By on February 16, 2018

2018 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition

We did it! Thanks to the modern obsession with larger vehicles and opulence, domestic luxury brands are taking off like a rocket. It’s going so well, in fact, that American automakers are starting to steal market share from high-end import manufacturers. Of course, this is only applicable to SUV and crossover sales.

As you know, sedan sales are losing ground to their high-riding counterparts. While this hasn’t resulted in the obliteration of the passenger car market, despite claims to the contrary, those vehicles are being massacred by wayward consumers. Sedans are becoming passé and this has allowed sport utility and crossover vehicles to amass a significant portion of the pie.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the luxury market. The rapid growth of the luxury truck segment has substantially increased the United States’ share of domestic models sold with an average transaction price of $60,000 or more. Apparently, the inarguably phenomenal Mercedes-Benz S-Class doesn’t have jack squat on the GMC Yukon Denali.

Suck it, cars.  (Read More…)

By on March 28, 2017


A Supreme Court ruling between two food companies may benefit the Detroit Three and its many domestic suppliers.

The case of TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands focused on where plaintiffs in an intellectual property or patent infringement dispute can file a lawsuit. Current U.S. law dictates that the plaintiff may file a patent infringement suit in any court district where the defendant does business. This has saturated the Eastern District of Texas with countless patent and I.P. lawsuits. Plaintiffs prefer the region because rural Texas juries are more likely to rule against big businesses and the district is known for expediting proceedings.

According to a January study by the Stanford Technology Law Review, only about 15 percent of cases heard in the court actually involved a patent invented within the district or had an accused party that had an office in the area. However, the Supreme Court is expected to put the kibosh on the practice by forcing plaintiffs to try cases near the defendant’s headquarters — meaning domestic automakers could have the home field advantage in future legal proceedings.  (Read More…)

By on August 12, 2013
Retail July 2013 retail sales July 2013 % retail July 2012 retail sales July 2012 % retail July % change
General Motors 189,100 81% 153,500 76% 23%
Toyota Motor 184,600 95% 158,400 96% 17%
Ford Motor 151,000 78% 126,800 73% 19%
American Honda 138,600 98% 114,600 98% 21%
Chrysler Group 125,700 90% 103,600 82% 21%
Hyundai-Kia 98,200 85% 98,400 89% 0%
Nissan N.A. 95,800 88% 91,300 93% 5%
Top 7 983,000 87% 846,600 85% 16%
Fleet July 2013 fleet sales July 2013 % fleet July 2012 fleet sales July 2012 % fleet July % of change
General Motors 45,000 19% 47,700 24% –6%
Ford Motor 42,700 22% 47,200 27% –9%
Hyundai-Kia 16,800 15% 11,700 11% 43%
Chrysler Group 14,400 10% 22,500 18% –36%
Nissan N.A. 13,300 12% 7,100 7% 87%
Toyota Motor 8,800 5% 6,500 4% 34%
American Honda 2,800 2% 2,300 2% 21%
Top 7 143,800 13% 145,000 15% –1%
Source: Automotive News

After a continuing effort to reduce reliance on fleet sales in the U.S. market, all three domestic American automakers reported declining fleet sales in July while they were up significantly at Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai-Kia. Chrysler fleet sales were down 36 percent from the same period last year, Ford was down 9 percent and GM down 6 percent. In terms of units, the domestic brands’ fleet sales were down 15,300 vehicle. Meanwhile, sales to fleets were up 34% at Toyota, up 43% at Hyundai-Kia Automotive and a whopping 87 percent at Nissan’s North American operations. (Read More…)

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