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U.S. Auto Sales Expected To Surpass 15 Million In 2013
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»

2013 Ford F-150 Limited
November 2012 Car Sales: Post-Sandy, No Slump

Between the Presidential election and the Thanksgiving holiday, auto sales for November found room to expand over last year's strong numbers. Despite the lingering impact of Superstorm Sandy on top of those national events, car sales jumped 12 percent in November to reach 15 million annualized...Read More»

Cadillac dealership
October Auto Sales: Battered By Sandy, But Still Strong

The fury of Superstorm Sandy--wreaking havoc on New York, leaving disaster in its path in swaths of the Northeastern U.S., and spreading foul weather as far as the upper Midwest--left many Americans shaken, and holding onto loved ones this week. Estimates on the financial impact and the aftermath...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart
Car Sales Cool In October, But Small Rides Remain Hot

Cooler weather often puts a chill on auto sales, and this year is no exception. However, the industry is still poised to see huge year-over-year growth -- especially where small cars are concerned. The news comes from analysts and Kelley Blue Book, who've looked at sales data from the first three...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar
Small Cars Haven't Been This Big For Nearly 20 Years

Gas prices are soaring. Parking is pricey. The economy is recovering, but still shaky. Add all that up, and you'd expect small cars to be fairly popular in the U.S. And you'd be right. In fact, small cars are on track to reach a market share not seen since Bill Clinton's first inauguration...Read More»

Car sizes through the years, cropped (infographic via Automotive.com)
Small Cars Ain't What They Used To Be: Infographic

Yesterday, we pointed out that small cars have been selling like hotcakes -- tiny, 110-cubic-foot-sized hotcakes. Today, they represent 19.3% of America's new-car purchases, and they're on track to hit 20.5%, a market share that small cars haven't enjoyed in nearly 20 years. Part of the allure of...Read More»

2012 Dodge Dart
Car Prices Soar, Incentives Plummet

The good news is, car sales are soaring. Most automakers have already released figures for September, leaving analysts' expectations in the dust. The bad news is, that means demand for cars is high. And when demand is high, so are car prices, making good deals hard to find. Transaction prices are...Read More»

2013 Dodge Journey
September Auto Sales Surge Past Estimates, Buoyed By Lenders

For yet another month, auto sales proved to be one of the U.S. economy's bright spots, complementing the news this past week that house prices are on an upward trend. September auto sales were about 13 percent higher than year-ago levels, at a seasonally adjusted level of 14.8 or 14.9 million...Read More»

Teen driver
Auto Sales Barreling Ahead, But Trucks & SUVs Lag

The U.S. economy is giving mixed signals these days. Stocks are up, as are home sales, but hiring -- though not on the decline -- is often described as anemic. And yet, the U.S. auto market is charging full-steam ahead. In fact, J.D. Power predicts that the industry will see 12% growth this year...Read More»

Transportation and the New Generation, a study by the Frontier Group
Generation Y's Auto Aversion, By The Numbers: Can It Be Fixed?

We've spilled a lot of ink on Millennials and their aversion to buying cars. Some data indicates that folks born between 1981 and 2001 are so un- and under-employed that their parents are the only ones who can afford to shop the showrooms. Other studies suggest that Gen Y finds driving to be a...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat
Best & Worst Sellers, Ford Escape Recall, Police Car Of The Future: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we bring you the best and worst of August’s new vehicle sales, tell you about (another) recall for the new Ford Escape and speculate on what the police car of the future may look like. Here’s Thursday’s car news that’s fit to print, as covered by...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat
August 2012 Car And Truck Sales: The Best (And Worst) Selling Vehicles

If you’d just emerged from a a decade-long slumber and stumbled upon August new car sales numbers for the U.S. market, you’d probably think we were in a time of prosperity instead of plagued by ongoing economic malaise. After all, the domestic big three automakers posted double-digit...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart Rallye
August 2012 Car Sales Still In The Fast Lane

Sales of new cars and trucks in August were a bright spot in the economic greige, continuing a year-long trend that analysts say will only diminish mildly by year's end. All the Detroit-based automakers reported double-digit sales increases for the month, joined by ebullient numbers at Toyota...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar
Car Sales May Jump 18.7% Due To Demand For Fuel Efficiency

New car sales have been breaking records in 2012, and there's little sign of that changing in August. In fact, analysts at Kelley Blue Book expect that this month's figures could ring in 18.7% above last year, putting U.S. dealers on track for seasonally adjusted annual sales of 14.4 million...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150
July 2012 Car Sales: The Best-Selling (And Worst-Selling) Vehicles

July, it seems, was an odd month for car sales. While some manufacturers (like Chrysler) posted serious gains over last July, other automakers (like GM and, surprisingly, Ford) posted a downturn in sales compared to last year. There are no real surprises in this month’s Winners column, as...Read More»

Car lot
Good Deals Hard To Find, Thanks To Strong Sales, Easy Credit

Summers are usually slow at auto dealerships, but this year has been an exception. That's great news for folks working the sales floors, but not so good for shoppers hoping to score a good deal on a new car, according to TrueCar.com. Thanks to growing consumer confidence, easier credit, high...Read More»

2013 Ford Explorer Sport
July 2012 Car Sales: Summer Heat Brings Surprising Numbers

Even as the global economy continues to flounder amid debt crises and high unemployment, car sales in the U.S. ride the tide of an aging fleet that needs replacing and rising consumer confidence numbers. Overall, car sales for July were down slightly from June, but J.D. Power and Associates...Read More»

2012 Lexus LFA right-hand drive model
Toyota Regains Title Of World's Best-Selling Automaker

Last year was rough for Toyota. Like businesses and individuals across Japan, the company suffered devastating setbacks following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Later in 2011, there were production problems due to immense flooding in Thailand. And of course, Toyota continued to fight customer...Read More»

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