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CPO vehicles more popular than ever, reports Edmunds.com
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles are more popular than ever, according to a new report from Edmunds.com, a premier resource for car shopping and automotive information. The report, which evaluates the landscape of America’s used car market through the first quarter of 2013, found that CPO sales this year are up 6.2 percent over the first three months of 2012, and that the segment’s 21 percent share of all used car sales by franchise dealers in 1Q 2013 was the highest it has ever been. “Car manufacturers love certified pre-owned programs because they attract new customers, strengthen loyalty… Read More

Resale value key consideration when buying new car, truck or SUV
Resale value. It’s not necessarily one of the first things customers consider when thinking about purchasing a new car, truck or SUV. But maybe it should be.   Because if you expect to trade in or sell a vehicle before it gets too old, resale value is an important consideration even as you research vehicles to purchase. “Black Book highlighted two-year-old vehicles, posting the top retention values,” according to last week’s issue of Auto Remarketing – The News Media of the Pre-owned Industry. On Black Book’s list of 18 models with the highest value retention, Toyota secured the top three… Read More

Ford Focus No. 1 selling car worldwide; Ford three of top 10
Ford Focus is officially the world’s best-selling passenger car and was one of three Fords in the top six, according to Polk global 2012 market registration data just reported. The Ford F-Series pickup came in third and Ford Fiesta finished sixth overall. Sales of the compact Ford Focus totaled 1,020,410 new cars worldwide, the automotive data and trends forecasting leader reported. Market gains for Focus were driven by demand in China and the U.S. Toyota Corolla finished second according to Polk, but the automaker said Polk miscalculated new car sales and that Corolla actually was the world’s No. 1, beating… Read More

More help online for new car and used car research, shopping
Shopping for a new car, SUV or truck? That probably means you also are searching online for Websites that will help you narrow your choices and make the right decision. And that can be almost as dizzying as choosing the car itself.   Well, that’s where The Open Road blog at RoadLoans.com comes in. We blogged about the Top 10 car-shopping Websites – “Where to find help online for new car and used car shopping” – April 11 at The Open Road. The original list, also available at OftenOnline.com as “The 10 Best Car Buying Sites,” was selected by that Website’s… Read More

Earth Day: Hybrid cars, SUVs, trucks with 'most bang' for bucks
Three Toyotas, including two versions of the Prius, are among the best hybrid vehicles for the money, according to a Cars.com list marking Earth Day 2013. The subcompact and midsize hatchback Prius models rated best overall of a dozen vehicles. Also making the Cars.com editors’ list of top hybrid vehicles for Earth Day 2013 were two models each from Ford, Chevrolet and Lexus, as well as one model each from Honda, Acura and BMW. “To help green-car shoppers get the most bang for their buck, Cars.com experts looked at each car's average fuel economy and base sticker price,” the car-shopping… Read More

Ford scores highest in customer brand loyalty, Experian says
American consumers are more loyal to Ford Motor Company than other major auto manufacturers, such as General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen, says a report from Experian Automotive and posted online by The Car Connection – Blogs and News. “Ford has the competition beat,” said the recent Car Connection online post by Richard Read. “Ford dominated the showrooms in both corporate and brand loyalty during the last three months of 2012.” Corporate loyalty is a consumer's devotion to a particular automaker, regardless of brand, while brand loyalty means, for example, a Ford customer returns to purchase another Ford. Perhaps the best… Read More

March new car sales highest in more than five years, says KBB
New car sales were expected to remain steady at a 15.2 million seasonally adjusted annual rate in March, according to a report in the April 1 edition of Used Car News. Although percentage improvements were slightly slower than the first two months of the year, the expected 1.45 million unit total was on track to be the highest monthly sales total since August 2007. The results would be a 3.2 percent increase from last year, according to Kelley Blue Book. However, after adjusting for selling days in March, sales were expected to improve by more than 7 percent. At the… Read More

2013 Honda, BMW, Toyota win ‘Best Overall’ brand image awards, says Kelley Blue Book
Honda, BMW and Toyota top the 2013 Brand Image Awards for best overall non-luxury, luxury and truck brands, respectively, based on annual car-buyer perception ratings, according to Kelley Blue Book. Besides “Best Overall,” Honda also was recognized as “Most Trusted” brand and “Best Value” brand, with Chrysler, MINI and Ford each also winning a non-luxury category. Among luxury brands, Porsche won two categories, “Best Performance” and “Best Car Styling,” while BMW, Lexus, Buick and Mercedes-Benz each won one category. The Brand Image Awards are based on consumer automotive perception data from KBB’s Market Intelligence Brand Watch study. Brand Watch is… Read More

Chrysler Group scores best February sales in five years
Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC has reported U.S. sales of 139,015 units, a 4 percent increase compared with sales in February 2012 (133,521 units), and the group’s best February sales since 2008. The Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in February compared with the same month last year. The Dodge brand’s 30 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand in February. February was a record-setting month for eight Chrysler Group vehicles. The all-new Dodge Dart compact car continued to build momentum setting an all-time sales record in February… Read More

FindTheBest: 2013 model cars, pickups, SUVs
Readers love lists. We love lists. And lists of top-rated automobiles, whatever the ratings system, are among our favorites. One of the most interesting we spotted recently is “FindTheBest” (FTB) – 2013 model vehicles in this case – at cars.findthebest.com, which promises “unbiased, data-driven, comparisons.” “With 890 [current model] cars to choose from, we can help you find one (to meet your needs),” says the website. “A car is a huge investment, so it's important to get the one that's right for you.” At the top of the FTB listing is the 2013 Subaru BRZ, followed by the BRZ Limited,… Read More