From the monthly archives: October, 2012

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The Replacement for Displacement: Rise of the Turbocharged Engine

Over the course of the past few years there has been a significant push by many automobile manufacturers to abandon the use of larger displacement engines in favor of smaller, more fuel efficient turbocharged variants.   The biggest driver behind the recent displacement downsize has been an effort to raise average fuel economy. Sure, it’s easy to increase efficiency by sacrificing horsepower and torque, but in order to maintain the high levels of performance that we have all grown accustomed to the utilization of turbocharged power plants is being used to fill the gap. Recently the ...

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Mid-Month Update: Used Depreciation Ticks Up; Typical Fall Softness Setting In

Market prices for all NADA segments declined by an average of 2.1% through the first half of October or just over a half-percent more than the 1.5% fall recorded over the first half of September. The increased rate of decline observed through the two weeks of October is normal for this time of the year when progressively softer prices are usually recorded through the better part of a given fourth quarter before prices pick back up again as the New Year approaches.   Downward new market price pressure stemming from 2013 model year redesigns of four of the segment’s top five selling mo ...

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Incentive Spending: Moving Progressively Lower

Those in the industry know that excessive manufacturer subvention of new vehicle prices was one of the most corrosive factors affecting used vehicle prices for the majority of the last decade. This was particularly true for domestic OEMs as they pushed production to compensate for legacy obligations. The immense sums of cash spent on incentives and non-product development-related expenses meant that domestic models ultimately brought to market were at times at a competitive disadvantage to their import counterparts; this of course meant that additional subvention was necessary to encourage a ...

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New Vehicle Spotlight Ford Escape: New King of the CUV Segment?

For the October edition of our Guidelines we’re going to take a closer look at the entire ultra-competitive compact utility vehicle segment, but for this blog we’ll focus primarily on the new Ford Escape. Currently Ford’s compact CUV is at the top of this segment and from the looks of things, Ford might have the perfect recipe for segment domination moving forward. Having sold essentially the same vehicle for the past 12 years, Ford finally redesigned the Escape for the ‘13 model year. It’s no secret that this platform was long overdue for a makeover, but considering its archaic design it’s ...

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