January 2016 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers

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January 2016 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers
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It’s a brand-new year and vehicle sales are off to a mixed start. Blizzard conditions across large portions of the country kept many shoppers away, but this didn’t stop brands like Scion and Buick from tearin’ it up. Continue Reading...

Tesla Direct Sales are ‘An Inconvenience:’ NADA Chairman

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Tesla Direct Sales are ‘An Inconvenience:’ NADA Chairman
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As Tesla tries to reinvent how people buy cars, traditional automotive retail practices have been called into question. Despite the brand’s new approach, which has attracted a lot of attention, today’s arrangement is not without its benefits according to the dealers.  Continue Reading...

Government Meddling is Costing Car Buyers

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Government Meddling is Costing Car Buyers
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“Today, customers can afford new cars because dealers compete fiercely,” said Bill Fox, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) while speaking at an Automotive Press Association meeting in Detroit. Continue Reading...

Costco Sold Nearly 400,000 Cars Last Year

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Costco Sold Nearly 400,000 Cars Last Year
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When it’s time to purchase a new ride what’s the first place that comes to mind? For most people it’s probably a dealership. But did you know it’s possible to buy a car or truck at Costco? In fact the membership warehouse sold nearly 400,000 vehicles last year. Continue Reading...

May 2015 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers

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May 2015 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers
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Chrysler sales surged in the month of May, but niche brands like Fiat and Scion weren’t so lucky. Continue Reading...

April 2015 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers

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April 2015 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers
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April showers bring May flowers, or so the old adage goes. Blossoms may not be popping everywhere right now but new-vehicle sales in the U.S. last month grew like a freshly planted petunia. Continue Reading...

February 2015 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers

February 2015 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers
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Well, another dumpy winter month is in the books. The season that just won’t end is at long last winding down; the light of spring is visible at the end of this frigid tunnel. Continue Reading...

Aston Martin Won’t Go Downmarket to Chase Sales

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Aston Martin Won’t Go Downmarket to Chase Sales
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The Aston Martin brand is known for its high-dollar sports cars but will its lineup ever become more diverse? Continue Reading...

2014 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers

2014 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers
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January is upon us and another 12-month span is in the books. Like tales of Genghis Kahn’s epic Eurasian conquests or new episodes of I Love Lucy, 2014 is history and what a year it was. Continue Reading...

American Auto Loans hit Record Levels

American Auto Loans hit Record Levels
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No, you’re not imagining things. Both new- and used-vehicle prices are on the rise and American motorists are paying more than ever to purchase cars and trucks. Continue Reading...

August 2014 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers

August 2014 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers
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Like memories of band camp August is dead and buried. Regrettably the eighth month of the year didn’t go quietly; it took summer down with it. Sure, the season’s not officially over but we’re too emotionally devastated about the loss to care. At least new-vehicle sales in the U.S. were strong. Continue Reading...

Used Vehicle Prices Hit All-Time High

Used Vehicle Prices Hit All-Time High
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Considering a pre-owned vehicle instead of a brand-new model? Going used is generally a good idea but you may want to think twice about the decision because prices are creeping upward. Continue Reading...

January 2014 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers

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January 2014 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers
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Welcome to 2014! Apparently in Chinese Astrology it’s the year of the “wood horse” but let’s hope this timber pony can canter away and carry the auto industry to continuing sales success. Which brands drove away with buckets of cash and which ones took a tumble down the stairs? Let’s take a peek at last… Continue Reading...

GM Expands Online Shopping Tools For Buyers

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GM Expands Online Shopping Tools For Buyers
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Everyone has an interesting dealership experience, usually involving a stressful and pushy salesperson. GM is thinking of changing the way dealerships treat customers with its new “Shop, Click, Drive” Online shopping tools. Continue Reading...

Lincoln MKZ Finally Fully Stocked at Dealers: Exec Says

Lincoln MKZ Finally Fully Stocked at Dealers: Exec Says
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It’s been four months since the Lincoln MKZ midsize sedan was supposed to arrive at dealerships around the country. That’s finally the case according to Ford marketing executive Jim Farley, who made the statement today during a conference call with reporters. Ford said it has shipped 11,000 units of the MKZ to dealers since production… Continue Reading...

November 2012 Auto Sales: Hurricane Highlights

November 2012 Auto Sales: Hurricane Highlights
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Things are looking up for automakers in the United States. All told sales topped 1.1 million new cars and trucks in November. That’s nearly a 15 percent increase compared to the same month in 2011. Year-to-date sales eclipsed 13 million units, an improvement of almost 14 percent compared to the same time period last year. Continue Reading...

Two-Tier Pricing, Mandatory Upgrades Concern Dealers

Two-Tier Pricing, Mandatory Upgrades Concern Dealers
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  The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) is tackling two contentious issues facing new car dealers in the U.S. today: two-tier pricing programs and mandatory facility upgrades. Continue Reading...
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