• Jan 4, 2007

Not wanting to lose the momentum from 2006, Ford Motor Co. will offer some new lease deals and cut-rate financing on the Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans. The F-150 gets in on the action as well, with leasing and financing incentives on some models. The new deals that follow will run from January 3 to February 28.

Beginning yesterday, customers can lease a 2.3-liter equipped Fusion for $249/month for 39 months with zero cash out of pocket at signing. The Mercury Milan can be leased for even less, at $208/month, but requires $1,999 cash up front. If a lease doesn't suit your needs, 4.9% financing for up to 60 months is also available.

To generate some interest in the full-size truck market, the F-150 SuperCab XLT lease is available for $249/month for 36 months and the F150 SuperCrew XLT comes in at $299/month for 24 months, both requiring $1,999 cash at the time of signing.

Rearing its ugly head again is zero percent interest, now available for up to 60 months on the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner. One cool feature, however, is the no-charge "Moon and Tunes" package that adds a power moonroof with sun shade, AM-FM radio 6-disc CD changer, and a roof rack with cross bars.

[Source: Automotive News (sub req'd.]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      The difference between then/now on Ford leases is that their new cars actually have a higher residual, therefore the lease pmt is low without Ford subsidizing it. The only thing Ford has done differently for these leases is offer a rebate, just like on a purchase.

      BTW, you can make a lease pmt come out to anything you want by ajusting the mileage, down pmt, and length of contract. A low advertised pmt is only one scenario - and doesn't include taxes and property tax anyway...
      • 8 Years Ago
      #17 Richard

      Finally someone that makes sense. A+ to you. A car company cuts prices and you bash them for hurting your residual, yet no one ever bashes when Cingular can afford to give you a free cell phone rendering it entirely worthless when your 2 year contract is up. Anyone try selling their phone or computer on ebay for 40% of the original value after 3 years?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Are your lives really that empty that you have to identify so closely with your import car? "

      Funny, I thought it's the domestic car lover (notice the singular) that feels empty and inadequate. Everytime cold hard facts are posted that ALWAYS favor import cars, Mr. domestic car lover starts flame wars simply out of jealousy.

      This article has really nothing at all to do with imports and yet somehow it gets into the negative comments of the posters here. A few articles ago there was a report on sales for 2006 and sales for December. Again, nothing specifically to do with imports, but because the numbers (and these are facts, not some poor jealous schmucks opinion) heavily favor imports, they get bashed anyway.

      It actually speaks volumes on the psyche and objectivity of your typical domestic car lover.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Note, I'm a Ford Salesman:

      #1 Crash problems?-- We just had an elderly customer that crashed her Fusion at 35-45mph into a stopped truck. Front end damage left it totalled, but she walked away with minor bruises and bought another one.

      Aside from that, Ford typically issues 0% for vehicles that they are planning a new version of or are having struggling sales. 4Q 06 had 0%@60mo 1.9%@72mo on Explorers. With the 07 Escape, they want to push through their inventory of 2007's because they are going to have a hard time selling them as the 2008's new design starts to hit showrooms. The only other exceptional interest rate is on the 07 Focus, which is largely because Focus buyers are the ones with the least amount of money to buy a car and need the interest rate help to save $50/mo on the car.


      fordman: from what I've seen, a lot of people buy the new version of their old car. It's a MUCH easier sale to get someone into a better version of a car they liked before. If you hated your old Ranger, they would be trying to shuffle you off to something else, but if you liked it and wanted a newer vehicle, then the easiest sale is to put you in a new Ranger and explain the improvements rather than compare the old Ranger to a different vehicle.

      All in all, good move by Ford in my eyes
      • 8 Years Ago
      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA great post Mike..

      I can only hope the dirty little secrets of the import crowd start getting exposed a little more clearly..

      It doesnt' take a fool to see the only reason Honda has been doing OK the past few months is because of the CRV... lol..

      • 8 Years Ago
      Jason, try something called READING COMPREHENSION.

      The Escape and Mariner (last model year vehicles) are at 0%, not the fusions.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I might consider the Fusion if the front weren't so hideous, if the crash test results were better, and if you didn't have to pay extra for things like ABS.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Julius,

      How can you compare a car, which costs an average of $28,000 with a cell phone?? Next I can imagine you saying, "well people don't expect good resale value for their clothes!" I for one, always take resale value into account because when I trade in my car I like to know it won't have depreciated a ridiculous amount. Sure, you may save a bit upfront when buying a new domestic vehicle, for example, a ford focus, but if you buy a slightly more expensive civic you are almost guaranteed to find someone out there who wants it and is willing to pay good money for it. And the lower cost is really cancelled out when you consider how quickly domestic vehicles tend to depreciate. Notice no domestic vehicles are on the list below...

      Top 10 Cars With the Best Residual Value (from edmunds.com)

      1. 2006 Honda S2000 — 51.7%
      2. 2006 Mini Cooper — 51.5%
      3. 2006 Acura TSX — 47.7%
      4. 2006 BMW M3 — 47.6%
      5. 2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class — 47.0%
      6. 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG — 47.0%
      7. 2006 Infiniti G35 — 46.9%
      8. 2006 Acura RSX — 46.5%
      9. 2006 Lexus SC 430 — 46.5%
      10. 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI — 46.4%
      • 8 Years Ago
      OG anyone who buys a car thiniking it's goin up in value and is a wise "investment" needs to go back to school.

      The fact that a cellphone has a certain retail price or a car has a certain retail makes no difference. Sales are sales, regardless of the product and the rules remain pretty much the same regardless of the product.

      So you bought a used car and had problems, duh!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Domestics Vs Imports blah blah blah

      The last time I checked Chrysler was owned by the Germans and making cars in Canada, Ford owns or has majority shares in Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Mazda. BMW, Toyota, Nissan, Honda are all building cars in the U.S.

      Honestly I don't really give a sheet weather my car is domestic or imported. I just want a decent vehicle that won't cost me an arm and a leg to maintain and I don't get the shaft when I try to sell it or trade it in after 6 or 7 yrs of use.

      I'm driving a 2001 Mercury Sable that I bought for $8,500. Great deal right? NOT. So far I've had to get the auto air fixed (over $900) at less then 45k and miles. It decided to only blow hot air out no matter what temperature setting. And I'm on my way now to pick it up from the shop again!!! The thermostat housing decided to crack at 80k leaving coolant all over the driveway. I mean really! Cars nowadays don't need a tuneup till 100k miles but a damn thermostat housing can't last past 80k?

      Like I said before, I just want a decent vehicle that won't drive me into bankruptcy! Is that too much to ask????
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, Well, Well.............an time and time again i was attacked here on Autoblog for saying that Fusion was too plain, that Corolla and Accord are THE cars to buy in the segment. But hey, i guess ford gives incentives just for the heck of it, not because no one buys them.


      Few articles up you will see that Dodge is offering insentives on their cars as well...........let the war begin.


      Im a crazy of Ford could have avoided the whole gas going tru the roof thing and killing pick ups by investing into a hybrid pick up? F150 is Fords most sold.prodused cars...a car that is very very fuel inefficient and as soon as gas went up..boop, sales went down. Instead of spending money on Escape/Mariner Ford needs to spend big $$$ on really improving pick ups, adding a Hybrid..........GM and DCX can not even spell hybrid. Or to use a baseball term....GO (HIT) WHERE THEY A'INT

      Why not make a hydrid pick up? You KNOW you will be the only carmaker in the segment, no one is buying into Sierra bull, make a full hybrid, you already have a name in the business now just push the envelope.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jaimie, let's not forget the fact that the race card gets thrown everytime the domestic owners defend their favored brand. Happens all the time on here.

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