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Holden Struggles As Hundreds Accept Redundancies
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: New cars are parked on the lot at the Holden manufacturing plant at Elizabeth on July 30, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. Holden, a subsidiary of American car giant General Motors recently reduced its staff in Adelaide by 400, in an effort to reduce operating costs. Holden and other local car manufacturers have received years of both federal and state government grants, and PM Kevin Rudd recently said he was "...determined to see this industry survive into the future." (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
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Thinking about buying a new car? Money has crunched some of the numbers for you.

The average price of new cars and SUVs is at an all-time high...and so is the average size of the loans that people are taking out to buy them.

Looking for additional safety features in your brand new car? You'll have to pay up for them. Some useful and effective safety features—such as a backup camera, inflatable seat belts, a rear-parking sensor, adaptive headlights, and automatic emergency brakes—will cost you several thousand dollars when you add them all up.

On the bright side, you can enjoy some big tax benefits by purchasing a car with eco-friendly features.