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Auto Sales Finishing 2010 Strong, But Recovery Will Be Slow In 2011
Auto Sales Finishing 2010 Strong, But Recovery Will Be Slow In 2011

While the U.S. auto market outlook can hardly be called bullish, sales this past month are pointing to some growth, and some further steps toward a rebound, in 2011. And that rebound still looks quite far away. AutoPacific is anticipating 12.4 million next year, and J.D. Power predicts that U.S...Read More»

Tata Nano
Vasectomy Contest: Get Men To Cut Tiny Tubes, Win a Tiny Car!

Despite its clever design, and its trophy as the least-expensive new car in the world, sales of India's innovative Tata Nano have slowed to a crawl. Now, in an effort to reach its target audience--Indians whose sole transport is motorbikes, including many in more rural regions--Tata and its local...Read More»

2011 Honda Element
Honda Announces End Of Element Production With 2011 Model

After a nearly 10-year run, the Honda Element is dead, its quirky, boxy thunder stolen by the more conventional CR-V. Honda today announced its plans to cease Element production after the 2011 model year. In total 325,000 units of the Element sold over its tenure, though of late sales figures have...Read More»

Cadillac dealership
Auto Sales Shaping Up For A Strong November, Year-End

Looking at the auto market, there's some very good economic news. Auto sales are expected to continue their surge in November and are on the road to a stronger annual finish than had earlier been anticipated. Because of rising demand as well as a "slew of new products that will be hitting the...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»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze (Courtesy: GM)
October Auto Sales Looking Bullish, But Real Recovery Still Distant

For much of this year, automakers overall have become smarter about controlling inventories and slowing production to match still-tepid demand at dealerships. But it looks like some assembly plants are (or will be) roaring back to capacity for a while: A number of new 2011 models, such as the...Read More»

2011 BMW X3
Today in Car News: X3, Alt Fuel Day, and Drinking Songs

We've told you how texting and driving will explode in the coming years. By how much? CNN says the average teen texts more than 3000 times a month. Shudder. [CNN] The economy may have stifled some new-vehicle sales, but luxury car brands are doing quite well, thanks. [TrueCar] On topic, our first...Read More»

2011 Infiniti M37
Today in Car News: Infiniti M, Big New BMW X3, Fast Trains

We've told you how good the 2011 Infiniti M really is--but in our view, the V-8's the only way to go. We may be alone in that sentiment. [Consumer Reports] We're driving the 2011 BMW X3 next week, and given its big jump in size, we're thinking "mini-X5" is no longer an appropriate shorthand to...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»

2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
GM Increases Production Of 2011 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain

Despite what can rightly be called the worst auto market in decades, there are a few signs that long-downtrodden parts of the industry are rebounding. Take GM, for instance: It's actually increasing production of a couple of its strong-selling crossover models, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox and 2010...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition
Today in Car News: Car Sales, F-150, and Camaro Vs. Mustang

Don't count on a big car-sales turnaround anytime soon, CNN reports a little belatedly. Hey, way to be all Debbie Downer. [CNNMoney] We're driving the 2011 Ford F-150 lineup in two weeks; we'll let you know if its new electric power steering is good or just plain shocking. [PickupTrucks] The last...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
Today in Car News: Car Sales, GM Fours, and Ghostbusters

By all accounts, this year's car sales are as nostalgic and flat as a three-week-old A&W root beer left in your cupholder inn summer. [Consumerist] And in what was supposed to be the year of the small car, it's --not shocking--that the two best-selling vehicles are big ole pickup trucks...Read More»

Cadillac dealership
Signs Of A Rebound, Yet The Worst Auto Market Since The 1950s

Some of the phrases used in headlines this week, to describe August auto sales, have been brutal: "sales slowing to a crawl," "taking a tumble," or "struggling along" were just a few. But they're pretty appropriate. "We saw the worst August in 28 years," looking at sales altogether, assessed Jesse...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»

2010 Suzuki Kizashi
Suzuki Dealership Network Shrinks, As Cars Become More Appealing

If you're shopping for a sporty, economical compact sedan, we'd recommend that you put the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi on your shopping list. But there's a potential snag: With Suzuki cutting its dealership base, you might find that you no longer have an outlet nearby. Despite strong, almost unanimously...Read More»

2011 Buick Regal
And The Fastest-Growing Car Brand Is...Buick?

Look, we all miss Pontiac. Saturn, too. A few even miss Saab. (Fewer miss HUMMER.) But although General Motors' bankruptcy and brand sale may have been painful for fans, it's begun to pay off for the automaker and its remaining marques -- especially Buick. Not so long ago, Buick was on the skids...Read More»

Used car salesman
Over 2 Million Cars To Be Sold On Social Networks This Year

Social media. Networking. Facebook. Twitter. To some, these words are like heroin to a junkie. To others, these words are like heroin to a rehab therapist. But whatever side of the social media fence you're on, you should consider it as a valuable tool for the sale of your next car. There's a...Read More»

2010 Toyota Yaris
As Automakers Move Focus To Smaller Cars, Entry Segment Lags

With the landslide of all-new small cars being introduced this year and over the next several model years—including the 2011 Ford Fiesta, 2011 Mazda2, and 2012 Fiat 500—you might assume that small-car sales are going strong, and that the forecast for subcompacts in the U.S. is bullish...Read More»

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