By on October 1, 2014

2014-MINI-cooper-cooper-sAutomakers reported sales of more than 1.24 million new vehicles in September 2014, a 9.4% increase compared with the same month one year ago. Auto sales rose 5.5% over the course of 2014’s first three quarters, powered by big improvements at Jeep, Ram, Subaru, and Nissan. (Read More…)

By on September 10, 2014

Kia Soul SXLast year was a difficult pill to swallow for Kia in America. After claiming record sales in 2012, Kia volume slid 4% even as America’s auto industry grew 8%.

There were inventory issues, but there was also concern that the new Sorento, though revamped under the skin, didn’t appear new on the outside. The Forte launch didn’t send shock waves through the compact segment. The Cadenza was never expected to be a volume leader.

Explanations for the decline didn’t stop Kia from “restructuring” either, as Kia Motors America’s executive VP of sales, Tom Loveless, was replaced by Michael Sprague.

Through the first eight months of 2014, however, Kia is back on track. Compared with the same period last year, brand-wide sales are up 7%. Compared with the first eight months of that record-setting 2012, sales are up 4.5%. (Read More…)

By on September 3, 2014

2013 Honda Accord, Exterior, Picture Courtesty of Alex L. DykesAgainst less lofty expectations, the U.S. auto industry generated more than 1.58 million new vehicle sales in August 2014, a 5.4% improvement compared with the same period last year. The biggest gains came from Nissan and FCA/Chrysler Group, which jointly raised their August sales total from 286,050 to 332,767 units. Jeep and Ram were the only two brands to top 30% in terms of year-over-year growth. (Read More…)

By on August 4, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab Z71

These are not normal times for America’s pickup truck market.

The best-selling pickup truck line, Ford’s F-Series, is now entering a transition phase many months after potential customers first witnessed its aluminum-intensive replacement.

Toyota, long a minor player in the full-size category, refreshed its Tundra and continues to achieve notable sales increases, though with gradually less impressive growth figures.

GM’s twins last combined to outsell the Ford F-Series in 2009. They should still seem fresh, but to many the redesign wasn’t, in visual terms, sufficiently differentiated from the GMT900 models. Through the first seven months of 2014, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trail the Ford  F-Series by 35,610 units. (Read More…)

By on August 1, 2014

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Automakers reported the sales of 1.4 million new vehicles in July 2014, representing a 9% increase compared with July of last year. Among  volume brands, the biggest percentage gains were achieved by Jeep, Subaru, GMC, and Ram. Jaguar, Scion, Acura, Volvo, and Volkswagen all reported losses of at least 14%. Cadillac, Honda, and Mini also posted decreased July volume relative to the same period in 2013.

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By on June 19, 2014

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In May 2014, Canadian auto sales shot up to record monthly levels by soaring beyond 195,000 units, one-eighth the size of the U.S. industry last month.

These record sales levels occur as buyers transition from in large numbers from cars to crossovers, particularly smaller crossovers from volume brands. (Read More…)

By on June 6, 2014

2015-Ford-F150-Front

Ford is in a transition phase: readying the new 2015 F-150 while trying to sell the old model as often as possible. This requires knowing just how many F-Series pickups dealers will need in the weeks leading up to the new model’s introduction.

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By on May 14, 2014

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In a record-setting April for the Canadian auto industry, Ford Canada reclaimed its position atop the sales leaderboard by outselling the Chrysler Group’s various and sundry brands by a handful of units.

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By on May 8, 2014

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The impact of Mercedes-Benz’s W222 S-Class has been keenly felt in America’s luxury car sector. The S-Class’s most direct rivals have been shunned in favour of the venerable Benz over the last seven months. And yet there’s no denying that big luxury SUVs have cast a shadow over these flagship luxury cars, nor is there any point rejecting the idea that Tesla’s Model S is stealing market share.

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By on May 6, 2014
Auto
April
2014
April
2013
%
Change
4 mos.
2014
4 mos.
2013
%
Change
BMW X5
4,393 3,444 +27.6% 14,153 15,335 -7.7%
BMW X3
3,544 1,914 +85.2% 13,974 9,125 +53.1%
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3,831 3,280 +16.8% 13,965 12,442 +12.2%
Audi Q5
3,293 3,241 +1.6% 12,067 11,437 +5.5%
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
3,144 2,702 +16.4% 11,415 10,212 +11.8%
BMW X1
1,130 1,556 -27.4% 9,098 6,967 +30.6%
Volkswagen Tiguan
1,998 2,488 -19.7% 8,109 10,439 -22.3%
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2,253 2,481 -9.2% 7,671 10,099 -24.0%
Porsche Cayenne
1,839 1,750 +5.1% 6,119 5,931 +3.2%
Audi Q7
1,462 1,183 +23.6% 5,551 4,084 +35.9%
Volkswagen Touareg
597 578 +3.3% 2,162 3,102 -30.3%
BMW X6
342 354 -3.4% 1,442 1,618 -10.9%
Mercedes-Benz G-Class
274 188 +45.7% 882 800 +10.3%
Total
28,100
25,159 +11.7% 106,608 101,591 +4.9%

It’s not as though consumers hadn’t experienced doses of luxury in their SUVs before the Mercedes-Benz ML, Lexus RX, and Lincoln Navigator began pushing an increasingly impressive wave toward shore in the late 90s. But, especially in the enthusiast community, there was some reluctance to accept the notion of such illustrious brands diving head first into a market that was going to demand perfectly balanced compromises. The traditional off-road ability we associated with SUVs couldn’t be thrust overboard in favour of road manners. Or could it?

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