From the monthly archives: April, 2012

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2012 Model Year Used Value Spotlight: Toyota Camry & Volkswagen Passat

Over the first quarter of the year, new sales of mid-size cars have grown by 26% which is double the rate of growth for the overall market and six points better than gains made by their compact car counterparts. Certainly high gasoline prices have played a role in promoting sales for the segment, but results are also due in large part to 2012 model year redesigns of two notable models; the Toyota Camry and the Volkswagen Passat. Initial consumer reaction to a major redesign can have a deep and lasting impact on a manufacturer’s bottom line.  Well received updates contribute to over ...

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Ford Focus Electric – A No-Nonsense Technological Marvel

The future of electric vehicles is uncertain; however, the current product offerings provide a clear picture of the capabilities of this nascent powertrain.  The Ford Focus Electric vehicle is a definitive example of this.  I was able to drive the Focus last week in Santa Monica, California along with the only other full electric vehicle currently in the market, the Nissan Leaf.  Both vehicles offered the expected capabilities of a daily driver by exhibiting excellent performance in a variety of everyday situations like high speed passing, off the line performance and good ...

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How Much Are Fleet Sales Inflating New Sales Figures?

Since the beginning of the year, new vehicles sales have been booming for both import and domestic manufacturers alike.  More than 3.46M new units were sold in the first quarter, which is a result that has many analysts raising their full year forecasts. Some analysts and industry executives are cautioning against being overly optimistic however, arguing that the unseasonably warm winter and higher volumes of fleet sales helped to inflate new vehicle growth over the past three months. Exactly how many new vehicle sales can be chalked up as non-retail fleet deals?  The simpl ...

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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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