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J.D. Power launches residual-value product

J.D. Power has launched its own residual-value product, putting it in competition with TrueCar Inc.'s ALG and others at a time when lease originations are at record levels.

Sonic, Beepi leaders will share sales insights

Scott Smith and Owen Savir will share their retailing insights at the Automotive News Retail Forum on Jan. 26 in New Orleans.

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VW delays bid to boost Audi's China sales with SAIC deal

VW Group says it will not produce or sell any Audi cars with SAIC in China until at least 2018, seeking first to strengthen ties with existing Audi partner FAW. A partnership with SAIC, China's largest automaker, could boost Audi's slowing sales as rival Mercedes makes ground in the market.

Cars matter after all

Their volumes may be declining, but sedans -- along with their coupe and hatchback cousins -- still sell by the millions each year and will continue to do so for years.

Lexus execs see holes in the lineup

Lexus sees possibilities for expanding its lineup. Among them, a subcompact crossover, a three-row crossover, a broader range of F-badged performance cars and even possibly a Tesla-fighting all-electric entry.

Toyota's Hollis: Don't count out midsize sedans yet

Midsize cars were among the biggest sales losers last year as customers flocked instead to crossovers and other light trucks. But good old competition may reinvigorate the segment as soon as next year, as when Japan's big three roll out redesigns of their flagship four-doors.

Automakers manage to keep stocks under control

U.S. automakers and dealers had a 63-day supply of unsold light vehicles on Jan. 1, up two days from the same time a year before but below the 65-day average for that date over the past 24 years.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Families don't want downsized cars

Perhaps the shift to crossovers, SUVs and pickups has less to do with gas prices and more to do with cars becoming unsuitable to the American family's lifestyle, a reader writes.

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