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Recent articles
Lithia's big DCH deal was a boon for shareholders
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28
Lithia Motors' big acquisition last month fueled a strong second quarter for the publicly traded retailer in terms of shareholder value return. ...


Supply steady at 60 days
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
Automakers started July with a 60-day supply of unsold vehicles, the level traditionally considered an ideal balance — enough to meet demand but not high enough to ...


Fleet outpaces retail in June
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
Fleet sales outpaced retail in June, countering a three-year trend toward greater retail volume. Among major automakers, fleet sales in June rose 6 percent while retail s ...


Strong start to summer raises hopes for even better second half
4:53 pm U.S. ET | July 1 | UPDATED: 7/1/14 6:16 pm ET - adds details
A flurry of new light-vehicle sales as June ended helped generate the fastest selling rate for the U.S. auto industry in almost eight years, raising hopes for an even mor ...


How can 1% growth feel so good?
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1

June turned out to be a great month for U.S. auto sales. Ignore that goofy 1 percent increase in units sold. It’s a calendar fluke. The 17 million selli ...



Fleet helps raise overall May sales
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16
Retail sales led May's surge in light-vehicle volume, but fleet activity also helped out for the first time this year as General Motors and Toyota each made big one-off d ...


Strong May sales trim inventories
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16
If mounting stocks of unsold vehicles after winter storms put pressure on automakers to cut production or boost incentives, May's surprise sales rally relieved it. ...


Crossovers drive May sales surprise
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9
So what's the story behind last month's unexpectedly strong sales results? Forget the fifth weekend in May, crossovers are what did the trick. ...


Playing ‘Pros & Cons’
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4
I have mixed feelings about April’s sales results. Yes, volume rose 8 percent and put us on pace to reach 16 million units this year. But no, it didn’t blow t ...


Ya gotta love those new models
5:38 pm U.S. ET | June 3
Jeep is hot, hot, hot. Volkswagen is cold as ice. Nothing helps like fresh product on the floor. And nothing aches quite the way that an aging lineup does. ...


Sales soar, gains galore as May stars
4:45 pm U.S. ET | June 3 | UPDATED: 6/3/14 6:25 pm ET - adds more details
Sometimes the stars align. The weather held, the calendar added both an extra selling day and a fifth weekend, lenders relaxed a bit, factories sweetened the pot. And May ...


May sales to get lift from retail demand, holiday deals, extra weekend
1:02 pm U.S. ET | May 23
Anticipating strong Memorial Day weekend action, some analysts predict the pace of U.S. light-vehicle retail sales in May will be the best so far this year. ...


Fleet sales rise but trail retail's pace
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12
Fleet sales rose almost as much as retail sales in April on a percentage basis, but fleet sales remained a drag on U.S. volume through the first four months of the year. ...


Inventories drop slightly in May
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12
Assisted by strong April sales, automakers trimmed U.S. stocks of unsold light vehicles for a second consecutive month. ...


Matick Chevrolet says hello to customers, hello to sales
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12
It's not the 100-car showroom, high-volume Corvettes or massive new collision shop that have propelled Matick Chevrolet into the brand's top 1 percent of sales volume. ...


Full-sized pickups outdo U.S. market again in April
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5
Full-sized pickups again outperformed the U.S. market in April, surging 12 percent to 171,235 units. Through four months, sales are 6 percent higher at 622,189. ...


April's U.S. sales story lines: Go-go, so-so and no-no
4:33 pm U.S. ET | May 1 | UPDATED: 5/1/14 6:34 pm ET -- adds details on Nissan sales
Automakers rode higher incentives to an 8 percent gain in U.S. auto sales in April. It's the latest sign that the industry is on pace to top 16 million units this year, b ...


Playing ‘Pros & Cons’
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1
I have mixed feelings about April’s sales results. Yes, volume rose 8 percent and put us on pace to reach 16 million units this year. But no, it didn’t blow t ...


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