Economists expect sales of used cars to rise in '18

In contrast to new-vehicle sales, U.S. used-vehicle sales will rise in 2018, even as prices soften, on rising volumes of off-lease vehicles, economists forecast.

How critical is the EV tax credit?

Salespeople would be sad to see the federal tax credit on plug-in electric vehicles disappear. But they're not so sure it's necessary to keep customers interested in EVs.


Volvo turns up the heat on Tesla

Volvo may be the one brand that can usurp Tesla's reign as the king of cool electric cars.

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Camry, Accord ready to rumble

The marketing efforts underway at Toyota and Honda aren't just about the horse race or bragging rights. They're about keeping these titans of the midsize car segment — both of them just redesigned for the 2018 model year — relevant in a marketplace where crossovers are king.

Ford dropping C-Max in U.S.

Ford's decision ends a six-year run for a once-promising nameplate doomed by sluggish electrified vehicle demand and overstated mileage claims.

Nissan softens its targets through '22

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa is steering away from the aggressive numerical goals of his predecessor, Carlos Ghosn, and toward more fuzzy ones. In the key U.S. market, the softening of hard targets could spell some relief for dealers.

Demand helps stocks normalize

Storm replacement sales in September and October helped automakers trim inventory to normal levels for the first time since winter.

Sliding wholesale hurts at Subaru

Subaru is on pace for a ninth-straight year of record retail sales in the U.S., but sliding wholesale volume is denting the Japanese company's profitability.

VW names agency exec Zabel to head U.S. marketing

Volkswagen of America named a California advertising agency executive as vice president of marketing. Jim Zabel, managing director of Omni Advertising in Los Angeles and a former account manager for the Hyundai and Honda brands, will start Nov. 27.

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Ally provides $2 billion in financing to Carvana

Ally Financial is tripling its bet on one of the auto industry's disrupters by committing $2 billion to finance retail contracts for online used-vehicle retailer Carvana over the next year.

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