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Smaller supply for big month
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
Most automakers have enough stock for big December promotions in what has become one of the best sales months of the year. But they certainly aren't overstocked after tor ...


How auto dealers gained our esteem
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
Several trends in business and technology favor local merchants, including auto dealers, over national conglomerates in terms of treating customers right. ...


Fleet and retail even out as year end nears
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
Fleet sales grew at a faster pace than retail volume in November, bringing both channels into balance as the year nears a close. For the seven automakers that control 86 ...


Creative pairing: 2 dealers innovate as partners
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8
After toiling to revitalize separate single-point dealerships in the Detroit area, two childhood friends merged and expanded operations to compete with larger groups. ...


Setting the stage for a 'huge' December
5:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2 | UPDATED: 12/2/14 6:17 pm ET - adds details
Timely automaker Black Friday promotions and a strong economy drove U.S. auto sales higher in November. Look for more of the same this month. ...


The good times keep rolling along
5:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2
We’re merrily motoring down the monthly sales expressway, scarcely a pothole in the past 60 reports. ...


Lexus' Bracken says 300,000 U.S. sales 'is within our grasp' this year
1:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Lexus is raising its U.S. sales target to 300,000 vehicles this year, General Manager Jeff Bracken said. “We started the year with a sales goal of 290,000 units, ...


Stocks rise; spiffs ahead?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
U.S. automakers and dealers added a quarter of a million unsold vehicles to stocks during October. That's normal early in a new model year, but some analysts see automake ...


Good times are rolling for pickup makers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
What a terrific month October was for sales of pickups. Large pickups rose 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. The 10-month numbers for big pickups lo ...


Fleets give October a big boost
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Fleet volume sharply outpaced retail sales in October, turning what would have been a below-par sales month into an above-average one. ...


Falling gasoline prices, trucks deliver solid October
12:54 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3
In a month marked by falling gasoline prices, pickups and SUVs led U.S. auto sales to a 6 percent rise in October. Automakers sold 1,281,132 light vehicles for a seasonal ...


Weep not for pickup makers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
October looked like a happy month for big pickups with sales rising 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. ...


A sobering quarter for auto shareholders
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
It was a tough third quarter for auto industry investors as falling international and softening U.S. financial markets depressed shareholder value for companies that buil ...


Best Dealerships outdo industry in U.S. sales
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
The Best Dealerships To Work For significantly outpaced the overall U.S. new light-vehicle market last year, posting a collective double-digit gain. ...


Fleet adds little to Sept. sales gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Among the seven largest volume automakers, light-vehicle sales through dealerships rose 11 percent, while fleet was a mere 3 percent higher. ...


Days supply rises, but it may be blip
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
U.S. stocks of unsold light vehicles rose following moderating September sales, hitting a 64-day supply on Oct. 1. Is that significant? It depends on the measuring stick, ...


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At Bay King Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Hamilton, Ontario, dealer Jamie Richter has put luxury-hotel touches in his new showroom. They include concierges who see to the needs of service customers. Mon., December 15
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