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6284-MPG Elio Motors trike preorders get limited-time 50 percent bonus

For prospective buyers of Elio Motors' super-fuel-efficient vehicle set to debut next year, one day may cost you $250. For a car that costs $6,800, that's a decent chunk. You've been warned.

Add2011 and 2012 Leaf buyers get $1,000 loyalty cash to buy another Nissan

Own a Leaf? Nissan would like to keep buyers of its all-electric car it in the proverbial family by offering a $1,000 loyalty discount towards other Nissan vehicles, even those dirty, nasty gas-powered ones.

192Ford Focus EV's slow sales trigger massive incentives

The Detroit News reports Ford is having real trouble moving its new Focus Electric. As a result, the automaker is offering substantial incentives in an attempt to lure in more buyers. How substantial? Try $10,750 off of a three-year lease. What's more, the EV can now be had for $37,995 ($2,000 less than its original base price) on top of an additional $2,000 cash discount to buy the EV outright – or you can opt for 1.9-percent financing if you work through Ford Motor Credit. None of which

28California Coda dealer drops all-electric Sedan price to $25,000

Retail experts have long said that the best time to get discounts is right after Christmas. That's apparently the case for prospective Coda Sedan electric vehicle buyers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

39Toyota offering up to $7,500 incentices for RAV4 EV; some customers will pay just $32,000

Nationwide Insurance tries to attract potential customers on its so-called "vanishing deductible." Toyota is offering a somewhat similar "vanishing price tag" on its battery-electric RAV4 EV.

10Costco adds discounted auto parts, accessories and service for members

Costco has been in the car business for years, offering a few vehicles to members at attractive rates. The warehouse chain also sells tires and discounted fuel. Now Costco wants to take its discounting model right to the dealer service bay.

16Report: Strong Canadian loonie leads to Porsche price cuts

Put this down as a public service announcement for rich people: A strong loonie is what our neighbors to the north have all been waiting for. Thanks to the loonie's climb up the currency value charts, Porsche has dropped prices of its line by two percent. A Boxster is suddenly $4,000 loonies cheaper than a few months ago, at $55,600 ($55,467 U.S.) vs. $59,600 ($59,457 U.S.), and the number-one-selling Cayenne is now $54,200 ($54,070 U.S.). There's probably no better time to convince your wife to

28REPORT: GM offering special discounts to rejected franchise customers, move angers dealer group

Realizing that one of its keys to survival is retaining existing owners, General Motors is proactively enticing nearly one million customers – those loyal to now-closed dealerships – with significant financial incentives. According to Automotive News, GM started sending 950,000 letters out last week to customers of stores which have shut down or lost a brand franchise. Included in the correspondence are $1,000 to $2,000 discounts towards purchasing vehicles from one of GM's four surv

6REPORT: Opel to cut prices 40% in order to save jobs?

Sometimes deals get made, and then the dealmakers have to employ some pretty creative tactics to get the terms to work. Magna's deal for Opel included taking €1.5 billion in short term loans from the German government, the string attached being that Magna had to guarantee German jobs.

9Let the incentive wars begin!

Following news that Chrysler will start up employee pricing discounts again this summer, General Motors is jumping into the sandbox, only this time taking another tack -- zero percent financing for six years for many 2006 models, which is expected to be announced next week. It's a way for General Motors to stick by its word that it will continue to be a proponent of value pricing and still fight to keep the market share that has slowly been slipping away from its fingertips.  

31GM sales incentives alive and well

Despite GM's widely promoted "value pricing" program, the automaker is still a compulsive user of short-term incentives to boost sales. Coming up, the GM "March Madness" promotion (and was there ever a more appropriate tagline?).

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