CarMD reports that Hyundai has dethroned Toyota for the first time ever when it comes to annual repair costs on average. This is a big payoff for Hyundai, who have now spent years successfully reversing their earliest image with U.S. consumers of making cheap economy cars. Toyota is now in second place, followed by GM in third and Chrysler in fourth. This is great news for GM and Chrysler, who have both made rapid improvements in overall quality and reliability. READ MORE.
Chrysler's board keeps moving the IPO date up; now it is sometime in 2014. Somehow, Chrysler management seems to be waiting for an ideal time to offer more stock to investors and to accomplish the complete control and management by Fiat and the illustrious Mr. Marchionne. As the Board, the IRS, and the Chrysler banks keep mulling and valuing the IPO price and plan, dealers -- particularly Chrysler-Fiat dealers -- can gather more insight and detail right here.
Drunk Drivers Killed 10,000 people last year – and not wearing seat belts took the lives of 3,000 more drivers and passengers. NHTSA has had enough, and seeks to save lives by insisting that vehicle manufacturers get more safety and driver detection technology in the driver cockpit and the vehicle. READ MORE about this important topic, and get links to in-depth, well written articles from Los Angeles Times Nov 29th & Detroit News on Nov 18th.
Nearly every vehicle manufacturer is constantly coming up with a concept vehicle design that causes car show attendees to go bonkers – or at least to say, "Wow, that's very cool!" According to David Undercoffler of the LA Times, if you are a dealer for any of the following franchises, you can get excited and look forward to selling some version of at least a few of the concept cars presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show: Jaguar, Honda, Subaru, Nissan, Ford and Mercedes-Benz. READ MORE about what the OEMs are up to with concept cars.
Dealers: Affordable auto parts for those who love to travel U.S. roads is a great gift idea for your customers looking to fill up their holiday gift lists. Get a few great ideas from a company that markets unique auto parts! [More]
According to Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales will rise 3.6 percent year-over-year, with General Motors set to show the greatest gain for the month. Find out more about the Kelley Blue Book forecast for November 2013. [More]
After a brief surge last year, federal data show that highway deaths are again on a sharp decline, certainly due in part to improved vehicle design and advanced safety hardware. Find out more about what the NHTSA would like automakers to achieve. [More]
Meeting at the J.D. Power Automotive Marketing Roundtable in Las Vegas, leaders of Edmunds, TrueCar, Kelley Blue Book and Cars.com discussed vehicle price transparency. Get insights from these top leaders as they focus on data collection and the consumer. [More]
After one of the largest bankruptcies in U.S. history, General Motors Co. plans to close the books on government ownership and may well begin offering a dividend. Find out more about government plans to sell its remaining shares of GM. [More]
"Toyota made a decision — the fuel-cell car is going to be a big part of our future," John Hanson, a Toyota spokesman, said. "That’s the direction we’re going, big time." Find out more about Toyota’s fuel cell optimism, and other automakers as well. [More]
Edmunds.com forecasts strong sales in November with an estimated SAAR rate of 15.7 million, up from November 2012 figures but edging slightly down from October. Get the details on Edmunds’ forecast ahead of automaker sales figures for November. [More]
The Los Angeles Auto Show is a smorgasbord of new vehicles that includes a wave of smaller more expensive cars aimed at people seeking a luxury package, according to analysts attending the show. Take a closer look at automaker presentations marketed to sell "entry-level luxury". [More]
According to Swapalease.com, average car lease prices rose 1.2 percent, year-over-year, in October as some popular car leases have taken a noticeable jump this year. Find out more about the leasing marketplace among today’s popular leases. [More]
General Motors is introducing two new variations of the Chevrolet Sonic subcompact, a key vehicle in the automaker’s effort to reach millennials. Find out more about what GM has in mind for this consumer segment. [More]
Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn joins Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk in questioning the future of hydrogen fuel cell automobiles as concepts appear at auto shows. Find out more from Ghosn and Musk. Didn’t we hear that about EVs a few years ago? [More]
Motorists are using less fuel these days, according to a U of M Transportation Research Institute report – are they driving less, or is auto technology giving us a boost? Find out what the most recent University of Michigan research study reveals. [More]
Strategic Vision's latest Total Value Index survey indicates that Hyundai is the top value among automotive brands in the U.S., based on 45,952 new car buyers. Get the details on all the categories and the top finishers in the survey. [More]
As the Toyota Camry heads for its 12th straight year as the best-selling U.S. car, the company plans to give "significant attention" to refreshing some of its features. Find out what’s in store for the Toyota Camry in 2014. [More]
Eight years ago, Delphi Corp. was in bankruptcy and the automotive industry was on the cusp of serious problems at all ends of the industry spectrum. Now enter Delphi Automotive PLC, presents a leaner and more profitable success story. [More]
The Environmental Protection Agency wants to reduce the amount of ethanol and other biofuels the current law initiated in 2007 requires to be blended with gasoline. Learn more about the EPA’s reversal in its ethanol mandate. [More]
Automakers will unveil at least 56 new models at the Los Angeles Auto Show, including 22 world debuts, in another indicator of the industry’s broader recovery. The number of new models and world debuts is indicative of the economic upswing. [More]
Nissan has advertised a set of in-car infotainment glasses – even as Google is surrounded by controversy over the Google Glasses. Is it street legal? Do we really need Nissan 3E? But you may want to watch the Nissan “birthing video” anyway! [More]
ALG and Kelley Blue Book are handing out awards for vehicles they predict will hold the best resale value in the future, and foreign makes capture the most honors. Find out which vehicles did best in terms of their resale value. [More]
Reaching millennial consumers is a key focus for marketers in the auto industry, and industry experts feel the need to get to know their needs and behavior better. Find out what the recent J.D. Power Roundtable revealed about these consumers. [More]