This weekend is shaping as a good one to buy a new car, as three of the four top-selling brands hold sales events.
Mazda is having its annual M Day sales on Saturday, Holden is holding a 100-hour sale and Hyundai is launching its "quick and stunning sale".
If you're looking for sharp drive-away deals, the M Day sale will disappoint. Instead the brand is doing "value-added" deals.
On Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-9 you get an extra year of factory warranty, free registration and third-party insurance and three years roadside assist.
On the run-out BT-50, you get three years' roadside assistance, free registration and CTP. Mazda2 sedan and BT-50 buyers get a $500 genuine accessories voucher. Buyers of the Mazda2 hatch, Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-9 get a $500 accessory pack.
The run-out models are the best value of the range. The Mazda CX-9 is $39,990 drive-away, about a $9000 discount. A new model will be unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show in November. The BT-50 is also good value at $34,990 drive-away (about $5000 off) for the 4WD diesel cab chassis and $25,990 (about $3000 off) for the 2WD cab chassis.
The Korean maker's sale is on Saturday only in some states and all weekend in others.
With the i20 due to be discontinued, Hyundai wants to fill the void by ramping up sales of the Accent, which is $15,990 for the automatic, about $6000 off full retail and $5000 less than the smaller, less powerful three-door i20. For good measure, the brand is throwing in a $1000 gift card.
It has also reinstated its razor-sharp pricing on the i30: $19,990 drive-away for the auto, about $5000 off the usual price.
There's also a big discount on the run-out ix35 SUV, recently replaced by the Tucson. It is $28,990 for the automatic, with $2000 worth of extras including leather upholstery.
Launching its last Commodore this weekend, Holden is keen to spruik the new model but it's also looking to shift some metal.
Its 100-hour sale, (ending Saturday in most states but on Monday in NSW and the ACT) brings savings on the Colorado ute, Commodore, Cruze and Captiva. Apart from sharp drive-away prices, the company is throwing in an extended five-year warranty, three years' free servicing and an undisclosed "huge factory bonus", so there is room to move on the drive-away prices.
The Colorado 4WD crew cab manual is $36,990 drive-away, about $12,000 off the normal price.
The Commodore SV6 "Storm" special edition includes satnav, fog lamps, 18-inch wheels and embroidery and badging. The manual is usually $40,985 drive-away but the auto is on sale for $39,990 drive-away.
Other deals include the Cruze with auto for $19,990 drive-away and the Captiva 7 for $29,990.
Formerly known as the ML, the GLE range starts with a 2.0-litre turbo diesel at $86,900, rising to $189,900 for the GLE63 AMG S. The coupe-styled riposte to the BMW X6 starts at $121,900 for the GLE 350d Coupe and winds out to $198,900 for the GLE63 AMG S Coupe. Standard gear includes adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and active blind-spot and lane-keeping assistance.
On sale: Mid-September
Toyota has confirmed 31 variants of its new HiLux ute, priced from about $21,000 to about $60,000 for the range-topping SR5 dual cab. Photos show a vastly improved interior dominated by a tablet-styled infotainment display. HiLux will haul 3500kg with a payload of up to 1240kg. Four engines — two petrol and two diesel — will be available, while seven airbags and a reversing camera take care of safety.
On sale: September 30
The facelifted BT-50 gets a scowl on the front end, intended to appeal more to tradies. Prices start at $25,570, some unchanged or, depending on the variant, a few hundred dollars more. The 2.2 and 3.2-litre turbo diesels carry over, matched to six-speed manual or auto transmissions. Mazda is expected to update connectivity features. There are 23 models in three body styles.