LotLinx Weekly News Vol. 224: A light at the end of the chip tunnel?

FROM J.D. POWER: July New-Vehicle Sales Pace Still Constrained but Transaction Prices and Dealer Profits Remain at Record Levels

July sales results are trending downward with a predicted 10.8% drop in retail sales and a 0.9 million unit drop in SAAR compared to this month last year. Demand should continue to outweigh supply as the industry heads into August.

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FROM NBC NEWS: Senate Passes Massive Package to Boost U.S. Computer Chip Production

The “CHIPS-plus” bill is an investment in American science, manufacturing, and research, particularly within the semiconductor, and therefore automotive, sectors. The package is expected to pass through the House later this week.

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FROM FORBES: KPMG Study Predicts Accelerated Boom in Auto Chip Sales as Congress Considers Incentives

Despite global shortages, semiconductor sales have increased 25% year over year due to the growing number of in-vehicle uses for the technology. As the government rolls out new production legislation, chip sales are expected to exceed $250 billion by 2040.

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FROM CNBC: Apple’s New Car Software Could Be a Trojan Horse Into the Automotive Industry

The CarPlay software is compatible with 98% of new cars sold in the U.S., dominating the infotainment market and making it difficult for automakers to  have autonomy over the lucrative in-car experience.

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