Big values at GT Auto

Even in the present economic conditions, GT Automotive can make the prospect of buying a new car for the new year an actuality rather than fantasy.

The business sells four major car makes in BMW, Kia, Land Rover and Mini, with Kia being the company’s flagship automaker.

Judging by the Korean carmaker’s vast array of inexpensive, well-built vehicles, it’s not hard to see why buying a Kia from GT Auto is a smart bet.

Consider for a moment that GT Auto sells five Kia vehicles at list prices well under CI$30,000.

The sporty five-door Cerato comes in at a cool CI $18,100. Known as the Spectra 5 in the US, the Cerato is a compact car with lots of legroom and big features. A/C, power doors and windows, a CD player and ABS brakes are some of the niceties to expect as standard.

Be sure to look out for some of the more distinctive facets like rear cup holders, an auxiliary audio input and a smart centre console.

If size matters then the Kia Sportage would be a good choice. The Sport Utility Vehicle certainly deserves a second-look with a nice price of CI $22,600. Its barrage of handsome features is sure to please as evidenced by its ‘dive and fold’ rear seats for extra cargo room.

Of course there are features that will bring out the ‘Sport’ in Sportage from its dual rectangular exhaust tips to its power tilt and slide sunroof.

Another large car to consider is the seven-seat Carens. The Carens is a good value at CI $22,800.

The multipurpose vehicle/sport utility vehicle is all about versatility. Expect to see good looks – courtesy of an attractive rear bumper and headlights – meet practicality – seen by its ‘under-floor storage’ and floor console. And of course there is safety, via numerous front and side airbags and an active head restraint.

A four-door sedan might be more your style and Kia has you covered in the sophisticated Optima EX saloon. The Optima comes fully loaded with leather for just CI $23,800.

Some of the exterior pieces to note include chrome door handles, the combination of narrowed headlamps and square fog-lights and six-spoke alloy wheels.

Aside from the leather take a gander at the sunroof, stylish center console and crafty storage spaces inside the Optima.

For the fuel-conscious there is the diesel Sorento Ex. The Sorento is an SUV that gets an estimated 35 mpg for just CI $26,900.

The beauty of it is you can enjoy saving trips to the pump while taking in its in-dash six-CD changer and numerous storage areas.

GT Auto has 2009 models in stock and offers CI $1,000 off all 09 models.

In addition, every Kia comes with a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty, three years licensing and three free services.

On the other hand there are a plethora of BMW models to choose from. In stock is the new X6 Sports activity coupe, which crosses the performance of a BMW coupe with the practicality of an SUV; the 525i Saloon, one of the automaker’s most luxurious sedans; the sporty 135i coupe, with aggressive styling and a robust 306hp engine to match; and the 116i in both the sporty three-door and more practical five-door versions.

All BMWs come with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty, two free services and three years licensing. A CI $1,000 rebate is also available on all 2009 models in stock.

The Mini Cooper has been a fast seller at GT Auto and a new convertible will be available early in 2009.

Land Rover is another popular make as GT Auto has seen all current models become sold out. However new models are set to arrive in January.

GT Automotive is located on 52 Godfrey Nixon Way beside the Auto Spa. Its opening hours are Monday to Friday 7:30am-5:30pm and Saturdays 8:30am-12:30pm – for sales and test drives only.

GT Automotive can be reached by telephone at 945-3415 and by fax at 945-3405.