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    By The Numbers: March 2014: Better Weather Is On The Horizon Edition
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    After the Polar Vortex-saddled January and February months of 2014, something tells us a break in the weather is exactly what car shoppers have been waiting for. Perhaps it's all the lovely green we see in the chart below that has us in an upbeat mood, but there's no denying most automakers doing ...

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    Official: Mercedes' September sales best in company's 87-year history
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    Even though new-car sales continue to rebound, that pace seemed to slow a bit in the US for September, but Mercedes-Benz had plenty to brag about. Last month, the automaker sold 142,994 vehicles around the world marking the best sales month ever in its 87-year history – thanks in large part ...

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    Report: Strong US auto sales in August on pace to top 15.5M in 2013
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    August sales will be announced next week, but early numbers say that it has been an exceptionally good month for new-car sales so far with two days left to go – including the kickoff to Labor Day weekend. Automotive News is reporting that forecasters are expecting this month to be the ...

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    Study: US diesel model count to double for 2014?
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    While diesel cars are popular on most other continents, these less-complex alternative to hybrid-electric vehicles have yet to gain major traction in the US. As an increasing number of light cars and trucks start to offer these fuel-efficient engines, though, sales are expected to climb as well. ...

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    Report: Pickup prices rising at 2x industry average
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    We've said it before, but bears repeating: Pickup trucks are the financial engines of America's automakers. Good thing, then, that the segment is in rude health – in fact, Automotive News is suggesting that pickup truck sales are arguably healthier than they were pre-recession, even though ...

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    Report: Chinese airline preparing to launch in-flight car dealerships
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    Better hire an automotive editor, SkyMall. The Chinese are about to one-up you. Spring Airlines, a Chinese-based budget airline, will soon be adding cars to the slew of goodies that can be purchased via in-flight catalog. According to CNN Travel, passengers will be able to use their credit cards ...

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    Study: Midsize cars and utility vehicles to make up 60% of new car sales in 2013
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    Midsize cars and crossovers make up some of the most popular new vehicles on the market, so it shouldn't be too surprising to see a recent study from Wards Auto that found the D-segment will account for the majority of new or redesigned vehicles over the next three years. What is surprising is ...

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    Study: Over 10% of new car buyers skip the test drive
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    How disinterested are consumers in their cars? According to a new study reported in The Detroit Free Press, more than 10 percent of new car buyers can't be bothered to take a test drive. The study, conducted by Maritz Research, surveyed over 80,000 people who had bought 2012 model year vehicles, ...

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    Report: Auto sales credited with half of U.S. economic growth
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    The auto industry has long been a cyclical business, and though this last trough was a deep one, the coming boom has economists excited. According to Bloomberg, the auto industry's comeback contributed fully half of the 2.2 percent national economic growth in the first quarter of this year. Auto ...

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    Video: Vehicle hauler shortage to threaten new car sales?
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    New car sales have endured all manner of impediments since The Great Recession began in 2008, and for various reasons including everything from restricted lending by banks to strikes and Acts of God. Next up among the bugbears could be a shortage of car haulers, which were pulled from active duty ...

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    Report: Average age of car is record-setting 10.8 years old [w/poll]
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    Americans are driving their vehicles longer, as the average age of vehicles has nearly hit 11 years, according to a new study by Polk. Blame a wretched economy and more reliable modern automobiles, but cars and trucks continue to stay on the road much longer than they did 15 years ago, when the ...

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    Report: Analysts predicting up to 14M auto sales in 2012
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    Automotive industry analysts are projecting a better sales year in 2012. According to Automotive News, a number of culminating factors could see sales of up to 14 million units next year. That's thanks to factors like decreasing unemployment, improved credit availability and a larger portion of ...

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    Report: Ford and GM think new vehicle sales will increase in 2012
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    Auto sales have grown steadily since the U.S. and its auto industry performed a synchronized swan dive. But, unfortunately for automakers, those numbers have risen at a painfully slow pace. The 'slow and steady' trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, but The Detroit News reports ...

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    Report: CA dealers must affix new warning sticker to salvaged vehicles
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    California has passed new a new law that further regulates the car-buying process, and the changes appear to be mostly positive. Automotive News reports that, beginning next July, dealers will need to slap a red warning sticker on any vehicle with a salvage title. That means any vehicle that has ...

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    Report: Number of U.S. car dealer rises for first time in a decade
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    For the first time in a decade, the number of new car dealerships in the United States has risen. Mind you, it wasn't a large increase, but the 66 additional dealerships represent a 0.4 percent increase that brings the U.S. total to 17,725. That's an encouraging economic sign considering we ...

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    Report: Toyota sees increased U.S. market share in 2011
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    2010 was as rough a year as Toyota has experienced in many-a-decade, but the Japanese automaker reportedly senses a rebound in 2011. The Detroit News reports that team Toyota predicts that in 2011 it will outpace industry growth due in part to 10 revamped models across its Toyota, Lexus and Scion ...

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    Some used cars going for more than new ones
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    The lagging sales of new vehicles has been well documented, forcing retailers and manufacturers to offer some pretty amazing deals just to move their metal. Sometimes, the price of a brand new car is so good that it doesn't make sense to purchase a used vehicle.In fact, some new cars are actually ...

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    NADA estimates 700 dealers will close in 2008
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    The sun will set on an alarming number of new car dealerships this year, according to The National Automobile Dealers Association, better known as NADA. This has been an ongoing trend, but it's set to accelerate as slowing new car sales and the tough credit market makes it very difficult for ...

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    Effects of higher U.S. gas prices spreading
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    Sure, we all know that sales of big SUVs have been driven down by higher gas prices, but Autobytel's latest "Consumer Choice" report shows that we've only seen the beginning of a fuel price-driven restructuring of the automotive landscape. Based on online purchase requests for the second quarter of ...

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