Lotlinx Weekly News Vol. 291: Temperatures are falling and so is EV demand

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Industry roundup:

FROM AUTOMOTIVE NEWS: Strike, along with higher prices, hurt U.S. sales

U.S. light vehicle sales increased 1.8% to reach 1.2 million, despite the daily sales rate dropping to 48,000 in October, the lowest since February. Several brands saw small gains, including Toyota, Kia, and Hyundai, while Ford experienced a 5.2% sales decline, ending its 10 month streak of consecutive monthly gains.

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FROM CBT NEWS: Dealership valuations remain strong but forecasts starting to weaken

Dealership valuation remains optimistic with 52% of dealers expecting their business values to remain steady in the next year, while 27% of dealers foresee a decline and 21% anticipate an increase. Valuation trends are heavily influenced by financial history and recovering inventories.

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FROM COX AUTOMOTIVE: Wholesale used vehicle prices decrease in October

Echoing last year, October wholesale used-vehicle prices dropped 2.3%, but are predicted to increase within the next two months during the holiday season. Similarly, used-vehicle retail sales declined 2%, while the average listing price fell 0.7%.

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FROM CNBC: Why dealers say EV sales have slowed

Global EV expenditures reached $400 billion in the previous year, with expectations to add 1 million new EVs to the road in 2023. Automotive firms have already invested $616 billion for the period from 2023 – 2027, despite the EV market facing challenges of low demand and growing inventory.

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