Incentives

Ford finds 0% beats 'Friends'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2015

Ford discovered last month that car shoppers get more excited about no-interest financing than no-haggle pricing, especially during the annual holiday bargain-hunting frenzy. Dealers and analysts say the “Friends & Neighbors” sale on Ford brand vehicles was a victim of bad timing and flawed execution....
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Rising incentives, growing concern

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

U.S. auto sales continue to roar ahead, fueled by pent-up demand, low gasoline prices, new metal and -- increasingly -- rising incentives. By one measure, automakers' incentives are nearing 10 percent of the industry's average transaction price. The trend is raising some concern among analysts....
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Cadillac works to revise dealer incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Two main elements of Johan de Nysschen's plan to rehabilitate Cadillac's image are to tighten dealers' inventories and quash their sell-at-any-cost mentality. But Cadillac's dealer-incentive programs today are designed to do just the opposite....
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Pickups, retail sales power GM's 6.4% gain

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

General Motors' U.S. July sales rose 6.4 percent on strong retail volume, including a 28 percent surge in deliveries of its profitable full-size pickups....
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Ex-Nissan store execs charged with fraud

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

The U.S. Justice Department has charged the former general manager and controller of a Nissan dealership in Birmingham, Ala., with cheating on the automaker's national sales incentive program....
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GM hints at dealer bonus redesign

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

North America chief Alan Batey hints at a successor to General Motors' Essential Brand Elements program, which has funneled billions of dollars to dealers since 2010 to update their stores and raise the level of customer service. The program's scheduled expiration next year raises financial uncertainty for most of GM's dealers, who have come to depend on quarterly bonuses that are tied partly to making store improvements....
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APRIL U.S. AUTO SALES

Light trucks drive industry to 4.6% gain

8:30 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales, fueled by demand for light trucks, rose 4.6 percent in April as every automaker but Honda recorded an increase. The industry stretched its streak of advances from the year-earlier month to 14, yet the total was weaker than analysts' forecasts....
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Ford's stair-step workout for dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

As its U.S. market share slides, Ford Motor Co. has dug up one of the old-school, sales-boosting tricks it had seemingly buried: stair-step incentives. The move comes as other automakers swear off stair-steps and dealers criticize such a strategy as profit-eroding, confusing and ineffective long term....
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