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2014 NADA – J.D. Power Automotive Forum Highlights

I’ve attended the majority of the Automotive Forums sponsored by NADA and J.D. Power held in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show over the past four years; however, the conference’s fifth showing was likely the most informative and thought-provoking thus far. Since a full day of presentations and panel discussion left too much usable content to be shared in a brief blog post, the following are condensed points and comments I found to be among the most interesting made during this year’s forum. Note that while many of these were derived from statements made ...

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2013 New York Auto Show – The Jeep Cherokee Is Back!

This year’s New York Auto Show had some exciting new product announcements to report on after a scarce lineup in Chicago earlier this year. This year’s show ushered in a slew of new redesigns and even resurrected a nameplate from the past. One of the most anticipated introductions came from Jeep which announced the return of the Cherokee nameplate for the 2014 model year.  Sitting on top of an Alfa Romeo based platform (shared with the Dodge Dart) the new Cherokee will be offered in both front and all-wheel drive versions backed by a 2.4L four cylinder engine or 3.2L Pentastar V6. & ...

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2013 Chicago Auto Show – Toyota’s Tundra King of the Show

This year’s Chicago Auto Show was a bit scarce in terms of new product announcements, although there were a few notable releases hailing from around the globe with the most significant unveiling being the 2014 Toyota Tundra. Undergoing its first major redesign since the current generation was first introduced back in 2007, the 2014 edition of the Tundra will sport a more aggressive front end and an interior that has been given more luxurious appointments --- a direction it seems that all full-size truck manufacturers are taking. Powertrain options were not discussed, but you can expect c ...

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And We’re Off: 2013 NADA Convention & Expo/Chicago Auto Show

It’s that time of the year again as we prepare for the annual NADA Convention & Expo in Orlando! The convention kicks off on February 8th and is set to run through the 11th. 2013 is a special year because we are celebrating our 80th year of NADA values and look forward to what the next 80 will bring us. We have a lot planned for the convention and will be showing off our newest product, NADA MarketValues. NADA MarketValues is a new mobile app designed for dealers and available for iPhone® and iPad®. The new app will include weekly NADA auction values, as well as monthly trade-in, loan ...

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2013 Detroit Auto Show Recap

The overall atmosphere at the 2013 Detroit North American International Auto Show was electric across the board. After a few lackluster years, attendance felt like it was up and better than ever. The overall industry sentiment appeared to be loudly calling for an even better sales year in 2013 and with all the new product deployments planned over the next year or so I would have to agree. The show kicked off early Monday morning by naming the Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 as North American Car and Truck/Utility of the year, making this the third year in a row that domestic manufacturers have cl ...

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2013 Detroit Auto Show Preview

We’re gearing up this week in anticipation of the annual Detroit North American International Auto Show press preview which begins on January 14th at the COBO Center. This year’s show should be very exciting as there are a lot of new product announcements expected. The press conference schedule shows a broad array of vehicles being introduced across all segments. After 2012’s standout new vehicle sales performance the atmosphere at this year’s show should be electrifying. Looking at actual production vehicle debuts, as far as I’m concerned the most anticipated unveiling will be the iconic ne ...

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2012 L.A. Auto Show: Observations from the City of Angeles

The Los Angeles Auto Show opened this week kicking off the start of the auto show season here in the U.S. and as is the norm, industry professionals and members of the press were given the opportunity to ogle, feel, and critique the latest offerings from manufacturers before the doors of the L.A. Convention Center were opened to the public. While there is much to point out after two days of press conferences, jockeying for position on a crowded stage to take a decent photo, and what seemed to be multiple miles walked between the south and west halls of the convention center, but there were ...

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First Drive: Dodge Dart

Chrysler’s astonishing comeback has been well documented and quadrupling profits in Q1 2012 compared to last year is further evidence of the company’s turnaround.  From a long-term standpoint we all know that product is the key for Chrysler to continue this momentum and the Dodge Dart offers a glimpse on what is yet to come.  I was given the opportunity to take the Dart – as well as most of the overall Dodge and Chrysler lineup - on test drives in Savannah Georgia last week to get an idea of the current lineup and the potential for vehicles farther down the road. The Dart is Chrys ...

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NADA OEM Insight: Subaru National Business Conference

NADA analyst Maynard Brown recently had the pleasure of attending the Subaru National Business Conference in New Orleans and provided some insight from his trip.  The team from Subaru is coming off of a record sales year & it appears as if they will easily exceed that number this year.  Dealers were pleased to hear that Subaru will be expanding their Indiana plant to increase Legacy & Outback production & retooling their microcar plant in Japan to build Imprezas.  Those enhancements should result in an additional 35,000 units per year for the North American market, ...

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2012 New York Auto Show Preview

We’re eagerly gearing up this week to attend the annual New York International Auto Show which kicks off April 4th at the Jacob Javits Center.  Lots of exciting new product introductions are scheduled which should make for a great event.  Looking across the press conference schedule, two models in particular stand apart in terms of their importance to their respective companies - the 2013 Nissan Altima and the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.  Let’s start with the Altima.  The importance of Nissan’s mid-size car competitor to the company’s fortunes in the States can’t be over ...

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