Public service pay week is upon us! What better time to cover some popular white-collar vehicle choices so far in 2018. By no means is this the be all and end all of what is flying out the door however it’s a great indication of the key hot cakes across a few brands.
Mitsubishi: Gold – Pajero Sport. Silver – Triton. Bronze – Outlander. Dark horse – ASX
We can all hear that song “We’re living out the back of the car!” as the Pajero Sport runs up an impossible mountain in Mitsubishi’s latest catchy television commercials. It appears to be paying off for the Japanese juggernaut with the Pajero Sport proving to be the most popular, closely followed by the Triton and the Outlander. However, the ASX is a power packed dark horse that’s starting to make a run. It is one of Australia’s most affordable and popular small SUV’s and with a starting price from roughly $25,000 it is great value for money. Mitsubishi offer a 5 year/100,000km New Car Warranty and a 5 year Perforation Warranty. Solid.
Hyundai: Gold – i30. Silver – Tucson. Bronze – Elantra. Dark horse – Accent
Thirty-two years has flown. That’s how long Hyundai have been in Australia. And boy have they come a long way, particularly if you look into the humble beginnings of founder Chung Ju-yung, he came from nothing! Let’s look at the i30, from its release in Australia in 2007 it began the race with a perceived head start for pricing and tried to build its reputation with cheap running and repair costs. Its first 5 years didn’t quite reach the heights the Korean manufacturer may have expected. However, after much time, strategy and resources the i30 and Hyundai brand in general has matured and grown remarkably. This is now showing through its reliability and designs both internally and externally, they are damn good-looking cars. What’s more, the i30 has been voted Australia’s best small car for six years straight, that doesn’t happen by accident. Side note, check out the new i30 N performance hatch, it’s pretty much an i30 on legal performance enhancing drugs. Hyundai offer a 5 year/Unlimited km New Car Warranty. High levels of confidence.
Mazda: Gold – CX3. Silver – Mazda 3. Bronze – Mazda 2. Dark horse – CX5.
Australia just loves Mazda. The brand has been in the market since the 1960s when it was regarded more as a maker of sound and reliable cars rather than flashy and upper class. In recent years they’ve added a unique class of sexy and sparkling and we’ve ‘zoom zoomed’ towards a range of light, small and mid-sized hatches, sedans and wagons including the ever-reliable SUV range. It’s safe to say the Mazda CX3, CX5, 3 and 2 are going gangbusters with these models floating in and out of the top 10 national sales each month on a regular basis. If you’ve recently bought a new Mazda passenger vehicle, you’ll be backed by a 3-year, unlimited km warranty that covers any defect in material or workmanship in both parts and panels. Very good.
So there you have it, three key brands that all have a range of cars to suit any driver. The biggest draw card has to be the warranties! More and more manufacturers are moving towards better protection for longer. It leaves very little reason not to get a new car when the time comes!