St. Patricks day just got greener, thanks to Japan

For some it is March Madness, for others it is St. Patricks day, for the Japanese car makers it is the end of the fiscal year, and that means for all life just got a little greener.

According to Truecar.com, green deals include lease specials and savings of up to 17% off MSRP on a Japanese-badged car, utility or trucks, including the 2016 Toyota Camry sedan.

“The close of Japan’s fiscal year at the end of March translates into heightened savings this month on many popular products,” said Eric Lyman, TrueCar’s vice president of industry insights. “Japanese auto brands aiming to reach annual sales targets are offering notable incentives, creating great opportunities for those ready to buy.”

“Leasing is particularly popular with this generation, and it makes sense for manufacturers to lean in to attract this important buyer group as they surpass Boomers in population size,” said Stacey Doyle, TrueCar’s senior industry analyst.

Notable savings include Toyota’s 2016 Camry SE, currently transacting as much as 11 percent off MSRP, as well as the carmaker’s 2016 Prius v hybrid wagon, which is available with no-interest financing for up to 60 months. Honda is offering a special lease promotion of $179 for 36 months on its Civic compact model; Mazda is promoting a $223 lease special for 36 months on the CX-3 compact utility, and Nissan has a leasing special of $189 for 36 months on the Rogue compact utility.

Truecar sent these as a snapshot of some of the best manufacturer lease and finance deals now available in certain regions:

Finance offers:

2016 Kia Sportage: 0.0% financing for up to 66 months, Exp: 5/2/16
2016 Lexus CT200h: 0.0% financing for up to 60 months, Exp: 3/31/16
2016 Subaru BRZ: 0.0% financing for up to 63 months, Exp: 3/31/16
2016 Toyota Prius v: 0.0% financing for up to 60 months, Exp: 4/4/16
2016 Volkswagen Passat: 0.0% financing for up to 60 months, Exp: 4/4/16

Lease offers:

2016 BMW 320i xDrive Sedan: $339/month for 36 months, $4,014 down, 10,000 miles/year, no security deposit required, Exp: 3/31/16
2016 Honda Civic Sedan: $179/month for 36 months, $1,999 down, 12,000 miles/year, no security deposit is required, Exp: 5/2/16
2016 Infiniti QX60 3.5: $479/month for 39 months, $3,499 down, 10,000 miles/year, no security deposit is required, Exp: 3/31/16
2016 Mazda CX-3: $223/month for 36 months with $2,003 down, 36,000 miles, no security deposit is required, Exp: 5/2/16
2016 Nissan Rouge: $189/month for 36 months, $3,299 down, 12,000 miles/year, no security deposit is required, Exp: 3/31/16

(The deal information summarized above is provided for illustrative purposes only and is not an offer to lend. Results may vary depending on your individual circumstances, including credit approval by dealer/manufacturer. Deals are subject to change and are limited to inventory on hand. See your dealer/manufacturer for details, including actual offers available in your region.)

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.