Jesse Snyder

JESSE SNYDER

In February snow, buyers want 4x4s

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
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, 2015
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.... Read More »

 

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Chill it now, but hold the champagne for later

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
Skip the headlines. Ignore the gaudy 14 percent gain. January was a solid auto sales month, not a great one.... Read More »

 

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Love the displays, but where's the color?

4:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
This Detroit auto show is chock full of lavish, well-conceived and well executed backdrops specifically designed to show off each manufacturer's latest products.... Read More »

 

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Strong margins signal more strong growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The counting's done, so it's official: 2014 was a great year.... Read More »

 

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Why the growth in U.S. luxury sales gets tricky

7:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015
Luxury automakers can expect their niche to expand. But reaching customers will get harder as Millenials increasingly enter the market.... Read More »

 

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Pricing: The extra icing on the cake in a great year

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
We can all rattle off lots to celebrate: fifth straight year of U.S. sales growth, 13 brands setting records in 2014, volume that is 6 million-plus units higher than 2009 and more growth forecast for 2015. But for me, one feel-good factoid trumps everything. Average transaction prices are still rising.... Read More »

 

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How auto dealers gained our esteem

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Several trends in business and technology favor local merchants, including auto dealers, over national conglomerates in terms of treating customers right.... Read More »

 

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The good times keep rolling along

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
We’re merrily motoring down the monthly sales expressway, scarcely a pothole in the past 60 reports.... Read More »

 

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Good times are rolling for pickup makers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
What a terrific month October was for sales of pickups. Large pickups rose 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. The 10-month numbers for big pickups look pretty good, too. In fact, everyone has something to smile about.... Read More »

 

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Weep not for pickup makers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
October looked like a happy month for big pickups with sales rising 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find pickup manufacturers who are really, really, really happy.... Read More »

 

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Why Detroit is a small town, big city for auto dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
Detroit's a big city. But if you're in the car biz, the Motor City is a small town, too. Karl Zimmermann's party at George Matick Chevrolet was both big city and small town.... Read More »

 

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Sit-highs: The lucky ducks have trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
August's U.S. auto sales report was full of good news. But forget the normal scorecard of unit sales. Let's look at some real winners: trucks and the automakers that have more of them.... Read More »

 

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Get trucky, get lucky

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
What a bubbly month August turned out to be. Good news pretty much anywhere you look. U.S. auto sales up. Lotsa folks won big percentage gains. Average transaction prices rose more than incentives. And a Labor Day surprise pushed the month beyond merely matching last year's blowout August into the best monthly selling rate since January 2006.... Read More »

 

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An impressive streak, locked and still going

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
With July U.S. sales volume up 9 percent and full-year forecasts ramping higher, 2014 is increasingly appearing locked in as the fifth straight year of U.S. auto sales growth.... Read More »

 

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How can 1% growth feel so good?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
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 selling rate tells the tale.
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Ya gotta love those new models

5:38 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
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.... Read More »

 

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Playing ‘Pros & Cons’

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
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 the doors off.... Read More »

 

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New Russian outlook: 'Slower, lower, weaker'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Days after Russia annexed a province of Ukraine and U.S. and European forces mobilized, you would expect a conference in the United States on the future of the Russian auto industry to be pessimistic.... Read More »

 

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New Russian outlook: 'Slower, lower, weaker'

3:50 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Days after Russia annexed a province of Ukraine and U.S. and European forces mobilized, you'd expect a conference on the future of the Russian auto industry to be pessimistic.... Read More »

 

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OK, the scary part is over

4:44 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
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 weather. But actually seeing March sales rebound confirms it.... Read More »

 

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Why Sally can't buy a new car

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
America's outstanding student-loan debt is now greater than all auto loans, more than credit card debt.... Read More »

 

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New light on the dark art of comparing warranty costs

4:01 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2014
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 know their costs down to the last dollar. I mean almost nobody else does. But advisory firm Stout Risius Ross has a new database on auto recalls, which it laid out today in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

 

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Sitting out Double Winter

3:28 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
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. That's what I've decided to call it. Because all the bad parts of winter have doubled. Double cold. Double snow. Double salt. Double potholes. Maybe triple potholes in Michigan.... Read More »

 

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At Volkswagen, labor is indeed a full partner

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
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 U.S. plants they so covet.... Read More »

 

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