Here's the deal:
The Car: MERCEDES BENZ
The Savings: As with other carmakers, the cost includes factory preparation, accessory installation, tourist registration, customs duty, ocean freight, marine insurance, wharfage and handling fees, and transportation to your stateside dealer.
The Bonuses: Transport from Stuttgart airport. Free breakfast or lunch at the Sindelfingen factory restaurant and two nights free hotel in Stuttgart. A full tank of gas. And, once on the road, hotel rates of one-third to half off along suggested routes through the most scenic parts of Germany and the Alps.
The Insurance: 15 days of free all-inclusive insurance
The Pick-Up and Drop-Off: You pick the car up at the Sindelfingen factory. Return it at no charge in eight German cities: Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Sindelfingen, Bremerhaven, Mannheim, and Bremen. There's no charge to return it in these cities, either: London, Paris, Nice, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Madrid, Zurich, or Geneva.
The Lead Time: Order your car six weeks to two months before your trip.
The Contact: Mercedes-Benz USA, Client Assistance Center, 3 Paragon Dr., Montvale, NJ 07645; (800) 367-6372; www.mbusa.com.
The Car: VOLVO
The Savings: 7 to 10 percent off MSRP
The Bonuses: One free round-trip coach ticket on American Airlines to select cities. A free ride to the factory, a full tank of gas, a dinner and one night's stay at a G?teborg, Sweden, hotel. A week of free wireless phone rental, a complimentary cabin upgrade and free vehicle passage on any of the DFDS Seaways European city-to-city cruise liners offering passenger and vehicle cruises between Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the United Kingdom, and northern Germany. Scandinavian package tours offer hotel, breakfast, some dinners, and museum discounts for trips of three to 11 days and cost $355 to $1,850 per person for double accommodations. Trips focus on Swedish glass, castles, or culture, with stop points including Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, and elsewhere.