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Announces Overnight Test Drives
Michigan – April 8, 2003
- In an effort
to boost slow sales, General Motors announced it will let consumers
take most of its cars and trucks home for overnight test drives.
program will be the most extensive test-drive offer in company
history, said Bill Mistele, director of retail strategy, and will
run between April 15th and July 22nd, 2003.
Consumers will not be allowed to put more than 100 miles on
the vehicles, or drive them out of state.
alone aren't going to be enough," Mistele said. "If we can
get them in to drive the vehicle and experience it, we know we're
going to increase our likelihood of selling them a vehicle."
The new program will target the 60 percent of consumers who
don’t consider GM brands when they buy a new car or truck.
program covers models offered at GM’s 7400 dealerships, including
Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saab
and Saturn. It excludes
the Chevrolet Corvette, and two models due out later this year, the
Chevrolet XLR and the Chevrolet SSR.
will continue to offer rebates and no-interest loans to car buyers
in an effort to bolster slumping sales, which dropped by 1.6 percent
in the first quarter of 2003.
at Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler indicated those companies have
no plans to introduce similar test-drive programs.