HONDA has ramped up the sales offensive, offering free registration and third party insurance costs across four models until the end of the year while also revealing plans to add a diesel variant to its CR-V range.
From January, a 110kW/350Nm 2.2-litre oil-burner will be part of the CR-V sports utility vehicle line-up.
Prices are yet to be revealed.
It will be available in four-wheel drive only, partnered with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Honda quotes average fuel economy of 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres and 151g/km CO2 (manual transmission).
While the diesel CR-V is three months away, Honda dealers are looking to keep sales ticking over by offering free registration and compulsory third party insurance on all CR-V, Civic sedan, Accord or City during November and December.
This year has seen a vastly improved performance from Honda following a disappointing 2012 which was marred by supply constraints.
But the Japanese marque has enjoyed a strong return to form in 2013 - currently sitting on a 3.7% market share.
Honda remains in Australia's top-10 marques, and the new diesel CR-V is a vital component to continued success.
While the 2.0-litre (2WD) and 2.4-litre (AWD) petrol have been popular, the diesel option with strengthen its appeal against the segment leading Mazda CX-5 and the Toyota RAV4.
"We know how much our customers are looking forward to this addition to our line-up and they will also be happy to know it retains the petrol variant's huge interior space, creature-comforts and of course many of Honda's important active and passive safety features," Honda Australia director Stephen Collins said.
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