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Deals of the Week: a 'Vette to ease your midlife crisis

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.

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It's summer and that means you want to drive a convertible, if at all possible. So why not a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette?

Before you answer, look at what's on offer from General Motors of Canada - deals that if combined add up to more than $20,000 in discounts on an $84,035 droptop with ridiculous horsepower (430) from a fire-breathing 6.2-litre V-8. The car can handle, too. This may be the best value in a high-zoot, open-air car on the market today.

I know, I know. 'Vettes aren't for everyone. But this is some ride. If you're a guy in your midlife crisis, this car will help. You can spend thousands on therapy, or buy a 'Vette and a gym membership.

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Deals of the Week is also interested to see healthy offers on crossovers from Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. They are worth thousands, too.

And for the budget-minded, the Wrangler Sport is an entertaining, remarkably sexy ride. There's just something about a Jeep with the top off. Another summer joy for a certain type of buyer - a buyer in this case interested in nearly $4,000 in discounts on a $21,595 Wrangler two-door.

As usual, Deals of the Week obtained pricing information from carcostcanada.com. Here are the numbers.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Grand Sport

  • MSRP: $84,035
  • Freight, dealer prep, air conditioning tax: $1,650
  • Employee Pricing discount (estimated): $12,101
  • Factory discount: $7,200 (Stackable Cash Delivery Allowance factory-to-dealer rebate)
  • Taxable subtotal: $66,384
  • Total price with 13 per cent HST: $75,013.92
  • Factory discount: $1,000 (Drive Home the Biggest Stars on the Road Event factory-to-customer rebate)
  • Factory discount: $1,000 (Cash for Leases factory-to-customer rebate)
  • Final price: $73,013.92
  • Note: 5.39 per cent financing for six years

2011 Lexus RX350

  • MSRP: $47,050
  • Freight, dealer prep: $2,050
  • Dealer discount: $1,900
  • Factory discount: $3,000 (Non-stackable Trading Dollars factory-to-dealer rebate)
  • Taxable subtotal: $44,200
  • Total price with 13 per cent HST: $49,946

2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK 3.5L 4MATIC

  • MSRP: $43,500
  • Freight, dealer prep and air conditioning tax: $2,095
  • Dealer discount (estimated): $2,000
  • Factory discount: $1,250 (Direct Support factory-to-dealer rebate)
  • Taxable subtotal: $42,345
  • Total price with 13 per cent HST: $47,849.85
  • Note: The factory rebate can be combined with 1.25 per cent financing for five years

2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4WD

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  • MSRP: $21,595
  • Freight, dealer prep and air conditioning tax and Green Levy: $1,500
  • Dealer discount (estimated): $500
  • Factory discount: $2,250 (Consumer Cash factory-to-dealer rebate)
  • Taxable subtotal: $20,345
  • Total price with 13 per cent HST: $22,989.85
  • Factory rebate: $1,000 (Bonus Cash factory-to-customer rebate)
  • Factory rebate: $1,000 (Bonus Cash factory-to-customer rebate)
  • Final price: $21,989.85

Pricing information source: carcostcanada.com. 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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