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Cold weather dents U.S. sales forecast for 2014

10:45 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2014
Industry consultants LMC Automotive and JD Power said they cut their joint 2014 forecast for auto sales in the United States to adjust for slow sales in January and February due to cold weather. The forecasters estimated that sales would be 16.1 million this year, down from their previous forecast of 16.2 million.... Read More »


GM assures analysts of pricing 'discipline' amid rising truck discounts

7:24 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2014
General Motors has been ratcheting up discounts on its full-size pickups over the last month, but it is telling Wall Street analysts that it intends to maintain premium pricing and margins on the trucks despite a drop in volume and market share.... Read More »



Will analysts' expectations continue to rule the economy?

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2014
We've all known for years that analyst speculation is more important than any real numbers put out by companies or the government. And based on the way the financial media report the numbers, it seems abundantly clear that analysts' expectations can never be wrong. Or could that be changing, maybe just a teensy bit?... Read More »


ANALYSTS REACT: 'Worse on the outside than on the inside'

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2014
Here is a roundup of expert analyses of General Motors' fourth-quarter financial report:... Read More »


U.S. sales expected to rise 5% to 16.3M in 2014, analyst says

3:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2014
Auto sales in the United States will rise 5 percent to 16.3 million light vehicles in 2014, "but we have a chance for up to 16.8 million if automakers lose discipline," says analyst Alec Gutierrez of Kelley Blue Book.... Read More »


Economist: Used-vehicle prices will remain healthy, but could fluctuate

3:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
Used-vehicle prices could fluctuate at times this year but are expected to remain healthy overall, Tom Webb, Manheim's chief economist, predicted today.... Read More »


Fiat shares jump 16% on Chrysler merger deal

Jan. 2, 2014 17:56 CET
Fiat's $4.35 billion deal to gain full control of Chrysler Group sent its shares to a near 2-1/2-year high in Europe today, despite doubts over whether the Italian carmaker could use the merger to cut losses in Europe.... Read More »


Fiat shares jump 16% on Chrysler merger deal

11:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 2, 2014
Fiat's $4.35 billion deal to gain full control of Chrysler Group sent its shares to a near 2-1/2-year high in Europe today, despite doubts over whether the Italian carmaker could use the merger to cut losses in Europe.... Read More »



For a higher SAAR, sweeten the deals, analyst says

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2013
Dealers need sweeter deals to offer car shoppers. That's if the industry wants dramatic sales gains for the near future, said an analyst.... Read More »


Lexus tops reliability rankings; Ford again near bottom

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2013
Japanese brands continue to dominate the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Reliability rankings, while some European brands gained and Ford continued to rank near the bottom of the industry.... Read More »


Tesla stock gets 'sell' rating from Standard & Poor's

11:48 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2013
Standard & Poor's initiated coverage of Tesla Motors with a "sell" rating, citing caution over the electric carmaker's stock price.... Read More »


U.S. auto industry sales to hit 16.4 million in 2014, forecast says

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2013
The United States auto industry's new-vehicle sales in 2014 will hit their highest level since 2006 as consumers continue to replace aging cars and trucks, a research firm said today.... Read More »


U.S. sales pace in August projected to top 15.5 million, analysts predict

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2013
The annualized sales rate in the United States for August is tracking above 15.5 million units, fueled by strong replacement demand, cheap and available credit, and a calendar quirk, forecasters say.... Read More »


GM poised to generate 2013 profits from 18 new or refreshed vehicles

8:59 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2013
The redesigned Corvette, Silverado and Impala are among the 18 new or refreshed GM vehicles arriving in the United States this year -- the largest wave of new products in the company's history. The models are poised to put CEO Dan Akerson in the driver's seat by flipping GM's lineup into one of the newest in the industry from one of the stalest. That's why analysts see profit improving following the second-quarter results that GM releases Thursday.... Read More »


Tesla shares rise 10% after positive analyst report

5:06 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2013
Tesla Motors rose the most in seven weeks after a Dougherty & Company analyst more than doubled her price target for the electric-car maker, a day after Goldman Sachs Group said the shares may fall.... Read More »


Tesla shares plunge 14% after Goldman sets new price target

2:08 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2013
The shares of electric carmaker Tesla Motors fell 14 percent today after Goldman Sachs Group set a new price target far below the current trading price.... Read More »


IHS closes deal to acquire R.L. Polk

10:11 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2013
The IHS acquisition of global automotive information provider RL Polk closed Monday, a little more than a month after the deal was announced, IHS said in a statement today.... Read More »


Ford, Tesla lead surge in U.S. auto stocks

7:28 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2013
America's oldest car company, Ford, and its youngest, Tesla Motors, both reached 100-week highs on Tuesday, the latest in a long list of signs all pointing to the same thing: the American auto industry is hot.... Read More »


Study: Women get higher quotes from repair shops

3:28 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
When it comes to auto repairs, women are likely to get quoted a higher price than men, but women are better at negotiating a discounted price, according to a study conducted by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.... Read More »


Tesla stock hits new record after bullish analyst report

3:24 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2013
Tesla shares today surged to a record high after an analyst almost doubled her price target for the maker of electric cars and increased estimates of its 2013 deliveries.... Read More »


June U.S. sales projected to hit highest rate since late 2007

11:22 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2013
The summer selling season is getting off to its strongest start since 2007, with June's selling rate expected to reach 15.7 million, forecaster LMC Automotive said today. LMC estimated sales this month will increase 8 percent from a year ago to 1.4 million units.... Read More »



Why GM can only get hurt keeping data secret

9:52 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
GM has decided to stop publicly disclosing monthly production numbers. That’s instantly alarming to economists, analysts and GM’s suppliers. Number crunchers rely on the GM data for their own forecasts, and suppliers for their business and production plans.... Read More »


GM targeting investment grade rating 'within a year'

2:14 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2013
General Motors said it is targeting an investment grade credit rating "within the year" as the Detroit automaker works to distance itself from the stigma of its 2009 bankruptcy.... Read More »


IHS to acquire Polk in $1.4 billion deal

10:47 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2013
IHS has agreed to acquire privately held RL Polk, the owner of used-car history provider Carfax and a leading provider of auto industry data, in a deal valued at $1.4 billion.... Read More »



U.S. auto sales will bounce back this month, forecasters say

11:55 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2013
May auto sales in the United States are expected to rebound from an April slowdown, easing concerns of another spring swoon, forecasters said. The light-vehicle seasonally adjusted annual selling rate for this month will be 15.2 million, both LMC Automotive/JD Power and Associates and predicted today.... Read More »


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