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13-Month Rolling Used-Vehicle SAAR

As another data point to monitor the health of the automotive market, Cox Automotive calculates a 13-month rolling used-vehicle seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR). According to Cox Automotive estimates, total used-vehicle sales volume was down 12% year over year in June. We estimate the June used SAAR to be 36.0 million, down from 39.8 million … Continued

Remarkable Decline in Fleet Sales Continues in June

Year-over-year fleet sales continued its remarkable decline as the combined rental, commercial, and government purchases of new vehicles were down 69% in June. Total fleet volume was 85,104, down significantly from 277,615 in June 2019. Rental units continue to lead the drop with a 94.5% decrease year over year in June. The dismal June rental … Continued

With Inventory Tight, It’s a Market of Haves Versus Have-Nots

New-vehicle inventories in the U.S. closed June at new recent lows, despite auto assembly plants cranking back up after lengthy spring shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Cox Automotive analysis of vAuto Available Inventory data. The total U.S. supply of unsold new vehicles stood at 2.55 million units at the end of … Continued

Q2 2020 Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index Call Replay Available

A replay of the Q2 2020 Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index Call hosted by Cox Automotive Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke and Zo Rahim, manager of Economic and Industry Insights for Cox Automotive, is available below. Jonathan and Zo were joined by Whitney Gerkin, director of Manheim’s Digital Marketplace, who shared insights on how Manheim has … Continued

A Look at the First Half of 2020: Pickups, EVs and Convertibles

We can all agree: It’s good to have the first half of 2020 in the rearview mirror. It will be remembered for all the wrong reasons, and all of us at Cox Automotive are hoping the second half of this not-great year has more ups than downs. Our Kelley Blue Book data team has crunched … Continued

Record-Setting Rebound in Wholesale Prices

Wholesale used vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) increased 8.95% month over month in June. This brought the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to 149.3, a 6.3% increase from a year ago and a new record-high for the Index. Access the full report. The latest update of the Manheim Used Vehicle … Continued

Week #16 Special Edition: Economic Impact on Auto Sales with Jonathan Smoke

Our Chief Economist, Jonathan Smoke, joins us once again from his home studio in Atlanta, GA, with the latest on the impacts of COVID-19 on the automotive industry. The latest on COVID-19’s nationwide impact Continuing jobless claims and impacts by state Consumer sentiment in the U.S. and in the largest DMAs Cox Automotive consumer survey … Continued

Auto Market Weekly Summary

We continue to see new peaks in daily COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S., a trend likely to continue through most of July even assuming that new restrictions are effective in curtailing the growth in cases. The economic recovery can be seen in pending home sales in May, new vehicle sales in June, and 4.8 … Continued

Cox Automotive Commentary: First-Half 2020 U.S. Auto Sales

The U.S. auto industry is closing the books on the first half of 2020 today, and many in the industry are likely saying, “Good riddance.” It was a tough half for auto sales – to say the least. The Cox Automotive Industry Insights team has been tracking the industry’s progress throughout the ups-and-down of 2020 – remember, sales were … Continued

Week #15 Special Edition: Economic Impact on Auto Sales with Jonathan Smoke

Our Chief Economist, Jonathan Smoke, joins us once again from his home studio in Atlanta, GA, with the latest on the impacts of COVID-19 on the automotive industry. The latest on COVID-19’s nationwide impact Continuing jobless claims and impacts by state Consumer sentiment in the U.S. and in the largest DMAs Cox Automotive consumer survey … Continued