Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist at Cox Automotive breaks down the latest Dealer Sentiment Index
Recently, Cox Automotive published its quarterly Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index for Q2. The index measures dealer sales expectations and how they perceive current auto retail trends over the next 90 days. Joining us to discuss the findings of this latest index, is Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist for Cox Automotive. Watch the complete segment here.
To keep their commercial business moving forward, Ford Motor Company will provide engines and transmissions for new U.S. Postal Service delivery vehicles. Vehicle production will take place in South Carolina and will be assembled by Oshkosh Defense. The company plans to begin production in summer 2023.
After Carvana’s latest dip in stock value, JP Morgan’s Rajat Gupta downgraded the company. Now, many are left wondering if they should buy or sell their stock. Although Carvana rose to become one of the biggest sellers in the auto industry, its stock has reached a near-term top and investors believe they may find value elsewhere.
In other news, the uptick in new vehicles has largely been driven by trucks, crossovers and, electric vehicles. EV sales have nearly doubled in the U.S., causing a 95% increase for new vehicle registrations for electric vehicles. The jump contributed to the market share increasing from 1.6% to 2.3% year-over-year. California leading the way for EV buyers, as well as southern states like Florida and Texas.
Lithia Motors is also making moves in the southern market with its latest purchase of a Toyota dealership in Jackson, Mississippi. Additionally, the company sold its Audi store in California. With this new acquisition of Herrin-Gear Toyota, Lithia is adding a projected $95 million to the dealer group’s annual revenue, totaling an expected $7.6 billion in annual profits.
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