DETROIT -- Ford Division answered General Motors' October incentives last week, but it didn't try to match GM in dispensing cash on 2005 models.
Ford's 2005 rebates range from $500 to $2,000 on Taurus, Focus and Crown Victoria cars and most pickups, vans and SUVs.
Several GM 2005 models have spiffs of $2,500 to $4,000.
The redesigned 2005 F-series Super Duty pickups, new Five Hundred sedan and Freestyle sport wagon have no rebates, but buyers are offered cut-rate financing.
On 2004 models, Ford follows the industry practice of "if you can't sell 'em, give 'em away."
The rebate is $5,000 on the slow-moving Freestar minivan, $4,500 on the Explorer four-door and $3,500 to $4,000 on the Expedition SUV, Taurus and new F series and old F-series (Heritage) pickups. Other models check out at $3,000 to $4,000.
Elsewhere, 15 imports joined the October incentives last week with programs for 2004 or 2005 models or both.
Cash-back offers on the imports are less than the Big 3's payouts, although the top rebate ($5,000) equals the domestics'. It's on the 2004 Mitsubishi Diamante, a slow-selling sedan that has been dropped for 2005.
Several of the imports offer only cut-rate loans. Among them are BMW, Honda, Acura, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volks-wagen.
Toyota and Nissan have extensive cash rebates. Toyota gives $500 to $1,000 on 2005 models and $500 to $2,500 on 2004s.
Nissan beats that with $1,000 to $2,000 on 2005s and $1,000 to $3,250 on 2004s.
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