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Industry Could Realize Best October Since 2004, Say Analysts

The October retail sales forecasts from J.D. Power and Kelly Blue Book are in, and they are predicting a solid sales performance in what is traditionally the second weakest month of the year for car sales.

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KBB: Car Shoppers Confident in ‘New’ GM

Fifty percent of new-car shoppers think GM is a different company today compared to five years ago, while only 24% of new-car shoppers believe the ‘old’ GM still exists.

Kia, Volkswagen Influence Shoppers During World Cup

Kia and Volkswagen each increased the number of searches for their brands on KBB.com by 18% during the World Cup.

KBB Breaks Down Auto Brand Popularity By Region

According to The KBB.com’s Market Intelligence research, a region’s most popular brands are often headquartered or have assembly plants in that area. The data suggests that shoppers have strong brand loyalty and research the manufacturers with local ties to their region.

Cox Acquires 25% Stake in AutoTrader Group

Cox Enterprises acquires 25% stake in AutoTrader Group from Providence Equity Partners.

KBB Integrates DealerRater Reviews and Ratings

Kelley Blue Book’s new website will now display dealer reviews and ratings from DealerRater, the two companies announced last week.

KBB Forges Alliance With Bitauto, Chinese Dealer Group

Through its new strategic partnership with Internet marketing firm and the dealer association, Kelley Blue Book will make its vehicle values and insights available to the China market.

Former KBB CEO Joins LotLinx Board of Directors

Paul Johnson, who resigned from his chief executive role at Kelley Blue Book in February 2012, has joined the board of directors for the recently launched LotLinx. The board includes former AOL, Google Automotive, Dealix and Autobytel executives.

KBB: October New-Car Sales Expected to Jump 11.7 Percent

With one additional selling day, October sales are on track to reach 1.22 million units, KBB reported last week. And barring any economic setbacks, the vehicle information site expects sales to reach 15.6 million units this year.

Industry Proves Resilient During Government Shutdown

The government just experienced a more than two-week hiatus, but the auto industry could be on track to actually top September sales this month.