U.S. upgrades probe into 1.33 million Ford Explorers over exhaust odors

NHTSA is upgrading a probe into 1.33 million Ford Explorer SUVs over reports of exhaust odors in vehicle compartments and exposure to carbon monoxide that may be linked to crashes and injuries.


Asbury Automotive exits its used-only operations

Asbury Automotive is closing its remaining Q auto stand-alone used-car stores to redirect investments that will deliver better returns.

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MORE SALES NEWS MARKETING USED CARS
The big sedan shrinks into oblivion

The Chevy Impala -- one of GM's longest-running and most-recognized names, a car that logged more than 1 million U.S. sales in 1965 -- appears unlikely to survive much longer.

Crossovers and SUVs fatten profit margins

Across segments from subcompact to full-size, average transaction prices for SUVs and crossovers in the first half of 2017 ran well higher than similar-size sedans and hatchbacks, an analysis of Kelley Blue Book data shows.

Mercedes unveils its take on classic pickup

The X class, Mercedes' first pickup, will hit dealerships in Germany starting in November and will then be rolled out to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in 2018 and Latin America the following year. There are no plans for the U.S.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Facilities should match the market

The mistake manufacturers make is they don't allow market-appropriate facilities. What makes sense in a major market can be a financial death sentence in flyover country.

Giving in to Demon temptation

Some, but not all, Dodge dealers are seeking market adjustments that would nearly double the price for the limited-edition drag racer.

Led by GM, inventories near records

Of the U.S. industry's total inventory growth of 354,200 units in the past year, General Motors has added 272,700 units. All other carmakers added 81,500, up 2.6 percent.

You call this a slump?

For many automakers, the fact that consumers are snapping up high-margin SUVs and crossovers instead of less-expensive sedans has been a boon.

NADA unfazed by high incentive levels

Targeted incentives likely will continue rising this year as lease returns and lack of consumer demand pressure sedan pricing, NADA's chief economist forecasts.

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