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Top 10 Fraud Stories of 2019

A number of U.S. auto dealers and dealership sales and F&I personnel were the victims or alleged perpetrators in several major fraud cases this year.

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WSJ: SEC Probing BMW Sales Reports

The Wall Street Journal reports the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating accusations that BMW conspired with American dealers to inflate monthly sales reports.

Impala Leads List of Discontinued U.S. Vehicles

The long, car-heavy list of vehicles set to depart the new vehicle market in 2020 includes the venerable Chevrolet Impala, which has been in noncontinuous production since 1957.

Q3 Auto Finance: Used Accounts for 55% of Loans

Experian analysts say buyers of pre-owned vehicles accounted for 55.15% of all U.S. auto loan originations in the third quarter, a 2.4% year-over-year increase.

November Sales Report Pushes 2019 Total Closer to 17M

All but a few Asian and highline factories reported double-digit gains in U.S. sales last month, priming the industry for a big December and a fifth straight 17 million-unit year.

Discounts, Incentives Stabilize New Vehicle Prices in November

Kelley Blue Book reports the average cost to buy a new vehicle was $38,393 last month, a 1% year-over-year increase restrained by frantic efforts to move 2019-MY inventory.

Telluride Wins Best New Model in 2020 Best Buy Awards

Kelley Blue Book has named the Kia Telluride America’s best new model for the 2020-MY. A Honda vehicle won the Best Buy award in five categories, including compact car and SUV.

Auto Loan and Lease Activity Slows as Balances Grow

Equifax analysts say U.S. auto loan and lease originations declined 0.6% and 3.9% year-over-year in the first half of 2019, but balances for new vehicle loans were up 2.6%.

Buick, Porsche Lead Latest Sales Satisfaction Index

J.D. Power analysts ranked Buick and Porsche highest among mass market and highline brands in its latest study dedicated gauging satisfaction and future loyalty among U.S. car buyers.

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Commercial Fleet Sales Flying High Again

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine manufacturers remained robust in October, while sales to government agencies and daily rental companies were sharply lower.