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Recent articles
Creative pairing: 2 dealers innovate as partners
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
After toiling to revitalize separate single-point dealerships in the Detroit area, two childhood friends merged and expanded operations to compete with larger groups. ...


Hot Dec. sales trim Jan. stocks
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
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 ...


December rally helps balance fleet and retail sales growth
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
A year-end flurry of fleet sales at Chrysler Group, Hyundai-Kia and Toyota Motor Sales helped major automakers boost December fleet volume 19 percent. ...


Save up -- the future is a hungry beast
11:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14
Anywhere on the Detroit auto show floor you can see healthy automakers branching out. Call it the vigor of health. These initiatives don't happen in hard times. ...


Sales and leasing forecast to grow more slowly in 2015
11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14
Sales will keep growing in 2015 on favorable economic conditions. But automakers also will boost incentives and turn slightly more to leasing. ...


VIA Motors delivering hybrid fleet trucks, Lutz says
2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13
For former GM product czar Bob Lutz, his latest project is hitting the startup sweet spot, shipping retrofitted hybrid pickups to fleet customers. ...


Love the displays, but where's the color?
4:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12
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. ...


Strong margins signal more strong growth
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
The counting's done, so it's official: 2014 was a great year. ...


Why the growth in U.S. luxury sales gets tricky
7:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11
Luxury automakers can expect their niche to expand. But reaching customers will get harder as Millenials increasingly enter the market. ...


KBB forecasts 16.9 million in U.S. sales, powered by retail demand
4:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11
Auto sales will grow in 2015, but the US industry will have to work harder for smaller gains in the sixth year of recovery, analysts from Kelley Blue Book predicted on Su ...


2014 finishes strong with 'plenty of room for upside'
5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5 | UPDATED: 1/5/15 6:46 pm ET - adds details
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 vehi ...


Pricing: The extra icing on the cake in a great year
4:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5
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 ...


Mexico fuels surge in 2014 N.A. output
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28
Driven by surging Mexican factories, North American light-vehicle production in 2014 is headed for the second-highest level on record. Full-year 2014 output for the Unite ...


Smaller supply for big month
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
Most automakers have enough stock for big December promotions in what has become one of the best sales months of the year. But they certainly aren't overstocked after tor ...


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


Fleet and retail even out as year end nears
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
Fleet sales grew at a faster pace than retail volume in November, bringing both channels into balance as the year nears a close. For the seven automakers that control 86 ...


Creative pairing: 2 dealers innovate as partners
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8
After toiling to revitalize separate single-point dealerships in the Detroit area, two childhood friends merged and expanded operations to compete with larger groups. ...


Setting the stage for a 'huge' December
5:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2 | UPDATED: 12/2/14 6:17 pm ET - adds details
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. ...


The good times keep rolling along
5:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2
We’re merrily motoring down the monthly sales expressway, scarcely a pothole in the past 60 reports. ...


Lexus' Bracken says 300,000 U.S. sales 'is within our grasp' this year
1:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Lexus is raising its U.S. sales target to 300,000 vehicles this year, General Manager Jeff Bracken said. “We started the year with a sales goal of 290,000 units, ...


Stocks rise; spiffs ahead?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
U.S. automakers and dealers added a quarter of a million unsold vehicles to stocks during October. That's normal early in a new model year, but some analysts see automake ...


Good times are rolling for pickup makers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
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 lo ...


Fleets give October a big boost
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Fleet volume sharply outpaced retail sales in October, turning what would have been a below-par sales month into an above-average one. ...


Falling gasoline prices, trucks deliver solid October
12:54 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3
In a month marked by falling gasoline prices, pickups and SUVs led U.S. auto sales to a 6 percent rise in October. Automakers sold 1,281,132 light vehicles for a seasonal ...


Weep not for pickup makers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
October looked like a happy month for big pickups with sales rising 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. ...


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