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Automotive Industry Newswire

Infiniti QX60 ad pays homage to 'Vacation' movies

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 14:00:00 EST

Infiniti's new QX60 ad pays homage to a classic scene in 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation where an alluring blonde, played by supermodel Christie Brinkley, suddenly pulls up in a Ferrari alongside Chase's character Clark Griswold as he takes his...

Mazda3 repackaged for 2016 with more features, new base price

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 11:30:00 EST

The Mazda3 sedan and hatchback are getting more standard features for 2016 and a new base price.

Renault cuts global car market forecast on Russia, S. America woes

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 10:09:59 EST

Renault said global industrywide sales will probably increase 1 percent this year, rather than a 2 percent gain predicted earlier due to the slowdown in the Chinese market and the crisis in Latin America and in Russia.

Trouble selling grandma's cars sowed seed for $1 billion startup

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 06:35:08 EST

Auto1 values and buys used cars from individual sellers based on its own inventory and that of dealerships and manufacturers that use its platform. It then sells them on for a higher price to dealerships.

Greek sales slide amid broader European rebound

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 04:35:50 EST

New-car sales in Greece fell 22 percent last month, the sharpest drop of any western European car market, amid political uncertainty. Registrations across the region rose 14 percent to 1.

A dog's dream weekend draws crowds

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

If you're going to be a dog, you want to be the dog in Subaru's latest video.

Average fuel economy drops to 25.4 mpg in June

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:23:27 EST

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. was down 0.1 mpg in June, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Mini, Lexus, BMW stores most-improved in responding to potential buyers

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:18:24 EST

Mini, Lexus and BMW dealerships achieved the industry's biggest improvements in building rapport with potential buyers, while Mercedes-Benz stores led the way for a seventh-consecutive year, according to a newly released study.

GM China growth outpaced by U.S. in first half

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:35:51 EST

GM posted a slower pace of growth in China sales in the first half than in the U.S., as the economy slowed in its biggest market and local competitors flooded the market with cheaper SUV models.

Mercedes sales rise 19% in June on China, Europe demand

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:24:14 EST

Mercedes deliveries rose 19 percent in June as strong demand in China and Europe helped boost sales. Six-month deliveries rose a record 15 percent, the carmaker said.

Mercedes will pass VW in Japan this year on surging luxury car sales

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 05:30:24 EST

Mercedes will likely pass Volkswagen this year to become the top-selling import brand in Japan for the first time in 16 years, underscoring the nation's surprising boom in demand for luxury cars.

UK new-car sales rise 13% in June boosted by low finance deals

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 04:55:54 EST

UK new-car registrations in June increased 13 percent to 257,817. The increase meant that sales were up by 7 percent in the first six months to 1.37 million, which marked the best half-year performance on record.

Why Skoda's fast rise helps and hurts parent VW Group

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:15:00 EST

Skoda and VW brand are heading in opposite directions. Skoda's car sales rose to a record last year and its profit margin was 7 percent, far higher than VW's 2.5 percent.

Halftime score for U.S. sales

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

What was hot and not-so-hot in the U.S. light-vehicle market through June

Uber lifts Toyota dealership's marketing

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

Toyota of Plano offers its best deals to Uber drivers, who make up about 6 percent of the store's new-car buyers and serve as evangelists for the Dallas-area dealership.

Toyota claims top range for hydrogen-powered Mirai

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

Toyota Motor Corp. said last week that its hydrogen-powered Mirai has a range of 312 miles between fueling stops, the most of any emissions-free car on the market, though finding a location for a fueling stop will be a challenge.

NADA offers compliance help

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

The Federal Trade Commissions's aggressive policing of dealers' advertising practices has won the attention of the National Automobile Dealers Association. In January, NADA published HYPERLINK "https://www.nada.

By the numbers: $33,340

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

The estimated average transaction price for new light vehicles in June was $33,340, according to Kelley Blue Book. That's up $821, or 2.5 percent, from a year earlier. Ford Motor Co. led the industry, KBB said, with a 4.6 percent rise.

Fleet stats cloud sales picture

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

June brought another surge in U.S. new-vehicle sales, with Ford showing modest growth while General Motors was alone among major manufacturers in recording a decline.

Financial aid for hydrogen infrastructure

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

Japan's three biggest automakers plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells.

What other deals will Kanye foresee?

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

In his 2005 hit "Gold Digger," rapper Kanye West told a story of a football star whose onerous child-support payments force him to 'win the Super Bowl and drive off in a Hyundai.

Google Maps will sound train whistle

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

Google, responding to a call from the Federal Railroad Administration to help reduce the occurrence of train-vs.

Dealers

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

Dealers featured this week include Gordon Faulkner, dealer principal of Mercedes-Benz of Hilton Head in Bluffton, S.C.; Donald Bessette of Don Bessette Hyundai in Minot, N.D.; and Domingo Vara Jr., dealer principal at Vara Chevrolet in San Antonio.

Chevy ad escalates pickup war, puts steel vs. aluminum issue on the table

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

Chevrolet is escalating the pickup wars with a social media campaign that takes a swipe at Ford's aluminum-body F-150.

A sales record not worth breaking

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's not the whole story. rather misleading. June 2015 was actually far better than June 2005.

Marketing test awaits Hyundai with NFL kickoff

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST

A sponsorship of the NFL will give Hyundai a chance to elevate its stature in the U.S. market, but the company is still searching for its marketing quarterback.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.