Fast For­ward

Hot hatches re-ig­nite age-old ri­valry

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

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.

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