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The brighter the car color, the brighter it’s future value.

 

According to an iSeeCars.com analysis of 2.1 million used vehicles, yellow vehicles depreciated an average of just 27 percent in value after three years, and orange cars depreciated 30.6 percent.

These school bus-inspired colors led the class, as they had the lowest depreciation rates among the 13 colors included in the analysis.Yellow and orange were followed closely by another color that can be both rare and bright: green, at 30.9-percent depreciation.

The average cars depreciates 33.1 percent after three years, according to the iSeeCars study.

“Yellow cars are relatively less common, which could drive up demand and help maintain their value,” iSeeCars chief executive officer Phong Ly said in the analysis.

“Our analysis shows that yellow vehicles have the lowest depreciation of any color for lower-volume cars like convertibles,” he said. “Interestingly, yellow is also the color with the least depreciation for popular body styles like SUVs and pickup [...]

Fiat exercises option to buy additional 3.3% of Chrysler shares

Purchase brings closer a merger of the two automakers

img-5Fiat today exercised an option to raise its stake in Chrysler by 3.3 percent.

The move is part of CEO Sergio Marchionne’s step-by-step purchases intended to lead to full control of Chrysler and the creation of a merged company that would be able to compete better with industry leaders Toyota, General Motors and Volkswagen.

Fiat has been exercising options since mid-2012 to buy holdings of about 3.3 percent from the VEBA, a medical-benefits trust for the U.S. carmaker’s retirees.

Including today’s purchase, Fiat has exercised three of its six-monthly options, increasing its stake to 68.49 percent.

Fiat has said it wants full control of Chrysler, which would give it access to some of Chrysler’s cash flow for investments in new models.

Chrysler has become Fiat’s most reliable profit generator as the Italian company struggles to end losses in Europe that totaled 704 million euros ($903 million) in [...]

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