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Detroit, Japan Factories Suffer in Short September Sales Report

Detroit, Japan Factories Suffer in Short September Sales Report

U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks fell 12% year-over-year in September, suppressed in part by a Labor Day weekend allotted to August. Few were spared the sting, with all six of America’s and Japan’s biggest factories reporting double-digit declines.

October 3, 2019

JDP: Sales Accelerate on Record-High Q3 Incentives

JDP: Sales Accelerate on Record-High Q3 Incentives

J.D. Power and LMC Automotive analysts predict that, despite a slow start to 2019 and a short September, third-quarter new-vehicle sales will rebound on the strength of a 6% increase in factory incentive spending.

October 1, 2019

FCA to Pay $40M Fine for ‘Cookie Jar’ Sales Reports

FCA to Pay $40M Fine for ‘Cookie Jar’ Sales Reports

FCA US and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay $40 million to settle charges leveled by the SEC, which accused the automaker of misleading investors by falsifying monthly sales reports to maintain the appearance of monthly gains.

September 30, 2019

Report: Used-Vehicle Prices Up 2% From 2018

Report: Used-Vehicle Prices Up 2% From 2018

J.D. Power’s latest index finds average prices for used vehicles were up 2% year-over-year in August. Analysts say the segment will continue to drive profits for dealers for the foreseeable future.

September 20, 2019

Cox: Franchised, Independent Dealers See Two Different Markets
Escalating Finance Costs Drive 24% Spike in TCO

Escalating Finance Costs Drive 24% Spike in TCO

AAA analysts say bigger price tags and higher interest rates have conspired to raise American new-car buyers’ average annual total cost of ownership to $9,282, an all-time high and a 24% year-over-year increase.

September 12, 2019

Pace of Dealership Acquisitions Slows in Q2

Pace of Dealership Acquisitions Slows in Q2

Kerrigan Advisors’ latest Blue Sky buy/sell report counts 49 transactions in the second quarter, a slight decline from Q1 but enough to maintain a 200-plus-transaction pace for 2019.

September 11, 2019

Report: Customers Want to Buy Insurance at the Dealership
Cox Upgrades CAR&I Incentives Platform

Cox Upgrades CAR&I Incentives Platform

Cox Automotive Rates & Incentives now features automated data input, dynamic transaction templates, and advertised specials, all designed to deliver data faster and with improved accuracy.

September 10, 2019

SAAR Fails to Crack 17M Despite Record August Sales

SAAR Fails to Crack 17M Despite Record August Sales

U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks fell 1.2% year-over-year in August, a sales month that extended through the Labor Day weekend and set new records for Honda, Toyota, and Subaru.

September 5, 2019

Prime Buyers Flock to Used Vehicles in Q2 Report

Prime Buyers Flock to Used Vehicles in Q2 Report

Experian’s Q2 auto finance report consumers continue to uncover ways to manage monthly payments. For a record percentage of prime borrowers, that meant passing on a $32,000-plus new-vehicle loan in favor of a pre-owned unit.

September 5, 2019

Fiat Deletes 500 From North American Lineup

Fiat Deletes 500 From North American Lineup

2019 marks the last model-year for the Fiat 500, 500e, and 500 Abarth in the U.S. and Canada, ending a 10-year production run and leaving the 500X CUV, 500L, and 124 Spider as the Italian brand’s only North American models.

September 4, 2019

Cayenne Leads List of Unworthy $100K Cars

Cayenne Leads List of Unworthy $100K Cars

The Things’ Andre Nalin has released a list of 19 vehicles whose quality or dependability falls short of their six-figure price tags, led by the Porsche Cayenne SUV.

September 3, 2019

Days’ Supply Hits 71 on Weaker Sales

Days’ Supply Hits 71 on Weaker Sales

The latest report from the Automotive News Data Center finds U.S. franchised dealers were sitting on nearly 3.8 million new units as of Aug. 1, a 27-year high.

August 13, 2019

Hit the Books: 10 Best Back-to-School Cars

Hit the Books: 10 Best Back-to-School Cars

Kelley Blue Book editors rank and comment on the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars for 2019, all starting at around $20,000 or less and still available on new-car lots.

August 7, 2019