From the category archives: Market Analysis and Forecasts

The Fiat 500e Exemplifies FCA CEO’s Disdain for EVs

In a recent interview with Car Magazine, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne expressed how little he believes in the potential of electric vehicles, and portrayed driverless vehicles as “a mandatory future option and not even expensive.” After failing multiple times to court other automakers — many of whom have spent far more on EV technologies and alternative powertrains — into a merger with his troubled company, Marchionne’s positive remarks about autonomous vehicles are not only convenient, but a bit self-serving (Google already works with FCA on self-driving minivans). That being said, despite the automotive titan’s disregard for electric vehicles, his company does offer one electric car for sale in California and Oregon. So how has it performed in the marketplace?

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Infographic: Which Vehicles Are Depreciation Disasters?

"What part of owning a vehicle  do you suppose costs the most? Fuel? Taxes and fees? Maintenance? Actually, what costs the most is selling your car, when you take the depreciation hit," states Car and Driver magazine.

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Are Used Car Prices Suffering a Decline?

Jonathan Banks explains to Car Biz Today what his team of analysts are currently seeing in the used vehicle market and the implications for dealer profitability.

 
 

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#Dieselgate Update: Used Volkswagen Prices Continue to Suffer

All of the negative information surrounding the diesel scandal has contributed to a detrimental impact on used VW diesel and gasoline vehicle values.

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EXCLUSIVE: Negative Equity is Growing, Especially on Car Notes

According to Jonathan Banks, "Negative equity is becoming an issue in auto financing, especially if the contract is attached to a car as opposed to a truck."

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Analysis: Used Market Affordability of Nissan GT-R

Wondering if you will ever be able to afford a Nissan GT-R? Here’s what one analyst discovered after crunching used values.

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News Conference on New and Used Vehicle Market to Be Held at 2016 NADA Convention

All members of the media are invited to attend a press conference covering the latest developments in the used vehicle market, lease penetration, gas prices, and an analysis of Volkswagen’s EPA emission violation and its effect on the brand.

 

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Corvette Grand Sport Returns for 2017

Corvette fans all over the world can rejoice in knowing the racing-inspired Grand Sport is making a return for summer in 2017. After a three year hiatus from the Corvette lineup, Chevrolet announced its plans to bring the Grand Sport back last week at the Geneva International Motor Show.

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Vehicle Loan Amounts Continue Upward Trend

According to Experian Automotive’s State of the Automotive Finance Market Third Quarter 2015 report, outstanding automotive loan balances have jumped up 11.3% to $968 billion. The rise is roughly $100 billion more than the same period in 2014.

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Outgoing Honda Ridgeline’s High Retention Sets Bar for its Successor

At the recent 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, there was much anticipation regarding whether Honda would be able to best its successes from 2015. Last year proved to be huge for the Honda brand in the United States as it set a new calendar year record for light truck sales with 661,188 deliveries, a nearly 12% improvement over prior year. In order to continue its sales push, however, the automaker will need to revitalize its Ridgeline nameplate, which is exactly what it set out to do in Detroit this year.

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