The Truth About Cars » fleet http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:37:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » fleet http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com It’s Time For The Auto Industry’s Calendar To Look Like Yours http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/time-auto-industrys-calendar-look-like/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/time-auto-industrys-calendar-look-like/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1276553 When is a Gregorian calendar not a calendar? When December 2015 ends on January 4, 2016. AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson brought greater attention to the subject of the unnecessarily convoluted auto sales calendar when, in a conversation with Automotive News reporter Amy Wilson, Jackson said, “It’s ridiculous that I have to get on the air and […]

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When is a Gregorian calendar not a calendar? When December 2015 ends on January 4, 2016. AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson brought greater attention to the subject of the unnecessarily convoluted auto sales calendar when, in a conversation with Automotive News reporter Amy Wilson, Jackson said, “It’s ridiculous that I have to get on the air and […]

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What’s Going On with Volkswagen’s Golf GTI? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/whats-going-volkswagens-golf-gti/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/whats-going-volkswagens-golf-gti/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:59:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1270354 Dealers are shaving thousands off of Volkswagen’s Golf GTI — up to $5,000 at some dealers — and the hatchback is relatively easy to find at rental car counters across the country. So, is everything going OK with 2015’s North American Car of the Year™? For starters, in Volkswagen’s defense, most of its cars are […]

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Dealers are shaving thousands off of Volkswagen’s Golf GTI — up to $5,000 at some dealers — and the hatchback is relatively easy to find at rental car counters across the country. So, is everything going OK with 2015’s North American Car of the Year™? For starters, in Volkswagen’s defense, most of its cars are […]

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Piston Slap: Greenwashing the Fuel of the Devil? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-fuel-devil/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-fuel-devil/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1193154 BT writes: Why aren’t we seeing diesel/electric hybrid cars and light duty trucks? Wouldn’t the fuel economy be phenomenal? Gas hybrids do well in their own right, as do diesels. So what’s holding up the diesel/electric Passat? Many cities have gone to diesel/electric buses for fuel savings, so we know the technology is real for […]

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BT writes: Why aren’t we seeing diesel/electric hybrid cars and light duty trucks? Wouldn’t the fuel economy be phenomenal? Gas hybrids do well in their own right, as do diesels. So what’s holding up the diesel/electric Passat? Many cities have gone to diesel/electric buses for fuel savings, so we know the technology is real for […]

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Chronicling The Captiva Sport’s Brief U.S. Sales History http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/chronicling-captiva-sports-brief-u-s-sales-history/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/chronicling-captiva-sports-brief-u-s-sales-history/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:26:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=944961 The esteemable Jack Baruth backed one up toward an odd-looking statue back in March. Sales then boomed in April and May. Post hoc ergo propter hoc. In truth, Jack was no fan of the Chevrolet Captiva Sport he rented earlier this year, saying, “It won’t strike the desirability chord in anyone’s heart,” and, “This is […]

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The esteemable Jack Baruth backed one up toward an odd-looking statue back in March. Sales then boomed in April and May. Post hoc ergo propter hoc. In truth, Jack was no fan of the Chevrolet Captiva Sport he rented earlier this year, saying, “It won’t strike the desirability chord in anyone’s heart,” and, “This is […]

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Chart Of The Day: America’s Top Rental Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/chart-day-americas-top-rental-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/chart-day-americas-top-rental-cars/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:57:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=930946   Courtesy of the New York Times and Polk, a chart showing the top rental cars in 2013, as a percentage of overall sales. A big question mark overall is “what percentage of Impala sales (not just to fleets) are of the W-Body, fleet only, ‘Impala Limited'”? GM won’t break out their numbers from the […]

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  Courtesy of the New York Times and Polk, a chart showing the top rental cars in 2013, as a percentage of overall sales. A big question mark overall is “what percentage of Impala sales (not just to fleets) are of the W-Body, fleet only, ‘Impala Limited'”? GM won’t break out their numbers from the […]

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BMW’s Fleet Special http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/bmws-fleet-special/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/bmws-fleet-special/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:36:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=850930   A vast number of new cars sold in the United Kingdom end up going to fleet buyers, with strict guidelines dictating what can and cannot be purchased for a company fleet. One of the main stipulations is “no coupes”. But BMW seems to have found a way around that. The 3-Series is already a […]

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  A vast number of new cars sold in the United Kingdom end up going to fleet buyers, with strict guidelines dictating what can and cannot be purchased for a company fleet. One of the main stipulations is “no coupes”. But BMW seems to have found a way around that. The 3-Series is already a […]

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AlixPartners Study: Every Car Shared Means 32 Lost Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/alixpartners-study-every-car-shared-means-32-lost-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/alixpartners-study-every-car-shared-means-32-lost-sales/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=733337 According to a report from consulting firm AlixPartners, each and every car in the Zipcar or car2go car-sharing fleets means 32 lost vehicle sales. Based on a survey of 2,000 adults in 10 major cities who use car-sharing services, the report says that Americans would have bought an additional half million new or used cars […]

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According to a report from consulting firm AlixPartners, each and every car in the Zipcar or car2go car-sharing fleets means 32 lost vehicle sales. Based on a survey of 2,000 adults in 10 major cities who use car-sharing services, the report says that Americans would have bought an additional half million new or used cars […]

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Review: 2014 Chevrolet Impala (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/review-2014-chevrolet-impala-with-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/review-2014-chevrolet-impala-with-video/#comments Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:30:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=500484 I have this feeling that our most impressionable automotive years are our high school years. Maybe it’s because I was so eager to drive that I noticed anything with wheels. Maybe it’s that auto shop class where I got to wrench on a Wankel (that sounds wrong doesn’t it?). Whatever the reason, it seems many […]

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I have this feeling that our most impressionable automotive years are our high school years. Maybe it’s because I was so eager to drive that I noticed anything with wheels. Maybe it’s that auto shop class where I got to wrench on a Wankel (that sounds wrong doesn’t it?). Whatever the reason, it seems many […]

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Fleet-Only Cars: A Great Idea http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/fleet-only-cars-a-great-idea/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/fleet-only-cars-a-great-idea/#comments Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:51:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481712 One of the most interesting things to come out of the recent Chevy Impala launch – aside from the fact that GM thinks it can sell the thing for $40,000 – is that the current, unloved Impala will live on as a fleet-only special called the “Chevrolet Impala Limited.” To that, I say: great idea. […]

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One of the most interesting things to come out of the recent Chevy Impala launch – aside from the fact that GM thinks it can sell the thing for $40,000 – is that the current, unloved Impala will live on as a fleet-only special called the “Chevrolet Impala Limited.” To that, I say: great idea. […]

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Current-Generation Chevrolet Impala Gets A New Lease On Life – Will The Bench Seat Get One Too? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/current-generation-chevrolet-impala-gets-a-new-lease-on-life-will-the-bench-seat-get-one-too/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/current-generation-chevrolet-impala-gets-a-new-lease-on-life-will-the-bench-seat-get-one-too/#comments Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=470757 Christmas has come early for our beloved commenters Zackman and Mikey – GM has confirmed that the current generation Chevrolet Impala will be produced until June, 2014, ostensibly for fleet duty and used car market fodder. The announcement was buried in a press release for the Camaro’s move to Michigan, with GM proudly stating that […]

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Christmas has come early for our beloved commenters Zackman and Mikey – GM has confirmed that the current generation Chevrolet Impala will be produced until June, 2014, ostensibly for fleet duty and used car market fodder. The announcement was buried in a press release for the Camaro’s move to Michigan, with GM proudly stating that […]

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A Snapshot Of January Sales: Honda Civic Is America’s Third Best-Selling Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/a-snapshot-of-january-sales-honda-civic-is-americas-third-best-selling-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/a-snapshot-of-january-sales-honda-civic-is-americas-third-best-selling-car/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:51:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=429183 One month is far too premature to make any predictions about 2012’s sales race, but we still got our hands on the data, thanks to independent analyst Timothy Cain. As usual, the Ford F-Series and Toyota Camry were the top dogs. The top 5 best-selling cars were the Camry, followed by the Nissan Altima and […]

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One month is far too premature to make any predictions about 2012’s sales race, but we still got our hands on the data, thanks to independent analyst Timothy Cain. As usual, the Ford F-Series and Toyota Camry were the top dogs. The top 5 best-selling cars were the Camry, followed by the Nissan Altima and […]

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Ford Hit With $2b Ruling In Commercial Truck Case http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/ford-hit-with-2b-ruling-in-commercial-truck-case/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/ford-hit-with-2b-ruling-in-commercial-truck-case/#comments Sat, 11 Jun 2011 16:24:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=398290 An Ohio judged has ruled [full ruling in PDF here] against Ford in a 2002 case alleging the automaker overcharged dealers by selling commercial trucks at unpublished prices between 1987 and 1998. According to the summary judgement, Ford’s “CPA” program violated its contract with dealers by publishing “unrealistically high” wholesale prices and using “secretive, unpublished discounts” on […]

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An Ohio judged has ruled [full ruling in PDF here] against Ford in a 2002 case alleging the automaker overcharged dealers by selling commercial trucks at unpublished prices between 1987 and 1998. According to the summary judgement, Ford’s “CPA” program violated its contract with dealers by publishing “unrealistically high” wholesale prices and using “secretive, unpublished discounts” on […]

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Is Ford… Underperforming? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/is-ford-underperforming/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/is-ford-underperforming/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2011 22:16:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=391446 Ask an industry-watcher to name an automaker that seems to be doing things right, and chances are one of the top choices would be Ford Motor Company. And though Ford is enjoying favorable perceptions in the media, according to the company’s own internal goals, it’s actually underperforming. And in a key metric, no less: retail […]

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Ask an industry-watcher to name an automaker that seems to be doing things right, and chances are one of the top choices would be Ford Motor Company. And though Ford is enjoying favorable perceptions in the media, according to the company’s own internal goals, it’s actually underperforming. And in a key metric, no less: retail […]

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Chevy Captiva-ted By Fleet Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/chevy-captiva-ted-by-fleet-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/chevy-captiva-ted-by-fleet-sales/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2011 20:03:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=387002 Remember the Saturn Vue? The Theta-based crossover is known around the world as the Chevrolet Captiva (or Daewoo WinStorm… yes, really), and soon it will be known in the US as GM’s latest fleet queen. With some 86% of GM’s fleet sales last year coming from Chevy (about a 35% mix for the brand), GM […]

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Remember the Saturn Vue? The Theta-based crossover is known around the world as the Chevrolet Captiva (or Daewoo WinStorm… yes, really), and soon it will be known in the US as GM’s latest fleet queen. With some 86% of GM’s fleet sales last year coming from Chevy (about a 35% mix for the brand), GM […]

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Weekend Head Scratcher: What Is The Future Of Limos and Livery Cars? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/weekend-head-scratcher-what-is-the-future-of-limos-and-livery-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/weekend-head-scratcher-what-is-the-future-of-limos-and-livery-cars/#comments Sat, 19 Feb 2011 17:12:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=384459 In his write-up on the new Town Car-replacing livery version of the Lincoln MKT, Jack Baruth takes on the practical issues at stake, writing I’ve put plenty of miles on both the MKT and the outgoing Town Car. Make no mistake, the MKT is quieter, faster, more spacious, and possessed of a vastly superior level […]

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In his write-up on the new Town Car-replacing livery version of the Lincoln MKT, Jack Baruth takes on the practical issues at stake, writing I’ve put plenty of miles on both the MKT and the outgoing Town Car. Make no mistake, the MKT is quieter, faster, more spacious, and possessed of a vastly superior level […]

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Quote Of The Day: I Can Stop Any Time Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/quote-of-the-day-i-can-stop-any-time-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/quote-of-the-day-i-can-stop-any-time-edition/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 23:39:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=384003 Bloomberg [via AN [sub]] reports that Chrysler’s fleet sales mix was at 25% in the month of January (according to Edmunds anyway, as Chrysler doesn’t release fleet numbers), the lowest level since a Cash For Clunkers-fueled August 2009. According to the same Edmunds data, however, the industry average fleet mix is just under 20%… and […]

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Bloomberg [via AN [sub]] reports that Chrysler’s fleet sales mix was at 25% in the month of January (according to Edmunds anyway, as Chrysler doesn’t release fleet numbers), the lowest level since a Cash For Clunkers-fueled August 2009. According to the same Edmunds data, however, the industry average fleet mix is just under 20%… and […]

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What’s Right With This Picture? Lincoln MKT Hearse http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/whats-right-with-this-picture-lincoln-mkt-hearse/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/whats-right-with-this-picture-lincoln-mkt-hearse/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 15:42:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375959 In the wild, panthers are endangered. In the automotive world, Panthers will go extinct sometime in the third quarter of 2011, when the last Lincoln Town Car Executive L rolls off the line. If you think Panthers get a lot of lovin’ around these here parts, you should attend a convention of folks for whom […]

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In the wild, panthers are endangered. In the automotive world, Panthers will go extinct sometime in the third quarter of 2011, when the last Lincoln Town Car Executive L rolls off the line. If you think Panthers get a lot of lovin’ around these here parts, you should attend a convention of folks for whom […]

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Could GE’s EV Mega-Buy Be Bad For Consumers? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/could-ges-ev-mega-buy-be-bad-for-consumers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/could-ges-ev-mega-buy-be-bad-for-consumers/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 19:35:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372387 The Auto Prophet brings up a point that completely escaped our discussion of General Electric’s EV mega-buy: By gobbling up EVs, GE certainly helps to jump-start the industry, but they also gobble up future tax credits that consumers would have gotten, unless GE opts to forego the EV tax credit. Which would be bad business. […]

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The Auto Prophet brings up a point that completely escaped our discussion of General Electric’s EV mega-buy: By gobbling up EVs, GE certainly helps to jump-start the industry, but they also gobble up future tax credits that consumers would have gotten, unless GE opts to forego the EV tax credit. Which would be bad business. […]

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The Top 20 Fleet Queens Of 2009 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/the-top-20-fleet-queens-of-2009/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/the-top-20-fleet-queens-of-2009/#comments Mon, 08 Nov 2010 18:22:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371821 Fleet sales data can be some of the toughest numbers to find, but thanks to a post from commenter GarbageMotorsCo, we’ve got some pretty comprehensive numbers for last year’s fleet performance [courtesy: automotive-fleet.com, PDF list here]. Overall fleet levels have been higher this year, but by identifying the most popular vehicles with fleet buyers (in […]

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Fleet sales data can be some of the toughest numbers to find, but thanks to a post from commenter GarbageMotorsCo, we’ve got some pretty comprehensive numbers for last year’s fleet performance [courtesy: automotive-fleet.com, PDF list here]. Overall fleet levels have been higher this year, but by identifying the most popular vehicles with fleet buyers (in […]

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Chrysler Breaks Its Fleet Sales Promise, Tops Industry at 39% http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/chrysler-breaks-fleet-sales-promise/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/chrysler-breaks-fleet-sales-promise/#comments Mon, 11 Oct 2010 17:12:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=368210 According to Automotive News [sub], both General Motors and Hyundai-Kia have reduced their fleet sales percentages in the last year, as the two firms seek retail-level pricing for their recently-improved products. Ford and Chrysler? Not so much. As the top-selling brand in the US, Ford is simply using fleet sales to boost itself to the […]

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According to Automotive News [sub], both General Motors and Hyundai-Kia have reduced their fleet sales percentages in the last year, as the two firms seek retail-level pricing for their recently-improved products. Ford and Chrysler? Not so much. As the top-selling brand in the US, Ford is simply using fleet sales to boost itself to the […]

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Detroit Dominates Year-To-Date Fleet Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/detroit-dominates-year-to-date-fleet-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/detroit-dominates-year-to-date-fleet-sales/#comments Mon, 09 Aug 2010 17:25:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362489 Automotive News [sub] takes a stab at calculating the numbers that Detroit doesn’t want you to see. Best of all, AN says the numbers are based on “internal documents.” During this morning’s financial results conference call, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne railed against AN’s “crusade,” implying that the industry paper of record is nursing a vendetta […]

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Automotive News [sub] takes a stab at calculating the numbers that Detroit doesn’t want you to see. Best of all, AN says the numbers are based on “internal documents.” During this morning’s financial results conference call, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne railed against AN’s “crusade,” implying that the industry paper of record is nursing a vendetta […]

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Inside Chrysler’s Sales Increase: 40 Percent Fleet Mix And Industry-High Incentives (And Climbing) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/inside-chryslers-sales-increase-40-percent-fleet-mix-and-industry-high-incentives-and-climbing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/inside-chryslers-sales-increase-40-percent-fleet-mix-and-industry-high-incentives-and-climbing/#comments Wed, 05 May 2010 17:33:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=355408 To say that Chrysler’s 25 percent year-over-year sales increase last month came as a surprise would be pushing the boundaries of overstatement. Chrysler’s sales and market share have been in decline for a long time, but over the past several years, the tailspin seemed to have become terminal. So, how did the Pentastar (barely) make […]

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To say that Chrysler’s 25 percent year-over-year sales increase last month came as a surprise would be pushing the boundaries of overstatement. Chrysler’s sales and market share have been in decline for a long time, but over the past several years, the tailspin seemed to have become terminal. So, how did the Pentastar (barely) make […]

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GM April Sales Up 6.5 Percent, Core Brands Up 20 Percent http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/gm-april-sales-up-6-5-percent-core-brands-up-20-percent/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/gm-april-sales-up-6-5-percent-core-brands-up-20-percent/#comments Mon, 03 May 2010 17:58:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=355046 For yet another month, GM’s sales [full April sales report in XLS format here, press release here] managed to be both promising and disappointing, depending on how you cut them. GM’s “core brands” were up 20 percent cumulatively, with Cadillac and Buick leading the way with 35.7 percent and 36.4 percent increases respectively (Chevy up […]

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For yet another month, GM’s sales [full April sales report in XLS format here, press release here] managed to be both promising and disappointing, depending on how you cut them. GM’s “core brands” were up 20 percent cumulatively, with Cadillac and Buick leading the way with 35.7 percent and 36.4 percent increases respectively (Chevy up […]

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With Fleet Sales Booming,Chrysler Vows To Limit Sales To Rental Firms http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/with-fleet-sales-boomingchrysler-vows-to-limit-sales-to-rental-firms/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/with-fleet-sales-boomingchrysler-vows-to-limit-sales-to-rental-firms/#comments Tue, 27 Apr 2010 22:49:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=354471 Fleet sales were up 47 percent in the first quarter of this year, driving sales at a number of automakers. Ford, in particular, is targeting fleet sales unapologetically by touting a recovery in resale values for the Blue Oval Brand. Ford’s Mark Fields tells the Freep: We love fleets at Ford…Ford remains focused on our […]

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Fleet sales were up 47 percent in the first quarter of this year, driving sales at a number of automakers. Ford, in particular, is targeting fleet sales unapologetically by touting a recovery in resale values for the Blue Oval Brand. Ford’s Mark Fields tells the Freep: We love fleets at Ford…Ford remains focused on our […]

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Infiniti Version Of Straight-To-Rental Nissan Leaf Planned http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/infiniti-version-of-straight-to-rental-nissan-leaf-planned/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/infiniti-version-of-straight-to-rental-nissan-leaf-planned/#comments Tue, 23 Mar 2010 17:55:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=350089 One of the biggest conundrums facing the folks tasked with marketing the forthcoming first generation of mainstream electric cars is branding. On the one hand, firms want their mainstream brands associated with the green halo of having an electric car in its portfolio. On the other hand, electric cars aren’t cheap. From a pure pricing […]

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One of the biggest conundrums facing the folks tasked with marketing the forthcoming first generation of mainstream electric cars is branding. On the one hand, firms want their mainstream brands associated with the green halo of having an electric car in its portfolio. On the other hand, electric cars aren’t cheap. From a pure pricing […]

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