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Competition heats up in the 4x4 ute segment

By Tristan Tancredi, 05 Jul 2018 News

Competition heats up in the 4x4 ute segment news

Major marques launch special deals to entice consumers to the 4x4 ute market.

NOW might be the time to get rid of those pennies you’ve been storing and stump-up for a brand-new ute, with Volkswagen and Toyota both launching special offers for the respective Amarok and Hilux dual-cabs.

Competition is starting to boil in the red-hot dual-cab 4x4 segment, with the two major marques enticing consumers with some pretty handy deals.

Included in Volkswagen’s current offers – which will run until September 30 – are the Amarok Core 4x4 dual-cab with the eight-speed auto from $41,990; the Amarok V6 Sportline with eight-speed auto from $53,990; and the Amarok V6 Highline with eight-speed auto from $58,990.

Toyota has returned serve by offering free on-road costs for its Hilux 4x4 WorkMate and SR variants until July 31. It’s also offering a bunch of special deals exclusively for primary producers (farmers), comprising of free on-road costs and $1000 worth of fitted Toyota Genuine Accessories. This deal applies to WorkMate, SR and SR5 Hilux 4x4 models.

Read the fine print at the respective brand’s website.

According to the June 2018 VFACTS report the sales of Light Commercial Vehicles remained steady in a declining market, with LCVs holding a 20.3 per cent year-to-date share of the overall market. This is up from the 19.8 per cent share recorded at the same time last year.

The passenger car market, on the other hand, may hold a 33.7 per cent YTD share of the market, but its grip is steadily slipping – at the same time last year that figure was 38.4 per cent.

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