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July 2013 Car Sales: A Case Of Case-Shiller?
July 2013 Car Sales: A Case Of Case-Shiller?

Summer's culturestall couldn't take the edge off strong car sales, at least at the biggest brands. Car sales in July stayed aloft, as each of the Big Six posted double-digit gains, and as the overall sales rate hovered near the 16-million mark. Strong sales increases were reported by General...Read More»

2013 Toyota Corolla
Toyota Is The World's Biggest Automaker, GM A Close Second

Just a few years ago, Toyota's future seemed pretty grim. In 2010, the automaker initiated a huge recall of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, which generated months of bad press and, for some consumers, a lingering mistrust of the brand. (Even though some claims of "unintended acceleration" turned out to...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Cruze
June 2013 Car Sales Boom; Interest Rates, Gas Prices Still On Hold

A mildly brighter economic picture gave car sales another lift in June, as the overall sales rate climbed near the 16-million mark. Consumer interest rates began to climb in June, but with gas prices relatively stable and unemployment more or less locked in place, car sales continued their stride...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150 Limited
May 2013 Car Sales: Housing Rebound, Loan Rates Lend Trucks More Muscle

Consider the improving economic indicators and an upswing in home construction; factor in relatively stable, affordable gas prices, that are expected to stay that way through the summer; and altogether, it's no surprise that during May truck sales surged with new market muscle--and that auto sales...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Ford Hybrid Sales Soar, Giving Toyota A Run For Its Money

Last week, we posted the U.S. auto sales stats for April, and the numbers were especially good for Detroit. Ford's performance was strongest of all, with the company boasting nearly 18% growth. Ford's figures were helped by its lineup of fuel-efficient rides, including hybrids like the C-Max and...Read More»

2014 Dodge Durango
April 2013 Car Sales: Strength In Numbers

A relatively stable economy and very low interest rates did their part, helping the auto industry to another strong month of car sales in April. Overall, sales are expected to check in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of more than 15 million units, according to most analysts. Kelley Blue...Read More»

2014 GMC Sierra 1500
Better Gas Prices & Housing Sales Give Trucks & SUVs A Boost

Official auto sales stats won't be released until tomorrow, but early signs point to strong numbers for April -- particularly in the truck and SUV segment. Not so long ago, pickups and SUVs seemed to be caught in a death spiral. With fuel prices edging higher and fuel economy the #1 factor for many...Read More»

2014 Volvo S60
Costco Offers Employee Pricing On 2013 & 2014 Volvos

If you're in the market for a new ride and Volvo is your brand of choice, listen up: for a limited time, Costco is offering 2013 and 2014 Volvo vehicles at employee prices. Unlike previous Costco/Volvo promos that focused exclusively on specific models like the XC90, this one includes the...Read More»

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Average Transaction Prices Cross $31,000 In March, Incentives Keep Declining

Earlier this week, we told you about the extraordinary stats for March car sales. What's notable, though, isn't just the number of vehicles that automakers sold that month, but also the prices at which they've been selling. According to TrueCar, the average transaction price for a new car in March...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester
March 2013 Car Sales: Juiced By Low-Interest Loans?

Spring is finally here, and the jobs picture is brightening--but the biggest factor in rising car sales could be easy money. March 2013 car sales are being reported today, and for the most part, all the brands sold in the U.S. are posting moderate gains over the same period a year ago. Subaru and...Read More»

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Analysts Say More Cars Sold In March Than Any Month Since August 2007

Official stats on March auto sales won't be available until next week, but analysts are already predicting a bang-up month. In fact, the folks at Kelly Blue Book think March could be the best month for new car sales since before the Great Recession. In all, KBB expects to see 1,450,000 vehicle...Read More»

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What Does The Sequester Mean For The Auto Industry? Meh, Not Much

Tomorrow's the big day: it's Ron Howard's birthday (he'll be 59), the anniversary of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and the day that the 2013 Sequestration goes into effect. What does that mean for America's auto industry? Probably not much -- for now. As you might've heard, the Sequestration is a...Read More»

2013 Nissan Pathfinder
January 2013 Car Sales: A Super Kick-Off

Strong retail numbers pushed car sales higher in January, with double-digit gains scored by five of the Big Six automakers and by a host of other brands. For the month, J.D. Power and Associates and LMC Automotive estimate the pickup at 8 percent, with a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) at...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart
Why Isn't The Dodge Dart Selling?

When the all-new Dodge Dart debuted at last year's Detroit Auto Show, the media was excited. It marked the revival of a once-loved nameplate and the first major collaboration between Chrysler and its new Italian owners (since the Dart is based on a Fiat platform). And for a reasonably priced...Read More»

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NADA: U.S. Auto Sales Should Reach 15.4 Million In 2013

Automakers sold roughly 14.5 million new cars during calendar year 2012 -- up 13% over 2011. Will that kind of growth continue in 2013? The Wall Street Journal and marketing firm Polk have already said "Yes, indeed", and now the National Association of Automobile Dealers has announced its own rosy...Read More»

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Tesla 1, Dealers 0: Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against Electric Car Company

Last fall, Tesla was making headlines -- not because of its snazzy Model S sedan, but because of its unusual (and potentially illegal) showrooms. Now, one judge in Massachusetts has vindicated the electric-car startup and its unorthodox sales techniques. Is this the shape of things to come? A QUICK...Read More»

2013 Audi TDI range
Auto Sales Strong To The Finish In 2012, Despite 'Fiscal Cliff' Concerns

The looming fiscal cliff might have taken over the daily news cycle as the end of 2012 approached, and prompted some speculation that Americans might hesitate on big-ticket items, but it didn't seem to put any damper on auto sales after all--or keep wealthier households from buying luxury cars...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
U.S. Auto Sales Expected To Surpass 15 Million In 2013

Sales reports are still filtering in from 2012, but analysts have already turned their attention to 2013. And we're happy to report, they're making some pretty rosy predictions for the year to come. A report in the Wall Street Journal says that marketing and research firm Polk expects U.S. auto...Read More»

2013 Honda Civic
Hurricane Sandy Heightens Sales Divide Between Detroit & Foreign Automakers

Five weeks after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, life across much of the northeast has returned to normal (or a rough approximation thereof). But some automakers have followed an easier road to recovery than others. Reporting on the strong state of the U.S. auto market, Detroit News mentions that...Read More»

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