GM and Ford to Up Spiffs Today
Smarting from slow June sales and sweating out a potentially lean summer, General Motors upped its lease deals following the holiday weekend and is expected to jack up rebate cash on slow selling models today as well. Ford is expected to increase its offers as well.
GM has cut lease offers by around $30 per month, sending dealers to their call lists Tuesday trying to lure people who sniffed a new vehicle in June but didn't bite. GM is also revving up another lease pull-ahead program in which it lets customers out of leases early if they re-up with another GM car. Extra cash is coming today, say GM officials.
Already, says Edmunds.com, GM, Ford, and Chrysler hit all-time highs last month for incentive spending. GM was at $4312 per vehicle, while Chrysler was at $3569 and Ford stood at $3328 per vehicle. Imports increased spending too, but they're still well below domestic levels. Chrysler officials said they did not expect to increase deals, as June sales were up five percent and inventories are lower than their cross-town rivals.
Cadillac, says Edmunds, spent the most on spiffs, $6325 per vehicle, followed by
The incentives didn't do much for the domestics in June, with industry sales off six percent, while GM sales off twelve percent and Ford off twelve percent when its Premium Auto Group is counted. And those losses were against a period a year ago in which the
Among foreign brands posting higher year-over-year results were Toyota Motor Sales USA, American Honda Co., Nissan North America, Hyundai Motor America, Kia Motors America, and BMW.
Inventories of unsold vehicles are at the highest levels in more than a decade, making some
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The wheels come off the incentive-and-rebate game.
Incentives Reach Record Level
Edmunds.com is calling June's industry-wide incentive spending level of $2747 per vehicle a record high. Spending was up nearly ten percent vs. May 2004 levels, with
A look at the Big Six's June spending show a major disparity between domestic and import automaker's incentive spending habits. GM, Ford, and Chrysler all spent better than $3000 per vehicle in June, with GM shelling out $4312 followed by Ford's $3328 and Chrysler's $3569. Nissan led the Japanese in spending, shelling out $1550, followed by
Among the lowest industry spenders on a brand basis are MINI , spending $41 per vehicle, but seeing sales dip slightly vs. year-ago levels; Scion, spending $101 per vehicle as it rolled out its national sales network; and Porsche, spending $266 while seeing its car sales improve and truck sales flatten out.
GM dealers now tell media that GM will sink even more money into incentives, slashing lease rates by as much as $1500 over the life of the deal.
Edmunds research indicates SUVs were among the biggest incentive hogs in June, needing more than a $2900 incentive to move even as SUVs lose nearly two points of
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The new Audi face was first unveiled with the A8 W12 followed by the A6 and the A3 Sportback. Now the new A4 will wear it, too. In addition there will be changes at the rear end as well as of the interior and mechanical equipment. Various revised engines will be available for the new A4, including new four-cylinder diesels of 115, 140 and 175 hp. Gas engines are coming from the A6 with various new V6s. Both the sedan and Avant wagon are scheduled for launch simultaneously.
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Krispy Kreme fan, are ya? BMW's MINI brand has a big deal for you then...especially if you're prone to being pulled over. This month, the automaker is attaching a pair of free doughnut coupons to its full-page adverts in mainstream publications, such as Car and Driver. The two coupons reward buyers with a dozen free glazed doughnuts when a dozen are purchased. In typical MINI advertising fashion, the ad copy encourages drivers to "take out more than just our license and registration. Let's keep tasty, round, glazed, jelly-filled, chocolate covered friend makers on hand. Let's keep them on the front seat. Let's make sure they're hot. Let's have at least a dozen ways to get out of trouble." -Jack Gilbert
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