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Deals of the week: Fast cars on a slow weekend

2011 Dodge Challenger R/T


The long July 1 weekend may be a time for you to slow down and take it easy. Or not. Because if you want put the pedal to the metal and nail down a quick deal on a fast car, well, they're out there.

The big battle seems to be between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet's Camaro. Deals of the Week looked at comparable V-8 versions and found thousands in discounts sitting on the hoods of both.

Why the sweet offers?

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Ford is anxious to stop the bleeding on Mustang sales. The Camaro has been enjoying banner sales in North America at the Mustang's expense, apparently.

Automotive News has reported that the Mustang is falling behind the Camaro as the top-selling U.S. sports car. Ford lost the crown in 2010 after a 24-year run. The Camaro, added Automotive News, had out-sold the Mustang by 33 per cent through May.

So it's a Mustang versus Camaro battle out there. That puts the Dodge Challenger in a tough spot.

Chrysler Canada has not yet resorted to Employee Pricing, as GM of Canada and Ford of Canada have both done. But it may happen yet. Without it, the deals on a new Challenger, while notable, are hardly stunning, as you can see below.

This brings us to a European import which Deals noticed. The BMW 128i coupe is being pushed with a $2,000 factory-to-dealer discount. It can be combined with 0.9 per cent financing and whatever dealer discount a buyer might be able to negotiate.

Note that some of these offers were slated to expire at the end of June, though Deals of the Week would suggest that any buyer ready to sign would most likely be able to nail down a contract with these sales sweeteners.

If you want a good deal on a fast car over what for many will be a slow long weekend, this might be your chance.

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As usual, pricing information for these four deals was obtained from Here are the numbers.

2011 BMW 128i Coupe

MSRP: $35,800

Freight, dealer prep, air conditioning tax: $2,095

Dealer discount (estimated): $1,500

Taxable subtotal: $36,395

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Factory discount: $2,000 (Alternate Cash Back factory-to-dealer discount)

Total price with 13% HST: $38,886.35

Note: 0.09% financing for four years

2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe

MSRP: $38,495

Freight, dealer prep: $1,550

Employee Pricing discount: $3,600

Factory discount: $2,500 (Delivery Allowance factory-to-dealer rebate)

Taxable subtotal: $33,949

Total price with 13% HST: $38,362.37

Factory discount: $1,000 (Costco rebate)

Final price: $37,362.37

Note: 6.49 per cent financing for five years

2011 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS Coupe

MSRP: $37,195

Freight, dealer prep and air conditioning tax: $1,550

Employee Pricing discount: $3,495

Taxable subtotal: $35,250

Total price with 13% HST: $39,832.50

Factory discount: $1,000 (Drive Home the Biggest Stars on the Road Event factory-to-customer rebate)

Factory discount: $1,000 (Friends and Family factory-to-customer rebate)

Final price: $37,852.50

Note: 5.29% financing for four years.

2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe

MSRP: $36,395

Freight, dealer prep and air conditioning tax and Green Levy: $1,500

Dealer discount (estimated): $1,000

Taxable subtotal: $36,895

Total price with 13% HST: $41,691.35

Factory discount: $1,500 (Lease to Retail Bonus Cash factory-to-customer rebate)

Final price: $40,191.35

Note: 3.0% financing for four years.

Pricing information source: Calculations based on Ontario customers. Please note that while the information above is accurate at the time of publication, incentives are given at the discretion of individual dealers, and may be changed or discontinued at any time. Dealer discounts are negotiated with the customer on a case-by-case basis.

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Senior writer, Globe Drive

In 25 years of covering the auto industry, Jeremy Cato has won more than two-dozen awards, including three times being named automotive journalist of the year. Jeremy was born in Montreal and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. More

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