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GM Q3 Profits Ambush Analysts – Income $2.5 Billion EBIT

GM reported $2.5 billion in profits today at $1.75 per share, way beyond hapless analyst projections of $1.25 per-share earnings. Continue reading

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Consumers Can Save up to $3,000 on Auto Loan Packages?

In 2017, Americans spent $568.6 billion in auto loans1, yet 60 percent of buyers don’t know they can bring their own financing to the dealership. The company’s new Outside Financial (OF) Markup Index* reveals that, on average, new car buyers are charged $1,717 in hidden markups when arranging their loans through a dealer. Continue reading

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Variables Abound – Meet the New NAFTA

AutoInformed agrees that the text offers greater certainty about the future of North American automotive production, trade, and investments, the USMCA still must be signed, ratified, and the enabling legislation must be passed in each of the three countries before the agreement can go into effect on the target date of 1 January 2020. It’s by no means a sure bet. Continue reading

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Amazon Raises Minimum Wage to $15 for All U.S. Employees

More than 250,000 Amazon employees, as well as more than 100,000 seasonal holiday employees, and their families will benefit from the new, higher pay. Amazon’s public policy team will also begin advocating for an increase in the federal minimum wage so that it remains competitive at the bottom of the labor market. Continue reading

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Genesis 2019 G70 – $48,000 Four Cylinder?

G70s equipped with the 2.0T four-cylinder engine are available in six semi-confusing trim levels, including a special manual transmission Sport package, with a starting price of ~$36,000. The G70s equipped with the 3.3T engine are available in four trim levels, plus two limited production – either by sparse sales or maker decree – Special Edition models, with a starting price of more than $44,000. You can spend roughly $55,000 on a plush Genesis model. Sales numbers will decide if the pricing strategy is too ambitious. Continue reading

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2019 Lexus UX – Another Compact Crossover

The 2019 UX is available in two versions: the front-wheel-drive UX 200 introduces a new high-efficiency 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine coupled with a new 10-speed Direct Shift Continuously Variable Transmission (DCVT). The all-wheel-drive UX 250h pairs an even higher-efficiency version of the 2.0-liter gas engine with a new fourth-generation hybrid drive system engineered specifically for this platform. It’s a soccer moms’ special. Continue reading

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Auto Workers Oppose Trump Tariffs that Would Destroy Jobs

The United States directly benefits from GM’s ability to maintain a competitive edge and maximize the effectiveness of our operations on a global scale. The majority of the profits we earn from our global production and sales come back to the United States to support jobs, investments in our plants, and advanced R&D. Continue reading

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US Tariffs At or Near Lowest Levels Ever

During 2017, says the U.S. International Trade Commission, import duties totaled $33.1 billion – equal to 1.4% of the total value of all imported goods, and 4.7% of the value of all imports subject to duty. Most imported goods carry no duty at all. Continue reading

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio $80,000+!

Assembled by Alfa Romeo workers at the Cassino plant in Italy, the all-new 2018 Stelvio is claimed to be a premium mid-size SUV for driving enthusiasts that stands out in one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the U.S., and as noted globally. Continue reading

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Ford GT Auctions for $2.5 million. 2019 Mustang Bullitt $300,000

An all-new Ford GT and the limited-edition Mustang Bullet raised a total of $2.85 million for charity at the 47th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. Continue reading

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2018 Nissan Frontier Pickup Starts at $19,965

Changes for the 2018 model year include the addition of standard RearView Monitor on all models and updated base grade content – including standard air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, 5.0-inch color display audio and Siri® Eyes Free. Continue reading

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Greenlight or Red Light – GM Proxy Fight Coming?

In the filing, Greenlight – a $10 billion investment firm – said in essence that GM lied when it asserted that a credit downgrade was possible if the stock were split into two classes. Greenlight also said it repeats its request that GM has denied on numerous occasions to consent for Greenlight to speak directly to the rating agencies about the Plan so that it can be accurately evaluated by a formal rating committee. Continue reading

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Affordable Used Vehicles Becoming Scarce

For consumers considering trading in older used vehicles, 2017 could be the time. The latest study predicts a record number of off-lease vehicles will fill dealer lots and that a declining number of older trade-ins will put significant upward pressure on the late model used market this year. Continue reading

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Used Cars Becoming Good or Great Buys

The North American used market is roughly 2.5-times bigger than the new car market. That ratio is not going down soon – given the Obama Administration’s recovery from the Republican-induced Great Recession of 2008- 009. Record vehicle sales in 2015 … Continue reading

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Subaru 2017 BRZ Priced at $26k to more than $30k

Subaru of America today announced pricing on the 2017 BRZ line starts at $26,000 and increase to more than $30,000. They arrive in September. Continue reading

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