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Report: General Motors Will Own 17% Of The U.S. Market; Ford, Toyota Right Behind
Report: General Motors Will Own 17% Of The U.S. Market; Ford, Toyota Right Behind

The past couple of months, Toyota's recall fiasco has scuffed the automaker's image, but over the last year and a half, General Motors may have fared far worse. Between its bankruptcy, restructuring, dealer cuts, and brand wind-downs, GM has been hit with a barrage of criticism from the government...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Hybrid 4-door Sedan L4 CVT Grille
Honda Counters Toyota Incentives With New Leasing Deals

Honda has announced its biggest set of lease deals ever, which market experts are identifying as an effort to stoke sales and save its market share against the aggressive incentives now being offered by archrival Toyota. The so-called Feature Special Lease program that runs through May 3 allows a...Read More»

Kendall Toyota  -  Eugene, OR  -  First LEED Platinum dealership facility
Even This Month, GM And Ford Outspending Toyota On Incentives

Toyota might have rolled out more incentives for March—including factory-subsidized financing and lease deals plus free maintenance—but GM, Ford, and Chrysler are still offering deeper discounts. During March, GM will have spent an estimated $594 million on incentives, while Ford will spend...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»

2010 Chevrolet Equinox
GM Opens 'Test Drive Studios' For Chevy Equinox, Malibu, Traverse

On the sales and marketing fronts, every automaker worth its salt is focusing lots of attention on social media. But in addition to those high-tech tools, General Motors is also going back to basics in the showroom, taking a good, long look at the way in which salespeople interact with customers...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
U.S. Auto Sales: SAAR Jumps To 12.5 Million

The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) for U.S. auto sales bounded to 12.5 million in early March. Aside from last August, when Cash-for-Clunkers sales were in full swing, that's the highest SAAR on record since September 2008. The bounce is credited to the vast number of sales incentives...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
Cadillac Returns To Europe, But With Modest Expectations

The past 18 months or so haven't been easy for General Motors, here or abroad. In Europe, GM endured much tense talk about its Opel brand, and the Kroymans Group fell prey to the global economic meltdown, leaving GM without a European distributor in over the half the markets it serviced. Now, a new...Read More»

Car Dealer
Frugal Shopper: What Time, Day, Month Is Best For Deals?

If you're thinking of heading out to the dealership to close the deal this weekend—especially if it's Friday—you might want to hold off. And Saturday? Well, it depends, but unless it's close to the end of the month, you're more likely to get a better deal if you wait until Monday or Tuesday...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»

2010 Smart 454 Concept
Your Car Needs Sunscreen, Too!

When I was a kid, my parents let me run around outside for hours without a thought of skin protection.  Being a fair-skinned boy, I'd get burns that would make my skin blister. Over the past 25 years or so we've come to realize just how damaging the sun is to both us and our stuff.  These days...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
Frugal Shopper: The Most Deeply Discounted New Vehicles

If you're looking for a sweet deal and not too picky about getting the latest and greatest, you have plenty of options. Over the past month the 2010 Ford Ranger has sold at 17 percent below MSRP, on average, and is the most deeply discounted new model, while the 2010 Hyundai Sonata and 2010 Jeep...Read More»

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Chrysler: Sales Slip, Product Offerings For Fans Expand

To put it mildly, Chrysler is having a tough time on the sales front. Despite some incentives added over the last weekend of January to woo safety-concious Toyota owners looking for a trade-in, the company saw an 8% slip in sales compared to January 2009 -- which was itself a dismal month, ringing...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»

2007 Buick Rendezvous FWD 4-door CX *Ltd Avail* Front Exterior View
GM Slams Brakes on Tiger's Free Rides

In the rarefied world of sports celebrities and endorsements, Tiger Woods occupied a special place. Like Zeus on Olympus, Woods occupied a spot above the average sports champion. His touch on a product was the Gold Card and he very wisely built this into a very big business which some have...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»

Car Crusher by Flickr user wilkesjournal
U.S. Fleet Shrinks, As More Vehicles Go To The Crusher

For the first time since Word War II, the annual number of vehicles scrapped exceeded the number of new vehicles sold. That’s solemn news for the auto industry. U.S. vehicle sales had been in a sustained boom period of 15 to 17 million vehicles per year from 1994 through 2007. And the size of the...Read More»

Scott Keogh
Scott Keogh Explains Why Audi Is The Only One Making Money

To hear Scott Keogh tell it, Audi is the only car company making money these days. When he says that, we suppose he means "only non-Asian car company", since Hyundai, Kia, and Subaru were up 8.3%, 9.8%, and 15.4% respectively in 2009. But maybe we're just stuck on semantics. Now, we agree with Audi...Read More»

General Motors Cadillac Dealership
GM Reins In Dealerships By Offering To Pay For Facelifts

GM is nudging its dealerships along by offering them some direct money—paid out over five to ten years—to remodel and freshen-up, and meet some tighter standards. Anyone who's shopped around—in a major metro area, especially—knows that while dealerships are the 'face' of the automaker, they...Read More»

2010 Kia Sedona 4-door LWB LX Angular Front Exterior View
Kia To Kill Sedona in the U.K. After 2011; U.S. Discontinuation Possible.

    Kia has confirmed it plans to phase out the Sedona minivan in the U.K. after the 2011 model year. Kia cites its large size has contributed to slow sales. Slow sales are resulting in the minivans removal from the market.     "With the current trend being towards downsizing, there is no...Read More»

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