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Why Detroit is a small town, big city for auto dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 | UPDATED: 9/20/14 10:30 pm ET - includes video of Reuss
Detroit's a big city. But if you're in the car biz, the Motor City is a small town, too. Karl Zimmermann's party at George Matick Chevrolet was both big city and small to ...


Fleet helps drive big August sales numbers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
Growth in fleet sales outpaced retail in last month's robust U.S. auto market. ...


Hot August sales shrivel inventories
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
Strong auto sales in August drained dealer lots, pushing U.S. inventories to the lowest level in months. ...


Sit-highs: The lucky ducks have trucks
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
August's U.S. auto sales report was full of good news. But forget the normal scorecard of unit sales. Let's look at some real winners: trucks and the automakers that have ...


Sales go from hot to hotter in 'almost' perfect month
4:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3 | UPDATED: 9/3/14 6:09 pm ET - adds more highlights
Riding strong U.S. demand for crossovers and big pickups, automakers sold almost 1.6 million light vehicles in August, up 6 percent from a booming year-ago period. In Aug ...


Get trucky, get lucky
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3
What a bubbly month August turned out to be. Good news pretty much anywhere you look. U.S. auto sales up. Lotsa folks won big percentage gains. Average transaction prices ...


Collection Auto's Bernie Moreno cultivates managerial talent
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Bernie Moreno was 28 and had no auto retailing experience when Boston dealer Herb Chambers hired him as general manager of a Saturn store. ...


Sales rate to top 16 million for 6th month in a row, analysts predict
12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27
Auto sales volume in the United States is expected to keep rolling along in August, with two independent forecasters predicting a sixth straight month of 16 million-plus ...


Stocks stay on target -- with help
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
With a little help from increased incentives, automakers kept U.S. inventories at near-ideal levels to start August. ...


Why fleet sales soared in July
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
How did total July U.S. light-vehicle sales rise 9 percent? ...


July's gist: Gains for (almost) everyone
4:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1
U.S. auto sales rose 9 percent in July to 1.4 million units, a fifth strong month to ease the memory of harsh winter storms that blunted January and February volume. ...


An impressive streak, locked and still going
4:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1
With July U.S. sales volume up 9 percent and full-year forecasts ramping higher, 2014 is increasingly appearing locked in as the fifth straight year of U.S. auto sales gr ...


Lithia's big DCH deal was a boon for shareholders
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28
Lithia Motors' big acquisition last month fueled a strong second quarter for the publicly traded retailer in terms of shareholder value return. ...


Supply steady at 60 days
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
Automakers started July with a 60-day supply of unsold vehicles, the level traditionally considered an ideal balance — enough to meet demand but not high enough to ...


Fleet outpaces retail in June
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
Fleet sales outpaced retail in June, countering a three-year trend toward greater retail volume. Among major automakers, fleet sales in June rose 6 percent while retail s ...


Strong start to summer raises hopes for even better second half
4:53 pm U.S. ET | July 1 | UPDATED: 7/1/14 6:16 pm ET - adds details
A flurry of new light-vehicle sales as June ended helped generate the fastest selling rate for the U.S. auto industry in almost eight years, raising hopes for an even mor ...


How can 1% growth feel so good?
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1

June turned out to be a great month for U.S. auto sales. Ignore that goofy 1 percent increase in units sold. It’s a calendar fluke. The 17 million selli ...



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