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Some carmakers serve up big disappointments and big discounts
So you're finally ready to buy a new car, you've made your peace with saying goodbye to that old station wagon and are looking to find a new and improved mode of transport. Well, unfortunately that may not be as easy as you think, according to CNN Money.

"The disappointment I have is that I thought a lot of our 5-series station wagon customers would go with the GT," BMW's top U.S. sales executive, Jim O'Donnell, told Automotive News. "In point of fact, that is not happening. We have lost those customers to the competition - mainly to Mercedes-Benz."

While BMW is often considered one of the top manufacturers on the market, in style and quality, the 5-series GT had an what some people considered to be a bloated back-end that seemed to turn customers off, CNN Money reports.
Car manufacturers can never know with absolute certainty if a newly designed model will go over well with customers, but some seem to fare better than others. Automakers tend to run into the most problems when they create a new vehicle that is completely different from the one they are using as a base product, such as a convertible minivan, according to the news source. Then again, most people who buy minivans are looking for family-oriented safety and a convertible just doesn't seem to match up with that line of thinking.

In addition to BMW's 5-series flop, they also seemed to produce unfavorable customer results with the X6, according to the news site. The car was supposed to be a combination of an SUV and a coupe, as it features high ground clearance and bold styling. Like many, you may be confused with what they were trying to accomplish, and you would not be alone. The company sold a mere 1,559 X6's this year, which pales in comparison to the 10,000 X5's they sold in the same time period.

In addition to the awkward styling, people may have avoided the X6 because of its potential $100,000 price tag, and what that cost may do to their car insurance rates.

Ford and Lincoln both took a stab at reinventing the minivan by making it look flatter and more like an SUV, but people were not fooled, the site reports. When the Ford Flex hit the market people were looking for sleek, not boxy. Ford thought they would sell 100,000 of these new models a year, but so far in 2011, they have sold 2,000, CNN Money reports.

If you are looking for a truck, many of your friends may tell you that home-grown brands such as Chevy and Ford are the way to go. While Toyota spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours trying to develop a model of their Tundra truck that would be more pleasing to drivers in general, people do not seem to be convinced. The Ford F-150 continues to be the best-selling truck on the market, and Toyota's massive recall crisis is not doing the company any favors, according to the media outlet.

Now that you know some of the cars that have disappointed buyers, it is important to note that there are some great deals available to summertime shoppers. Whether it is through cash rebates or discounted financing offers, this may be a great time to purchase a vehicle, according to Forbes.

After a controversial bailout, General Motors is doing its part to keep up with its competition. If you are all for buying American, the company is offering large cash incentives on its Silverado and Sierra models, which include hybrid versions, the magazine reports.

If you are looking for an SUV, but trying not to break the bank, the Dodge Nitro or Jeep Liberty may be perfect. The respective carmakers are offering zero percent financing for 60 months, or $3,000 cash back, if you qualify. They may not provide as smooth of a ride as a crossover or sedan, but they do have four-wheel drive, which could help you if you live in an area with poor weather or lots of dirt roads. Also, the Liberty can provide you with a panoramic sunroof, according to the media outlet.

For anyone that likes the design and safety that an SUV can offer, but wants something a little more flashy, the Land Rover Range Rover may be right up their alley. Some dealers are offering 0.9 percent financing for 36 months, with $2,500 cash back and an additional $2,000 dealer discount. However, $4,500 off may seem great, but if you can't afford the $80,000 price tag, you may want to keep shopping.
If you are more of a sedan type of person, the Saab 9-5 model may be more appealing. This car, which also comes in a wagon, was recently redesigned and dealers are offering incentives similar to the Range Rover, with a lower sticker price hanging overhead, the site reports.

One of the best cash incentives is coming from none other than BMW. Maybe it's because of the poor sales of the X6, or perhaps they just want to stimulate competition. Either way, you can come out on top if this is what you are looking for. The Active Hybrid 7 is currently being offered at some dealerships with $7,500 cash back plus an additional $2,000 dealer discount, complete with 0.9 percent financing for 36 months, according to Forbes.
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