Green-car enthusiasts are probably hoping that Toyota's Super Bowl ad with the Muppets will pay for some brand equity with the Japanese automaker because soft demand for the company's batch of hybrids continue to sink US green-car sales.
So far, 2013 has been a Happy New Year indeed for green-vehicle advocates. January's US alt-fuel vehicle sales jumped about 57 percent from 2012 numbers on continued strong demand for the Toyota Prius and a surge in Ford's hybrids and plug-ins.
After gathering real-time transaction data from 8,900 automotive franchisees across the U.S., J.D. Power and Associates predicts new-vehicle retail sales will have declined for January 2010 compared to one year ago. January's new-vehicle sales are expected to come in at 500,900 units, which represents a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of 7.9 million units. In January of 2009, the SAAR was 8.8 million units. December 2009 was a particularly strong sales month – thanks to heavy ma
January was a harsh month for the domestics, mainly because reduced sales to fleet and rental companies dragged down the raw number of units sold. Still, General Motors apparently doesn't like the red on the balance sheet and has introduced a new round of incentives to ensure February's numbers are better. Announced today, buyers in the Midwest and Northeast regions are being offered $500 bonus cash and 0% financing for five years, most likely as a bribe to pry them from their sofas and brave th