From the monthly archives: August, 2013

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From Rally Stage to Center Stage: Fast-Rising Subaru Holds its Future in its Hands

  This year, Subaru of America, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., celebrated its 45th anniversary in the United States market since its arrival in 1968. Known for its distinctly quirky styling, unique Boxer® engines, and its symmetrical all-wheel drive system, a product of the company’s successful efforts in the World Rally Championships, Subaru has always distinguished itself from other automakers through its penchant for unconventionality. As a result, the carmaker has fostered somewhat of a cult-like following for itself among Americ ...

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No Vacation for the Chevrolet Cruze: GM Continues Production Next Week

The week of August 26th was supposed to be a vacation for the Chevrolet Cruze plant in Lordstown, Ohio, but GM officials report that they have canceled the planned lull in production due to a recent spike in demand for the Cruze.  Plant workers will be reporting to work as normal next week as GM continues to crank out the hot-selling sedan. We know that Cruze sales have been good, but just how good?  To get a better understanding, let’s take a quick look at the compact car segment performance of the Cruze along with two of its closest direct competitors, the Ford Focus and Honda Civ ...

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The All-New Jeep Cherokee Faces Adversity As Issues Mount Ahead of Launch

  Last month, Fiat S.p.A. exercised a third option to increase its stake in Chrysler Group LLC above its current 58.5% and move closer to fully absorbing its American partner in a bid to form a company with sufficient scale and scope to compete in an increasingly competitive automotive landscape. While such news is evidence of how far the Fiat-Chrysler partnership has come in its turnaround since the Italian automaker took over a bankrupt Chrysler, the newly formed company’s journey to this point has had its fair share of hurdles. The sluggish first-year sales of the all-new Dodge Dart, ...

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’13 Ford Fusion and Honda Accord Tops in Used Value Retention

This year has been a notable one for mid-size cars, or the segment that perhaps most embodies the characteristics of practicality, versatility, and “every-day driver”. Considering the significant number of new mid-size cars sold each year – the segment accounted for 16% of all new deliveries in 2012, second only to the 19% share assumed by compact cars – having a viable competitor is an essential element in any mainstream manufacturer’s well-rounded product portfolio. While profit margins on cars are substantially less than on most trucks, the imbalance per unit can be made up in volume, and ...

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Chevrolet Juices the Volt: Can GM Goose Sales with a $5k Price Cut?

 In April’s edition of Guidelines we ran a special feature on the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf which highlighted the sales performances of the two most well-known and best-selling plug-in electric vehicles in the U.S. market today.  It’s been a few months since the last article, so let’s take a brief look at how things have changed in the interim for each model. Starting with the Leaf, back in January of 2013 Nissan announced that they would lower the entry MSRP of the Leaf by $6,400 to take the base price from roughly $35,200 down to $28,800 (not including destination).  Sub ...

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The Blurred Line: Luxury & Mainstream Vehicle Technology

Not too long ago there was a clearly defined line between luxury and mainstream vehicle technology, but recently this line has become almost nonexistent as content historically found only in high-end luxury vehicles has spilled over to the mainstream side. Why now?  The ubiquity of advanced technology in everyday life – there is seemingly a “smart” version for every consumer electronic product out there – has raised consumer expectations as to what should be available in a new car or truck.  In addition, demand and production growth have made previously cost-prohibitive technologies ...

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