From the monthly archives: January, 2013

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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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How Will the Fiscal Cliff Agreement Affect Used Vehicle Prices?

After nearly two months of political wrangling, Congress finally reached a last-minute agreement late Tuesday evening to avoid sending the U.S. economy cartwheeling over the so-called “fiscal cliff”, the series of broad-based tax increases and automatic cuts to government spending that were borne from the deficit reduction agreement (a.k.a. the Budget Control Act) reached back in August 2011. While the agreed upon legislation – entitled the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 – is too modest to reduce the federal deficit in a meaningful way and essentially kicks the more contentious debate ...

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