ALG Looks at Top Performing Residuals, KBB Names Best Green Cars April 23, 2014
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ALG’s Eric Lyman Looks at Where 2015 Residual Values Going

Eric Lyman
Vice President, Editorial and Consulting
ALG

ALG’s Eric Lyman shed some light on residual value forecasts for several 2015 models during the New York International Auto Show. Lyman based analysis on residual value of most current model on the market, and looked at what incentives might be available for the vehicle. Of all models reviewed, the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2014 Subaru Legacy, and 2014 Hyundai Sonata had the highest residual values at 53%, 52.6%, and 52%, respectively.

Read what Eric Lyman had to say about several other models

Mazda in Roadster Category by Itself but Subject to a Few Challengers:
Miata will sell in low volumes to enthusiasts, but it sets tone for rest of brand to have it in showroom.

Subaru Doubled Legacy Annual Sales Rate with Latest Generation:
Subaru growing share while keeping incentives and inventory levels low, which looks good for MY 2015 launch.

Redesigned 2011 Sonata Turned Model Around in Many People’s Minds:
Midsize sedans seeing many redesigns; Sonata less polarizing and may have better staying power.

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All-New BMW i3 Takes KBB’s Annual Best Green Car Award

Jack Nerad
Executive Editorial Director
Kelley Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book released its annual 10 Best Green Cars award. The all-new electric BMW i3 took the top spot. It’s built at an eco-friendly plant, comes in all-electric and gasoline-assisted range extender versions, and it features an ultra-light carbon-fiber body to gain maximum range from its battery pack. Each year, both the quantity and quality of green cars has been improving – offering buyers a growing number of choices at a wider range of prices.

Read about the rest of Kelley Blue Book’s annual top 10 green car list

Nissan Leaf Has Stayed High on List, Finishing at Number 2 this Year:
KBB’s resale value forecast for Leaf has been negative – recent forecast thinks only 15% of value will be retained after five years.

Longstanding and Popular Toyota Prius Took Number Three this Year:
The Prius also made KBB’s recent list of 10 best used cars under $8,000.

This Year’s List Features Diversity of Green Cars – Electric, Hybrid, CNG, and Clean Diesel:
Reflects most fuel efficient vehicles; also takes into account production methods and recyclability.
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NADA Used Car Guide on March Market Trends

New and used vehi­cle sales took off in March as win­ter weather calmed down just enough for con­sumers and deal­ers to return to lots and auc­tion lanes, says NADA’s Jonathan Banks.

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