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Buick, Porsche Lead Latest Sales Satisfaction Index

J.D. Power analysts ranked Buick and Porsche highest among mass market and highline brands in its latest study dedicated gauging satisfaction and future loyalty among U.S. car buyers.

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October Sales: SAAR Could Hit 17M for 5th Straight Year

The latest report shows U.S. new car dealers are on pace for yet another 17 million-unit year, led by gains at Japanese and Korean factories, increased incentive spending, and fleet sales.

Average New Vehicle Prices Up Nearly 3% in October

Kelley Blue Book analysts say the average new vehicle transaction climbed to $38,259 in October, a slight decline from the prior month but 2.9% higher than a year ago.

Zotye Signs Dealers in 100 U.S. Markets

The U.S. division of Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Zotye Automobile announced it has signed agreements with 100 U.S. dealers in advance of its planned 2021 debut.

Detroit, Japan Factories Suffer in Short September Sales Report

U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks fell 12% year-over-year in September, suppressed in part by a Labor Day weekend allotted to August. Few were spared the sting, with all six of America’s and Japan’s biggest factories reporting double-digit declines.

JDP: Sales Accelerate on Record-High Q3 Incentives

J.D. Power and LMC Automotive analysts predict that, despite a slow start to 2019 and a short September, third-quarter new-vehicle sales will rebound on the strength of a 6% increase in factory incentive spending.

Cox: Franchised, Independent Dealers See Two Different Markets

Cox Automotive’s latest Dealer Sentiment Index shows a marked disparity in optimism and fear factors between America’s new- and used-car dealers.

Escalating Finance Costs Drive 24% Spike in TCO

AAA analysts say bigger price tags and higher interest rates have conspired to raise American new-car buyers’ average annual total cost of ownership to $9,282, an all-time high and a 24% year-over-year increase.

Pace of Dealership Acquisitions Slows in Q2

Kerrigan Advisors’ latest Blue Sky buy/sell report counts 49 transactions in the second quarter, a slight decline from Q1 but enough to maintain a 200-plus-transaction pace for 2019.

SAAR Fails to Crack 17M Despite Record August Sales

U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks fell 1.2% year-over-year in August, a sales month that extended through the Labor Day weekend and set new records for Honda, Toyota, and Subaru.