Hot hatches re-ignite age-old rivalry
AUSTRALIANS gorged themselves on new cars in June, the biggest month on record.
But if you missed out there are still good deals to be found.
As one dealer told us this week: “Now we’ve got to push a rock back up a hill again”. We’re pretty sure that’s industry jargon for selling more cars to meet monthly sales targets.
Hyundai is backing up again this month, after the i30 hatch became the top-selling car in June. This time the deal is on the Active X, the next model up from the base grade, and comes with automatic transmission, a rear-view camera, alloy wheels and leather seats for $21,990 drive-away, a massive saving of $7000 off full retail price.
Need something smaller? You won’t see the price advertised widely but a Toyota Yaris automatic hatch can be had for $17,590 drive-away if you ask nicely (the price premium for auto is back down to $1600, after a few months at $2000 above the $15,990 driveaway for the manual).
The Ford Kuga MkII petrol automatic SUV makes good buying at $29,990 drive-away, sweetened by a 1.9 per cent finance offer. The low interest rate also applies to the diesel Territory at $41,490 drive-away.
Holden’s Colorado LS crew cab 4WD ute is now at “fleet price” ($36,865 drive-away for the manual and $37,865 driveaway for the auto) but the fiveyear warranty deal offered in June has ended.
There are a handful of superseded Mitsubishi Tritons left in stock at $29,990 drive- away, and the about-to-be superseded Mitsubishi Challenger SUV is a rock bottom $39,990 drive-away, close to $10,000 off.
Nissan is offering sharp finance deals but is still not putting the price of its cars in a headline number.
But we can tell you a Pulsar auto hatch or sedan can be had for $24,990 drive-away with zero per cent finance over three years. There is still some wriggle room in that price, so be sure to haggle.