DETROIT - General Motors has fine-tuned its buyer rebate programs for March by putting more cash on models the marketing bosses feel need it most. On the import side, Kia Motors America has expanded and increased its payments to customers.
GM hiked the rebate to $1,000 on the Buick LeSabre and Pontiac Bonneville. It had been $750 on the LeSabre and $500 to $750 on the Bonneville. The Chevrolet Venture and Pontiac Montana minivans now bring $1,500, up from $1,000. The LeSabre rebate ends April 2; the Bonneville and minivan payouts run until July 2.
The 'combo' incentive on the Chevy S10/T10 and GMC Sonoma pickups is $1,000 plus 4.9 to 7.9 percent financing. It had been $500 plus 5.9 to 7.9 percent. GM put rebates of $500 on the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra half-ton and three-quarter-ton light-duty pickups with regular or extended cabs. Previously, they had only cut-rate financing, which is still an option.
Kia is rebating $500 to $2,000 to buyers of 2001 models. The Rio and Spectra have joined the Sephia and Sportage on the payment list. On 2000 models, the Spectra has a $2,000 rebate, up from $1,000, and the givebacks on the Sephia are $1,500 to $2,000, up from $750 to $1,250.