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The top 10: Where the action isn't

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Your roundup of the top 150 dealership groups based in the U.S. was invaluable, and I don't doubt consolidation among dealerships is moving ahead.... Read More »

New Chevy Malibu tasked with meeting GM's aggressive sales goals

2:01 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

The Chevrolet Malibu has been a symbol of GM's competitive woes for nearly 20 years because of designs that critics often lambasted as boring. Now, the No. 1 U.S. automaker is telling suppliers a redesigned version of the midsize sedan will deliver a long-awaited sales jolt.... Read More »

DEALERSHIP CENSUS

Lexus leaps in sales per franchise

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

It's great to be a Lexus dealer these days. Last year, the luxury brand bumped mass-market Honda out of the No. 2 spot for U.S. light-vehicle sales per franchise.... Read More »

FEBRUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

U.S. sales rise 5.3% as wintry weather takes toll

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Toyota and Subaru joined a handful of smaller automakers in posting double-digit U.S. sales increases for February as severe winter weather crimped demand more than analysts had forecast. Most companies posted modest gains as the overall industry rose 5.3 percent. While last month's pace trailed January's hot start, the industry has taken solid early strides towards its sixth year of sales advances since the recession.... Read More »

Supplies soar in January -- as usual

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

U.S. stocks of light vehicles increased during January, whether that was a little or a lot depends on how you measure.... Read More »

JANUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

Automakers ride truck wave to 14% gain

8:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 14 percent to 1.15 million in January, driven by low gasoline prices that fueled truck sales and signaled another year of growth for the industry. GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Honda all posted gains of at least 12 percent, with General Motors' 18 percent advance leading the pack. Among smaller brands, Subaru carried its hot streak into the new year while demand for Volkswagens remained cool.... Read More »

Ford, powered by F series, reaps higher prices on 15% increase in sales

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

Ford's Dearborn, Mich., truck plant, which assembles the redesigned 2015 F-150 with an aluminum body, is running at full line speed, giving a boost to Ford pickup sales and pricing.... Read More »

Auto sales forecast calls for a hot January

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015

Forecasters say U.S. auto sales have begun 2015 much stronger than 2014, when a deep freeze kept shoppers away from many dealerships in much of the country. General Motors is expected to post nearly a 20 percent increase, with the other Detroit 3 automakers also on track for double-digit gains.... Read More »

Hot Dec. sales trim Jan. stocks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

After brisk sales in December to close out 2014, automakers and dealers started the New Year with modest carryover stock. The industrywide inventory of 3.6 million light vehicles on Jan. 1 was down almost 140,000 from Dec. 1, a 4 percent decline.... Read More »

Big gains, big vehicles and a big finish

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

Automakers sold more cars and trucks to U.S. buyers in the last two months than in any other November and December in history. Now entering its sixth consecutive year of growth, the market could top 17 million units for the first time since 2001. If that weren't enough, an improving economy, plunging gasoline prices and easy credit are encouraging consumers to buy bigger, pricier, more lucrative vehicles.... Read More »

2014 finishes strong with 'plenty of room for upside'

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Tempting incentives and clearer roads pulled U.S. consumers into dealerships for a big December to close another strong sales year. Automakers sold 1.5 million light vehicles last month, up 11 percent. The seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate was 16.92 million, the third best month of the year behind August and November.... Read More »

Car sales slump in France in December, but rise in Spain and Italy

Jan. 4, 2015 10:53 CET

France's floundering economy pushed car sales 7 percent lower in December, while Spanish sales jumped by 21 percent, helped by a subsidy scheme. Sales rose 2 percent in Italy.... Read More »

U.S. sales forecast to rise 10% in Dec. on deals, falling gas prices

11:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2014

Forecasters say U.S. new-vehicle sales likely jumped 10 percent in December, bringing the total for 2014 to 16.5 million, beating even the most optimistic projections from early in the year. The month was filled with good reasons for consumers to buy a new car or truck: big discounts, very little snow and gasoline prices falling like a rock.... Read More »

SPRINT TO THE FINISH

2014 U.S. sales tightest races

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

With just a month to go in the 2014 U.S. sales wars, here's how some tight brand races and model matchups are shaping up.... Read More »

Setting the stage for a 'huge' December

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

Timely automaker Black Friday promotions and a strong economy drove U.S. auto sales higher in November. Look for more of the same this month.... Read More »

NOVEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES

Light trucks, holiday discounts drive volume up 5%

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

Spurred by a 20 percent gain at Chrysler Group and aided by Black Friday discounts and light-truck demand, U.S. light-vehicle sales jumped 5 percent last month, pushing the annualized pace of deliveries above 17 million for the second time this year. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17.2 million fell shy of August's 17.5 million. But it showed that demand remains robust as the industry winds up its fifth year of recovery since the recession.... Read More »

Buffalo dealers dig out while Ford restarts stamping plant

2:44 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Auto dealers in the Buffalo region are reopening this week after digging out from the massive snowstorm that dumped up to 7 feet of snow in some areas. Meanwhile, Ford's Buffalo Stamping Plant resumed operations over the weekend after suspending operations because of impassable roads.... Read More »

Shoppers willing to pay smaller certified-used premium, study shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

New-car shoppers in AutoTrader.com's 2014 Certified Pre-Owned Study said they are willing to pay a $2,032 premium for a certified used vehicle, vs. one that isn't. That was down $908, or nearly a third, from the amount new-car shoppers in last year's study said they were willing to pay.... Read More »

OCTOBER U.S. SALES

Chrysler, Nissan set pace as U.S. sales rise 6% on truck demand

6:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014

U.S. light-vehicle sales, led by double-digit increases at Chrysler Group and Nissan Motor, rose 6 percent last month to 1.28 million, matching forecasts, with crossovers and light trucks fueling much of the industry's gains. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate, a broad measure of the industry's health, hit 16.5 million, slightly above projections and up 7 percent from 15.4 million a year earlier. The SAAR has now topped 16 million every month beginning with March.... Read More »

'Un-Honda-like' problems plague new plant in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

Honda's new $800 million plant in Celaya, about 160 miles northwest of Mexico City, has been struggling to meet demand amid problems caused by a green labor force, language barriers and a rail system prone to delays and occasional thefts, according to dealers who have discussed the matter with Honda officials.... Read More »

Takata hit with 2 more airbag lawsuits

11:54 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014

The recall crisis involving Takata airbags exploding with too much force and spraying occupants with metal shrapnel continues to grow, with two more lawsuits filed concerning accidents in older Honda cars.... Read More »

Ghosn finds Datsun a tough sell -- even at $5,000

6:48 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014

In July last year, as Nissan prepared to bring Datsun out of a decades-long retirement, the company scoffed at the idea that the budget brand could follow Tata's $2,500 Nano in becoming a flop.... Read More »

Fleet adds little to Sept. sales gain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014

Among the seven largest volume automakers, light-vehicle sales through dealerships rose 11 percent, while fleet was a mere 3 percent higher.... Read More »

Dealers turn to governments for incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014

A small but growing number of dealerships are obtaining tax breaks or government funds in connection with their facility improvements.... Read More »

Chevy, Ram pickups surge as Ford waits for F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

Chevrolet and Ram are enjoying a golden sales opportunity for full-size pickups.... Read More »

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