Articles by: Timothy Cain

GM Full-Size SUV Sales Are Riding Towards A Nine-Year High, Poor Buick

GM Full-Size SUV Sales Are Riding Towards A Nine-Year High, Poor Buick

11.3 percent of the new vehicles sold by General Motors in the United States in September 2016 were full-size, body-on-frame, truck-based SUVs. The Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL combined for 28,172 total sales in September 2016, a 45-percent year-over-year increase […]

by December 23, 2016 35 comments News
Big, Plush, Profitable: Like It’s 1998, Americans Actually Want Lincoln Continentals Again

Big, Plush, Profitable: Like It’s 1998, Americans Actually Want Lincoln Continentals Again

There remains a select group of American car buyers who are actually buyers of cars. In fact, there are still American car buyers who want American cars. Indeed, there are still a number of American car buyers who want American luxury cars. As an example, consider the all-new Lincoln Continental. […]

by December 8, 2016 115 comments Editorials
The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Is The Ugliest Car I’ve Driven Since …

The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Is The Ugliest Car I’ve Driven Since …

As I exited the grocery store this past Sunday night thronged by late night shoppers, the expressions on the faces of those who walked past the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback LX, parked right in front of the store, were not difficult to discern. Then, as it became obvious I was […]

by December 7, 2016 154 comments Editorials
GM Could Stop Building Camaros for Six Months and It Still Wouldna??t Run Out

GM Could Stop Building Camaros for Six Months and It Still Wouldna??t Run Out

Well, that was short-lived. After somewhat positive, very incentive-fueled results for the Chevrolet Camaro in September and October, November’s numbers told a very different story. General Motors’ underwhelming launch of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro produced significantly fewer sales in 2016 than the old Camaro managed in its final year. Camaro […]

by December 6, 2016 78 comments Editorials
The Chrysler 200 Is Truly, Officially Dead a?? FCA Has No Midsize Car

The Chrysler 200 Is Truly, Officially Dead a?? FCA Has No Midsize Car

It’s over. Consider the bucket kicked, the farm sold, the dust bitten. We have long been aware Sergio Marchionne was preparing a Chrysler 200-shaped coffin for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ remaining midsize sedan. On Friday, December 2, 2016, the lid of that coffin was slammed shut at FCA’s Sterling Heights, Michigan, […]

by December 5, 2016 129 comments News
General Motors Incentives Skyrocket In November; GM Inventory Still Ballooning

General Motors Incentives Skyrocket In November; GM Inventory Still Ballooning

General Motors moved to increase the average incentive spend per Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicle by 36 percent in November in order to clear out an inventory glut that seemingly refuses to be cleared out. According to Autodata, General Motors now has more than 873,000 vehicles in stock, nearly […]

by December 2, 2016 42 comments News
Midsize Sedan Deathwatch #6: November 2016 Sales Flat, Market Share Keeps Falling

Midsize Sedan Deathwatch #6: November 2016 Sales Flat, Market Share Keeps Falling

U.S. sales of midsize cars remained on an even keel in November 2016, decreasing by only one-tenth of one percent compared with November 2015. But make no mistake: the midsize car category still took a hit in November. While volume remained level, the segment’s share of the overall U.S. new […]

by December 2, 2016 24 comments News
U.S. Auto Sales Brand-By-Brand Results: November 2016 YTD

U.S. Auto Sales Brand-By-Brand Results: November 2016 YTD

U.S. sales of new vehicles, year-over-year, declined in three consecutive months between August and October 2016. Forecasters expected November 2016 to be a much brighter month thanks to buoyant incentives, a lack of post-election economic turmoil, and a lengthier sales month. Indeed, auto sales rose by nearly 4 percent thanks […]

by December 1, 2016 40 comments Editorials
2017 Mazda 3 5-Door Grand Touring Review a?? Ita??s The One To Have, Not The One Youa??ll Buy

2017 Mazda 3 5-Door Grand Touring Review a?? Ita??s The One To Have, Not The One Youa??ll Buy

American consumers acquire more than 200,000 new compact cars every month. Only 4 percent of those cars are Mazda 3s. Compact car buyers are far more likely to drive away from a new car dealer in a Corolla, Civic, Sentra, Elantra, or Cruze; more likely to choose a Focus, Jetta, […]

by November 30, 2016 127 comments Car Reviews
U.S. Auto Industry Slowdown? Not So, Say November 2016 Sales Results

U.S. Auto Industry Slowdown? Not So, Say November 2016 Sales Results

After the U.S. auto industry reported all-time record sales volume in calendar year 2015, the industry grew by more than 1 percent, year-over-year, in the first-half of 2016. But since the second-half began, auto sales have trended in the opposite direction. Compared with the July-October period of 2015, sales in […]

by November 29, 2016 10 comments News