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Register Today: Cox Automotive Q1 2023 Industry Insights and Sales Forecast Call

Register now to join Cox Automotive Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke, Senior Economist Charlie Chesbrough, and the Industry Insights team for the Q1 2023 Industry Insights and Sales Forecast Call. Monday, March 27 11 a.m. EDT During this session, the team will share how the auto industry performed in the first quarter and how the industry … Continued

Fed Raises, Effectively Doubling Down on Credit Tightening

While the main possibilities for action at this meeting boiled down to no raise and raising a quarter point, the Fed opted for the more aggressive move even though tightening was already occurring. Compared to where the thinking was two weeks ago, the decision seems moderate, but much has changed over the last two weeks. … Continued

Manheim Market Insights Series: Episode 7

Welcome to the monthly Manheim Market Insights update. Jeremy Robb, senior director of economic and industry insights at Cox Automotive, offers a monthly check-in on what we are seeing in the used wholesale and retail markets, all through the wide lens of the data available from Cox Automotive. This month’s video highlights tax refunds, the … Continued

Service Activity and Revenue Move in Different Directions in February, according to Xtime Metrics

The latest Cox Automotive analysis of Xtime metrics shows that service activity decreased and service revenue increased month over month in February at U.S. franchised dealerships, as was the case in January. The Repair Order Revenue Index is up year over year, while the Repair Order Volume Index is down compared to February 2022. The monthly … Continued

Auto Market Weekly Summary: March 20

Year-over-year inflation in aggregate declined modestly in February, but core inflation increased. Retail sales declined in February as auto sales and sales at miscellaneous store retailers declined. Adjusted for inflation, retail sales declined and were down slightly from a year ago. Residential construction increased more than expected in February. Most of the strength is in … Continued

Wholesale Used-Vehicle Prices See Increase in First Half of March

Wholesale used-vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) increased 1.8% from February in the first 15 days of March. The midmonth Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index rose to 238.6, which was down 2.1% from the full month of March 2022. The seasonal adjustment minimized the gains. The non-adjusted price change in the … Continued

Spring Selling Season Kicks Off Early With Used-Vehicle Supply Low

The supply of used vehicles is lean as the spring selling season kicked off early and briskly this year, according to the Cox Automotive analysis of vAuto Available Inventory data. 2.07M Total UnsoldUsed Vehiclesas of Feb. 27, 2023 41 Days’ Supply $26,068 Average Listing Price 70,220 Average Mileage “Used-vehicle sales have been up significantly, causing … Continued

New-Vehicle Affordability Improved Again in February

New-vehicle affordability improved again in February following modest improvement in January, according to the Cox Automotive/Moody’s Analytics Vehicle Affordability Index. All factors helped as declining new-vehicle prices, increasing incentives, improving incomes and slightly lower average new auto loan rate, as calculated by Moody’s Analytics, reduced the average monthly payment for a new vehicle to the lowest … Continued

February New-Vehicle Inventory Climbed While Sales Grew and Prices Retreated

New-vehicle supply closed February higher than it ended January despite surprisingly strong sales, according to Cox Automotive’s analysis of vAuto Available Inventory data. The average listing price edged lower. 1.80M Total Inventoryas of Feb. 27, 2023 56 Days’ Supply $47,326 Average Listing Price The total U.S. supply of available unsold new vehicles stood at 1.80 … Continued

Estimated Monthly Used-Vehicle SAAR and Volume

Total used-vehicle sales in February are estimated to be near 3.2 million units, up 3% from February 2022. The seasonally adjusted annual rate, or SAAR, is estimated to have finished near 35.5 million, up from last February’s 34.5 million level but down from January’s upwardly revised 37.5 million level. Total Used Volume and Used SAAR … Continued