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Jeremy Anwyl
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You can check it out at I will still be posting, but future posts will at There are still a few bugs, but the site is a huge improvement. At least that is my opinion. More importantly, what do you think? Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at Just to Clarify
Jeremy Anwyl is now following Russell Perkins
Jan 27, 2011
Another week, another trip. This time to Washington DC to speak at a SAE conference tied to the Washington DC auto show. I have been asked for recommendations on how to craft effective policy to reach the President’s clean air goals. It is a distinctly Washingtonian type of topic—where the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2011 at Just to Clarify
Looks like the new AutoObserver site is almost ready. This blog will officially be moving Thursday to the AutoObserver site. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Just to Clarify
Earlier this week, President Obama took the remarkable step of penning an op ed piece for the Wall Street Journal. His topic was regulation, or more pointedly, the risks of unnecessary or contradictory regulation. This would seem to be a part of his recent pivot towards the political center. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at Just to Clarify
Today I am flying to San Francisco for an interview. On the flight, I ran across an article in the WSJ on a background memo that has surfaced from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The memo—among other things—suggests that the reaction to last year’s response to accidents involving Toyota... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at Just to Clarify
The sales figures coming in this week show that weekly sales forecasting can be a hazardous thing. Last week I reported that sales were surprisingly high—for a Januar—with an overal SAAR of 12.8m. This week, the data coming in still shows January coming in above December’s pace, but the lift... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at Just to Clarify
Just a heads up that sometime in the next week or so, we will be launching a new and very much improved AutoObserver site. I will give you more details closer to launch, but when you see the new site I am sure you’ll agree that AO has really grown... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at Just to Clarify
Last week, Detroit. Today I am travelling to New York. This allows me to catch up on my reading and one of my favorite weekly reads is The Economist. Two things in this week’s issue caught my eye. The first is that are advocating that Europe’s most indebted nations default.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at Just to Clarify
January is a tricky month for forecasting. First off, most years there are year-end sales events in December. These events wrap up New Years Day weekend. This year, this was January 3rd. Not surprisingly, sales over this weekend get reported in December to take advantage of the special offers. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at Just to Clarify
A final thought from the Detroit Show: It is clear from the piling on of announcements that automakers are finally noting that in-vehicle electronics are important to their customers. (Wow, really!) My view is that this is an area where car companies have consistently been far behind the curve. When... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at Just to Clarify
As I toured the Detroit Show earlier this week, I was struck by the sheer volume of announcements touting EVs and hybrids. Of course, these are announcements that are likely to garner the most headlines and the automaker’s PR people know this well. But the truth is that these vehicles,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at Just to Clarify
I am flying back to Los Angeles from a visit to the Detroit Auto Show. (You can read InsideLine’s great coverage of the show here.) It was a very different show from last year. Back then the big question hanging in the air was the economy. “Would vehicle sales continue... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at Just to Clarify
I am back from the break--just in time to look at the December sales results reported yesterday. It seems like every manufacturer had sales events running through January 3rd. (Although the deals on offer might not have been as sweet as some customers were hoping for...) Results came in just... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Just to Clarify
I am on vacation this week--thankfully away from all the bad weather. Checking emails, I noticed our official forecast for December is being released. Overall sales should end up around 1.127m for a SAAR of 12.34m. This is compared to 873k or 12.2m SAAR last month. We are assuming fleet... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at Just to Clarify
Today the White House called for the establishment of a Privacy Policy Office and the development of an Internet “Privacy Bill of Rights.” I am supportive of these ideas, but it is too bad it had to come to this point. The tracking of Internet user activities—and the bundling and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at Just to Clarify
I was travelling to the East Coast this week and the trip afforded a few hours to look at the comments on my posts supporting a gas tax. After yahoo! last week, AOL ran my commentary Thursday. You can read it--and the comments here. Even without doing the math, it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2010 at Just to Clarify
December is a key month for sales as it sets up a run rate for next year. It is very early, so don't read too much into these numbers, but it looks like things have gotten off to a good start. Looking at historical patterns for the month and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Just to Clarify
I knew I was kicking a hornets nest by bringing up an increase in the gas tax. I am flying to the East Coast Sunday and will review and respond to the more thoughtful comments then. (For now let me just say, no, I am not a socialist. But I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2010 at Just to Clarify
Tomorrow the President’s deficit reduction commission is due to vote on whether to approve its recommendations on reducing the deficit. This is an issue that as a nation, we are practiced in avoiding. Already the various interest groups are spooling up to pick apart the proposals. I haven’t studied the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at Just to Clarify
Here's a video we shot yesterday for AutoObserver in which I discuss November sales with Karl, Jessica and Michelle. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at Just to Clarify
The big news in November seems to be that there wasn't much news. Sales came in right in line with expectations at a pace of 12.2 million units (SAAR). Looking a bit deeper, though, there are a few storylines worth mentioning: The first is that automaker press releases are full... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at Just to Clarify
Are vehicle sales continuing to trend up? We've been dissecting the November sales data for answers. Unfortunately the answers are equivocal. The tempo is up for a few days, then down for a few days. Of course, the weekend that matters is coming up. Assuming Thanksgiving Weekend Sales have roughly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at Just to Clarify
GM's IPO is behind it. The IPO's success--and the lining up of people taking credit for it--serves as testament to the truism that success has a thousand authors but failure is an orphan. Even our President is in on the act; pushing Steve Rattner aside to take credit for this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at Just to Clarify
On the eve of what looks to be a successful IPO, an interesting question was thrown at me: Who deserves the most credit. Rick Wagoner or Steve Rattner? Steve, of course, is in the middle of a self-congratulatory tour for a book that minces few words in laying the blame... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at Just to Clarify