It's hares that are supposed to go mad in March, but this year it's SsangYong dealers who have gone positively bonkers.
For the new registration month, SsangYong is slashing up to £4,500 off selected SsangYong Kyron, SsangYong Rexton and SsangYong Rodius models. The minimum discount is £2,500 off of the SsangYong Kyron EX auto and SsangYong Rodius ES auto. So forget the scrappage scheme that offers just £2,000 discount - if you qualify.
But that's not all. Until the end of March 2010, all SsangYong models are available with five years free servicing, as well as a standard five year warranty, with free satellite navigation and even free automatic transmission on some models.
The biggest discount of £4,500 takes the SsangYong Kyron 2.7 SPR from a list price of £22,495 to just £17,995. Both the SsangYong Kyron S auto and the SsangYong Rexton S auto are reduced by £3,500, taking their on the road prices to £14,995 and £17,995 respectively. And the SsangYong Kyron EX and SsangYong Rodius ES autos drop by £2,500 to just £18,495 and £15,995.
The SsangYong Kyron already represented a considerable saving over its competitors such as the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevrolet Captiva before these price reductions. The SsangYong Kyron S gets air conditioning, electronic stability programme (ESP), hill descent control (HDC), ABS brakes, a Kenwood radio and CD player and steering wheel audio controls. The five auto transmission is mated to the 141 PS turbo diesel with 310 Nm of torque at 2,250rpm. All SsangYong Kyrons are versatile and practical five-seaters that will tow up to 2.3 metric tons. The extra urban fuel consumption is up to a pleasing 45.6mpg.
The SsangYong Kyron EX has part-time four wheel drive with the addition of rear parking sensors, electric folding door mirrors, larger alloy wheels, side air bags, leather upholstery and a Kenwood touch screen audio and navigation system. The EX Auto also has cruise control.
For the ultimate in comfort, equipment and go-anywhere four wheel drive ability, the SsangYong Kyron 2.7 SPR wants for nothing. Its huge towing capability comes from permanent four wheel drive and the newest SsangYong 2.7 litre, turbocharged common rail diesel engine. This gives 165 PS and a thumping 340 Nm of torque at 2,525rpm. With the Mercedes T-Tronic auto transmission, it still returns an extra urban consumption of 34mpg.
All SsangYong Rexton models have all wheel drive and the 2.7 litre common rail turbo diesel engine for big towing capacity and off-road capability. The SsangYong Rexton squares up against the Mitsubishi Shogun, Landrover Discovery and Jeep Cherokee and whichever way you look at it, offers great value and performance with huge advantages over the competition.
For serious people carrying capacity, the SsangYong Rodius models come in 2wd and 4wd - all with the 2.7 litre turbo diesel - and with automatic transmission as an option.
A full seven-seater with ample luggage space, the SsangYong Rodius 270 ES easily undercuts the Kia Sedona even before the price reduction. All SsangYong Rodius models use the 2.7 litre common rail diesel engine with 165PS and massive torque. Even a vehicle this big can achieve up to 35.8mpg.
The SsangYong range appeals to those looking for a well equipped, immensely practical vehicle who want value for money rather than paying the premium prices demanded by other brands. They are especially suitable for anyone with a regular or occasional need to tow a caravan, boat or horsebox and if you need to venture off the tarmac, SsangYong's four wheel drive systems will let you do it with ease.Published 1 March 2010