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Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke Breaks Down Findings from Cox Automotive’s Q2 Dealer Sentiment Index

CBT News, June 15, 2022 – Cox Automotive recently released its Q2 Dealer Sentiment Index, which provides a current view of dealer sentiment and looks ahead to the next 90 days. The study reveals that COVID concerns are mostly in the past, but inflation, high costs, and low inventory continue to challenge dealers. Jim Fitzpatrick on … Continued

Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index: With COVID-19 Concerns Mostly in the Rearview Mirror, Auto Dealers’ Attention Turns to Inflation, High Costs and Tight Inventory

ATLANTA, June 10, 2022 – U.S. automobile dealer sentiment in the second quarter of 2022 softened as U.S. auto dealers’ attention turned to inflation, high costs and tight inventory, marking the fourth straight quarter-over-quarter decline in market sentiment. The current market index peaked at 67 in Q2 2021 and has been trending downward since. Still, at 54, … Continued

Cox Automotive Forecast: May Auto Sales Expected to Fall to Slowest Pace in 2022

UPDATED, June 2, 2022 – May new-vehicle sales came in lower than the Cox Automotive forecast issued last week. Our team was expecting a year-over-year volume decline of roughly 28%; results indicate a drop of more than 29%. Auto sales in May are traditionally quite strong, spurred in part by the long Memorial Day Weekend. … Continued

Q1 2022 Kelley Blue Book Brand Watch Report Results with Senior Research Manager Vanessa Ton

CBT News, May 23, 2022 – Recently, Cox Automotive published the Q1 Kelley Blue Book Brand Watch Report, covering the non-luxury, luxury, and electrified segments. Joining anchor Jim Fitzpatrick on this edition of Inside Automotive is Vanessa Ton, Senior Research Manager at Cox Automotive, who discusses the study and some of its key findings.

Cox Automotive’s Upside Delivers a Vibrant Wholesale Marketplace with Advantages for Buyers and Sellers

ATLANTA, May 23, 2022 – To some dealers, it sounded too good to be true: a vibrant wholesale marketplace that could deliver value on both sides of the transaction. But that’s exactly what Cox Automotive set out to deliver with Upside™. With the first Upside Direct sales attracting strong participation, Cox Automotive is confident in … Continued

Cox Automotive Forecast: No Relief in Sight as Slow New-Vehicle Sales Persist in April

UPDATED, May 3, 2022 – While April sales are still being tallied by our teams, initial projections indicate total sales will come in near 1.2 million, down more than 20% from year-ago levels and very near our forecast released last week. As Cox Automotive Senior Economist Charlie Chesbrough noted earlier, the new-vehicle inventory situation has … Continued

Car Buyers Report Higher Satisfaction When Using Digital Financing Tools, New Cox Automotive Study Shows

ATLANTA, April 26, 2022 – Though only 29% of buyers applied for financing online for their most recent vehicle purchase, 96% of those surveyed are willing to do so, according to a new study published by Cox Automotive. The Cox Automotive Car Buyer Financing Journey Study revealed that buyers who completed key financing steps online … Continued

Used Car Dealer Podcast Episode 37: Interview with Randy Kobat, Vice President of Inventory Management Solutions at Cox Automotive

In this Used Car Dealer Podcast episode, Zach Klempf interviews Randy Kobat, vice president of Inventory Management Solutions at Cox Automotive. Randy discusses the latest developments from NADA, how Upside and Kelley Blue Book Instant Cash Offer help used car dealers, as well as general discussion around inventory management. He also touches on the Cox … Continued

After Slow First Quarter, Manheim Forecasts Used-Vehicle Market to Accelerate in Months Ahead

ATLANTA (April 7, 2022) – Wholesale used-vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) declined 3.3% month over month in March. This brought the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index (MUVVI) to 223.5, an increase of 24.8% from a year ago. The non-seasonally adjusted price change in March increased 0.6% compared to February, leaving … Continued

Cox Automotive March Forecast: Slow March Auto Sales to Cap Weakest Q1 in a Decade

UPDATED, April 1, 2022 – With a trifecta of issues impacting the new-vehicle market in the first quarter – low inventory, low incentives, high prices – sales have mostly been stuck in low gear. Our Industry Insights team was expecting lower year-over-year sales and spoke to that point during the Q1 2022 U.S. Auto Sales … Continued