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Welcome to autumn and the new-car deals are still pouring through at your local dealership as car-makers are still clearing 2019 stock and emptying the dealerships for new models.
Watch for end-of-month bargains as well, especially from the Japanese as Japan ends its financial year this month and dealers will be encouraged by the car-makers to move more cars. There’s also new models and updates coming, including Isuzu and Mazda utes, Subaru Outback, Kia Sorento and more. Look for your car deals and bargains on the Australian market today or this weekend at your local car dealer.
I’ll start with the elephant in the room: Holden. Only 132 Holden Commodores sold last month as buyers gave up on the brand and feared its exit from Australia meant a lack of support and no parts supply. Holden has said the brand will be supported for 10 years.
Parts for Commodores and Astras, for example, will be available from local warehouses and, failing that, from Europe where they are made. Commodore is worth a thought given cars generally are kept for three years before being traded, and the current prices are practically giveaways.
The car is well built, has heaps of features, drives well and the hundreds - possibly thousands - of Holden techs around the country that will be able to fix it. The brand may be worth a punt, especially given Commodore liftback prices - if you can now find one - are down around $20,000. That’s for a brand new family car, but expect that most of the stock is now gone.
There are some Astra models around with the R hatchback at around $19,990 drive away for a 2019 build, saving about $3000 compared to the $21,490 plus on-road costs list price; and the more lavish 2020-built RS-V with the bigger 1.6-litre engine for $28,990 drive away, compared with $30,740 plus costs.
Then there’s the offers on the Colorado Storm dual-cab 4WD ute for $51,990 drive away for a 2019-plated version, saving $2000.
Mazda has its seven-seat CX-9 on special this month at $45,990 drive away for the Sport version, usually $51,483, so a decent saving of nearly $5500.
This has the same running gear as the other CX-9 front-wheel drive variants, with a 2.5-litre turbo-petrol engine and automatic transmission, and has a comprehensive safety and convenience feature list.
Mazda also has selected versions of its BT-50 ute on the block as it begins to unwind the model ahead of an expected 2021 new-model launch. The XTR edition with manual transmission and 4WD comes with a lot of gear, including five-year roadside assistance, and has been sliced to $43,990 drive away from $58,682 - one of the best new-car deals around with an impressive saving of almost $15,000.
The XTR has a 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and six-speed manual gearbox with two-speed transfer case.
Anyone with a hankering for a big 4WD ute - or truck in this case - can get a decent deal on a RAM. The 1500 Express SWB model with 4WD and a 2019 build date is now $79,950 drive away for the QuadCab with 5.7-litre petrol V8 and eight-speed automatic transmission. It is usually $88,343 so presents a top discount with a $8393 saving.
The price is now $22,990 drive away, down from $26,694. The bigger H6 has a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and six-speed automatic and is now $28,990 drive away, a saving of $5349.
There’s even savings on the biggest H9 seven-seater. It has a 2.0-litre petrol engine and eight-speed automatic with 4WD. It is now $41,990 including on-road costs, a saving of $4165. All Havals have a seven-year, unlimited distance warranty and five-year roadside assistance program.
Nissan is slicing around $5300 off the price of some of its X-Trail stock. The entry-level 2.0-litre ST manual with front-wheel drive is now $28,990 drive away, down from $34,102 (saving $5112), while the more appealing automatic version gets the livelier 2.5-litre engine and a price of $30,990 (saving $5196).
For buyers who have no intention of going off the road but want a reliable, roomy and versatile SUV, the X-Trail is hard to beat. The new pricing - along with some finance deals - just makes it more attractive. If you do want all-wheel drive, however, there is the 2.5-litre ST automatic that is now $32,990 drive away, down from $38,326 to save $5336.
Suzuki has deals on its Swift, Ignis and S-Cross passenger-car models with both 2019 and 2020-built cars in stock. The price difference is marginal but buyers may be aware that a 2019-build could achieve a bigger variance compared with the 2020-build in used-car prices when it comes time to sell.
The Swift GL Navigator - which get satellite navigation, hence the name - is $17,690 drive away for the 2019 manual-transmission variant, down $3591 on its usual price. It represents good buying for the light hatch that has a good history of durability. The Swift has a 1.2-litre engine.
As a comparison, the 2020-build of the same car is $17,990 drive away - a difference of only $300 - which saves $3291. The automatic version is $18,690 for the 2019 and $18,990 for the 2019-build and 2020-build respectively, with normal prices set at $22,323.
The Suzuki Ignis is a smaller car - Suzuki term it an SUV - with the same engine as the Swift. It is now $17,690 (2019) or $17,990 (2020) for the manual, which is usually $20,239, saving $2549 and $2249 respectively. The automatic is $18,690 and $18,990, saving from $2591.
Then there’s the bigger S-Cross that opens at $27,490 including on-road costs for the 2019 build, and $28,990 for the 2020 build. The car, which is usually $32,018 and $32,535 respectively, has a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine and an automatic transmission. The saving on the S-Cross is between $4528 and $3545.