Deals on wheels : Sharp discounts on new cars

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

This isn't a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you're in the market for some new wheels.

Volvo V40

Volvo V40, S60 and XC60

The Swedish marque has struggled a little in the sales race this year, with its registrations down 16.6 per cent in a total market up 3.3 per cent.

Maybe that’s why it’s offering some stellar deals across its model-year 2015 V40 T4 Kinetic, S60 T4 Kinetic and XC60 T5 Sprint model lines purchases and delivered between now and September 30, as long as stocks last.

The savings appear significant, to say the least.

You can get the V40 for $36,888 drive-away, which is a saving of more than $10,000 (the drive-away price is usually a shade over $47,000, based on a list price of $41,990). That’s a steal, especially for a car with autonomous braking and a pedestrian airbag.

The XC60 — Volvo’s top-seller — is now $56,888 drive-away, which is more than $9000 cheaper than the regular drive-away price of just over $66,000. That’s a lot of family SUV for the money, and for which you get equipment such as a power-operated tailgate, in-built booster cushions and rear tinted windows.

But perhaps the greatest steal of the bunch is the S60 T4 Kinetic, which is going for a remarkable $40,888 drive-away, more than $14,000 cheaper than the usual drive-away price (it’s normally a $50K car before you’ve even paid on-roads). That price includes autonomous braking and leather seats.

All of these are pretty attractive deals, and is perhaps closer to where Volvo needs to be.

See more info here.


Renault Clio and Captur

Here's another mid-level Euro brand doing deals, although Renault’s fortunes (up 30.1 per cent in sales, at record levels here) are contrary to Volvo’s.

Renault Australia’s finance partner, Renault Financial Services, this week announced a zero per cent comparison rate finance offer on some Clio and Captur models ordered in July, August and September and delivered before November 30, 2015.

The drive-away model pricing applies to the Clio Authentique manual, Clio GT Premium EDC, Captur Expression manual and EDC models, and the Captur Dynamique EDC.


Just note, though, that the Renault Financial Services comparison rate finance offer applies to all Clio and Captur models (except Clio R.S. models) financed over a three-year term — so you’ll need to pay it back quickly.

As well as this, the company has some re-jigged drive-away prices for these models for the next quarter: Clio Authentique manual ($17,000), Clio GT Premium EDC ($30,000), Captur Expression manual ($25,990), Captur Expression EDC ($28,990) and Captur Dynamique EDC ($31,990).

Note that we’ve seen the Clio Authentique campaigned at $15,990 drive-away in the past, so while this repayment rate is great, the drive-away price might be higher at times than before.

See more info here.


Honda Jazz, CR-V and HR-V

Honda Australia is bouncing back in 2015, with sales up 33.4 per cent on the back of strong performances from the Jazz and the brand new HR-V small crossover.

Nevertheless, the company is still keep to do some deals, given it has some bold sales targets to meet.

First up is the CR-V, which is struggling a bit in the sales race this year. Honda cut the price of the mid-range VTi-S recently, and now it’s sweetening the deal on the entry VTi 2WD ($27,990 drive-away, compared to regular non-drive-away price of $27,490), and the VTi 4WD with auto, now $33,990 drive-away (normally $32,790 before on-roads).

Both of these versions get standard features including 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear-view camera, Bluetooth audio and LED daytime running lights.


Next is the HR-V VTi, which is retailing for $26,990 drive-away (normally $24,990 before on-roads) — a small but important saving once all the taxes and charges are factored in. You get features such as a multi-angle reversing camera, touchscreen, Honda’s famed Magic Seats that fold every-which-way and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Honda has been selling mostly higher-end VTi-S and VTi-L variants of the HR-V, so it’s likely just trying to clear the decks on the entry car. Haggle.

Finally, you can get a base Jazz VTi manual, which has a drive-away price of about $16,990, on a repayment plan spanning five-years, at a 4.25 per cent comparison rate, with a 10.0 per cent deposit, for $69 per week (total payable over term is $19,442.20).

All finance deals are fraught, but that’s a cheap car.

See more info here.

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Hyundai i30 Active X

Hyundai rather famously topped the sales charts last month with the base i30 (a staggering 5521 registrations) on the back of strong drive-away deals.

Now it’s doing the same for the slightly higher-specified i30 Active X 1.8 petrol, which you can have for $21,990 drive-away with a manual gearbox (it’s normally $22,090 before you’ve paid thousands in on-road costs that are now covered by this offer).

This car gets extras above the base Active (that retailed for $19,990 last month) such as 16-inch alloy wheels with full size spare wheel, leather-appointed seats, premium interior door centre trim, premium steering wheel and gear knob, LED side repeater integrated into the side mirrors and electric folding side mirrors.

But here’s the kicker: Hyundai is throwing in a free upgrade to a six-speed automatic transmission. All told, this car would usually retail for about $27,300. That’s a tremendous deal. Get in before July 31.

See more info here.