IRVINE, Calif. — When IntelliChoice.com revealed its "Best Deals of the Month" for the first time in 2010, a domestic automaker had one of its best showings ever.
The site shared its rankings for January and highlighted that models from General Motors topped many segments because of extensive rebates and incentives.
Officials reiterated that GM often does well in their rankings in the full-size truck category. But this time around, the automaker led the way in several segments, including compact pickup, luxury car, full-size utility, sports sedan/wagon, sports car and compact utility/crossover.
"Every new winner for the month of January is a GM model, which is something that has not happened in years, and maybe never," explained Charlie Vogelheim, executive editor for IntelliChoice.com.
"Nearly half of the overall winners are GM cars, trucks and SUVs," Vogelheim continued.
"Rebates certainly play a role in GM's showing, but keep in mind that other automakers are also offering discounts. GM's recent move to push Pontiacs and Saturns off the lot may influence the other domestic brands to match their prices and incentives," he added.
"It will be interesting to see what happens when we start ranking 2010 model year cars in February," Vogelheim also interjected.
IntelliChoice.com also mentioned rebates of $5,000 that propelled a couple of vehicles to top their respective segments. The two units with those hefty incentives are the Kia Sorento among intermediate utilities and the Cadillac DTS among luxury cars.
Executives noted that the average new car rebate for this month is $1,503, an amount higher than each of the previous three months. It was $1,367 in December, $1,407 in November and $1,450 in October.
"Where trucks have been most heavily discounted, larger rebates can now be found among SUVs, as well," IntelliChoice.com noted.
The following are IntelliChoice.com's Best Deals for January:
|IntelliChoice.com Best Deals January 2010|
|Segment||Brand and Model|
|Subcompact Cars|| MINI Cooper Hatchback
Toyota Yaris Hatchback
|Compact Cars more than $17,000||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan|
|Compact Cars less than $17,000||Honda Fit|
|Midsize Cars more than $21,000||Toyota Prius|
|Midsize Cars less than $21,000||Toyota Prius|
|Convertible||MINI Cooper Convertible|
|Luxury Convertible||Audi A4 Convertible|
|Near Luxury Cars||Audi A3|
|Luxury Cars||Cadillac DTS|
|Large Cars||Hyundai Sonata 4cyl|
|Base Sports Cars||Pontiac Solstice Coupe|
|Sports Cars||Chevrolet Corvette|
|Small/Midsize Wagon||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon|
|Sport Sedan/Wagon more than $38,000||Lexus GS Hybrid|
|Sport Sedan Wagon less than $38,000||Chevrolet Impala SS|
|Compact Utility/Crossover||Saturn VUE Hybrid|
|Midsize Crossover||Volkswagen Touareg TDI|
|Luxury Crossover||Lexus RX|
|Intermediate Utility||Kia Sorento|
|Luxury Utility||GMC Yukon Denali|
|Full-Size Van||Chevrolet Express 1500|
|Compact Pickup 2WD||Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2WD|
|Compact Pickup 4WD||Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab 4WD|
|Full-Size Pickup 2WD Half Ton|| Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab Hybrid 2WD
Sierra Crew Cab Hybrid 2WD
|Full-Size Pickup 2WD 3/4 Ton||Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Crew Cab 4WD|
|Full-Size Pickup 2WD One Ton||Dodge Ram 3500 2WD|
|Full-Size Pickup 4WD Half Ton|| Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab Hybrid 2WD
Sierra Crew Cab Hybrid 2WD
|Full-Size Pickup 4WD 3/4 Ton||Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Crew Cab 4WD|
|Full-Size Pickup 4WD One Ton||Dodge Ram 3500 4WD|