General Motors Corp., trying to reverse a U.S. sales slump, is testing a plan in California and five cities that lets people who lease select GM cars return them if they're not satisfied, according to two reports.
Customers who lease the Buick LaCrosse, Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G6 from April 5 to June 30 in California, Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington and Providence, R.I., will be able to return them within the first 12,000 miles, according to the Detroit News and Autodollars.com, an auto-incentive website.
Deb Silverman, a spokeswoman for the world's largest automaker, wouldn't comment on GM's "Freedom Lease" program. "We do pilot programs all the time," she told the Detroit News.
"This is consistent with their thinking that if they can get people to sit in their cars, they might like them," said Alan Baum, director of automotive forecasting at Planning Edge, a consulting firm in Birmingham, Mich.