Jesse Snyder

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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: At VW, labor is full partner -- please tell southern U.S. politicians

8:05 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014

Especially in an election year, I expect political rhetoric over UAW organizing in the South. But, frankly, 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 German automakers whose plants they so covet.... Read More »

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BLOG: Cold spells, snowfalls, a fluke and an asterisk

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014

January U.S. light-vehicle sales down 3 percent? Welcome to 2014. We’re gonna have more months like this.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why economic developers love auto events

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2014

Wherever auto executives gather, so do people trying to land the next new plant location or retain the car jobs they’ve already won. The economic development folks hit Detroit in droves this week.... Read More »

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BLOG: In 2014, the auto sales game will be won in the trenches

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014

From an industrywide perspective, U.S. auto sales look as graceful as a long completed pass to a wide receiver. But at the brand and nameplate level, it's messy. And in 2014, the game is gonna get tougher.... Read More »

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BLOG: Black swans, canaries and coal mines

9:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014

Woo hoo! So we're headed for another year of rising U.S. auto sales. Fifth straight, with 2014 back to pre-recession volume. Woo hoo indeed! But if the Great Recession taught us anything, it's caution. We're suspicious of good news.... Read More »

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BLOG: 3 things we learned from December sales

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014

A series of powerful snowstorms through much of the country kept enough buyers away from United States dealerships to make December's volume gain a mere technicality -- up 2,602 units, or 0.19 percent. Oddly enough, even that little bit helps in the rounding game.... Read More »

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BLOG: December and the will to win

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2013

Most yearly sales races were decided much earlier. But in the few still unsettled, it comes down to who has a kick left.... Read More »

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BLOG: Like dad, Mel Parekh is turning around a GM store

10:31 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2013

At 38, dealer Mel Parekh is rescuing his second store. But in a way, Princeton Chevrolet in New Jersey is his fourth turnaround.... Read More »

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BLOG: Bleeding reserves today, when we'll need them tomorrow

4:47 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2013

Everybody is focusing on the positive aspects of October auto sales. Car execs and analysts are busy praising consumer “resilience” and mooning over a 10 percent sales gain. And everybody ignores the obvious: October sales ain't what they could have been without the partial government shutdown and specter of a federal debt default.... Read More »

Strong car sales boost 3rd-quarter auto share prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2013

Continuing sales growth fueled strong returns for global automotive stocks in the third quarter.... Read More »

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Graded on a curve(d) calendar, August-September duo ain't all that bad

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013

With 2,638,500 light-vehicles sold, this AugSept ain't all that bad.... Read More »

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BLOG: Grading AugSept on a curve(d) calendar

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013

Confused by cock-eyed counting in August and September U.S. auto sales? I mean, when the folks who tally up auto sales decide to move the whole Labor Day weekend out of September and into August, it messes up comparisons.... Read More »

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BLOG: Is industry discipline slip-sliding away?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2013

Today there's a new voice asking if the U.S. auto industry is losing its steely discipline and about to relapse into sin.... Read More »

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BLOG: Automaker discipline is holding … so far

5:59 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2013

Four years into the sales recovery, we’re all holding our breath. We all hope everybody remembers the hard lessons of the Great Recession. And fear somebody will crack open a fresh can of marketing excess -- especially we graybeards who remember previous boom-and-bust cycles.... Read More »

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BLOG: Will Labor Day push sales rate past 16 million?

2:12 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2013

Can a calendar quirk help the car sales rate crack the 16-million sales barrier? We're about to find out.... Read More »

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BLOG: What's a good name? One on a solid vehicle

3:20 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2013

Call me cynical, but here's my rule of thumb on car names: Except for new-concept designs, any manufacturer that renames a direct replacement knows it screwed up the old one.... Read More »

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BLOG: Retail is July's hero

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2013

Don't fret for the U.S. auto recovery just because July's selling rate dropped a bit from that blowout party in June. It's fleet's fault.... Read More »

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BLOG: Auto sales headed higher (It's a hunch)

5:22 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013

Auto sales in the United States were pretty good the first half. But the second half will be substantially better, I firmly predict.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why GM can only get hurt keeping data secret

9:52 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013

GM has decided to stop publicly disclosing monthly production numbers. That’s instantly alarming to economists, analysts and GM’s suppliers. Number crunchers rely on the GM data for their own forecasts, and suppliers for their business and production plans.... Read More »

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BLOG: EV's biggest danger? If buyers feel stupid

4:09 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2013

Electric vehicle sales have hit a rough spot. Sales are soft, flat or even falling, and prices are dropping. And I see a big risk here for future sales that executives aren't voicing: the risk of making actual buyers feel stupid.... Read More »

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BLOG: April goes Detroit's way

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2013

Pickups are back. Sales of those honking-big behemoths so unique to North American roads jumped 27 percent in April. And they're up 30 percent in the first four months of the year.... Read More »

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BLOG: What’s that odd, pleasant feeling?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2013

Feel like something’s missing, but can’t quite put your finger on it? The chaos is missing. Look around. Everybody is quietly working away.... Read More »

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