From the monthly archives: March, 2014

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Mazda Looks to Capitalize on Recent Success with New Opportunities

Over the past several years, Mazda Motors has been on a roller coaster ride that has seen it go from a financial state of perennial losses to one of record profits, with many factors playing a part in the company’s turnaround. Being the small automaker that it is, Mazda lacks deep pockets to reach into during difficult times and doesn’t enjoy the same level of financial stability as its larger Japanese counterparts, which has made for an uncertain future at times. With its solid track record as a technological innovator and a little bit of good fortune, however, the automaker i ...

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Toyota Tops in Retention Values among Trucks and SUVs

Toyota Motor Corporation has some of the highest retaining three-year-old trucks and SUVs, according to our latest edition of NADA Perspective, a special report focusing on used vehicle price performance. Of the 10 segments analyzed in the report, Toyota produced models in nine of them, and of those, Toyota and Lexus models ranked among the top three spots in every single one. In the mainstream sector, Toyota topped three of the six segments: mid-size utility with the 4Runner at 79.8%, mid-size pickup with its Tacoma at 80.7% and large-pickup with the Tundra at 71.6%. Another of the ...

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GM Ignition Recall and Wholesale Auction Prices

On Feb. 10, GM announced a recall of model year 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles due to ignition switches that could inadvertently be switched off from too much weight on the key ring or jarring road conditions, factors that could cause the engine to shut off and prevent airbag deployment in the event of a crash. A series of fatalities linked to the defective ignition switch prompted GM to issue the recall and the automaker has since associated 12 fatalities to the problem. Two weeks later, GM increased the recall to include model year 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR ...

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Temporary Layoffs Commence as Dodge Dart Sales Slip 37% in February

Disappointing sales of the Dodge Dart led to a weeklong layoff for 325 employees at the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Northern Illinois last week. Chrysler Group confirmed the layoffs on March 3 shortly after releasing depressed February sales figures showing an 11% decline of all Dodge deliveries, and an even worse 37% decrease for the Dart. Officials at Chrysler used the weeklong layoff to balance lofty vehicle supply with slowing demand. Through the first two months of the year Dart deliveries were down by 33% compared to 2013, and days’ supply has averaged 127 days. These are di ...

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