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Auto Market Weekly Summary

Highlights Used Vehicle Sales and Values In April, used retail vehicle sales volumes decreased compared to March, while certified pre-owned (CPO) sales declined month over month. Additionally, the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index declined on a seasonally adjusted basis. Consumer Credit According to the latest Federal Reserve report, consumer credit, excluding mortgages, experienced a significant … Continued

WATCH NOW: 2024 Impact Summit: EVs and AI

On May 9, the Cox Automotive Impact Summit: EV and AI was held in Detroit, attracting two dozen local media and influencers. The two 45-minute panel discussions and a Q&A focused on two of the industry’s most important topics today and showcased how Cox Automotive is leading change in both areas.  Session 1: EVs Following opening remarks … Continued

Auto Credit Availability Declined in April

Access to auto credit declined slightly in April as credit tightened across new and certified pre-owned (CPO) channels and at banks and captives, according to the Dealertrack Credit Availability Index. The All-Loans Index declined to 93.8 in April, down 0.7% year over year. Credit access in April was tighter than a year ago in all … Continued

Wholesale Used-Vehicle Prices Declined in April

Wholesale used-vehicle prices (on a mix, mileage, and seasonally adjusted basis) were down in April compared to March. The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index (MUVVI) fell to 198.4, a decline of 14.0% from a year ago. The seasonal adjustment to the index magnified the results for the month, resulting in a 2.3% month-over-month decrease. The … Continued

Auto Market Weekly Summary

Highlights Job Growth and Unemployment Dynamics April’s job growth has taken a significant dip, falling below expectations and revising down the tally of previous months, contributing to a broader discussion on labor market trends and economic indicators as viewed through the lens of vehicle sales, Federal Reserve policies, and average transaction prices in the auto … Continued

Deflation and Fed’s Lack of Urgency Are Putting Durable Goods at Risk

The Fed left interest rates and overall monetary policy unchanged today. We have now had six straight meetings with no change in rate policy. The Fed remains focused on a 2% target. Still, they appear to recognize that waiting could lead to even more economic slowing, which is ultimately the goal, with better balance of … Continued

Cox Automotive Auto Market Report: April 30th

The video below is part of a biweekly Auto Market Report series focusing on data and insights that provide a holistic view of the auto industry. Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke leads our effort to translate data and trends into actionable insights. Download this week’s presentation

Auto Market Weekly Summary

Highlights First Estimate of Q1 GDP Growth Slowed More Than Expected The first estimate of Q1 real GDP performance showed a bigger deceleration in growth than expected, falling to an annualized rate of 1.6% from 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Personal consumption decelerated to growth of 2.5%, a decline from 3.3% in Q4. Spending on … Continued

Cox Automotive Forecast: April New-Vehicle Sales Pace Accelerates as Available Inventory and Higher Incentives Keep Market Rolling

Updated, May 2, 2024 – April new-vehicle sales pace finished below our forecast, despite strong sales performance by Toyota and Lexus. Other automakers, including Ford and Hyundai Motor Group, finished April about where expected, with sales slightly lower than year-ago levels. With fewer selling days this past April, volume was lower, as expected, at 1.31 … Continued

Auto Market Weekly Summary

Highlights The initial retail sales report for March showed a stronger-than-expected acceleration in consumer spending. The 0.7% increase was well above the expected 0.4% growth, and February’s sales increase was revised higher. Retail sales were up 4.0% year over year on a nominal basis in the initial March reading, and was up from an upwardly … Continued