Month of hot deals
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