For November, General Motors hauled out its favorite marketing maneuver: If the metal isn't moving, throw money at it.
Most of the new money sits on the hoods of 2005 trucks, most of which had no rebates in October. They now have as much as $6,000 in new givebacks. Many of the 2005s now are cheaper than they were during the summer employee pricing giveaway. It appears the summer clean-out of 2005s wasn't as complete as GM had hoped.
On 2006s, GM added $500 to the rebates on a few Chevrolet and GMC truck nameplates.
Ford Motor Co. also reviewed its rebates and placed $4,000 on the 2006 Taurus. It had been $500. The spiff on the 2006 Ranger pickup doubled, to $3,000. Rebates on 2005 Ford Division models are unchanged from October.
The Chrysler group added $500 to the rebates on the 2006 Chrysler Pacifica and Town & Country, but it cut the payments in half on the Chrysler Sebring and PT Cruiser. The 2005 Chrysler Crossfire went up $1,000, to $3,500. Top payments on 2005s are $5,000-$5,500 on the Dodge Ram 1500 pickup and $5,000 on the Dodge Durango SUV.
Scheduled expiration dates are Nov. 30 for the Chrysler group and Jan. 3 for GM and Ford.
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