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Automotive Industry Newswire

Which 'Super' ad will be remembered by history?

Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Super Bowl 50 may be over, but the competition among Super Bowl commercials for Internet phenomenon status is just beginning.

Hyundai's Super Bowl blitz scored big

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:00:35 EST

Hyundai wanted to make a splash in its first Super Bowl as the NFL's automotive sponsor, but it didn't just throw money around with reckless abandon.

Automakers opt for less TV time during Super Bowl

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:39:47 EST

The Super Bowl was a little less sleek, sporty and horsepowered this year.

Russian new-car sales continue steep decline in January

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:45:12 EST

Russian new-car sales plunged 29 percent last month, extending a collapse from 2015 that is forcing the government to spend billions of rubles more to support the ailing auto industry.

Detroit 3's share of rental fleet declined in 2015

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:00:00 EST

GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler accounted for 60.1 percent -- their lowest collective share ever -- of the 1.78 million new cars and light trucks sold to rental fleets in 2015.

PSA will pay Iran partner $446 million compensation for quitting market, report says

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:28:01 EST

PSA will pay its Iran partner $446 million in compensation for losses incurred after it quit the country due to sanctions, the Iranian company told a local news agency.

Used-car loophole for recalls tightens up

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

While a proposed federal law to close the used-car loophole is dead for now, efforts to keep unrepaired recalled vehicles out of circulation are stirring.

The inventory is too low? Oh, the irony

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Wall Street analysts tend to keep a wary eye on automakers' vehicle inventory. If it creeps up, it can be a sign that profit-eroding incentives are coming to help move the metal.

VW dealership valuations slide; some smell opportunity

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Volkswagen's diesel scandal has dinged the company's sales, profits and image. Now, as the scandal enters its sixth month with few signs of a resolution, the effects are trickling down to the value of its U.S. dealerships.

A boost in fleet helps Jan. sales stay afloat

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Strong fleet volume lifted overall sales of new light vehicles in the U.S. in January -- almost enough to overcome a shortened calendar and a winter storm.

Premium brands face challenges as incentives rise and trucks rule the day

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Luxury sales are slowing down, particularly on the car side. Can the luxury automakers keep a lid on their incentives and inventories?

'Autopia' future promoted by Google and Apple will hurt traditional carmakers

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Industry disrupters such as Google and Apple are better funded than their potential rivals from the automotive field. That could be bad news for traditional auto companies, an industry analyst said.

Cash for Nissan's preferred dealers

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

In its drive to grab a larger slice of the U.S. market, Nissan North America is quietly forming alliances with selected dealers who get favorable treatment, and sometimes millions of dollars, from the company.

Texas dealer tunes into aftermarket audio

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Huffines Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram Lewisville in suburban Dallas last year took a shot at selling specialized aftermarket audio accessories and has amped up profits as a result.

Honda Ridgeline: Not your teenager's truck

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Honda hopes its marketing campaign for the Ridegline will grab buyers with a little more gray in their hair and green in their wallets than the prototypical Toyota Tacoma fan.

Just because rebadging hasn't worked so well before ...

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Fiat Chrysler's plan to replace the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 with vehicles built under contract by other automakers faces long odds. In fact, it's hard to think of a rebadged or 'captive import' that has been successful.

For FCA, no one brand was big enough for 'Star Wars'

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

December is not only prime time for blockbuster Hollywood releases; it's also a crucial month for auto sales promotions.

Dealer anniversaries

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Dealers featured this week include Greg Wills and Chris Wills of Wills Toyota in Twin Falls, Idaho; Adam Greene, owner of Trend Motors Volkswagen in Rockaway, N.J.; Steve Plante, dealer principal of Tri-City Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Somersworth, N.

Toyota's Carter to speak at Retail Forum

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., will be a featured speaker at the Automotive News Retail Forum on March 31.

AutoNation's recall policy disrupts used-vehicle business

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

AutoNation's recall policy challenged its used-vehicle business in the fourth quarter. The disruptions will continue through the first half as the retailer continues to expand its used-vehicle inventory.

Christopher Walken was the only choice for Kia's Super Bowl ad

Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:28:52 EST

Only one person could've done Kia's 'Walken Closet' Super Bowl spot. Christopher Walken was the lone option. There was no Plan B.

For game day, Nissan changes the channel

Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Nissan's new college sports marketing campaign is its top priority this year. And that meant no Super Bowl ad.

GM sacrifices rental sales to nab higher-margin business

Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

GM is in the midst of a big cutback in sales to rental fleets, an effort that executives say is aimed at improving the bottom line, even if it stunts revenue or market-share growth in the short term.

Stars and cars, Jeeps and sheep: Super Bowl auto ad roundup

Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Beneath the glamour of 2016's star-filled auto Super Bowl ads sat a group of vehicles that will be pawns crucial to each brand's product lineup.

VW sued by N.J. over excess diesel emissions

Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:38:15 EST

New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action.

Volume sellers they are not, but two-door cars keep coming

Sat, 6 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

A wave of coupes is appearing in showrooms and at auto shows this year, even though the segment is declining in popularity.

Auto brands hope famous faces pay off in Super Bowl ads

Sat, 6 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

A buzzworthy celebrity appearance is often the price of admission for advertising on gameday, but not any celebrity will do.

Group 1 buys U.K. dealership group, sells 3 U.S. stores

Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:30:07 EST

Group 1 Automotive has acquired the Spire Automotive Group of 12 dealerships in the Greater London area. It also has divested three dealerships in the U.S.

Margin squeeze hurts used-vehicle prices, economist says

Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:03:25 EST

The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index dipped in January, registering only its second decline in the last eight months.

Mercedes sales rise 20% in Jan. on strong China demand

Fri, 5 Feb 2016 07:13:25 EST

Sales of Mercedes brand cars increased by 20 percent in January to 150,814, buoyed by a 52 percent jump in China sales.

Renault-Nissan reports record EV sales in 2015 despite drop in Leaf demand

Fri, 5 Feb 2016 05:37:49 EST

Renault-Nissan said global sales of battery-powered vehicles rose 2.5 percent to a record 84,754 last year even though there was a slowdown in demand for the Nissan Leaf, the world's best-selling electric vehicle.

Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound

Fri, 5 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Western European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in January as the southern markets of Spain and Italy continued to lead demand with double-digit growth.

VW launches ad campaign without 'Das Auto' slogan

Fri, 5 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Volkswagen is launching an advertising campaign in Europe this month that will also roll out globally aimed at winning back trust and sales lost through its diesel emissions-cheating scandal.

Fiat Chrysler preps 2 Super Bowl ads

Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:23:00 EST

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will air two spots during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. The first ad will air after Coldplay's halftime performance. The second ad will air during the first commercial break in the fourth quarter, FCA revealed today.

Asbury income, revenues up in Q4; vehicle margins down

Thu, 4 Feb 2016 11:20:04 EST

Asbury Automotive Group said net income soared to $41.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 as revenues rose 9.1 percent to $1.64 billion.

Subaru parent says quarterly earnings rise 21%

Thu, 4 Feb 2016 06:52:06 EST

Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries reported a bigger-than-expected rise in third-quarter operating profit on strong sales of its Subaru cars and a favorable currency impact, keeping it on track to post a record full-year profit.

VW brand sales fall again in UK as market grows 3%

Thu, 4 Feb 2016 05:06:25 EST

VW brand's UK car sales fell 14 percent in January, the fourth consecutive monthly drop since the automaker admitted cheating in diesel emissions tests.

How GM's 'shampoo princess' is restoring Opel's image

Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Opel marketing chief Tina Mueller, a former cosmetics executive dubbed the "shampoo princess," is playing a pivotal role in restoring the brand's battered image.

How GM's 'shampoo princess' is restoring Opel's image

Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Opel marketing chief Tina Mueller, a former cosmetics executive dubbed the "shampoo princess," is playing a pivotal role in restoring the brand's battered image.

Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales

Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Jeep, Smart and Jaguar were the biggest winners last year in Europe, where overall vehicle sales rose 9 percent, exceeding initial analyst expectations of 3 percent growth at most.

Fuel economy up slightly in January as SUV, pickup sales level off

Wed, 3 Feb 2016 14:49:26 EST

As the sales of SUVs and pickups leveled off in January, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. that month went up from December, albeit slightly, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said.

Google expands self-driving car testing to Washington state

Wed, 3 Feb 2016 14:14:53 EST

Google parent company Alphabet said its self-driving car project will expand testing to Kirkland, Wash., later this month, the third city where it is testing autonomous vehicles.

Scion is not Japan's only failed U.S. brand

Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:31:30 EST

Japanese failures in the United States are rare, but there have been a few. And with the death of Scion, announced today, Toyopet no longer stands alone as Toyota's only failed brand.

Audi's Super Bowl ad reaches for the moon

Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:17:41 EST

Audi is back in the Super Bowl with an R8 spot that reaches for the moon. The 60-second first-quarter ad, "The Commander," centers on a retired astronaut who "rediscovers his lust for life" with the help of the R8 V-10-plus supercar.

Luxury car sales surge in Russia despite crisis

Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:34:55 EST

More and more Porsche, Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars are appearing on Russian roads as wealthy buyers take advantage of a weak ruble that means luxury cars are considerably cheaper in Russia than in the U.S.

German gov't, automakers aim for deal by March to boost EV sales

Wed, 3 Feb 2016 05:56:13 EST

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is pushing for an agreement within the next month together with German automakers to boost electric car sales in the country as demand for EVs fails to take off in the market.

Volvo sales rise 9% in January on U.S., China demand

Wed, 3 Feb 2016 05:25:32 EST

Volvo sales rose 9 percent in January as deliveries of the automaker's flagship XC90 SUV helped the automaker to achieve double-digit growth in China and the U.S.

VW's sales in Germany slip amid diesel scandal

Wed, 3 Feb 2016 02:30:05 EST

VW, Skoda and Seat sales fell last month in Germany in a market where total registrations rose 3.3 percent. VW brand sales declined by 8.6 percent in a sign that the automaker's diesel scandal may be deterring buyers.

Renault-Nissan plan cheap EV for China

Wed, 3 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

Renault-Nissan will develop an affordable electric car for China because the alliance's current offering, the Nissan Leaf, is too expensive for the local market.

Kia's Super Bowl campaign to draw on star power of Christopher Walken, social media influencers

Wed, 3 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST

In Kia's Super Bowl 50 ad, the redesigned 2016 Optima is like the world's most exciting pair of socks.