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Automotive Industry Newswire

New Jeep Renegade ad campaign has an indie-rock youth vibe

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EST

In its new Renegade campaign, Jeep wanted up-and-coming artists to lay a soundtrack aimed at millennials instead of more established acts.

VW Group sales rise 2% on Europe, China demand

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:25:39 EST

VW said group sales rose 2.3 percent in March to 968,300 vehicles, as gains in Western Europe and China helped offset declines in the U.S. and South America. The result extended first-quarter deliveries to a total of 2.

Frank Audette, longtime Detroit area Cadillac dealer, dead at 90

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:28:36 EST

Frank Audette, the creator of the Troy Motor Mall and founder of the former Audette Cadillac dealership in suburban Detroit, died April 10. He was 90.

VW, Metzler terminate talks to sell LeasePlan

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:56:08 EST

VW Group and private German bank Metzler have terminated talks to sell LeasePlan, a Dutch fleet-management company with 1.42 million vehicles spread across 32 countries.

Chinese automakers are taking over the hottest SUV market

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:34:20 EST

After years of losing out to foreign brands, China's automakers are winning in the world's hottest SUV market by employing a tried-and-tested strategy: offering them cheap.

Chevy runs digital video ads in print

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:54:21 EST

Chevrolet has purchased a series of print ads to show off digital videos promoting the Colorado pickup.

Toyota engineer doubts electric cars will spread even with rapid chargers

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:50:43 EST

Battery-powered electric vehicles don't have a practical future as a long-range alternative to conventional cars even if technological breakthroughs allow them to be charged quickly, a top Toyota engineer said today.

BorgWarner CEO welcomes electrification of the powertrain

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:15:00 EST

BorgWarner sees the electrification of the powertrain as a positive for the supplier despite its heavy reliance on sales of parts that EVs don't need, such as turbochargers and glow plugs, James Verrier, the company's CEO, explained to Automotive...

GM launches software that flags recalled vehicles on dealer lots

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:54:08 EST

General Motors is rolling out new software this month for dealerships to make it harder for them to mistakenly sell a new vehicle that's subject to a recall, without first performing the recall work as required.

Tesla awaits OK from governor to sell directly in Maryland

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:45:33 EST

Tesla will be granted up to four licenses in Maryland if the governor signs a bill supported by the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association.

2016 Cadillac ELR to get $10,000 price cut, more power

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:24:57 EST

Cadillac said it will slash $10,000 from the price of the light-selling ELR plug-in hybrid for the 2016 model year. The sticker price will drop to $65,995, including shipping, from $75,995, after 18 months of miniscule sales of the sleek coupe.

Crossovers to boost awd suppliers for rest of the decade

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:15:00 EST

Booming demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe and China will keep benefiting suppliers of all-wheel-drive technology such as GKN Driveline, BorgWarner and JTEKT for the rest of the decade.

Lexus, Subaru score highest consumer reviews on DealerRater

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:31:26 EST

Lexus and Subaru dealerships posted the highest average consumer ratings among luxury and mass-market brands on review site DealerRater over the past 12 months.

VW shows off GTI Supersport concept for video game

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:13:25 EST

Volkswagen has unveiled a second high-performance concept for 'Gran Turismo 6' on the Playstation 3 game system. The Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo was released today.

Hyundai's 'Message to Space' from a girl to her astronaut dad

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:11:26 EST

To help an astronaut's 13-year-old daughter communicate with her astronaut father who hovers over Earth for months at a time in the International Space Station, Hyundai deployed 11 Genesis sedans to Delamar Dry Lake in Nevada to craft a...

Chevy cuts price, adds incentives for Spark EV

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:00:00 EST

Chevrolet is cutting the sticker price on the Spark EV by $1,650 and adding cash incentives that will allow buyers to get the battery electric minicar for as low as $14,995 after federal and state tax breaks.

Honda teams up with NBC, SNL for digital video series

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:22:21 EST

The 2015 Honda CR-V and 2016 HR-V crossovers serve as the backdrops for off-the-cuff comedy with Saturday Night Live cast members in the 'Saturday Night Line' original digital video series.

VW brand sales fall nearly 1% in March on weak Russia, Brazil

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 06:46:52 EST

Volkswagen Group said sales of its core VW brand fell 0.9 percent last month.

BMW sales rise 5% in March on minivan, 4-series demand

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:35:51 EST

BMW said sales of its core luxury brand rose 5.1 percent in March to a record 195,593 cars, thanks to strong demand for the 2-series Active Tourer minivan and 4-series coupe.

Renault Kadjar, VW Tiguan will help drive compact SUV sales past 2 million

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:15:00 EST

Rivalry in Europe's compact SUV/crossover segment will intensify as more brands compete with refreshed models or all-new entries such as the Renault Kadjar. By 2020 sales in the segment are forecast to double to more than 2 million.

Audi uses 'Avengers' to show off TTS

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

With spring come summer movie blockbusters, and Audi has tied up with one of the biggest.

Kia Sorento campaign targets the adventurous

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:56:06 EST

Kia is positioning the 2016 Sorento at drivers with adventurous mindsets in a new online series that launched last week on the Yahoo Screen streaming service.

Audi's car sales rise to monthly record as U.S. surge offsets weaker Europe, China

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:30:55 EST

Audi said its vehicle sales increased 4.4 percent in March to 177,950, the highest level for any month in the carmaker's history, as surging volume in the U.S. offset a slowing Europe and China and a decline in Russia.

Hyundai beats VW as China's top-ranked mass-market auto brand

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 05:27:05 EST

Hyundai beat Volkswagen and General Motors' Buick to be the top-ranked mass-market auto brand in China in a state-backed survey, even as the South Korean automaker's deliveries there fell in the first quarter.

Automakers defend diesels, call them key to meeting CO2 goals

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:15:00 EST

Automakers in Europe are calling for long-term clarity on legislation that affects diesels after some governments, including France, started to discourage buyers from purchasing vehicles that use the fuel because of air pollution concerns.

Online startups offer dealers faster, cheaper ways to wholesale vehicles

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

Years ago, dealers who wanted to get rid of aged used cars and unwanted trade-ins had to take them to a local auction. But now auctions are being challenged by start-ups that offer alternative ways to wholesale used vehicles.

Cramped quarters teach valuable lessons

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

When Hodges Subaru moves to a much larger building on Detroit's famed Woodward Avenue, it will take with it many lessons learned during the years confined in a small space.

Blue sky surges for German luxury brands

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

The values for German luxury brand dealerships in the United States are in the stratosphere, while some other brands are such poor prospects that the buy-sell market cannot even assign them a multiple.

Still dancing the Continental

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

Soon both Lincoln and Bentley will have Continentals for sale, a fact that may lead to some legalistic conversations in the near future involving the two brands.

Fleet sales drove market in March

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

Retail sales typically are four times greater than fleet, so sales to commercial, government and daily rental buyers rarely reverse the overall market's momentum.

Nissan expects Leaf sales to hit 50,000

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

Nissan CEO Ghosn thinks selling 50,000 Leafs should not be a problem -- even with first-quarter sales down 21 percent. The key to EV growth will be more public charging, he says.

Dealerships ignore online reviews at their peril

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

Many dealerships find it a pain to respond to customer reviews online. But new data from Cars.com show it's worth the effort to write a reply below the review.

Tailor shopping to your customers, studies suggest

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

If auto dealers and manufacturers would give customers a better shopping experience, those customers would visit dealerships more often and even buy more vehicles, two new studies conclude.

Videos, mobile-friendly ads get Latino car shoppers' attention

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

Dealers are reaching Hispanics at preferred destinations: videos and mobile devices.

Toyota's Costa Rica retailer expands in U.S.

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

Costa Rica's distributor of Toyota Group vehicles wants to own five to seven Toyota dealerships and "a couple" of Lexus stores in the U.S. within three years, its CEO said. Purdy Motor Group is not quite halfway to that goal.

Inventories stay level in March

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

Automakers have carefully controlled U.S. inventories since the scary days of the recession, but they started April with textbooklike perfection.

Time to prune, time to sow

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

Automakers constantly search for new product niches, but it's a daunting process. Many product ideas never see the light of day.

Ford's stair-step workout for dealers

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

As its U.S. market share slides, Ford Motor Co. has dug up one of the old-school, sales-boosting tricks it had seemingly buried: stair-step incentives.

Honda searches YouTube to find Latino influencers for CR-V

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

American Honda treated YouTube like a massive buffet to find influencers for its latest Latino outreach campaign for the CR-V crossover.

4 of 5 Rolls purchasers customize

Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

Rolls-Royce buyers want their cars to stand out. About 80 percent of Rolls-Royce cars sold in the U.S. are now custom ordered.

Crossovers key to Acura's climb, Accavitti says

Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

Acura trails the top luxury brands in total U.S. sales but is hoping it can build on a strong position in small and midsize crossovers with the RDX and MDX.

Jaguar preps 4 fresh entries for the U.S.

Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

A new compact sedan and crossover, plus a redesigned XF midsize and a freshened XJ full-size sedan, will give Jaguar a good chance to boost its sales next year, the brand's U.S. CEO says.

Georgia dealership group sues Shelby American over sales leads

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:45:00 EST

Shelby American is being sued by a Georgia dealership group for violating a retail agreement designed to steer sales prospects to the brand's authorized dealers.

EPA strikes deal with trade groups over biofuel targets

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:17:27 EST

The EPA reached a deal with two oil trade groups on setting targets for blending renewable fuels into the nation's fuel supply.

Ford bullish on Russia as it takes control of local joint venture

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 06:00:00 EST

Ford says it has confidence in the Russian market despite collapsing vehicle sales. Ford is taking control of its Russian joint venture with Sollers and providing it with additional financial support.

Ford bullish on Russia as it takes control of local JV

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:58:38 EST

Ford says it has confidence in the Russian market despite collapsing vehicle sales. Ford is taking control of its Russian joint venture with Sollers and providing it with additional financial support.

EVs under pressure as plug-ins rise in Europe

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

More full-electric vehicles were sold in Europe last year than plug-in hybrids, but plug-ins are poised to overtake EVs soon. The biggest market for EVs was Norway while the Netherlands was the biggest market for plug-ins.

Chrysler 300 spot touts the American road to triumph

Thu, 9 Apr 2015 14:44:38 EST

The Chrysler brand is introducing a new commercial for the refreshed 300 sedan that focuses on the American path to success and is narrated by actor Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister on 'Game of Thrones.'

Aston CEO calls crossover, Daimler deal keys to revival

Thu, 9 Apr 2015 00:15:00 EST

Aston Martin will develop two new platforms, add a crossover, refresh its supercar lineup and leverage its technology alliance with Daimler to help make the brand consistently profitable.

Daimler nearing decision on Russian Mercedes plant, report says

Thu, 9 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST

Daimler has narrowed down potential sites for a Mercedes car plant in Russia to three locations, according to a Russian media report.