The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD), together with C Berman Associates (CBAmoney.com) will introduce the NAMAD Certified Vehicle Program during the NADA Convention in Las Vegas in February.

C Berman Associates, one of the largest F&I product and services companies, will produce and execute the program to the NAMAD Members.  The program will allow dealers the opportunity to certify their non-branded used vehicles just as they do with their franchise brand certification.  Program coverages will be produced for all major brands.

“We’re excited about this new relationship with C Berman and how this collaboration will give NAMAD members a value-added product to provide to its customers,” said Damon Lester, NAMAD president.

American Honda announced total sales rose by 11.1 percent in November. Trucks were up 18.2 percent, and both Honda and Acura brands set new truck sales records.

Honda trucks set a new November record on sales of 68,890, a gain of 21.3 percent.  CR-V scored another record month in November, gaining 7.9 percent on sales of 33,987 units. HR-V also posted a November record with nearly 10,000 deliveries. Ridgeline jumped 36.2 percent on sales of 3,297 vehicles. Honda car sales were up 1.8 percent in November, led by Civic which gained 8.2 percent on sales of 23,676 units.

It was the best November for the Acura brand since 2014, with trucks setting a new November best and car sales up nearly 7 percent. ILX led car sales gains, while MDX gained over 8 percent.

 

Hyundai Motor America reported total November sales of 60,601 units, a 6 percent increase in comparison with November 2018. The month was highlighted by another record-breaking performance from Hyundai’s SUV lineup and the initial sales of the all-new Venue and 2020 Sonata. Hyundai achieved this overall sales growth while reducing its dependency on fleet sales, which were down 33 percent on the month and represented 15 percent of total sales.

Hyundai’s retail sales increased a significant 19 percent in November, the second straight month with double digit retail growth.

Retail gains on the month were led by Santa Fe (up 26 percent), Tucson (up 31 percent), and Kona (up 39 percent), while Palisade exceeded 5,000 retail units, a 21 percent increase compared with October. In total, retail SUV sales finished at 31,914 units, the best ever November total, representing a 62 percent mix of retail volume compared with a 50 percent mix in November 2018.

The Acura Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Vehicle Program has been named Best Premium Brand Certified Pre-Owned Program Warranty by IntelliChoice. Earlier this year, Acura introduced major upgrades to its CPO program, including an extended limited warranty that doubles the non-powertrain coverage period, plus additional benefits for owners such as a new and complimentary first scheduled maintenance – which includes oil and filter, tire rotation, air intake filter, cabin air filter, rear differential fluid, and brake fluid change – and a three-month AcuraLink trial subscription.

The IntelliChoice award marks the first time Acura has secured a best warranty award for its CPO vehicles.

Lucid Motors, together with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, the Arizona Commerce Authority, and local officials, celebrated the start of construction of its electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Casa Grande, Ariz.

The first phase of factory construction, representing an investment of over $300 million, is scheduled for completion in late 2020 in readiness for the start of production of Lucid’s first car, the Lucid Air luxury sedan.

The event was designated a “ground-building” ceremony because it serves as a symbol of Lucid’s long-term commitment to the region, celebrating not only the start of construction but also Lucid’s plan for continuous growth and future products.

 “The Lucid Air is a cutting-edge electric vehicle designed, engineered, and destined for manufacture entirely in America,” said Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, Lucid Motors. “We are proud to be moving forward on our commitment to manufacture the Lucid Air in Casa Grande.”

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