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July 5, 2018 - Industry News

Edmunds: Stage Set for Market Contraction

June’s annual percentage rate of 5.82% marked a 17% increase since January 2018. Add rising rates to a virtually saturated U.S. market, record-high vehicle prices, and historically high numbers of people who owe more than their cars are worth, and the stage is set for a market contraction, the firm said.

Tags: Edmunds, Federal Reserve, interest rates, Negative Equity, new-vehicle sales, SAAR, used-vehicle sales

June 28, 2018 - Industry News

LMC/J.D. Power: First-Half Retail Sales Weakest in Four Years

Retail sales for the first half of 2018 are expected to be the weakest since 2014, but record transaction prices have consumers on pace to spend nearly $5 billion more on new-vehicle purchases during the period compared to a year ago.

Tags: Forecast, J.D. Power and Associates, LMC Automotive, new-vehicle sales

June 20, 2018 - Industry News

Retail Incentives, New-Vehicle Sales Grow in May

New vehicle sales were up in May, driven in part by bigger incentives. Rising incentive spend could hurt used vehicle values by the end of the year.  Photo by Eric Gandarilla.   

May new-vehicle sales grew by 4.8% from the year-ago period, while average incentive spending per unit grew 6.6% from a year ago to $3,740.

Tags: incentive spending, J.D. Power, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

May 23, 2018 - Industry News

California New-Vehicle Sales Expected to Exceed 2 Million in 2018

With the car market having plateaued after several years of increases, the California New Car Dealers Association said it continues to see increasing demand for larger, more family-friendly vehicles. But with gas prices continuing to increase, that trend could shift in the quarters ahead.

Tags: California, California New Car Dealers Association, new-vehicle sales, SUV

May 1, 2018 - Industry News

April's Average Transaction Price Rises to $35,411

Less price-sensitive buyers splurged for the latest models in April, with the industry’s average transaction price rising 2% from a year ago despite rising fuel prices.

Tags: average transaction price, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales, showroom

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Cox: Off-Lease Tidal Wave Poses Greatest Risk to New-Vehicle Sales

It’s not just the wave of off-lease vehicles expected to return to the market this year and next, it’s the type of vehicles returning that could stunt new sales. Rising interest rates, however, could turn the tide for the new-vehicle market.

Tags: Cox Automotive, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle sales

February 27, 2018 - Industry News

LMC, J.D. Power: Mixed Results Expected for February

Average incentive spending in February is poised to fall for the first time since 2013 due to lower spending by Domestic manufacturers on trucks and SUVs. The two firms also project a 400,000-unit decrease in the SAAR and a 3% decline in retail sales.

Tags: incentives, J.D. Power, LMC Automotive, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Manheim: Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Continue to Soften

Used-vehicle value pricing continues to return to pre-hurricane levels but overall remains high, the firm reported this week.

Tags: Manheim, Manheim Index, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

KBB: Average New-Vehicle Prices Rise to Record High in December

December’s average transaction price for a new vehicle rose nearly 2% from a year ago to a record high of $36,113, the firm reported last week.

Tags: Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales, transaction prices

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

AIADA: International Nameplate Dealers Optimistic Despite Sales Slip

Total new-vehicle sales didn't grow for the first time since the Great Recession, but the American International Automobile Dealers Association said last week its member dealers remain optimistic about 2018.

Tags: American International Automobile Dealers Associat, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

December 21, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power: Used Vehicle Price Index Falls 1.4% in November

Underperforming van and car segments led to a decline in J.D. Power's used vehicle price index in November, a reversal from the index's previous three months of consecutive growth.

Tags: J.D. Power, new-vehicle sales, SAAR, Used Vehicle Price

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

Cox Automotive: Dealers Optimistic About Q1 2018

The fourth-quarter reading of the Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index shows dealers are optimistic about the next three months. Concerns about price pressure and showroom traffic persist.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Franchised Dealerships, Independent Dealerships, new-vehicle sales

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: Average Transaction Price Reaches Record High in November

New-vehicle transaction prices are being driven higher by the shifting sales mix away from cars. Ford’s strong mix of F-Series Super Duty sales for the month helped drive up the automaker’s average transaction price by nearly 3%.

Tags: average transaction price, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

EFG Companies: 2018 to See Increased Focus on F&I, Service Drive, Customer Loyalty

John Pappanastos, president and CEO of EFG Companies

EFG Companies issued its 2018 predictions and recommendations for the retail automotive and powersports F&I markets this week. These insights reflect another year of cautiousness as well as opportunity for dealers to navigate an uncertain business climate.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Customer Service, digital retailing, EFG Companies, general agents, new-vehicle sales, parts and service, service drive

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: Flat Prices, Higher Incentive Spending Signals Headwinds for New-Car Market

Transaction prices continue to rise at a slower pace, with the third-quarter average up just 1% after averaging 3% gains in the first half of the year. And while KBB expects solid sales in October, flat transaction prices combined with ever-growing incentive spending signal headwinds for the new-vehicle market as the year nears its close.

Tags: average transaction price, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

Asbury: Q3 Revenue, Gross Profit Down Due to Hurricanes

Total revenue and gross profit were down 5% and 2% from a year ago, respectively, with Hurricane Irma having a significant impact on sales in the group’s core Florida and Georgia markets. F&I was a bright spot, with total gross profit up 4% and the group’s per-copy average increasing by $142 from a year ago to $1,547.

Tags: Asbury Automotive, F&I profit, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, new-vehicle sales, public dealer, used-vehicle sales

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: New-Vehicle Sales Expected to Fall 2% in October

Despite the expected decline, October looks to be relatively strong on strong replacement demand in hurricane-impacted states and higher incentive spending. Kelley Blue Book analysts, however, believe these are indicators that new-vehicle demand is still contracting.

Tags: Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales, Nissan, SAAR, Toyota, Volkswagen

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Index Reaches Record High for Fifth Consecutive Month

The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index reached a record high in September for the fifth consecutive month, while the SAAR rose to its highest September reading in three decades. The main driver was replacement demand caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Tags: Manheim Index, new-vehicle sales, SAAR, showroom, used-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

Business Leaders Cautiously Optimistic About Trump, Economy, Auto Sales

Despite a few political and economic setbacks, 2017 is expected to be one of the highest performing years on record in terms of auto sales. They key going forward is the Trump Administration’s ability to turn its pro-business campaign rhetoric into reality.

Tags: auto finance, Donald Trump, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle sales, White Clarke Group

September 27, 2017 - Industry News

KBB Puts September's SAAR at 17.5 Million

Kelley Blue Book said replacement demand driven by hurricanes Harvey and Sandy is already being felt in some areas. The firm predicts that will continue into October and potentially November as vehicle insurance payouts are received.

Tags: Hyundai-Kia, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales, SAAR, Toyota

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Dealers More Optimistic About Used-Car Market vs. New

Photo via order_242/Wikimedia (Creative Commons)

Sentiment speaks to recent auto finance data showing prime and superprime car buyers shifting toward used, where the average monthly payment was $139 less than the record $504 average monthly payment for new in the second quarter.

Tags: auto finance, Cox Automotive, Experian Automotive, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle sales

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

S&P/Experian: Auto Default Rate Registers Largest Increase Since December 2011

Despite the nine-basis-point increase, the auto loan default rate remains near levels recorded one year ago. However, declining auto sales and the normal end-of-year push to make room for newer models may encourage easier credit conditions and raise concerns about future defaults.

Tags: auto defaults, auto finance, new-vehicle sales, S&P/Experian

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: New-Vehicle Sales Down 2.8% Through August

Out of the 22 vehicle segments tracked monthly by Kelley Blue Book, only 10 posted higher sales numbers compared to the first eight months of 2016. Of those 10, large vehicles commanded eight of those spots.

Tags: Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index Posts Third Consecutive Record

The index’s July reading shows that demand is absorbing the high supply of newer used vehicles. The good news on the new side is that inventories fell below four million and are at their lowest level of the year.

Tags: CPO, Manheim, Manheim Index, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Index Reaches Record High in June

It was the second consecutive month that Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index reached a record high. Officials said strong retail demand for recent model-year used vehicles is encouraging dealers to buy more vehicles at auction, and the increased demand is more than offsetting the high supply.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Manheim, Manheim Index, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values, wholesale values

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