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Automotive Industry Newswire

Cuba orders 719 cars from China's BYD for tourist rentals

Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:14:38 EST

The Cuban government ordered 719 cars from China's BYD Co. which it will rent out to tourists in a deal that is a bright spot for Chinese automakers facing a weak export market.

Japanese cement comeback in China as Toyota posts record sales

Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:19:21 EST

Japanese automakers sold a record number of cars in China in the first six months of the year, cementing a comeback from anti-Japanese protests in 2012.

Skoda may outsource non-core services

Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:15:00 EST

Skoda says it is examining whether to outsource certain parts of its non-manufacturing business such as peripheral services, and has initiated negotiations with local unions over such a move.

NASCAR, sponsors cool on Confederate flag, but fans still fly it

Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

NASCAR's move to get rid of the controversial Confederate flag after the murder of 9 black worshippers in South Carolina comes as the racing circuit and track owners court major new corporate sponsors such as GM, Toyota and Microsoft.

Truck, luxury car demand drive record June sales in Canada

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 13:38:01 EST

A healthy appetite for trucks and luxury cars pushed auto sales in Canada to a record high for June, according to data released on Thursday.

FCA outsells Ford on retail side for first time? Not so fast

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 13:30:00 EST

June wasn't the first month that Fiat Chrysler outsold its bigger rival Ford on a retail basis in the U.S.

AutoNation's 9% June sales increase outpaces industry

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:12:16 EST

AutoNation said today its U.S. new-vehicle sales rose 9 percent in June from a year earlier to 27,862, making it the retailer's best June since 2005.

Hellcats star in new Dodge image campaign

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:07:28 EST

Dodge is launching an ad campaign this weekend starring the Hellcat trims of the Challenger and Charger, along with the Viper GTS.

Tesla vehicle sales rise 52% in Q2

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 07:54:54 EST

Tesla Motors beat its car-sales forecast for the second consecutive quarter with a 52 percent surge in the three months through June.

BMW begins tests of fuel-cell car developed with Toyota

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 06:45:05 EST

BMW will test a vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells -- developed with Toyota -- for the first time on public roads this month as the German automaker looks to expand clean-car offerings after rolling out the battery-powered i3 in 2013.

German car sales rose 13% in June, helped by extra sales days

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 06:05:40 EST

New-car registrations in Germany increased 13 percent in June, helped by two extra sales days and a growing economy.

Honda posts 4.2% U.S. gain in June

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:30:00 EST

Sales at American Honda rose 4.2 percent in June, thanks to robust Honda truck volume and a strong performance by Acura's sedans, a rare bright spot among cars across an industry riding a wave of light-truck sales.

Look out! Still water ahead

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:30:00 EST

June was another good sales month. We've had a good first half, and a great six-year run-up. But expect to start seeing some separation among competitors.

Hyundai ekes out a June record #8211; by 95 cars

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:45:00 EST

By the skin of its teeth, Hyundai Motor America kept U.S. sales on an upward trajectory in June even as its parent company, Hyundai Motor Co., reported a third straight month of falling global sales.

Strong truck volume helps Toyota offset weak car demand

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:30:00 EST

Toyota Motor Sales, boosted by strong light-truck volume, rebounded from a sales decline in May to post a 4.1 percent jump in June deliveries.

BMW slips past Mercedes with record June for U.S. luxury lead

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:21:58 EST

BMW took the lead over Mercedes-Benz in U.S. luxury-auto sales at the halfway point this year with its best-ever June.

J.D. Power completes NADA car guide purchase

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:37:26 EST

J.D. Power completed its acquisition of NADA's Used Car Guide today after receiving approval from U.S. regulators.

Rogue fires up Nissan sales

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:30:00 EST

Nissan Division posted a June sales record, gaining 13 percent over last year, thanks to big demand for its Rogue compact crossover. The brand is now looking for more production volume for the model -- which is already coming from three factories.

FCA tops Ford in retail sales for first time, reports say

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 13:04:06 EST

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' retail sales in the U.S. topped Ford Motor Co.'s in June, the first month that's happened, CNBC and Bloomberg reported.

VW rides hot Golf, Audi to 2nd straight monthly gain

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:00:00 EST

The red-hot Golf lineup drove Volkswagen of America to its second-straight monthly U.S. sales gain in June.

Ford expects second-half rally for F series as inventory builds

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:00:00 EST

Ford posted a 1.5 percent increase in U.S. light-vehicle sales last month, even as F-series deliveries declined to the lowest level since January.

GM tally dented by pullback in fleet business

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:00:00 EST

A steep drop in sales to rental companies in June magnified General Motors' weak car sales, which sank 15 percent through the first half of the year.

Michigan Chevy store wins dispute with customer over $10,000 down payment

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:00:00 EST

A Detroit-area Chevy dealership is entitled to the $10,000 down payment it failed to collect from a vehicle buyer, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.

FCA up 8.2% on strong Jeep, Chrysler 200 sales

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:00:00 EST

The Jeep brand and the Chrysler 200 both helped push Fiat Chrysler's June sales up 8.2 percent, the automaker's best sales for the month of June since 2006.

Trucks drive sales up 3.9%; SAAR hits 17.16 million

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:30:00 EST

U.S. light-vehicle sales, fueled by strong truck volume at Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota, rose 3.9 percent last month as the industry continued to climb toward one of its biggest sales years ever.

Hyundai global sales fall for third straight month

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:41:50 EST

Hyundai's sales fell for a third straight month, dragged down by a slump in overseas deliveries as unfavorable currency exchange rates undermine its ability to compete against Japanese automakers.

Spanish new-car sales jump 24% as scrappage program boosts demand

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:31:18 EST

Spanish new-car sales rose 24 percent in June as a government-backed subsidy scheme continued to boost demand. In the first six months, sales increased 22 percent.

Japanese automakers to subsidize hydrogen station operating costs

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:25:59 EST

Toyota, Nissan and Honda plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells.

French car sales rise 15% in June on extra working days

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 05:14:07 EST

French new-car sales increased 15 percent in June as two extra working days helped to lift registrations to the biggest monthly gain in four years.

Toyota Mirai rated at U.S. range of 312 miles

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:00:18 EST

Toyota says its high-stakes hydrogen car will have a U.S. rating of 312 miles between refueling stops, farther than the Tesla Model S.

Newer Audi, BMW, Subaru models use lots of oil, Consumer Reports survey finds

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:10:45 EST

Newer models from Audi, BMW and Subaru are burning a lot of oil between routine oil changes, according to a consumer survey from Consumer Reports.

Lexus is living in the future

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST

A 37-second tease of a long-dreamed-about technology: the hoverboard.

Hyundai ad agency swaps CEOs; top marketer leaves

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:45:00 EST

Hyundai's ad agency, Innocean, has executed a changing of the guard that sources described as an attempt to strengthen ties with Hyundai.

Two Las Vegas dealerships settle deceptive advertising charges

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:47:26 EST

Two Las Vegas car dealerships have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they used deceptive advertising.

Bill Ford to receive award from Steven Spielberg

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:15:00 EST

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford will receive the Ambassador for Humanity Award from the USC Shoah Foundation at the organization's gala on Sept. 10. Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg will present Ford with the award.

Toyota uses geography-targeted Snapchat ads

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:33:11 EST

Toyota is driving "Let's Go Places" to some new digital venues that are decidedly local.

Hyundai snags NFL sponsorship, replacing GM

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:00:00 EST

Hyundai and the NFL jointly announced a four-year sponsorship deal today as the Korean automaker continued its push into sports marketing.

No seat unturned in flood-damage search

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST

Since torrential downpours hit Houston in late May, Bob Sluss has been extra vigilant about leaving no stone - or seat - unturned when appraising used vehicles.

Mini gets serious with the new Clubman

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST

Mini will take a more serious tone in marketing for the new Clubman, which it is aiming at premium compact buyers.

Dealer Wise goes the extra mile(s) for buyers

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST

Let's say you're shopping at one of the Randy Wise Automotive stores in this area, and you decide to check out a vehicle from a different brand at another dealership owned by the group. Well, just sit tight.

Bosch positions for electrification growth

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST

German supplier Robert Bosch and Japanese battery partner GS Yuasa are 'on a good path' toward developing a lithium ion battery that costs half as much as today's batteries but has twice the energy density, a top Bosch executive said.

Car-sharing plan cuts owner costs

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST

Ford Motor Co. is entering the car-sharing market with a program that will cut Ford Credit customers' vehicle costs by enabling them to rent out their cars. The pilot program, Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing, invites 26,000 select Ford Motor Credit Co.

CarMax makes big plans for smaller markets

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST

CarMax Inc. plans to expand its reach by opening smaller stores in smaller markets, said CEO Tom Folliard. He said the used-vehicle powerhouse has identified at least 80 markets that will support stores that are downsized from typical CarMax outlets.

NYC dealership must provide documents for non-English speakers

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST

As part of a settlement with the New York attorney general's office, a New York City dealership group must begin providing translations of sales documents to customers who negotiate their vehicle purchases in languages other than English.

Self-driving cars already have ethics

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST

Car companies aren't usually involved in philosophic debates, but right now they're facing a big, thorny question: how the self-driving cars of the future will decide who will live and who will die.

Colorado, Canyon target 'best' marketing claim

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:00:00 EST

Soon, Chevrolet and GMC will gain a coveted marketing claim: Best fuel economy of any pickup.

U.S. auto sales remain robust in June

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:32:03 EST

U.S. auto sales have shown no signs of weakening this month after a blowout performance in May, with forecasters projecting an industrywide gain of about 5 percent to close out the best spring in a decade.

Former Ford ad exec Gerry Donnelly dies at 67

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:47:46 EST

Gerry Donnelly, a longtime advertising executive for the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands, died Saturday, June 13, in Florida. He was 67.

McLaren boosts profit threefold on China sales

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:51:52 EST

McLaren said its 2014 pretax profit rose threefold, helped by rising sales in China. McLaren sold 1,649 cars in 2014, but expects to increase annual production to 4,000 by 2017 as it adds new entry-level models to its lineup.

Automakers slam French decision on clean diesels

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:15:00 EST

Sales of diesel cars in France may fall after the government excluded diesel engines from the cleanest classification of vehicle pollution.