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SAAR Returns to 17M on Stronger May Sales

U.S. dealers sold slightly fewer new vehicles last month than in May of 2018, but the annual forecast increased to 17.4 million units — thanks in no small part to strong fleet sales.

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Spiffit Joins Fortellis Automotive Exchange

Dealer software provider Spiffit has been added as a contributing member on the Fortellis Automotive Exchange platform.

March Sales Down 3.1% as SAAR Soars

The U.S. new-vehicle sales forecast improved to 17.42 million units in March, but sales fell 3.1% year-over-year against slowing demand fueled by higher interest rates, prices, and payments and reduced incentive spending.

Edmunds: Zero Percent Finance Deals Evaporate in August

Two years ago, zero percent finance deals accounted for 14.6% of transactions. Last month, they only accounted for 7.4%. Edmunds analysts point to higher interest rates as one of the reasons for the scarcity in zero percent finance deals in August.

LMC, J.D. Power: Mixed Results Expected for February

Average incentive spending in February is poised to fall for the first time since 2013 due to lower spending by Domestic manufacturers on trucks and SUVs. The two firms also project a 400,000-unit decrease in the SAAR and a 3% decline in retail sales.

KBB Puts May New-Vehicle Sales at 1.53 Million Units

If the firm's forecast is realized, May's new-vehicle sales total would best April by 7% but would be flat with a year ago. The vehicle information site also believes retail sales will account for 80.5% of volume.

You Deserve a Promotion

Break your late-winter sales slump by offering customers a new incentive to buy from your dealership today.

Welcome to Saturation Nation

‘Da Man’ has a message for the manufacturers flooding the market with inventory and the dealers who have to sell it off.

Volkswagen to Offer New Models at Lower Prices, Residuals May Suffer

Volkswagen will begin offering its new models for lower prices and provide dealers with a broader product range in a move that could lower residual values if incentives remain high, according to an industry expert.

Edmunds Opens Registration for Used+ Program

Edmunds.com has opened registration for its Used+ used-car sales program, which offers shoppers a vehicle-protection plan and a $200 gas card. Asked if the program might lead Edmunds into F&I product sales, a spokesperson said '... It is an option we would be open to exploring.'