Dealer Insight Newsletter November 2010

Bridging The Gap

Dealer Insight from Edmunds.com

Volume I   Issue No. XVI November 2010


Don't Be A Crash Test Dummy!


Don't Be A Crash Test Dummy!
Article by John Giamalvo

NHTSA has significantly changed its 5-Star Safety ratings system.... I can hear you guys already, "Not that important. What do I really need to know to sell a car?" Read on.

Toyota Camry, perennial top-selling family sedan in the U.S. just went down from a 5-Star front and side crash rating to a 3-Star rating. Did I catch your attention yet?

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Edmunds Market Intelligence

This month's Edmunds.com Market Intelligence report is available below. We hope that you find this information useful to your business whether as a representative franchise or competitor.

Please note, this data is derived from the automakers' monthly press releases, and the figures are a combination of retail and fleet (rental, government, business, etc.).

   Ford             Honda             Nissan             Toyota

What Edmunds Users Are Talking About
From The Edmunds Forums

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  • 2011 Honda Odyssey prices are falling fast. More...
  • 2011 BMW 5-Series owners report alignment issue. More...
  • How does gas at $4 and higher impact you? Members bemoan rising gas prices. More...
  • 2004 Cadillac CTS owners experience serious brake issues. More...
  • 2008+ Honda Accord owners upset with performance of VCM. More...
  • Members debate whether Lexus can be called a luxury vehicle. More...

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Hyundai Predicts Breaking All-Time U.S. Sales Record This Week
Article by AutoObserver

The modest recovery in auto sales this year has been a little more than modest for Hyundai Motor America, the South Korean automaker steamrolling the U.S. market with a blitz of alluring new products, including the 2011 Sonata, which has emerged as a breakout success in the mega-competitive midsize-sedan segment.

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Top 10 Coupes With the Highest Insurance Expense for 2010
Article by Edmunds.com

Performance cars offer lots of driving excitement, so much so that they can sometimes invite poor decisions by tempting you to go faster than the law allows. The end result? Speeding tickets at the very least, and accidents at the very worst. It's no surprise, then, that performance two-doors have steep insurance rates - these models dominate our list of the 10 coupes with the highest insurance expense for 2010.

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Top 10 Crossovers and SUVs With the Highest Insurance Expense for 2010
Article by Edmunds.com

If you're shopping for a crossover or SUV, you're likely focused on things like horsepower and cargo capacity. One other consideration is insurance expense. Your insurance premiums can take a big bite out of your budget, especially if you're leaning toward a luxury model.



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Test Drive: 2011 Honda Odyssey
Article by Edmunds.com

The 2011 Infiniti G25's 2.5-liter V6 sings through the rev range with such willingness and subtlety that it embarrasses the larger, more powerful V6 in the G37. In fact, this new, smaller engine in the G sedan family is utterly smooth all the way up to 7,000 rpm, at which point it has 500 rpm remaining before its rev limiter puts a firm but refined stop to the fun.

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Ford Focus Electric To Directly Tangle with Nissan Leaf by Late 2011
Article by AutoObserver

Ford Motor Co. Monday released a list of U.S. metro areas in which its all-electric 2011 Focus Electric will be launched, beginning late next year.



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Cadillac ULC Concept at
2010 Los Angeles Auto Show

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Full Test Video

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2010 Audi S4 @ 2008 Paris Auto Show Video

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2012 Nissan GT-R Spy Video

"Top Gear" Teaser
Article by Inside Line

This is a tease. You know, a preview of things to come. We're hoping that it will be enough to keep you on the hook for now, as Inside Line isn't quite ready to cough up what we learned during our trip to the studio taping of America's version of Top Gear.

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2012 Honda Fit Hybrid First Drive
Article by Inside Line

The 2011 Infiniti G25's 2.5-liter V6 sings through the rev range with such willingness and subtlety that it embarrasses the larger, more powerful V6 in the G37. In fact, this new, smaller engine in the G sedan family is utterly smooth all the way up to 7,000 rpm, at which point it has 500 rpm remaining before its rev limiter puts a firm but refined stop to the fun.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Spy Video
Article by Inside Line

Caught testing on the Nurburgring test track recently, this prototype of the C-Class coupe reveals some pretty conservative styling. Compared to the larger E-Class coupe, this two-door has a softer design up front and a less aggressive roofline. In terms of size, we expect this coupe will match the dimensions of its primary competitor, the BMW 3 Series coupe.

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2010 Audi S4 @ 2008 Paris Auto Show Video 2008 Audi S5 @ 2007 Geneva Auto Show Video 2008 Audi S5 Track Video 2009 Audi TTS @ 2008 Detroit Auto Show Video
Cadillac ULC Concept at 2010 LA Auto Show 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG at 2010 LA Auto Show 2011 Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet at 2010 LA Auto Show Nissan Ellure Concept at 2010 LA Auto Show

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