Month of hot deals

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - SHOWROOM -

JUNE might be the big­gest month for car sales and, there­fore, dis­counts, but many of the big brands have kicked off early with hot deals in May.

Af­ter be­ing knocked about by the $19,990 Hyundai i30 auto deal — $7500 off RRP for the third month in a row — Toy­ota has re­sponded by rip­ping an ex­tra $1000 off its pop­u­lar Corolla As­cent Sport auto, to $22,990 drive-away.

Mazda has “free on-roads” on the Mazda3 but this does not mean it’s a drive-away price. Deal­ers still add a “de­liv­ery fee” of $1500-$2500 — best to wait for a pub­lished drive-away price.

Mit­subishi has come out of hid­ing and put a deal on its age­ing but re­cently facelifted Lancer sedan, $20,990 drive­away this month with auto, about $4000 off RRP.

Toy­ota is now match­ing its rock bot­tom $26,990 drive-away price for new, un­driven, 2016built Cam­rys (pre­vi­ously this price was for 2015-built cars and so-called “demon­stra­tors”). This is about $8000 off the full RRP.

The Mit­subishi ASX re­mains the best buy in the com­pact SUV class at its al­most per­ma­nent dis­count price of $25,000 drive­away with auto. The ASX fits be­tween the tiny SUVs and the reg­u­lar com­pact SUVs, which is per­haps why its price strad­dles the two seg­ments. It’s a sound car at a good price.

June is ute sea­son but Toy­ota is get­ting in early with deals on its work­horse ver­sions of the HiLux. Early de­mand has been mainly for the flag­ship SR5.

The HiLux Work­mate crew cab 4WD (with 2.4-litre turbo diesel, hose-out vinyl floor but mod-cons such as seven airbags and rear cam­era) is now $41,990 drive-away, while the SR (with 2.8-litre turbo diesel, car­pet in­te­rior, seven airbags and rear cam­era) is $46,990 drive-away.

A word of warn­ing on this month’s Colorado deals. Holden is of­fer­ing free ser­vic­ing for three years on the ute range but, with the ex­cep­tion of the cheap­est model (the bare bones LS from $36,990 drive-away), all the other vari­ants have crept up by sev­eral thou­sand dol­lars over pre­vi­ous months.

So hag­gle hard or wait for a bet­ter deal in June, as Holden is in runout with this model and it has lim­boed lower pre­vi­ously.

Mit­subishi’s Tri­ton GLX-R+ is now a full-time mem­ber of the range, with a black grille, al­loy wheels, side rails, rear cam­era and, this month, free auto up­grade for the same price as the man­ual: $36,990 drive-away. This deal is about $4000 off the full RRP, al­though the Tri­ton has been this price be­fore.

By far the best deal, though, if the bud­get stretches that far is the top end Tri­ton Ex­ceed dou­ble cab auto: now $46,990 drive-away with leather, sat­nav, rear cam­era and ev­ery other avail­able mod-con. This is about $5500 off the full RRP.

May-bes (clock­wise from top left): Lancer, HiLux, Tri­ton and Corolla

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