In New Zealand the "new" 156 will hit the showroom floor in September (along with the 156GTA). Alfa Romeo NZ is now running a "special" deal on the outgoing 156. 0% interest over 36 months. You pay 1/4 at delivery, 1/4 in 12 months, 1/4 in 24 months and 1/4 in 36 months. This is based on the normal retail price of the car.
This isn't any different to the type of deal you can get from any other car dealer at any time. It's the normal thing to be offered a discount of ?% for cash then the interest charges soak up the discount so you end up paying the retail price over 1,2 or 3 years.
On the other hand, when some of the other car manufacturers do "specials" on run out models they offer far more attractive deals to get the old models out. Some might say that other manufacturers need to do this in order to sell any cars at all but when you consider that the most popular cars are things like the Corolla and Holden Commodore rather than the AR147 it says something about the average persons taste in cars.
However, I over the weekend I did see a far more attractive deal on the 156 being run. They were offering a minimum $10,000 tradein on all 156 models. This effectively gives a $10k discount. The only condition being that the tradein had to be legally road worthy ie. current WOF and Rego. If you were in the market you would buy/find an old dunger (road legal of course) for less than $1,000 and use it as the tradein. Great if you are a cash buyer. Be interesting to see how much of the $10k would be soaked up by interest charges.
So how are other countries handling the outgoing 156's. Any deals going?