They’ve all gotta go

There’s no time like now to buy new

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cover Story - NEIL DOWLING neil.dowling@cars­guide.com.au

JUNE 30 is D-Day.

The end of the fi­nan­cial year is the best time to buy a new car be­cause there are al­ways spe­cial deals in show­rooms.

As car­mak­ers and deal­ers aim to clear their out­dated stock, Toy­ota uses a June push to ce­ment its show­room lead­er­ship. Some of the spe­cial deals are on cars that have done demon­stra­tor duty, or were built in 2012, or are just not sell­ing as well as ex­pected. So they’re not the tasti­est fruit in the bowl.

But there is great buy­ing across the board as de­mand for new cars fu­els one of the long­est growth pe­ri­ods in mo­tor­ing. The bot­tom line is that you can save money— and lots of it.

So here’s a look at the June sales, with Cars­guide’s as­sess­ment of the best deals on wheels.

CITROEN

The new im­porter is push­ing hard so the Air­cross SUV starts at $31,990 drive-away fron­twheel drive or $33,990 with AWD, a sav­ing of $3800. There’s $5000 off the C4 Se­duc­tion turbo diesel auto hatch at $25,990. Cars­guide says: The Air­cross isn’t great, but the C4 dis­count is tasty.

FORD

The death no­tice for the Fal­con and Ter­ri­tory has not helped buyer con­fi­dence but a 2.9 per cent fi­nance push on Fi­esta and Fo­cus still looks good. The su­per­seded Kuga SUV from $31,990 drive-away is a $10,000 sav­ing. You can save about $3000 on a 2012 Es­cape SUV from $27,990 drive-away.

The Ter­ri­tory gets a $6500 tickle, the TX seven-seater at $38,490 drive-away (third-row seat usu­ally costs $2500). The im­pres­sive Mon­deo lift­back starts at $29,990. Good buy­ing on Fal­cons, thanks to the ar­rival of the VF Com­modore, from $33,990 and bet­ter if you hag­gle.

HOLDEN

As the VF Com­modore cre­ates queues, the out­go­ing Z-Se­ries starts at $34,990 with five years’ war­ranty and road­side as­sist.

That also ap­plies to the SV6 at $35,990 and the Cruze SRi and SRi-V at $23,490 and $26,990. Last year’s Ba­rina CD hatches are $15,990 drive-away with a sun­roof. The Colorado is $39,990. Hard to see past the ex­cel­lent Cruze SRi.

HONDA

Clipped prices and free on­roads. The City VTi sedan is $17,990 and the (slightly) more lav­ish VTi-L au­to­matic ver­sion starts at $21,990. The big­ger Civic sedan is be­ing cleared from $21,990. Free auto on the Jazz VTi at $19,990. The Civic is worth a look at $2500 off.

KIA

Free on-roads, dis­counts and $1000 gift vouch­ers on many mod­els. A five-door Rio S is about $3K off at $15,990 drive­away with a $500 gift card; the three-door Rio is $14,990 and the five-door Si is $18,990. Runout Cer­ato TD sedans start at $17,990 for the S, sav­ing about $5000, the Si sedan is $23,990 and hatch at $17,990. All get a $1000 gift card. Cer­ato SLi and SLS have drive-away pric­ing but miss the gift card.

All Op­ti­mas have free on­roads. A 2012-build Op­tima Plat­inum is $37,990, sav­ing about $4000 with a $1000 gift card.

Most Sportage SUVs in­clude on-roads and a $1000 gift card. Car­ni­val and su­per­seded Rondo pric­ing is drive-away. The Sportage diesel and Op­tima are top-notch.

MIT­SUBISHI

The man­ual Lancer gets an old-school value pack on the Spe­cial Ac­tion Model for $19,990 drive-away. The Mi­rage is $12,990 drive-away for the ES man­ual, with a $500 cash-back that also ap­plies to the auto.

Drive­away prices also for the com­pact ASX at $24,990 for the 2WD man­ual, the Out­lander LS 2WD auto at $29,990, Pa­jero GLX-R auto at $54,990 or $59,990 for VRX. Both come plus $3000 cash­back, sav­ing about $6000.

The Tri­ton ute is now tack­ling Great Wall from China at $19,990 drive-away for a GL sin­gle-cab 2WD with al­loy tray, or add lux­ury for a GLX dual-cab4WD diesel at $31,990 drive-away with $2000 cash-back, sav­ing about $14,000. The utes look good at those prices.

NIS­SAN

A 2.9 per cent fi­nance pack­age, with agreed value af­ter three years, makes the Pul­sar ST sedan look good at $49 a week or $19,990 drive-away. The

Toy­ota Camry Atara SX

Honda Civic VTi

Re­nault Koleos Priv­i­lege

Opel As­tra

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