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April like a dry day at harvest time - no time to sit back
5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 1
Solid. Profitable. Gratifying. And yeah, a bit boring of a sales month. Yet another month of just-fine-thanks. ...


Automakers, retailers post shareholder value gains for 1st quarter
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
Global automakers and U.S.-based auto retailers generally produced strong shareholder returns in the first quarter. ...


Midsize with a four-banger or large and loaded? How auto insurance affects consumers' buying power
11:32 am U.S. ET | April 23
Want $7,700 more to spend on a new car? Move from Michigan to Maine before you insure it. That's because U.S. insurance premiums on a new vehicle vary wildly by state, ac ...


Inventories stay level in March
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
Automakers have carefully controlled U.S. inventories since the scary days of the recession, but they started April with textbooklike perfection. ...


Fleet sales drove market in March
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
Retail sales typically are four times greater than fleet, so sales to commercial, government and daily rental buyers rarely reverse the overall market's momentum. ...


Signs of a stable U.S. market in March
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Looking for a show of strength in March’s U.S. sales results? Not everyone was gunning for volume. Ford, GM, and Nissan all slashed incentives, lost sales – ...


March's thin win: No dip, less zip
4:56 pm U.S. ET | April 1
Hey, look at a smokin' hot marketplace snatch another victory. Most forecasters expected March U.S. auto sales to fall a bit, but some last-minute fancy footwork pushed t ...


Nissan's sales slip 2.7 percent, still top Honda's
2:17 pm U.S. ET | April 1
Nissan North America slipped 2.7 percent in its March U.S. sales, but it nonetheless outsold American Honda for the third straight month. Nissan and Infiniti brand sales ...


Each generation learns to go its own way
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
If the Gates family has learned anything in 87 years of operating dealerships, it's that each generation must forge its own business plan. ...


Supplies tight before spring selling season
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16
U.S. auto sales softened in a stormy final week of February, but automakers still started March with relatively tight stocks. ...


Fleet sales again outpace retail in Feb.
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16
Fleet sales again rose faster than retail sales in February among the seven major automakers, continuing a surge that began in late 2014. Sales to fleets rose 7.6 percent ...


In February snow, buyers want 4x4s
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3

So February U.S. auto sales came in lower than the forecasters figured just a week or two ago. Well yeah! Snow days.

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Why does Ford race? Because it can
3:56 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27
He's not yet taking orders from Jay Leno for the Ford GT and GT350R, but the head of Ford Performance, Dave Pericak, still has a full plate. ...


Supplies soar in January -- as usual
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
U.S. stocks of light vehicles increased during January, whether that was a little or a lot depends on how you measure. ...


Fleet sales rose faster than retail in January
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Fleet sales outpaced retail in January, rising 20 percent among major players compared with 13 percent for vehicles sold by dealers. ...


Hot sales, higher prices and a big run-up in revenue
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9 | UPDATED: 2/9/15 12:11 pm ET - Corrected
Yes, January's US sales numbers were superb and not just in comparison with the first month of 2014, when much of America was snowbound. ...


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