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Look out! Still water ahead

4:30 pm U.S. ET | July 1
June was another good sales month. We’ve had a good first half, and a great six-year run-up. But expect to start seeing some separation among competitors. ...

Dealer Wise goes the extra mile(s) for buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
Let's say you're shopping at one of the Randy Wise Automotive stores in this area, and you decide to check out a vehicle from a different brand at another dealership owne ...

'Car guy' passion is universal

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
I have always been impressed at how the auto industry is full of people with passion. I don't mean folks who like their jobs. I mean individuals who adore cars, who absol ...

As selling rate soars, U.S. fleet sales slide

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Fleet volume didn't contribute much to those booming May auto sales. ...

EV subsidies and the bottom line

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
A big part of the problem is that some of the government incentives that have largely driven demand are starting to evaporate. ...

Big May sales cut June stocks

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Nothing like the best May sales in U.S. history to cut inventory down to size. The 3,524,400 unsold light vehicles in inventory on June 1 were down 110,000 from a month e ...

Dealership groups' hot F&I revenue: $7 billion

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8
Finance and insurance revenue keeps jumping at U.S. auto dealerships. By any measure in Automotive News' second annual F&I survey of the nation's largest auto dealership ...

Subaru hot; Hyundai-Kia not; Ford's cozy spot

5:15 pm U.S. ET | June 2
May was a great sales month for the U.S. auto industry, everything a marketer could ask for. Spectacular selling rate, strong pricing power, modest incentives and volume ...

A tale of 2 production booms

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1
It's easy to view Mexico's auto manufacturing ascendancy as an encore of last decade's production boom in central Europe. ...

Inventories stay steady even as sales volumes vary

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
Automakers trimmed about 14,000 light vehicles out of U.S. inventory during April despite relatively languid industry sales. ...

4 fleet strategies yield similar April sales gains

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
Four of the top seven automakers outperformed the U.S. light-vehicle market in April by almost exactly the same level while using wildly different fleet strategies. ...

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. ...
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