The big deal on small cars
SMALL-CAR buyers are set to be the big winners of a threeway fight among the top-selling brands in the run to the end of the financial year.
Australia’s favourite car for the past two years, the Mazda3, has been dragged into a duel with Toyota’s Corolla and Nissan’s just-released Pulsar.
Nissan stunned the industry last month when it introduced the Pulsar hatch— with runout pricing. It starts at $18,990 plus on-road costs, at least $1000 less than the competition and rewinding the RRP of a Pulsar by 24 years.
The catch with the Pulsar hatch is that it doesn’t arrive in showrooms until next month. To entice buyers until then, Nissan has extended its driveaway deal on the Pulsar sedan: $19,990 drive-away.
This undercuts the driveaway price of the Mazda3, which is $20,490 out the door. But the Mazda is available as a sedan or hatch at that rate, and includes the cost of metallic paint. Nissan’s metallic paint adds $450, making the real transaction prices line-ball. Automatic adds $2000 to both.
The Pulsar has the dearest fixed-price servicing among its peers but Mazda doesn’t have one at all. Only once they buy their Mazda are owners given access to password-protected ‘‘ menu’’ pricing on the internet. We don’t know how it compares as Mazda declines to make the information public. Seven of the top 10 brands publish extensive and transparent servicing prices on their websites.
Into the fray comes the