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June 27, 2017

J.D. Power/LCM: June SAAR Expected to Fall to Five-Year Low

Despite record incentive spending, the auto industry is on pace to record its weakest first-half sales performance since 2014, according to the two firms. Days to turn remained at 70 through June 18, the highest level since July 2009.

June 20, 2017

Swapalease: Lease Approval Rate Falls to Three-Year Low

Lease applicants registered a 48.1% approval rate, the lowest level since the car lease marketplace began tracking the stat in 2014. The firm explained that the rise in consumer interest for luxury SUVs is what’s driving the uptick in declines.

June 12, 2017

New Study Reveals Shift Toward Used

A survey of more than 9,000 vehicle owners found that 38% of them plan to buy used on their next purchase. That percentage grew to 53% among individuals under 40 years ago age.

June 7, 2017

Manheim Index Hits Record High

With wholesale used-vehicle prices rising in May, the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index rose to a record 127.9. The firm noted that dealers purchased the most vehicles at Manheim auctions for the month of May since 2008.

June 1, 2017

KBB: New-Vehicle Transaction Prices Rise Nearly 3% in May

Transaction prices continued to climb at a steady rate in May, driven by the weakening sales mix of cars, according to the vehicle information side.

May 31, 2017

J.D. Power/LMC Expect Lowest May Retail SAAR Since 2013

Not even record incentive spending for the month is expected to keep May retail sales on pace with a year ago, according to the two firms.

May 30, 2017

KBB Puts May New-Vehicle Sales at 1.53 Million Units

If the firm's forecast is realized, May's new-vehicle sales total would best April by 7% but would be flat with a year ago. The vehicle information site also believes retail sales will account for 80.5% of volume.

May 9, 2017

Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index Increases 1.6% in April

The index's April reading was 124.7, a year-over-year improvement thanks to the 0.5% increase in wholesale used-vehicle prices. Manheim officials said any weakness is more a result of excessive new-vehicle inventory, with more than four million new units sitting on dealer lots for the last three months.

May 3, 2017

Group 1: Earnings Hurt by 'Extreme Weakness' in Oil-Dependent States

Not even another strong performance in U.S. new-vehicle margins, a record quarter in the group's U.K. market, and a profitable quarter in Brazil were enough to offset "extreme weakness" in Group 1's energy price-impacted markets.

April 26, 2017

J.D. Power/LMC: Record Incentive Spending Keeps April Sales on Pace With a Year Ago

April retail sales are expected to reach 1.17 million thanks to record incentive spending. However, average days to turn continues to rise, with nearly 30% of vehicles sold so far in 2017 having sat on dealer lots more than 90 days.