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KBB.com Names 10 Most Awarded Cars, Brands of 2019

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler earned the top spot among vehicles and Honda leads all manufacturers in Kelley Blue Book’s latest internal awards program-based rankings.

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Report: Slow Sales Aside, Auto Groups Outperform Market

Kerrigan Advisors analysts say the stock prices for America’s seven publicly traded dealership groups are outpacing the broader U.S. equity markets and could soar higher on lower interest rates and new trucks.

SAAR Holds at 17M as June Sales Slip

U.S. dealers sold 2.6% fewer new cars and light trucks in June than in the same month a year ago, but standout performances in key segments kept the seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate above 17 million for the second straight month.

Study: Top Sales Performers Are Active Listeners

A new Marchex study of 6,200 dealership sales conversations by Marchex finds the top 25% of performers listened actively, asked engaging questions, offered contact information, requested names, and were unfailingly polite.

IHS: Average Age of U.S. Vehicles Continues to Rise

The average age of America’s registered cars and light trucks has risen again, to 11.8 years, according to the latest report from IHS Markit.

JD Power: Initial Quality Stalls After 4 Years of Acceleration

Genesis, Kia, and Hyundai lead J.D. Power’s Initial Quality rankings for the second straight year, but new-vehicle quality scores are flat overall, driven by a decline among 18 of 31 major U.S. brands.

Dealer Sentiment ‘Remarkably Stable’ Despite Traffic, Profits

Cox Automotive analysts say U.S. dealers reported strong traffic and profits but have remained largely pessimistic in their view of the auto retail market in the second quarter.

Kerrigan: Dealership Buy/Sell Activity Up 38% in Q1

Despite headwinds threatening dealership profitability, Kerrigan Advisors’ first-quarter report indicates 2019 is trending toward another 200-plus transaction year for the auto retail buy/sell market.

Experian: Facing Higher Loan Amounts, Prime Buyers Go Used

More consumers in the prime and superprime credit tiers opted for used vehicles as concerns around affordability grew in the first quarter, according to the latest report from Experian.

Report: Car Buyers Prefer Full-Motion Walkarounds

Flick Fusion reports consumer views of full-motion walkaround videos grew at a 20% clip in Q1, outpacing stitched-photo videos and accounting for 18% of all inventory video views.