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Each generation learns to go its own way
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
If the Gates family has learned anything in 87 years of operating dealerships, it's that each generation must forge its own business plan. ...

Supplies tight before spring selling season
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16
U.S. auto sales softened in a stormy final week of February, but automakers still started March with relatively tight stocks. ...

Fleet sales again outpace retail in Feb.
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16
Fleet sales again rose faster than retail sales in February among the seven major automakers, continuing a surge that began in late 2014. Sales to fleets rose 7.6 percent ...

In February snow, buyers want 4x4s
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3

So February U.S. auto sales came in lower than the forecasters figured just a week or two ago. Well yeah! Snow days.


Why does Ford race? Because it can
3:56 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27
He's not yet taking orders from Jay Leno for the Ford GT and GT350R, but the head of Ford Performance, Dave Pericak, still has a full plate. ...

Supplies soar in January -- as usual
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
U.S. stocks of light vehicles increased during January, whether that was a little or a lot depends on how you measure. ...

Fleet sales rose faster than retail in January
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Fleet sales outpaced retail in January, rising 20 percent among major players compared with 13 percent for vehicles sold by dealers. ...

Hot sales, higher prices and a big run-up in revenue
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9 | UPDATED: 2/9/15 12:11 pm ET - Corrected
Yes, January's US sales numbers were superb and not just in comparison with the first month of 2014, when much of America was snowbound. ...

Chill it now, but hold the champagne for later
2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3
Skip the headlines. Ignore the gaudy 14 percent gain. January was a solid auto sales month, not a great one. ...

Creative pairing: 2 dealers innovate as partners
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
After toiling to revitalize separate single-point dealerships in the Detroit area, two childhood friends merged and expanded operations to compete with larger groups. ...

Hot Dec. sales trim Jan. stocks
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
After brisk sales in December to close out 2014, automakers and dealers started the New Year with modest carryover stock. The industrywide inventory of 3.6 million light ...

December rally helps balance fleet and retail sales growth
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
A year-end flurry of fleet sales at Chrysler Group, Hyundai-Kia and Toyota Motor Sales helped major automakers boost December fleet volume 19 percent. ...

Save up -- the future is a hungry beast
11:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14
Anywhere on the Detroit auto show floor you can see healthy automakers branching out. Call it the vigor of health. These initiatives don't happen in hard times. ...

Sales and leasing forecast to grow more slowly in 2015
11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14
Sales will keep growing in 2015 on favorable economic conditions. But automakers also will boost incentives and turn slightly more to leasing. ...

VIA Motors delivering hybrid fleet trucks, Lutz says
2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13
For former GM product czar Bob Lutz, his latest project is hitting the startup sweet spot, shipping retrofitted hybrid pickups to fleet customers. ...

Love the displays, but where's the color?
4:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12
This Detroit auto show is chock full of lavish, well-conceived and well executed backdrops specifically designed to show off each manufacturer's latest products. ...

Strong margins signal more strong growth
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
The counting's done, so it's official: 2014 was a great year. ...

Why the growth in U.S. luxury sales gets tricky
7:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11
Luxury automakers can expect their niche to expand. But reaching customers will get harder as Millenials increasingly enter the market. ...

KBB forecasts 16.9 million in U.S. sales, powered by retail demand
4:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11
Auto sales will grow in 2015, but the US industry will have to work harder for smaller gains in the sixth year of recovery, analysts from Kelley Blue Book predicted on Su ...

2014 finishes strong with 'plenty of room for upside'
5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5 | UPDATED: 1/5/15 6:46 pm ET - adds details
Tempting incentives and clearer roads pulled U.S. consumers into dealerships for a big December to close another strong sales year. Automakers sold 1.5 million light vehi ...

Pricing: The extra icing on the cake in a great year
4:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5
We can all rattle off lots to celebrate: fifth straight year of U.S. sales growth, 13 brands setting records in 2014, volume that is 6 million-plus units higher than 2009 ...

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