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March sales melt winter's frozen stocks
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14
Brisk light-vehicle sales in March sharply reduced supply levels that had built up on U.S. dealership lots in January and February. ...

Less reliance on fleet sales in March
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14
Automakers continue to cut their reliance on U.S. fleet sales as car rental companies strategically reduce vehicle purchases. ...

March sales were even better than they looked
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Retail sales rose 7 percent to overcome a 1 percent decline in fleet volume. ...

March delivers a sales rebound and more as confidence returns
4:44 pm U.S. ET | April 1 | UPDATED: 4/1/14 6:26 pm ET
The snow melted. Car buyers dug themselves out. And the U.S. auto industry dragged itself back to first-quarter growth with a 6 percent sales increase in March. The 1. ...

OK, the scary part is over
4:44 pm U.S. ET | April 1
It’s officially safe to breathe again. Most folks in the industry firmly believed the dreary January and February auto sales were caused primarily by wretched weath ...

Analysts: No surge in March sales yet
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24
Looking at U.S. sales through the first half of March, forecasters don't see a surge in sales strong enough to rescue first-quarter results. ...

Why Sally can't buy a new car
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
America's outstanding student-loan debt is now greater than all auto loans, more than credit card debt. ...

Stocks rise in February
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
U.S. stocks of unsold vehicles remain higher than normal in the aftermath of fierce winter storms that disrupted sales in January and February. ...

Fleet strategies differ for Nissan and Hyundai
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
Two of the top seven automakers boosted fleet deliveries in February and the first two months; but while one is also increasing retail sales, the other is using the highe ...

New light on the dark art of comparing warranty costs
4:01 pm U.S. ET | March 5
Today there's a bit more light in the auto industry's dark art of vehicle warranties and recalls. By dark art, I don't mean each automaker's warranty specialists don't kn ...

February sales tale: Advances, setbacks, lots of volatility
4:52 pm U.S. ET | March 3
February U.S. auto sales were only flat on average. For many players, February was either pretty good or flat-out bad. Subaru jumped 24 percent. Nissan North America gain ...

Sitting out Double Winter
3:28 pm U.S. ET | March 3
Sales are always lousy in January and February. That's regular winter. But this year, at least for the 78 percent of Americans east of the Rockies, it's Double Winter. Th ...

Diaz: Nissan N.A. to gain 'profitable' share
4:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27
U.S. sales boss Fred Diaz expects Nissan North America to continue gaining U.S. market share in 2014 as it rolls out more new models. ...

At Volkswagen, labor is indeed a full partner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24
I was shocked by two Southern politicians so eager to score points with local conservative voting bases that they insulted half the board members of the automakers whose ...

At VW, labor is full partner -- please tell southern U.S. politicians
8:05 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21 | UPDATED: 2/21/14 4:34 pm ET - adds UAW appeal
Especially in an election year, I expect political rhetoric over UAW organizing in the South. ...

Supply soars; is there a glut of vehicles?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17
As the auto industry's average days supply of unsold vehicles on Feb. 1 soared after unusually harsh January weather, so did calls for manufacturers to cut production. ...

Fleet sales hit the skids, haul down Jan. volume
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17
Blame fleet flop, not snow slop, for January's disappointing auto sales. After U.S. light-vehicle sales fell 3 percent in January, most automakers blamed lousy weather th ...

U.S. sales chilled by tax change, January freeze
4:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3 | UPDATED: 2/3/14 6:14 pm ET
Frigid weather and weak fleet sales held January U.S. auto sales 3 percent below brisk year-ago volume. Automakers and dealers sold 1,011,187 light vehicles for the month ...

Cold spells, snowfalls, a fluke and an asterisk
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3
January U.S. light-vehicle sales down 3 percent? Welcome to 2014. We’re gonna have more months like this. ...

Plastic Omnium, Lithia deliver top shareholder returns
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27
Retailer Lithia Motors and supplier Plastic Omnium returned the most value to shareholders in their categories last year and over the past three years, according to the A ...

3 brothers building on a family tradition
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20
Three entrepreneurs in a single new-car store could be a recipe for disaster, but the Milosch brothers have turned the family's entrepreneurial gene into a competitive st ...

Scrapping cycle points to 2 years of strong sales
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20
Want to know how many new vehicles will be sold this year? Take a look at the scrap heap. ...

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