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Automotive Industry Newswire

GM, Ford sales rise slightly while FCA gains 3% on strong Jeep volume

Tue, 1 Dec 2015 08:00:00 EST

The Detroit 3 all reported gains in November sales as demand for trucks, SUVs and crossovers remained strong. GM posted a 2 percent gain, Ford rose 0.3 percent and FCA improved by 3 percent. Low U.S.

German car sales will grow 4% this year despite VW scandal, industry body says

Tue, 1 Dec 2015 06:47:42 EST

Germany's auto market will shake off Volkswagen's emissions scandal to grow 4 percent this year and will expand slightly further in 2016, the VDA industry association said. German car sales rose 9 percent in November.

French car sales rise 11% in November

Tue, 1 Dec 2015 05:13:26 EST

French new-car registrations rose 11 percent in November as most major carmakers, including scandal-hit Volkswagen Group, made gains.

Porsche makes taking the driver's test cool

Tue, 1 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST

Porsche teamed up with the equivalent of the French DMV to offer driver tests in a sports car.

Japan's plans to fuel world's cleanest cars hits roadblock

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:26:41 EST

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has big plans for his country to lead the way in clean cars. His bureaucrats are getting in the way.

Son of auto dealer finds auctions a better fit

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

When neither the new- nor used-car retail auto business fit, Ben Lange tried auto auctions on for size. Lange now oversees and owns a minority stake in the third-largest auto auction company in the country.

Volkswagen's diesel scandal may burn German soccer teams

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

VW's emissions-cheating scandal could bring cuts to its support of several soccer teams, a German weekly reported.

Doc fee cases costly to 2 stores

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

Two dealerships in separate states have received costly legal lessons on what not to do when charging customers document fees.

New CEO says TrueCar must change

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

TrueCar's new CEO, Chip Perry, harbors no illusions about the task he'll face in stabilizing the company and rebuilding bridges with auto dealers.

RFJ Auto Partners expands Dave Smith dealership model

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

New dealership group RFJ Partners is continuing to grow. With the purchase of a Nissan store in Spokane, Wash., RFJ is making the first expansion of its high-volume Dave Smith dealership brand and operating model.

Next-gen Honda Ridgeline goes mainstream

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

More revealing spy photos of Honda's second-generation Ridgeline pickup confirm what many in the industry had expected -- that Honda would ditch the original Ridgeline's controversial flying buttress profile in favor of a more traditional silhouette.

Toyota taps U.S. dealers' best practices for Latin America

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

Inspired by Automotive News' dealership Best Practices series, Toyota challenged its Latin American dealers and distributors to brainstorm their own ways to improve. At an award ceremony in Tokyo recently, Toyota's Steve St.

Chevrolet knows: Getting to 1 million sales can take a few tries

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

Chevrolet aims to sell 1 million vehicles in China in 2020. But amid a weak market, getting there won't be easy. But then, Chevy didn't hit 1 million U.S. sales for the first time easily, either.

Cadillac to refocus incentives for dealers

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

Cadillac is drafting a new retail incentive program that could significantly boost factory payments to dealers who invest in facilities, new technology and other elements to improve the customer experience.

Employees direct store's charitable giving

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

At Patriot Subaru of Saco, Maine, employees direct the charitable giving program. They select organizations they want the dealership to support, and managers determine the amount to give based on the employee's involvement with the cause.

ADESA refocuses on physical auctions

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

A few years ago, technology made online used-vehicle remarketing possible. Then the recession made it a necessity.

Acura sees its future in stronger sedans

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

Despite decades of muddled brand identity and mixed success with its vehicles, Acura has no plans to borrow a page from Hyundai's playbook as it launches the Genesis brand, or any other luxury brand's, for that matter.

Audi evolves into a favorite among women in China

Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:15:00 EST

Audi, once the favored choice of high-ranking government officials and privileged businessmen in China, is now growing in popularity among female consumers that now make up about a third of the automaker's buyers in the market, even higher in the...

Ford drops 'Friends and Neighbors' sale early, opts for traditional year-end discounts

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:25:27 EST

Ford is dropping its 'Friends and Neighbors' promotion five weeks earlier than planned, after the offers failed to resonate with consumers as much as more traditional year-end discounts offered by competitors.

VW labor boss says CO2 scandal has hit car orders

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:21:00 EST

VW Group is dealing with a slowdown in new-car orders in the wake of admitting this month that it understated CO2 emissions in about 800,000 vehicles, the automaker's top labor representative said.

PSA must improve performance in Germany, CEO says

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:40:22 EST

PSA must urgently improve its position in Germany, where its market share lags rivals VW brand and Opel as the automaker fails to convince customers of the value and attractiveness of its cars, CEO Carlos Tavares told a German magazine.

VW gets record fine in South Korea for emissions cheat

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:01:35 EST

South Korea became the first country outside the U.S. to punish VW Group for cheating in emissions tests, slapping the automaker with a record fine of 14.1 billion won ($12.31 million) and ordering a recall of 125,522 vehicles.

On the road in Japan

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

During a recent trip to Japan, I couldn't entirely stop being an auto reporter. Here are some thoughts and observations from my first extended return to Japan in eight years.

How Toyota used Nascar to sway loyal American car buyers

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:45:30 EST

For years Toyota has been marketing itself to the Nascar audience as an increasingly American company -- and Nascar fans are growing more receptive.

Easy does it when selling FandI products

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:00:00 EST

Dealers, when selling FandI products, don't count pressuring the customer as an effective sales technique. Too much pressure to buy FandI products leads to slightly lower close rates.

Car payment holidays hurt consumers, lender warns

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:00:00 EST

Consumer auto payment holidays aren't all they're cracked up to be. Though it can be a helpful bit of cash in the short-term, it will hurt borrowers financially in the long run, subprime lender Prestige Financial warns.

Ford touts 'backup trailer assist' function in new F-150 ads

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:17:17 EST

Comedian Denis Leary is crowing about something new in Ford F-150 ads: technology that is meant to make backing up a trailer easier.

U.S. auto sales could break November record, two forecasts say

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:04:33 EST

This month -- powered by Black Friday sales and a strengthening economy -- could be the best November ever for U.S. auto sales, according to forecasts from TrueCar and Edmunds.

Spain to extend car subsidy scheme to mid-2016

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:47:49 EST

The Spanish government, facing an election next month, plans to extend a car purchase subsidy scheme that has massively boosted sales until the middle of next year, a source at the Industry Ministry said.

Audi's race to the top; Nissan channels Tarantino

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

Audi pits an RS 7 in a test for the best against ... an elevator.

Tesla offers less powerful Model X for $80,000

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:00:00 EST

Tesla plans 90D and 70D variants of the Model X crossover, the latter of which will include a 70 kilowatt-hour battery pack and a sticker price of $80,000, plus a $1,200 shipping charge.

Volvo on fast track to 100,000 sales target

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

Volvo Cars of North America, on track for its first annual U.S.

Why Toyota offers 2 battery choices in next Prius

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

Toyota is offering two battery choices in the upcoming fourth-generation Prius. The hybrid's chief engineer says that's because the lithium ion battery is lighter and will be used in heavier, upper-trim cars packed with add-ons.

VW sinks, Detroit 3 rise in buy-sell reports

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

The value of a Volkswagen dealership, already dismal due to low sales in the U.S., has plummeted further following the diesel-emissions scandal, said two buy-sell advisory firms' reports released last week.

Used prices forecast to soften, not dive

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

The pool of used vehicles will grow in 2016, causing prices to soften but not 'fall from a cliff,' predicts an analyst.

Fat margins can fund greener cars

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

The auto industry must focus on making more sustainable vehicles, but the long current sales boom can pay for the green research.

Penske sticks with luxury with N.J. buy

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

Penske Automotive Group has made another strategic acquisition, staying with premium luxury franchises, by buying New Jersey's Schneider Nelson Auto Group. The purchase covers stores selling Audi, Porsche, Jaguar and Land Rover.

Nissan accuses store owned by ex-dealer council chair of fraud

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

Nissan is suing a California dealership and several of its employees, alleging that they filed 3.74 million in improper warranty claims.

There was a real Art to 1960s Pontiac ads

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

It wasn't just raw horsepower and eye-catching styling that fueled the demand for Pontiac's classic 1960's 'wide track' muscle cars such as the GTO, Firebird and Grand Prix.

Lincoln's mission: 'Core segments first'

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

In 2016, Lincoln will have a new face, its most powerful car ever, a revived Continental and a chance to top 100,000 U.S. sales for the first time since 2008. What it apparently won't have, at least anytime soon, is a rear-wheel-drive sports car.

Reuss: More GM diesels coming in cars, trucks

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

General Motors will move forward with diesel engines in cars and light trucks despite the potential chilling effect from Volkswagen's emissions scandal, GM's product chief said.

GM turns to KBB website for targeted incentives

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

General Motors is using Kelley Blue Book's website to offer consumers targeted incentives, the latest sign that carmakers are keen to integrate their marketing efforts with third-party lead providers.


Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

Dealers featured this week include Garson Rice, dealer principal of Rice Toyota in Greensboro, N.C.; and JP Miller, president of Paul Miller Mazda in Lexington, Ky.

New message to shoppers: Caddy Escalade is refined

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

Cadillac will launch a broad advertising campaign for the Escalade in time for the holiday shopping season, the first significant marketing effort behind the big SUV since the current design went on sale more than 18 months ago.

Dealer's retirement shows trend

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

A Michigan deal exemplifies a trend in the buy-sell market.

Fiat Chrysler launches 3 youth-targeted ads during American Music Awards

Sun, 22 Nov 2015 23:30:00 EST

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in another high-profile advertising move, launched three spots during Sunday night's broadcast of the American Music Awards on ABC.

Industry execs see era of slower sales growth in China

Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:34:20 EST

Executives gathered last week at the Guangzhou auto show were unanimous in their view that the days of exponential growth are over, underscoring how a sharp economic slowdown has tempered expectations in the world's largest car market.

FCA expands no-cost college nationwide

Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:00:00 EST

Starting Monday, Nov. 23, Fiat Chrysler dealers nationwide can offer a no-cost college education to employees and their spouses and children -- a perk aimed at attracting top-tier talent to work at FCA stores.

Titan gives Nissan dealers work-truck cred

Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

Nissan's U.S. dealers are undergoing training again to sell a big truck as output of the redesigned Nissan Titan begins in Mississippi.

Land Rover Defender to end long, storied run

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST

Production of the iconic Land Rover Defender will end early next year. The utilitarian workhorse has remained virtually unchanged during almost seven decades of production and it is unclear whether Land Rover will seek to replace it.