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With a bearish trend predicted for new vehicle sales in Canada this year, automakers will be on the defensive to maintain, let alone grow, their share of the market. It is always easier and more cost-effective to retain an existing customer than to acquire a new one.

According to Think With Google, 41 per cent of car buyers had already decided whether or not to remain loyal to a brand upon embarking on their purchase journey. This is significant because if customers have a positive overall sales and service experience, they are more likely to be loyal.

After-sales experience, such as maintenance and service, has a major impact on a customer’s loyalty, but the initial sales experience was the most significant determining factor of the decision to return. As a result, the majority of automakers have rebate programs for existing customers that can usually be combined with regularly advertised incentives to promote brand loyalty.

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We’ve featured some of our favourite offers this week from automakers who offer loyalty rebates and/or rate reductions. If you don’t find an offer that suits you, be sure to check out the Globe Drive Build and Price Tool to see the latest incentives and discounts on any new car, truck or SUV.

Acura ILX

The Acura ILX.

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Featuring a complete redesign for the 2019 model year, the Acura ILX now sports the prominent diamond pentagon grille and redesigned Jewel Eye headlights featured on the exterior of all other Acura models. The 2019 ILX’s powertrain consists of a 2.4-litre i-VTEC engine, which outputs 201 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as an eight-speed transmission with steering-mounted paddle shifters. Interior highlights on the Premium trim include an eight-inch infotainment display, a premium seven-speaker sound system with SiriusXM capability, a multi-angle rear-view camera with guidelines, dual-zone climate control and leather-trimmed seats with heated front seats. All 2019 ILX trims come standard with active safety features including collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

2019 Acura ILX Premium
  • MSRP: $32,490
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $3,000 (applied after tax, as compared to $2,000 in February)
  • Estimated dealer discount: $750
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $2,215
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $32,185
  • Finance for 60 months at 2.9 per cent interest for $632 per month including tax, which includes a $2,000 manufacturer incentive (applied after tax), a $1,000 loyalty rebate and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 1.9 per cent interest for $432 per month including tax, which includes a $2,000 manufacturer incentive (applied after tax), a $1,000 loyalty rebate and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90.

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When equipped with a T6 engine, the 2019 Volvo XC90 produces 316 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The R-Design trim’s interior features include a full graphical 12.3-inch instrument cluster with built-in navigation; a four-zone automatic climate control system; a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters; a Clean Zone air-quality system that shuts the cabin’s air intakes if harmful substances are detected; and a panoramic moonroof. The 2019 XC90 R-Design trim also features front collision-mitigation support, forward-collision warning with a heads-up display, whiplash protection on the front seats, wiper-integrated windshield washer nozzles and steering responsive automatic LED headlights.

2019 Volvo XC90 T6 All Wheel Drive R-Design
  • MSRP: $69,800
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $4,000
  • Cash loyalty rebate: $2,000
  • Estimated dealer discount: $1,500
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $2,155
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $64,455
  • Finance for 60 months at 0.9 per cent interest for $1,338 per month including tax, which includes a $1,000 manufacturer incentive, a 2 per cent loyalty rate reduction and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 1.9 per cent interest for $891 per month including tax, which includes a $1,000 manufacturer incentive, a 2 per cent loyalty rate reduction and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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Hyundai Santa Fe XL

THe Hyundai Santa Fe XL.

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Hyundai will be replacing its popular Santa Fe XL three-row SUV with the Palisade for the 2020 model year. This all-new model will be the largest Hyundai vehicle to date and will feature several technology features, such as heads-up display, wireless charging capability and a large 10.25-inch infotainment display. In the meantime, car buyers can take advantage of attractive incentives on the outgoing Santa Fe XL.

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL is equipped with a 3.3-litre, V-6 engine with gasoline direct injection that produces 290 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque. The Luxury trim’s interior features a seven-inch infotainment display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, heated leather seats, a panoramic sunroof and a heated and leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. Exterior features on this trim include automatic LED projector headlights, mirror-integrated LED turn signals and windshield wiper deicing capability. The Luxury trim is also equipped with active safety technology, such as forward collision-avoidance assist, lane departure warning, blind spot collision warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL Luxury 7-Passenger All Wheel Drive
  • MSRP: $42,719
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $3,500 (as compared to $2,500 in February)
  • Cash loyalty rebate: $750
  • Estimated dealer discount: $750
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $2,045
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $39,764
  • Finance for 60 months at zero per cent interest (as compared to 0.99 per cent in February) for $815 per month including tax, which includes a $750 loyalty rebate and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 2.49 per cent interest for $679 per month including tax, which includes a $750 loyalty rebate and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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Audi A4

The Audi A4.

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The 2019 Audi A4 is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 248 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, available with a seven-speed automatic S tronic transmission and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive technology. This sport sedan is capable of going from zero to 100 km/h in a mere six seconds and reaches a top speed of 209 km/h. Highlights on the Progressiv trim include an Audi Connect infotainment system with built-in navigation, tri-zone automatic climate control, a heated and leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and engine start-stop functionality. Standard safety features on the Progressiv trim include LED exterior lighting and Audi pre sense, which engages the automatic belt tensioner and triggers anticipatory protection measures for the passengers upon detecting a high probability of collision.

2019 Audi A4 2.0 45 TFSI Quattro Progressiv S tronic
  • MSRP: $48,950
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $2,500 (as compared to $1,000 in February)
  • Cash loyalty rebate: $1,000
  • Estimated dealer discount: $750
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $2,830
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $47,530
  • Finance for 60 months at 1.98 per cent interest for $961 per month including tax, which includes a $2,500 manufacturer incentive (as compared to $1,000 in February), a 1 per cent loyalty rate reduction and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 2.9 per cent interest for $656 per month including tax, which includes a $2,500 manufacturer incentive (as compared to $1,000 in February), a 1 per cent loyalty rate reduction and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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Andrew Tai is CEO of Unhaggle. Follow on Twitter @ahytai

Manufacturer incentives and pricing calculations are based on Ontario customers and subject to availability of inventory. Dealer discounts shown are estimates for illustrative purposes only, may vary by region and are given at the discretion of individual dealers. Please note that while every effort is made to ensure the information above is accurate at the time of publication, pricing, incentives and discounts are subject to change or discontinuation at any time. Vehicle images may not represent the exact model featured in the pricing provided. Consult your local dealership for details.

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