Round-up of some of the best 161 offers
Almost every car maker has a 161-plate offer of some description. Here's our round-up of some of the most eye-catching, sorted alphabetically so there's no arguing!
Citroen is offering a choice of either zero per cent PCP finance or a €4,000 'scrappage' trade-in allowance on its C4, C4 Cactus and C4 Picasso ranges for the arrival of the 161-plate in January. The offers are available on any of those cars ordered by March 31st 2016. On top of that, Citroen is extending its warranty - you could already purchase an extended warranty for between €295 and €425 on the C4 family, bringing it from three years or 100,000km to five years or 100,000km, and Citroen is now including that for free within the 161 offer.
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You need to hurry if you're to take advantage of the Ford '2016 Real Deal Event', as it runs only until December 7th, 2015. There are supposedly savings up to €4,750 on offer. That figure refers to the new Kuga Titanium+, which is loaded with extra equipment for free. Other models get 161 upgrade packs, depending on trim level. The Focus Titanium, for example, gets Ford's excellent eight-inch SYNC2 display screen and there's a total saving of €4,000. Best to refer to your local Ford dealer for availability and specific discounts.
Kia's offer is quite a simple one: put a €500 non-refundable deposit down on any new Kia model by December 23, for registration in 2016, and Kia will give you €500 in SuperValu shopping vouchers.
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Mazda's 161 sales event runs until the end of January and includes equipment upgrades plus finance with lower monthly payments. For the recently updated Mazda6, there is up to €2,000 of optional equipment available at no extra cost. For example the €29,995 Executive 2.2D can be upgraded to the Executive SE pack with automatic air conditioning, parking sensors and dusk sensing headlamps. Personal Contract Plan (PCP) finance can be had with a monthly cost of €318.
The Mazda3 is now available with a 1.5-litre diesel engine at €246.67 per month over three years. Other finance packages include the Mazda CX-3 from €214 per month, the upgraded Mazda CX-5 from €299 per month and the all-new Mazda MX-5 from €304 per month.
Finally, the all-new Mazda2 is available from €173 per month. During the 161 sales event every Mazda2 Executive model receives a complimentary Activity Style Pack; this includes rear privacy glass, 16-inch diamond cut alloys, rear parking sensors, rain sensing wipers and dusk sensing lights.
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Peugeot's Personal Contract Plan (PCP) finance with an APR of 2.9 per cent is available on selected Allure models including the 208, 2008 and 308. Access and Active, level one and two models, can be financed at 3.9 per cent while all models except the 108 are available on hire purchase at 4.9 per cent.
Whether you choose finance or not there is a customer reward of €750 on all cars ordered before 31 December. This can be used as a deposit contribution, pay for three years' servicing or be spent any other way the customer wants. If you are trading in a car registered in or before 2008 dealers are offering a minimum trade-in value of at least €3,000.
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Toyota's bargain frenzy is known as Showtime, which includes a Trade In Trade Up allowance of up to €3,000 or three years' free servicing on passenger cars registered before January 31st, 2016. Furthermore, Toyota will be offering free packs of style, technology and safety equipment, with APR from just 3.9 per cent.
Going into specifics, during Showtime you could bag: an Aygo with a free Safety Pack, including Toyota Safety Sense, otherwise worth €425; €750-worth of free Style Pack for a Yaris, including alloys and fog lights; a Corolla with a free Technology Pack worth up to €1,100, incorporating cruise control and satnav as standard on the Luna trim cars; or a €1,250 Technology Pack - with cruise control, rear-view camera and the Toyota Touch Multimedia System - for free when customers upgrade an Auris to Luna spec.
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First up, there's a reduction in the interest rate on Volkswagen Bank's PCP offer if buying a higher specification car. For instance, buy a Volkswagen Golf in Trendline spec and you'll pay 5.9 per cent APR. Spec your Golf up to Comfortline and that rate drops to 3.9 per cent and goes down even further to just 1.9 per cent for Highline, GTI, GTD and R models. Volkswagen says that means certain specs of Golf can cost as little as €269 a month to finance. You can also spec your Volkswagen up on the outside for less - the R-Line styling packs are now being offered at half price.
Volkswagen is also putting a number of equipment bundles on offer for an appropriate €161 each. On the Golf, you can have a Technology Pack, which includes cruise control and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while on the Jetta you can have a Business Pack, which comes with Park Distance Control, media player connection and a rear-view camera on the Comfortline. The Passat can be specced with a Technology Pack, which comes with keyless entry, park assist and tinted rear windows on the Comfortline.
Finally, there's a free servicing pack offered on all Volkswagen models ordered before December 24th, 2015.
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