14 Nov '11, 12am

Some Singaporeans turn to vans as car prices soar

Some Singaporeans turn to vans as car prices soar

Some Singaporeans turn to vans as car prices soar In effort to woo car buyers, dealers dress up commercial vehicles Published on Nov 14, 2011 Purchase this article for republication Buy SPH photos Renault sales consultant Mel Toh in a Kangoo van modified with glass side panels. -- PHOTOS: JOSEPH NAIR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES By Christopher Tan, Senior Correspondent When businessman Solomon Tang, 37, was shopping for a compact runabout for his mother-in-law recently, he bought a Renault Kangoo van. It may not be the last word in sleekness, but at around $70,000 brand new, the 1.5-litre diesel van was far cheaper than some of the cheapest passenger cars. An entry-level Toyota sedan, the Vios 1.5, for instance, costs $100,000. Mr Tang said of the van: 'It's more practical than a car. And it runs on diesel, so you save quite a lot.' Background story THE PRICE ATTRACTION A brand n...

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