Hey, Joe, how bad is the economy?

It's so bad, Porsche AG is offering five-year, 1.9% loans on 911s for Christmas!

That's right. This year's round of holiday luxury-car deals got off to an early start, and Porsche has one of the more eye-popping offers, advertised under the slogan "The Unforgettable Finish."

Luxury-car fans know that December has become the time to shop for deals from brands that try very hard the rest of the year to avoid appearing distressed by little things like the worst economic slump in a generation or two.

This year's round of holiday luxury-car deals got off to an early start, including some eye-popping offers from Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Lexus and Infiniti. Here are details ~ ~

This year's deals may not be as generous as some of those offered last year in the depths of the Wall Street and housing-market panics, according to data from Edmunds.com, the Internet auto-shopping site. But you'd have to be living in a cave not to notice that the big luxury brands are flashing some very direct propositions—in contrast to the subtle persuasion of better years gone by.

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