.

"Jumbuck has found great favour with buyers around the country thanks to its economy and reliability and this special limited offer will make it even more attractive," said John Startari.

"It will have special appeal to farmers and rural producers but will also be a major buying feature for those keen to head off road with the quad and have some fun in the dirt," he said.

"It will appeal to a wide range of buyers from security companies who could use the quad for patrolling large factory complexes and estates to vineyard operators who can use the Jumbuck and its smaller mate to access the narrow vine rows," he added.

"Small farm and hobby farm operators can keep fuel costs down on trips to town while using the free quad bike to work around their property.

"Effectively you are getting a package valued at $18,290 for just $15,990 with the Jumbuck GLi and a $20,290 package for just $17,990 with the GLSi," said John Startari.

The 50cc petrol powered quad bike fits neatly into the Jumbuck's spacious load tray and can be tied down using the standard tie down hooks already fitted to the Proton ute.

The $1000 accessory purchase to qualify for the free quad bike can include anything in the Proton genuine accessory catalogue such as a tow bar, tonneau cover, hard lid, weather shield, tray liner or any one of the range of versatile items designed to enhance the Jumbuck.

Adding to the Jumbuck's cost effective credentials is the fact that motoring organization the NRMA's Business Wise website named it the lowest cost commercial vehicle to own and operate in Australia during 2007.

The NRMA Business Wise website shows that the Proton Jumbuck ute cost just $155.05 per week to own and run calculated on an average usage of 25,000km per year over a three year ownership period for business use.

The figures indicate that the Jumbuck is up to $400 a week less expensive to run than one of the most popular diesel four wheel utes and significantly less expensive than larger six-cylinder utes whether they are run on LPG or petrol.

The figures indicate that the higher purchase prices of diesel powered vehicles actually negate any fuel efficiency advantages they might offer over a three year period, flying in the face of conventional wisdom which usually suggests that diesels are cheaper to run.

The Proton Jumbuck combines the comfort of a small passenger car with the practicality of a utility. Its 1.5 litre 4-cylinder OHC engine is both economical and lively.

The Jumbuck GLi also comes equipped with factory fitted air-conditioning; power steering, AM/FM CD audio system, central locking, remote keyless entry and alarm with panic button as standard.

The higher spec Jumbuck GLSi is equipped with cloth trim, 14" alloy wheels, electric remote mirrors and power windows along with a four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system.

The Jumbuck comes with Proton's Quality Care package, which includes a 3-year/100,000-kilometre warranty along with 24-hour roadside assistance for the life of the warranty.

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