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Q3 2022 Kelley Blue Book Brand Watch Luxury Report: Tesla Shopping Plummets; BMW Remains No. 1 Luxury Brand

Shopping for Tesla plummeted in the third quarter, losing more consideration than any other luxury brand, according to the Kelley Blue Book Brand Watch™ report for luxury vehicles. BMW widened its lead as the most-shopped luxury brand. The Kelley Blue Book Brand Watch report is a consumer perception survey that also weaves in consumer shopping … Continued

Cox Automotive Analysis: Honda’s Quarterly U.S. Market Performance

Few brands have been squeezed more on supply because of the global chip shortage than Honda, and it has been most hurt on sales. Honda reported lower U.S. sales in September, marking 14 straight months of decline; the last time the Honda brand posted a year-over-year sales gain in the U.S. was July 2021. Sales … Continued

Q3 2022 Kelley Blue Book Brand Watch Non-Luxury report: Supply Constrained Toyota Widens its Lead; Car Shopping Rebounds

Toyota, with one of the lowest inventory levels in the U.S. industry, widened its lead in shopping consideration over Ford and Chevrolet in the third quarter, according to the most recent Kelley Blue Book Brand Watch™ report on non-luxury shopping. Due in part to high gas prices, shopping for traditional cars, of which Toyota has … Continued

Wholesale Used-Vehicle Prices See Smaller Decline in October

Wholesale used-vehicle prices (on a mix, mileage, and seasonally adjusted basis) decreased 2.2% in October from September. The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index declined to 200.0 and is now down 10.6% from a year ago. The non-adjusted price change in October was a decline of 2.1% compared to September, moving the unadjusted average price down … Continued

Auto Market Weekly Summary: November 7

The October employment report saw a modest slowing in job creation, along with a slight increase in the unemployment rate and a modest slowing in wage growth. Still, the labor market remains strong and is a key reason why the Fed believes it is too soon to pause on rate increases. The Fed increased the … Continued

Cox Automotive Analysis: Nissan Quarterly U.S. Market Performance

Nissan has warned continued supply chain constraints will impact its earnings, and access to computer chips will be key to its growth. Nissan reports financial results on Tuesday, November 8, for the July-to-September period, Nissan’s second quarter of its fiscal year that ends March 31, 2023. In July, Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s chief operating officer, spoke … Continued

October Fleet Sales Up Nearly 49% Year Over Year

Sales into large fleets, not including sales into dealer and manufacturer fleets, increased 21% month over month in October to 148,721 units, according to an early estimate from Cox Automotive. Combined sales into large rental, commercial, and government fleets were up nearly 49% year over year in October. Sales into rental and commercial were both … Continued

Keeping Rates Restrictive for an Extended Time Has Long-Term Implications

As expected, the Fed raised the target for the Federal Funds Rate by three-quarters of a percentage point today, which was the fourth straight jumbo increase this year. The biggest news from the Fed’s move was the indication that future increases may be smaller and slower to come. The Fed has now moved the target … Continued

Cox Automotive Analysis: Toyota’s Quarterly U.S. Market Performance

Toyota has posted financial results for the July-to-September quarter, the automaker’s second quarter of its fiscal year. Like its Japanese competitors, Toyota has had one of the lowest inventory levels in the U.S. for the past year, including the third quarter. Fewer vehicles on the lot and high interest rates might be compressing the company’s … Continued

Cox Automotive Analysis: Stellantis’ Q3 2022 Market Performance

Stellantis has steered through the global computer chip shortage, maintaining the most abundant vehicle inventory in the U.S. industry for the past year while other automakers struggled with skimpy supply. Still, Stellantis posted a decline in U.S. sales in the third quarter, while incentives were more than twice the industrywide average. Its average transaction price … Continued