June’s showroom blooms
JUNE is the biggest month for new car sales, as dealers aim to close the books on a high note at the end of the financial year.
It’s also when businesses big and small follow accountants’ advice to upgrade assets, which often means buying a new car, van or ute.
Little wonder showrooms are flat out getting vehicles out the door.
There are plenty of “driveaway” deals, not all of them sharp. Here are our picks. CARS Holden has learned a tough lesson in the city-car class: the numbers after the dollar sign mean more to buyers than the improvements made to a new model.
The baby Holden Spark is now finally where it should have been all along: $14,990 drive-away with auto, about $4300 off the full price that no one paid.
If you’re prepared to haggle, you can pick up the new Kia Picanto manual for a red-hot $13,990 drive-away and the auto for $15,690 drive-away. The Picanto comes with more standard equipment than the Spark and an industry-leading seven year/unlimited kilometre warranty.
Creep up to $15,990 driveaway and get a slightly bigger car in the Hyundai Accent auto, with a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.
The recently revised Toyota Yaris auto and new Kia Rio auto remain good deals at $17,490 drive-away.
Suzuki has launched a new Swift, the GL auto priced at $17,990 drive-away. This is $2000 more than previously but it comes with built-in navigation, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, cruise control and a rear view camera.
Toyota’s Corolla Ascent auto is $22,990 drive-away but if the budget allows, step up to the Ascent Sport ($23,990 driveaway) as it comes with alloys, tinted rear glass, leather steering wheel and fog lights.
Fancy a small sedan? The Hyundai Elantra has finally come crashing back to earth after launching with fanciful pricing a year ago: it’s now $20,990 drive-away with auto.
Hyundai’s sister brand Kia has the Cerato S with “AV” pack (Apple Car Play, Android Auto and rear-view camera) for a low $20,490 drive-away with auto transmission and seven-year warranty.
In advance of an imminent model update, the Volkswagen Golf 92TSI with seven-speed dual-clutch auto has been slashed to $23,490 drive-away once you deduct a $2000 “factory bonus” from the already discounted price.
Among medium sedans, the Toyota Camry is back up to $26,990 drive-away (still a substantial $4000 off full retail but it was $25,990 earlier in the year). Go in prepared to negotiate — or wait for the price to get sharper before the local factory closing in October. SUVS Not everyone is a fan of the Holden Trax’s boxy looks but the city SUV is practical inside and has a new lease on life thanks to the updated 1.4 turbo engine. The Trax LS auto is $24,990 drive-away — $2500 off — including five years’ warranty and free servicing this weekend.
Nissan’s drive-away deals aren’t super sharp but the Qashqai ST auto is close to the mark at $27,990 drive-away for a 2.0-litre petrol front-drive.
Our pick, though, remains the Mitsubishi ASX at $24,990 drive-away with auto (once you use a $1000 Eftpos card to trim the price). This is about $4000 off the ASX’s launch price a few years ago.
Ford deals are customarily hard to come by and aren’t that generous. However, the Escape Ambiente auto (1.5 turbo front- drive) is worth a look at $29,990 drive-away, $2500 off.
Hyundai is pushing its Santa Fe SUV hard — there is a minor update in the next month or so and an all-new model is due next year.
But take a close look at what you can get for $39,990 driveaway — either an Active X V6 petrol ($5500 off) or the fourcylinder auto petrol ($6300 off).
The diesel Santa Fe is just $1000 more at $40,990 driveaway ($8500 off). All include five years’ free servicing to sweeten the deal until the end of this month.
Holden’s Trailblazer has been off to slow start since its update a year ago. The LT is now priced to appeal at $45,990 drive-away with three years’ servicing ($6900 off).
Making it a tough choice, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLX (with five-year warranty) is $47,500 drive-away — or $46,000 neat drive-away using the brand’s $1500 Eftpos card to get a further discount.
Down to earth prices: Hyundai Elantra; Mitsubishi ASX, right