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It’s time for the latest Weekend Deals on Wheels, which looks at four factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers.

Fiat Panda Pop – $14,500 drive-away

Ok, it’s not powered by the great little TwinAir two-cylinder turbo engine that sounds vaguely like a hornets nest, but a Fiat Panda Pop for $14,500 drive-away looks like an interesting deal to consider.

Especially given the car’s official list price is $16,500 plus an extra few grand for on-road costs. This $14,500 offer is a factory-backed deal contingent on stocks, and you’ll have to see your Fiat dealer to get that information. Check also the build year.

Italy’s favourite car — seriously, Pandas dominate roads there like Commodores dominated our roads in the 1990s — is a left-of-centre rival for the Mitsubishi Mirage and Suzuki Celerio.

The Pop is powered by a 51kW/102Nm 1.2-litre four-cylinder that about matches those three-pots in those rivals, plus the Nissan Micra. It comes with a five-speed manual gearbox only though, and you can’t pay extra to option an auto like you can on its rivals. That’ll dissuade some buyers.

Fiat’s offer includes premium paint such as red. If you get a drive-away deal on a base, manual Mirage with premium paint, it comes to $14,040 drive-away. It’s a small stretch the the Fiat, which is clearly a more interesting car (though probably not as cheap to run, we hasten to add).

Like the Mirage, the Panda has a five-star ANCAP safety rating and six airbags. You also get Bluetooth phone/Aux/USB connectivity, power front windows and a three-year/150,000 km warranty with matching Roadside Assistance cover.

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Mazda BT-50 4×4 XT Dual Cab — $39,990 drive-away

Last time we brought you a sub-$40K HiLux 4×4 dual cab deal, this time it’s Mazda’s turn. Ute of this type usually have margin to haggle, but this factory deal is a good starting place.

With a factory list price of $44,240 plus on-roads, this $39,990 drive-away deal is a big saving, somewhere in the vicinity of $8000.

The BT-50 XT is a base model, but you still get six airbags (five-star ANCAP), free metallic paint, Bluetooth phone and audio, cruise control and a class-topping 3.5-tonne towing capacity courtesy of its 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-pot turbo-diesel shared with the Ford Ranger, matched here to a six-speed manual.

You can grab a six-speed auto for an extra $2000 (list), which we’d shoot for give the manual isn’t the best out there.

Mazda is also doing sharp deals on the XTR variant, which adds 17-inch alloy wheels, fig lights and side steps, dual-zone climate control ad sat-nav for a drive-away price of $45,990

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MY14 Kia Cerato 5 door

Kia Cerato S hatch — $19,990 drive-away, plus free auto

It’s a bit of a running joke on these Weekend Deals wraps that Kia is always featured.

But the deals it regularly offers on its car such as the Rio, Cerato and Sportage really are among the sharpest out there. Maybe that’s because it freely admits sales aren’t yet where they need to be, though it has grown its volume 6.6 per cent this year.

The Cerato is one of the better small cars out there already. It’s not as rounded as a Golf or as sprightly as a Mazda 3, but you can drive away in a base MY15 one, with a six-speed automatic transmission, for less than $20,000.

That’s about $3000 cheaper than the best factory (pre-haggling) drive-away offer Toyota can offer on a Corolla Ascent. It’s also compared to an official (non-special) list price on the Cerato of $22,290 plus a few grand in on-roads.

The Cerato S is powered by a 110kW/178Nm 1.8-litre engine, gets the requisite cabin tech connectivity, a five-star ANCAP rating, and Kia’s industry leading seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, and capped-price servicing for seven years as well.

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2013 Lexus IS 250 Luxury (pre-production model shown)

Lexus IS 250 Luxury — $52,888 drive-away

Last time we covered Lexus’ sharp end of financial year deal on its RX large SUV. The IS mid-sized sedan is also worthy of a mention.

Yeah ok, we’d rather a Mercedes-Benz C-Class or BMW 3 Series too, but you probably won’t get one this cheaply. And don’t disregard Lexus’ great aftersales care, which we outline in this video here

Lexus will sell you one at the moment, before haggling, for $52,888 out-the-door, as compared to a regular list price (before you pay all the on-road costs) of $54,000. We reckon you’re talking a saving of at least $6000.

The 153kW six-cylinder IS 250 Luxury may be an entry variant, but you still get eight airbags, sat-nav, reversing camera with guidelines, dual-zone climate control, and heated/cooled leather seats.

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