From the monthly archives: September, 2012

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Equity Growth Promoting the Release of Demand

In this month’s edition of Guidelines we included an article on the current state of used vehicle demand, and in it we discussed how multiple signs – retail sales, price growth, and intention indicators – point to continued, albeit slowing, growth in this area. We believe that one of the factors supporting demand is the positive equity position that consumers find themselves in with their current vehicle. It’s common knowledge, at least in the industry, that used vehicle prices have been on the rise and that depreciation has slowed over the course of the past four years because of deteri ...

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Mid-Month Update: Depreciation Maintains a Slow Pace

Elevated gasoline prices continued to have a minimal impact on used vehicle prices through the first half of September as compact and mid-size car prices declined more than their larger truck counterparts. Market level depreciation through over the first half of the month checked in at just 1.5% and overall prices continue to be abnormally resilient considering the steeper rates of loss normally witnessed over the period.  Historically the rate of value loss picks up through the fall, but so far that has not been the case.  By comparison, depreciation in July and August reached 2 ...

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Luxury Brand Performance: BMW New Vehicle Sales Fall Off 19%

August proved to be a disappointing month for BMW as total new sales fell off by 19% year-over-year. Looking at the luxury brand performance table below shows that BMW was the only luxury brand that failed to report a gain last month. Total sales for the brand failed to break the 17k unit mark, which was over 7k units less than last month’s top selling luxury maker Lexus, and nearly 6k units less than second place German rival Mercedes-Benz. This is the first time that Lexus has been able to surpass both of its German competitors in terms of monthly sales since December ’10. What exactly ...

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New Vehicle Spotlight: 2013 Ford Fusion

Some things seem to get better with age – wine, jeans…and the Ford Fusion sedan?  Clearly not the image typically conjured with the phrase and potentially a misnomer too since older versions of the model aren’t performing in any extraordinary fashion in either the new or used vehicle markets, but Ford has so upped the ante with its latest iteration of the Fusion that somehow the quote seems fitting. As Ford Motor Company is planning to launch its newest iteration of their bread and butter mid-size sedan late this month lets first take a quick look back on the previous generation’s ...

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