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May Auto Sales: Hyundai And Kia Take Third Place, Ahead Of Toyota
May Auto Sales: Hyundai And Kia Take Third Place, Ahead Of Toyota

Hyundai and Kia are this month expected to pull ahead of Toyota and Honda, to be the third top-selling brands in the U.S. market after only GM and Ford. Even more to the point, Hyundai and Kia are expected to be the only major brands with sales up versus April. According to the pricing-intelligence...Read More»

Soviet-era ekranoplan
The Death and Rebirth of the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry has faced some, errrr, challenges in the past few years. At times, many said outright that the industry was dying. But as 2010 and 2011 are proving, consumers and car buyers are still in the driver's seat. As always, automotive marketing plays a big role. It's a discipline...Read More»

2011 Nissan 370Z Coupe
Nissan Outshines Honda, Toyota Following Earthquake, Tsunami

Nissan has just reported the highest annual sales in its history. Globally, the Japanese motor company experienced an increase in sales of 19 percent to 4.2 million vehicles. Profits were up 17 percent for the same period. One reason for the strong financial showing is the fact that Nissan’s...Read More»

2012 BMW 6-Series convertible first drive
The Week In Reverse: Jaguar C-X75, Benz SLS, And #DumpTrump

Do you remember where you were, when the #DumpTrump campaign got #TheDonald bounced from the #Indy500 pace car in about twelve minutes? You're excused if you stepped out for a Starbucks and missed it all. [MotorAuthority] In the wee hours today, the Jaguar C-X75 went from concept to sort-of...Read More»

2011 BMW X5
BMW Leads The U.S. Luxury Market By Just 29 Sales

For several years, the U.S. luxury market has been dominated by Lexus, but as we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Toyota's high-end marque recently lost ground with American shoppers. Now BMW sits in the driver's seat, ahead of German rival Mercedes-Benz by a super-slim lead of just 29 sales...Read More»

2011 Toyota Camry LE
African-American Auto Market Surged In 2010, Toyota Benefited Most

Toyota is now the top single brand among African Americans, with 15 percent of the new-vehicle market. That's according to information and marketing analysts at Polk, who listed Ford, Chevrolet, Honda, and Nissan as runners up, each with more than ten percent of the market. While what Polk calls...Read More»

Saab 9-5
Saab's Sales Hole: How Deep? Volt, Leaf Outsell New 9-5 Sedan

How tough a spot is Saab in? Its production has been shut down since April 5 because its suppliers say they're not being paid for parts, and its 2010 sales were just 31,696 cars--globally. To put Saab's sales in perspective, consider that Toyota sells an average of 25,000 Camry sedans every month...Read More»

Volkswagen's 'The Force' ad for the 2012 Passat
Never Mind The Hamsters: VW's Darth Vader Ad Is The Only One You Really Liked

Forget Chrysler and that "Born of Fire" ad that generated so much buzz (justified or not). Forget Kia and its indomitable, award-winning rodents. The only auto ad from 2011 that you folks really enjoyed is Volkswagen's clip with the diminutive Darth Vader. We're not making that up: marketing...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
Hyundai And Kia Pull Ahead In Sales, Gain More U.S. Market Share

This past month, while most of the industry stuttered, Kia and Hyundai surged ahead—significantly gaining market share, based on some forecasts just out. Hyundai and Kia, over April, are expected to reach their highest level of market share ever—9.4 percent. The two brands, combined...Read More»

2011 Honda Insight
Analysis: Hybrids, Diesels, Small Cars Surge Ahead In Vehicle Market

If you're thinking of downsizing or getting a vehicle that's more fuel-efficient, you're not the only one, unfortunately. It's the timing that's unfortunate; hybrids and small cars are hot, and you're not bound to find as good of a deal on them as just a few months ago. As an analysis from the firm...Read More»

Kylie Minogue and the Lexus CT 200h
Another Effect Of The Disaster In Japan: Lexus To Lose #1 Spot In Luxury Market

On Friday, we told you about the ways that automakers have suffered following the recent Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. From imaginary problems with Korean companies to very real parts shortages, the disaster has had a direct impact on the way that U.S. consumers view Asian brands. Now, the world's...Read More»

2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Best-Selling Family Cars for 2011, So Far

What's the best-selling family car in America? With automakers reporting March sales and an unexpected first place for the mid-size Nissan Altima as the best-selling sedan in America for the first time, the mid-size Toyota Camry still takes the top spot in first-quarter 2011 sales in the U.S...Read More»

scrap heap
Will Auto Sales Stay Lower Because Better Cars Last Longer?

As most sentient consumers know, the car market fell off the cliff in 2009 and is only now starting to recover--slowly, haltingly, painfully. It may take several years to reach the level of 17-plus million vehicles sold in the U.S. just a few years ago. Even worse for carmakers, the U.S. is...Read More»

Sleazy Car Salesman
Feds Host Roundtables, Launch Investigation Into Dealer Practices

With the price of a new car averaging more than $28,000 and the average dealer-sold used car running around $14,000, most vehicle shoppers opt to either finance or lease. While dealer-arranged financing is certainly more convenient, it's not always fair, and it's not always straightforward. And...Read More»

Handing over car keys
You Haven't Been Donating Your Cars To Charity, Have You?

Donating old cars to nonprofits used to be a win-win: charities generated revenue from the re-sale or auction of vehicles, and donors got a nice write-off on their taxes. But automobile donations have slid as much as 90% from where they were just a few years ago, leaving charities to make up big...Read More»

Clunkers
Americans In No Hurry To Retire Clunkers, As Sales Falter

It's the cycle of life. As we buy new vehicles, we trade others in; frugal used-car owners buy those, and sell their older vehicles. And in turn, a tired heap of a vehicle is retired. Trouble is, we're not retiring as many vehicles as we used to. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now about ten...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Polk: Ford Gained Market Share Across Much Of Model Line

Between 2008 and 2010, the U.S. auto industry—and the auto market as a whole—went through a sea change. In addition to bankruptcies from GM and Chrysler, discontinued brands, and retired model lines, the economy forced many brands to make hasty changes to their model lines. And somehow...Read More»

2011 Porsche Panamera V-6
Porsche CEO Promises A New Model Every Year, 100% Sales Growth By 2018

In 2007, Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn said that the company would become the world's largest automaker by 2018. Since then, Volkswagen has made progress toward that goal -- last year, it reached the world's #1 spot in production volume -- but it's hit a few snags on the sales front...Read More»

Online shopping
Projection: By 2016, 20% Of Auto Sales Will Be Made Online

As more of our lives move to the web, it's only natural that we'll spend more time getting information there, too. And as we acquire that information -- as a growing number of consumers are doing-- more purchases will be made online, too. In fact, one research firm has estimated that within five...Read More»

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