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2011 Hyundai Sonata Sets New Sales Records For Hyundai
2011 Hyundai Sonata Sets New Sales Records For Hyundai

It's hard not to notice Hyundai these days. With terrific advertising and eye catching sheet metal, the Korean car company is like The Little Engine That Could. Today it was announced that the new 2011 Sonata has helped Hyundai set new in-house records. Overall Hyundai has sold a 493,426 vehicles...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Five-Door
Stop Whining About Car Costs; Check 2012 Ford Focus Prices in Europe!

It's just like complaining about taxes, which are always too high. New cars just cost too damn much, right? Well, perhaps. But in between bouts of griping, U.S. car buyers should pause for a moment and reflect on how much better off they are than their counterparts in some other markets, including...Read More»

1979 Lincoln Town Car, Missoula, Montana
Owners Keeping Vehicles Longer, Aftermarket Serves To Benefit

It seems the days of buying a brand-new car every two to three years are fading into history, as most buyers are keeping their new cars for much longer. Among families who buy their cars new, six, eight, even ten years isn't uncommon. According to Polk, car ownership continues to get longer; as of...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge - first drive in and around Nashville
Incentives Down, Sales Up In October—And Truck Sales Surge

October isn't always such a strong month for auto sales, but this year it is. Higher demand for light trucks, along with sustained fleet sales and strong performance from some new models on the market, helped the auto market bounce back to its highest sales level in over a year. Fleet sales, which...Read More»

Cadillac dealership
September Auto Sales Surged, But There's A Clunkers Reality Check

Sales were up 29 percent this past month, versus last September. But before you crack open the champagne and celebrate the end of the auto-industry recession, remember that last September a number of showrooms were very, very quiet. It's a little hard to interpret, as the Cash for Clunkers program...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Auto Sales Down, But Ford And Chrysler Take Back Market Share

The industry is still suffering, and sales haven't truly found their rebound yet. But Ford and Chrysler are showing surprisingly strong in the market, compared to where they were last year. Versus the Cash for Clunkers frenzy of last summer, sales are way down—about 20 percent versus last...Read More»

U.S. Retail SAAR from August 2009 to August 2010 [via J.D. Power]
Dueling Analysts: Edmunds, J.D. Power Predict Strong, Weak Sales For 2010

Yesterday, Edmunds and J.D. Power announced their predictions for August sales. And while the numbers were pretty close, the two companies' spins were decidedly different. Of the two, J.D. Power provided the more in-depth analysis, predicting that new-vehicle retail sales will slip from just over...Read More»

J.D. Power sales chart through July 2010
J.D. Power: It's A Mixed Bag For Auto Sales

J.D. Power has good news and bad news for the auto industry. On the plus side, production is up dramatically from a year ago, and July sales will be significantly higher than those of June. On the down side, the company has scaled back its retail sales forecast for 2010, and a return to...Read More»

Kendall Toyota  -  Eugene, OR  -  First LEED Platinum dealership facility
Toyota Sales Strong, But Incentives Starting To Lose Luster?

Toyota (NYSE:TM) offered its highest U.S. incentives ever in March, but it's stepped up the offerings even further in April, with some expanded regional offers and two years of free maintenance now on offer to nearly all buyers. According to the pricing intelligence firm TrueCar, Toyota will offer...Read More»

GM Stock 6-27-08
Hyundai And Honda: Most Recession-Proof Automakers?

Auto sales rise and fall with the economy, right? Take just a quick look at what's happened to the auto market over the years, match it up with the general ups and downs of the economy—through major indicators like the stock market and unemployment—and you end up with a pretty good correlation...Read More»

Kendall Toyota  -  Eugene, OR  -  First LEED Platinum dealership facility
Toyota Extends Incentives, Adds Free Maintenance

It's official. As we anticipated last week, Toyota has extended its largest-ever incentive program through April, and it served to jump-start Toyota’s sales after recall woes that put the brakes on showroom activity in January and February. The so-called March Sales Event helped Toyota finish...Read More»

Clunkers
Despite Clunkers, U.S. Still Scraps More Cars Than It Buys

While last summer's Cash for Clunkers program appears to have accomplished many of its goals, car and light-truck sales are still far from returning to where they were just a few years ago. In fact, just months ago, the U.S. was scrapping more vehicles than were sold. R.L. Polk & Co. studied...Read More»

Kendall Toyota  -  Eugene, OR  -  First LEED Platinum dealership facility
With Incentives, Toyota Taking Back Its Market Share

The aggressive incentives offered by Toyota (NYSE:TM) appear to be working, bringing shoppers back to Toyota dealerships—and the automaker back from a recall-related sales slump. For the first half of March (through 3/14), Toyota has more than 14 percent of the market, according to the pricing...Read More»

Kendall Toyota  -  Eugene, OR  -  First LEED Platinum dealership facility
Toyota Offers Zero-Percent And Free Maintenance To Some Buyers

Toyota (NYSE: TM) rolled out an all-new incentive program aimed at jump-starting sales that have slumped due to bruised consumer confidence from the ongoing accelerator-related recalls, the related hearings in Washington D.C., and several other issues and recalls. The automaker calls the new...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid 4-door Sedan Hybrid FWD Grille
Ford Is February Sales Champion, GM and Toyota Left In Dust

Well, here's one recipe for success in the U.S. auto business: Introduce a rapid-fire sequence of new and thoroughly revised vehicles with best-in-class fuel efficiency, then quickly roll out a widely-acclaimed voice-activated infotainment system across all your lines. Oh, yeah, and ... don't take...Read More»

General Motors Cadillac Dealership
Choose Your New Car In Five Easy Steps

Before you get too caught up in the excitement of buying a car, take a minute to set up a strategy. You'll have a much better chance of getting the things you want and need by the end of the process, and it's a good way to avoid a vehicle prone to problems. 1) Set a Budget Choose a maximum dollar...Read More»

Honda Dealership
J.D. Power: Auto Sales Start Slow In 2010

We've all heard the forecasts that car sales have reached their low-point, and that we'll soon be turning the corner. Car makers are cautiously optimistic for 2010, most forecasting around 12 million total sales for the year. But J.D. Power's early look at January's sales numbers tell a different...Read More»

Traffic in China
Report: China Recommended As Major Focus For Automakers

Boston Consulting Group has released a study that should be particularly interesting to automakers. BCG has determined that Brazil, Russia, India, and China (aka the BRIC countries) will account for nearly 31% of the growth in the auto market over the next four years. Of the four, China is best...Read More»

2010 Detroit Auto Show, with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi inspecting a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Surprise: Auto Shows Really Do Sell Cars, Says NY Auto Show Owner

Sometimes we get a press release that makes us scratch our heads. Take this morning's little epistle from the 2010 New York Auto Show, the nation's largest, which opens to the public on April 2. According to the findings of a "third-party research group," 72 percent of last year's New York Auto...Read More»

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