Where the deals are

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Sub­sidised by its Malaysian par­ent, Aus­tralian buy­ers get drive-away prices across the board and free 24-hour road­side as­sist for a limited time. The cheap­est is the S16 G-spec man­ual for $11,990 drive away — the low­est-cost new car avail­able. It is also run­ning out the Savvy and Jum­buck (a new model is com­ing) with pric­ing from $12,990 and $14,990 re­spec­tively. Pro­ton said the prices were ‘‘de­spite volatile in­ter­na­tional ex­change rates’’ and that the new prices ‘‘have the po­ten­tial to save thou­sands’’ of dol­lars.

Sav­ings of up to $2000 are avail­able on some Civic mod­els and $500 on the City. This is Honda’s sec­ond price ad­just­ment this year af­ter pre­vi­ously re­leas­ing limited- edi­tion ver­sions of Jazz, Civic and Ac­cord. The cheap­est Civic is the VTi man­ual at $22,490, down $500, while the VTi-L man­ual has dropped $2000 to $24,690. The Jazz-based City sedan is now from $18,990, a sav­ing of $500.

Limited and spe­cial edi­tion mod­els of the RAV4, Camry and Corolla are teas­ing the mar­ket. In the Corolla’s case, the spe­cial edi­tion pre­cedes a new model and only the As­cent gets an up-specced and down-priced ver­sion. The As­cent Sport costs $22,250 plus on-road costs and in­cludes $1600 of ex­tras for an ad­di­tional $510 over the As­cent model on which it is based. A limited-edi­tion RAV4 all-wheel drive is on the mar­ket for $32,490, claim­ing $1700 of ex­tras for $500 more than the base model. Toy­ota has re­leased the Camry Tour­ing ver­sion — an an­nual show­room spe­cial— for $30,990, a $2000 dis­count.

Its small­est car, the Mito, gets a more pow­er­ful en­gine and a price clunk to be­low $30,000 — the first time the Mito has come un­der this price thresh­old. It’s now $29,990 plus on-road costs.

The seven-seat C4 Pi­casso peo­ple mover is now $39,990 drive­away with Citroen claim­ing it’s a sav­ing of more than $6000. The C5 sedan has dropped $3000.

Price cuts for the Cer­ato are achieved by a limited-edi­tion model that saves buy­ers $3000. The Cer­ato is now from $25,990 with all on-road costs in­cluded.

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