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Toyota Australia has announced a zero per cent finance offer on its locally made Camry and Aurion models as it steps up its push to encourage people to ‘buy Australian’.

The special comparison interest rate applies to the Toyota Camry, Toyota Camry Hybrid and Toyota Aurion sedans, which are manufactured at Toyota Australia’s assembly plant at Altona in Melbourne.

The offer applies to customers of current model vehicles (excluding demonstrators) with finance applications received and approved and vehicles registered and delivered before December 31, 2012. A maximum finance period of 48 months applies.

Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said the finance offer was a demonstration of the company’s confidence in its locally manufactured vehicles, which are forced to compete with imported cars that benefit from the strong Australian dollar.

“Zero per cent is a way to encourage Australians to rediscover the value and other attributes of cars we build here,” Callachor said.

“It means more Australians than ever will be able to experience the style, driving appeal, advanced features and quality of Toyota cars that are built with passion and pride.”

 

The zero per cent finance offer is an extension of the brand’s Local Pride campaign that launched with a 60-second television commercial during September. The campaign is designed to give the public a fresh perspective on Australia’s locally built cars.

Sales of the Camry are up 22.9 per cent so far this year, with 17,120 sold across Australia in the first nine months of 2012.

Aurion sales have slipped 14.1 per cent to just 5877 units, although its decline is only half as bad as that of the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon, which are both down around 27 per cent in 2012.

Meanwhile, Nissan Australia has also announced a zero per cent finance offer for its Micra, X-Trail and Navara D40 vehicles.

The offer is available across all grades of X-Trail and Navara D40 throughout October for a maximum finance period of 36 months, while the deal applies to Micra until the end of 2012 for a maximum finance period of 60 months.

Nissan enjoyed record September sales last month, delivering 6228 vehicles across the country, with Navara (1812), X-Trail (1448) and Dualis (920) leading the way.

Mitsubishi Australia has also expanded its 0.9 per cent finance offer until the end of October following a positive showroom response in September.

The 0.9 per cent finance offer applies to all 2012 Lancer, Lancer Evolution and Outlander vehicles and 2012/2013 ASX models.

Mitsubishi is also offering the Triton GLX 4×4 from $34,990 driveaway throughout October.

Mitsubishi’s sales spiked 20.9 per cent last month compared with September 2011. The ASX hit an all-time sales record at 780 units, the Triton enjoyed a September record at 2326, while combined sales of Pajero (584) and Challenger (205) gave Mitsubishi its best monthly result in the large SUV segment in a decade.




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