The Truth About Cars » Incentives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 22:06:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 FCA Hands Out Band-Aids, Tourniquetes to Fiat Dealers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/fca-hands-band-aids-tourniquetes-fiat-dealers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/fca-hands-band-aids-tourniquetes-fiat-dealers/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2016 18:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1301393 Fiat’s American retailers are struggling to bring in buyers as well as pay the cost of their dealerships, but help is on the way from the parents. On March 9, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles pitched a plan to stabilize dealers, offering Fiat stores the opportunity to combine their operations with the Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram dealers many are adjacent […]

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Fiat’s American retailers are struggling to bring in buyers as well as pay the cost of their dealerships, but help is on the way from the parents. On March 9, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles pitched a plan to stabilize dealers, offering Fiat stores the opportunity to combine their operations with the Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram dealers many are adjacent […]

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The Internet Pricing Bait and Switch http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/internet-pricing-bait-switch/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/internet-pricing-bait-switch/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 15:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1285474 The Internet brings transparency to the car buying process and allows us to search the whole country for our favorite car. While shopping for a WRX a few months ago, I got quotes from dealers as far as 1,500 miles away. I ended up skipping the local dealers and travelling to a dealer 80 miles away […]

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The Internet brings transparency to the car buying process and allows us to search the whole country for our favorite car. While shopping for a WRX a few months ago, I got quotes from dealers as far as 1,500 miles away. I ended up skipping the local dealers and travelling to a dealer 80 miles away […]

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AutoNation CEO Knows The Party Won’t Last, But Doesn’t Want To Hurry To The End http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/autonation-ceo-knows-party-wont-last-doesnt-want-hurry-end/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/autonation-ceo-knows-party-wont-last-doesnt-want-hurry-end/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 21:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1258737 The CEO of the largest car dealer in the U.S. told Reuters on Wednesday that automakers shouldn’t base incentives on volume, which could jeopardize cutting profits. “We really have to watch the quality of volume,” AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson told Reuters. “We have to find the right balance between price and volume.” Jackson said he doesn’t anticipate […]

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The CEO of the largest car dealer in the U.S. told Reuters on Wednesday that automakers shouldn’t base incentives on volume, which could jeopardize cutting profits. “We really have to watch the quality of volume,” AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson told Reuters. “We have to find the right balance between price and volume.” Jackson said he doesn’t anticipate […]

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Weekend News Roundup: Leaf Sprouted? Volkswagen and North Korea; Fancy Fiskers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/weekend-news-roundup-leaf-sprouted-volkswagen-north-korea-fancy-fiskers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/weekend-news-roundup-leaf-sprouted-volkswagen-north-korea-fancy-fiskers/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1241945 Here’s some of the news you may have missed if you were out fighting the holiday crowds and spreading some of that Yuletide cheer by burning the hell out of some cookies you were planning on giving the neighbors. Nissan May Bring a Range Extended-EV to Market in 2016 A la BMW i3, Nissan is prepping for […]

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Here’s some of the news you may have missed if you were out fighting the holiday crowds and spreading some of that Yuletide cheer by burning the hell out of some cookies you were planning on giving the neighbors. Nissan May Bring a Range Extended-EV to Market in 2016 A la BMW i3, Nissan is prepping for […]

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Toyota: The Car Sales Party Will Go On For 2 More Years http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/toyota-car-sales-party-will-go-2-years/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/toyota-car-sales-party-will-go-2-years/#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2015 21:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1235113 Executives at Toyota say they expect extraordinary car sales to continue for two more years — although they may not be record-breaking years — before the industry finally slows from its current pace, Bloomberg reported (via Detroit News). Low gas prices and a better economy will lead automakers to nearly 18 million car sales this year, which could […]

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Executives at Toyota say they expect extraordinary car sales to continue for two more years — although they may not be record-breaking years — before the industry finally slows from its current pace, Bloomberg reported (via Detroit News). Low gas prices and a better economy will lead automakers to nearly 18 million car sales this year, which could […]

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Bark’s Bites: When Is a Sale Not a Sale? When Is Not a Sale a Sale? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/barks-bites-sale-not-sale-not-sale-sale/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/barks-bites-sale-not-sale-not-sale-sale/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1218313 If you happen to live somewhere in the United States where radio waves can be transmitted and/or received, you’ve no doubt heard of the “Friends and Neighbors” sale that is going on Now At Your Local Ford Dealer. It sounds like a pretty good deal, doesn’t it? Employee pricing for everybody! Not so fast, my friends. Like nearly […]

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If you happen to live somewhere in the United States where radio waves can be transmitted and/or received, you’ve no doubt heard of the “Friends and Neighbors” sale that is going on Now At Your Local Ford Dealer. It sounds like a pretty good deal, doesn’t it? Employee pricing for everybody! Not so fast, my friends. Like nearly […]

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Incentive Money Gone, Electric Car Sales Have Dried Up In Georgia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/incentive-money-gone-electric-car-sales-dried-georgia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/incentive-money-gone-electric-car-sales-dried-georgia/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2015 17:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1210801 Electric car sales in Georgia have halted after that state stopped offering incentives and started charging a $200 annual fee to recoup lost gas tax revenue, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. New electric vehicle registrations plummeted 89 percent from June to August after the state stopped offering a $5,000 tax break on top of the $7,500 federal […]

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Electric car sales in Georgia have halted after that state stopped offering incentives and started charging a $200 annual fee to recoup lost gas tax revenue, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. New electric vehicle registrations plummeted 89 percent from June to August after the state stopped offering a $5,000 tax break on top of the $7,500 federal […]

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Volkswagen Discounting New Cars for Diesel Owners in Germany http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/volkswagen-discounting-new-cars-diesel-owners-germany/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/volkswagen-discounting-new-cars-diesel-owners-germany/#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1204393 Volkswagen may discount new car purchases for diesel car owners trading in their illegally polluting cars, German news agency DPA (via Reuters) reported. The discount would apply to older 1.6-liter models, according to the report, which would need more significant fixes than many other cars. According to Reuters, roughly 2.4 million cars in Germany are affected by […]

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Volkswagen may discount new car purchases for diesel car owners trading in their illegally polluting cars, German news agency DPA (via Reuters) reported. The discount would apply to older 1.6-liter models, according to the report, which would need more significant fixes than many other cars. According to Reuters, roughly 2.4 million cars in Germany are affected by […]

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Volkswagen Has Brilliant Plan To Sell Cars During Crisis (Hint: It’s By Giving You Money) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/volkswagen-has-brilliant-plan-to-sell-cars-during-crisis-hint-its-by-giving-you-money/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/volkswagen-has-brilliant-plan-to-sell-cars-during-crisis-hint-its-by-giving-you-money/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 18:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1202905 Volkswagen is offering up to double the average amount of incentives on some of its cars to help dealers during its diesel crisis, Bloomberg reported (via Automotive News). Dealers, who received no-strings-attached cash from Volkswagen at the beginning of this month, are offering up to 11 percent off their cars’ stickers to help weather the […]

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Volkswagen is offering up to double the average amount of incentives on some of its cars to help dealers during its diesel crisis, Bloomberg reported (via Automotive News). Dealers, who received no-strings-attached cash from Volkswagen at the beginning of this month, are offering up to 11 percent off their cars’ stickers to help weather the […]

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Volkswagen Canada Offering $2,000 Discount to TDI Owners to Buy Literally Any VW [Update] http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/volkswagen-canada-offering-2000-discount-switch-2-0-tdi-literally-vw/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/volkswagen-canada-offering-2000-discount-switch-2-0-tdi-literally-vw/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:34:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1186778 Update: We finally heard back from Volkswagen Canada (though, as you can imagine, their media relations department is probably a tad bit busier than usual). The $2,000 amount is being offered as a “loyalty discount” for current TDI owners, regardless of size or type of diesel engine, for any new Volkswagen, regardless of engine and fuel […]

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Update: We finally heard back from Volkswagen Canada (though, as you can imagine, their media relations department is probably a tad bit busier than usual). The $2,000 amount is being offered as a “loyalty discount” for current TDI owners, regardless of size or type of diesel engine, for any new Volkswagen, regardless of engine and fuel […]

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Volkswagen Will Offer More Cash to Dealers as It Skids Completely Out of Control http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/volkswagen-will-offer-cash-dealers-skids-completely-control/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/volkswagen-will-offer-cash-dealers-skids-completely-control/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:30:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1178362 Amid slumping sales and a snowballing diesel-emissions crisis, Volkswagen announced Monday a plan to offer more money to dealers for cars that they can sell. Over the weekend, Volkswagen issued a stop-sale for cars equipped with their 2-liter diesel engine after admitting the those cars cheated to pass emissions test. According to Automotive News, a Sept. 21 […]

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Amid slumping sales and a snowballing diesel-emissions crisis, Volkswagen announced Monday a plan to offer more money to dealers for cars that they can sell. Over the weekend, Volkswagen issued a stop-sale for cars equipped with their 2-liter diesel engine after admitting the those cars cheated to pass emissions test. According to Automotive News, a Sept. 21 […]

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Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is, Vol. 1 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/putting-money-mouth-vol-1/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/putting-money-mouth-vol-1/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1166738 My enthusiasm for Nissan’s dirt-cheap Leaf in Colorado is well documented. Here in the Centennial State, we have 100 ways to make a 2015 Nissan Leaf affordable for poor journalists like me — thank you, Beer Baron Governor. For me, the specter of a brand-new car for less than $10,000 is too good to pass up […]

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My enthusiasm for Nissan’s dirt-cheap Leaf in Colorado is well documented. Here in the Centennial State, we have 100 ways to make a 2015 Nissan Leaf affordable for poor journalists like me — thank you, Beer Baron Governor. For me, the specter of a brand-new car for less than $10,000 is too good to pass up […]

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At This Point, Nissan Is Just Daring Me Not To Buy A Leaf http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/point-nissan-just-daring-not-buy-leaf/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/point-nissan-just-daring-not-buy-leaf/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:30:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1166186 Nissan announced Thursday that the 2016 Leaf would run more than 100 miles on a single charge in SV and SL trim, increasing its range by 25 percent over last year. The base S model will keep the 24 kWh battery that manages more than 80 miles on a charge. For the dozens and dozens of 2015 […]

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Nissan announced Thursday that the 2016 Leaf would run more than 100 miles on a single charge in SV and SL trim, increasing its range by 25 percent over last year. The base S model will keep the 24 kWh battery that manages more than 80 miles on a charge. For the dozens and dozens of 2015 […]

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Interest in Hybrid Cars the Same, But Not When Money is Involved http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/interest-in-hybrid-cars-the-same-but-not-when-money-is-involved/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/interest-in-hybrid-cars-the-same-but-not-when-money-is-involved/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 14:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1150945 Two stories paint an interesting present reality for hybrid and electric vehicles in America. Interest in hybrid vehicles has stayed consistent for the last two years among people in the U.S., AutoGuide is reporting. But apparently dealers and buyers can’t keep their hands off of those cars in Connecticut, where that state recently offered up to $3,000 […]

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Two stories paint an interesting present reality for hybrid and electric vehicles in America. Interest in hybrid vehicles has stayed consistent for the last two years among people in the U.S., AutoGuide is reporting. But apparently dealers and buyers can’t keep their hands off of those cars in Connecticut, where that state recently offered up to $3,000 […]

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Case Study of Incentives: 2015 Ford Expedition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/case-study-incentives-2015-ford-expedition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/case-study-incentives-2015-ford-expedition/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1131497 In my recent test of the 2015 Ford Expedition, I wanted to give a sense of real-word pricing rather than just MSRP, so I quoted TrueCar’s estimate of the average discount available on the vehicle. I had planned to quote available cash and lease incentives direct from Ford’s website, but after 15 minutes of research my head started […]

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In my recent test of the 2015 Ford Expedition, I wanted to give a sense of real-word pricing rather than just MSRP, so I quoted TrueCar’s estimate of the average discount available on the vehicle. I had planned to quote available cash and lease incentives direct from Ford’s website, but after 15 minutes of research my head started […]

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Ford: Our Incentives Are Still Lower than Overall Segment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ford-incentives-still-lower-overall-segment/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ford-incentives-still-lower-overall-segment/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1118913 A Ford spokesman said Friday that despite the automaker offering nearly $11,000 on particular F-150 models, their incentives are still under the segment average. “It’s not like every F-150 customer walking into a Ford dealer today — whether they’re in L.A. or New York — is going to get $10,000 off of every single model,” Truck […]

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A Ford spokesman said Friday that despite the automaker offering nearly $11,000 on particular F-150 models, their incentives are still under the segment average. “It’s not like every F-150 customer walking into a Ford dealer today — whether they’re in L.A. or New York — is going to get $10,000 off of every single model,” Truck […]

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Ford Putting Nearly $11,000 on Hoods of Some F-150s http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ford-putting-nearly-11000-hoods-f-150s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ford-putting-nearly-11000-hoods-f-150s/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1117793 Ford is looking to boost sales of its full-size F-150 by offering more than $10,000 in incentives for some higher-trim models in some parts of the United States, Automotive News is reporting. Production issues have plagued the aluminum 2015 F-150 since its launch late last year. According to Ford, only half of the F-150’s normal inventory […]

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Ford is looking to boost sales of its full-size F-150 by offering more than $10,000 in incentives for some higher-trim models in some parts of the United States, Automotive News is reporting. Production issues have plagued the aluminum 2015 F-150 since its launch late last year. According to Ford, only half of the F-150’s normal inventory […]

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Editorial: Tax – Don’t Subsidize – Electric Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/editorial-tax-dont-subsidize-electric-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/editorial-tax-dont-subsidize-electric-cars/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1114993 All power is not created equal. That’s one of many takeaways from a comprehensive study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, one of the nation’s prominent think tanks. The paper focused on the relative impact of green-energy cars, concluding that an electric car in New Jersey doesn’t have the same environmental impact as an electric […]

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All power is not created equal. That’s one of many takeaways from a comprehensive study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, one of the nation’s prominent think tanks. The paper focused on the relative impact of green-energy cars, concluding that an electric car in New Jersey doesn’t have the same environmental impact as an electric […]

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Record Sales Pace Partially Fueled by Record Incentives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/record-sales-pace-partially-fueled-record-incentives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/record-sales-pace-partially-fueled-record-incentives/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1106289 The Detroit Bureau is reporting that even though June was a record sales month for many automakers, many of those sales were partly fueled with record incentives from the manufacturer. Buyers could get up to $8,000 knocked of the price of a Kia K900 or up to $7,000 off of Ford hybrids or electric cars — […]

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The Detroit Bureau is reporting that even though June was a record sales month for many automakers, many of those sales were partly fueled with record incentives from the manufacturer. Buyers could get up to $8,000 knocked of the price of a Kia K900 or up to $7,000 off of Ford hybrids or electric cars — […]

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Toyota Delivers Increased Incentives For Prius Models In April http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/toyota-delivers-increased-incentives-prius-models-april/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/toyota-delivers-increased-incentives-prius-models-april/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1041001 Live in California and shopping for a Toyota Prius? Your bank account will love this news. CarsDirect reports Toyota has dropped a number of rebate incentives on the hood of the hybrid and its siblings for the month of April, going as high as 9.8 percent off MSRP. Thus, one could come away with not […]

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Live in California and shopping for a Toyota Prius? Your bank account will love this news. CarsDirect reports Toyota has dropped a number of rebate incentives on the hood of the hybrid and its siblings for the month of April, going as high as 9.8 percent off MSRP. Thus, one could come away with not […]

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Whistleblower Incentive Legislation Passes US Senate Panel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/whistleblower-incentive-legislation-passes-us-senate-panel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/whistleblower-incentive-legislation-passes-us-senate-panel/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1009314 A whistleblower bill that would grant financial incentives to auto industry employees who expose safety defects won backing by a U.S. Senate panel Thursday. Reuters reports the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted 13-0 in favor of sending the legislation to the Senate floor for a vote, though when the vote would come has […]

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A whistleblower bill that would grant financial incentives to auto industry employees who expose safety defects won backing by a U.S. Senate panel Thursday. Reuters reports the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted 13-0 in favor of sending the legislation to the Senate floor for a vote, though when the vote would come has […]

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GM Offers Gift Cards To 700K Affected By Ignition Recall http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/gm-offers-gift-cards-700k-affected-ignition-recall/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/gm-offers-gift-cards-700k-affected-ignition-recall/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=941017 Just in time for Black Friday or Black Thanksgiving (for those heathens who really want Alex from Target to scan their cheap HDTV, instead of giving him the day off by voting with their wallets), General Motors will be giving their customers a $25 gift card if they bring in their vehicles affected by the […]

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Just in time for Black Friday or Black Thanksgiving (for those heathens who really want Alex from Target to scan their cheap HDTV, instead of giving him the day off by voting with their wallets), General Motors will be giving their customers a $25 gift card if they bring in their vehicles affected by the […]

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Fuel Prices Leave Efficient, Greener Offerings On The Lot http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/fuel-prices-leave-efficient-greener-offerings-lot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/fuel-prices-leave-efficient-greener-offerings-lot/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=934794 Falling fuel prices are helping to drive sales of SUVs and trucks as of late, but at the expense of more efficient, greener offerings. Automotive News reports dealers flush with fuel efficient and alternative fuel models are dropping truck-month style incentives on the hood to help move them off the lot. KBB.com notes that the […]

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Falling fuel prices are helping to drive sales of SUVs and trucks as of late, but at the expense of more efficient, greener offerings. Automotive News reports dealers flush with fuel efficient and alternative fuel models are dropping truck-month style incentives on the hood to help move them off the lot. KBB.com notes that the […]

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GM Offers Incentives To Speed Up Ignition Recall Repairs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/gm-offers-incentives-to-speed-up-ignition-recall-repairs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/gm-offers-incentives-to-speed-up-ignition-recall-repairs/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=850106 With 2.6 million vehicles needing new ignition switches fueling service bay backlogs, General Motors is offering its dealership network incentives to speed up the process. Automotive News reports dealership service and parts managers who install 90 percent or more of the ignition-switch replacement kits by July 7 will receive a $250 credit for use at […]

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With 2.6 million vehicles needing new ignition switches fueling service bay backlogs, General Motors is offering its dealership network incentives to speed up the process. Automotive News reports dealership service and parts managers who install 90 percent or more of the ignition-switch replacement kits by July 7 will receive a $250 credit for use at […]

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VW Pulled By Competing Incentive Offers For New SUV Assembly http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/vw-pulled-by-competing-incentive-offers-for-new-suv-assembly/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/vw-pulled-by-competing-incentive-offers-for-new-suv-assembly/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=836113 Though the seven-passenger SUV based upon the CrossBlue concept is ready to be built, Volkswagen is being pulled by incentive offers in the two locations fighting for the right to build the SUV: Mexico and Tennessee. Reuters reports VW would have made its decision by now as to where the new product would be assembled, […]

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Though the seven-passenger SUV based upon the CrossBlue concept is ready to be built, Volkswagen is being pulled by incentive offers in the two locations fighting for the right to build the SUV: Mexico and Tennessee. Reuters reports VW would have made its decision by now as to where the new product would be assembled, […]

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