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Automotive Industry Newswire

To win over humans, Google's self-driving car must clear a high bar

Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

The flawed analyses of Google's accident record illustrated the bar that the self-driving car will need to cross to be accepted. It must not only be safer than human drivers, but unquestionably safe.

California dealers sue TrueCar

Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

The California New Car Dealers Association is suing TrueCar Inc., accusing the vehicle-shopping site of breaking California laws on dealer licensing, brokering, advertising and disclosure.

Buyers emerge for auction companies

Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Mergers and acquisitions are happening among auto auctions, and attracting private-equity players, for the same reasons they are on the rise among car dealerships: Robust and growing sales volumes and aging owners.

Dealers

Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Members of the Jacobs family at Jacobs Ford in St. Paul, Neb., receive a 75-year award from Ford Motor Co. Pictured, from left, are Kevin Klossner, Ford's Kansas City regional manager; William Jacobs; Bradford Jacobs; and Dustin Jacobs.

Mazda's new mantra: 'Driving Matters'

Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Fifteen years after coining the slogan "Zoom Zoom" to pitch its cars to customers who see driving as a pleasure and not a chore, Mazda Motor Corp. is hoping to refine its fun-to-drive message by launching its biggest U.S.

Dealers can't even touch some hot brands

Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Buying a luxury German-brand dealership isn't easy. Just ask dealer David Slone. His three-year, as yet unsuccessful search shows how difficult it is to acquire an in-demand brand.

Chrysler awd minivan dilemma: Electrify axle or ditch Stow 'n Go

Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Before it can offer another all-wheel-drive minivan, Fiat Chrysler must electrify the rear axle or give up its popular collapsing seats, says CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Auctions focus on high-quality vehicle images

Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Auctions are taking steps to raise the quality and resolution of their vehicle photos, yielding more bids and higher conversion rates.

Long wait, quick win for Florida Audi dealer

Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

After opening in December 2013, Mario Murgado's Audi Stuartcq near Florida's Atlantic coast was one of just a dozen dealerships to win Audi's Magna Elite Society award in 2014, the highest award bestowed upon Audi dealers.

Can dealership make this SUV fit for a horse? Of course

Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

A Ford store in Illinois revamped an Excursion, making it in to a mobile horse stall that hauls around a miniature horse for charity.

Pa. Porsche store prevails in suit over 'as is' used car

Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

A consumer who bought a used 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano 'as is' from a Philadelphia-area Porsche dealership can't sue the dealership for allegedly failing to disclose cosmetic damage, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled.

Feds find GM acted criminally in ignition switch defect, NYT says

Fri, 22 May 2015 20:56:58 EST

The Justice Department has determined that GM's failure to recall millions of defective ignition switches for years involved criminal wrongdoing and could file criminal charges against some of the company's former employees, The New York...

How BMW saleswoman builds rapport, trust and her brand on social media

Fri, 22 May 2015 12:02:41 EST

The chance to leave a lasting impression on a potential buyer perusing the dealer lot doesn't have to end when a salesperson hands over a business card.

VW will evaluate ad agency work, report says

Fri, 22 May 2015 11:40:28 EST

Volkswagen Group has reached out to advertising companies about an impending global media agency review, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age, an affiliate of Automotive News.

Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu

Fri, 22 May 2015 06:32:55 EST

Audi will enhance its connected-car services in China by jointly developing navigation map data, positioning algorithms and point-of-interest functions with China's Web services provider Baidu as it seeks to meet growing demand for driver-assistance...

Jeep leads Detroit's return to Tokyo Motor Show

Fri, 22 May 2015 06:25:30 EST

For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep -- the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan -- will return when doors open in October.

Autobytel acquires rival Dealix for $25 million

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:00:00 EST

Autobytel, one of the largest providers of sales leads to auto dealers, has purchased longtime rival Dealix for $25 million in cash.

Ford trims China output as market slows, pricing pressure builds

Thu, 21 May 2015 14:22:11 EST

Ford, which is in the midst of a plant-opening blitz in China, reduced production there slightly in the first quarter in response to a market slowdown and price cuts by rivals, the head of Ford's Asia Pacific region said today.

Mazda's new mantra: 'Driving Matters'

Thu, 21 May 2015 03:00:00 EST

Mazda is hoping to refine its fun-to-drive message by launching its biggest U.S. marketing campaign in two years under a new tagline: "Driving Matters."

Citroen creates Trip Advisor-style Web forum

Thu, 21 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Citroen has launched a website where customers can rate their experiences at dealerships and workshops in France, the UK and Germany.

California dealer group sues TrueCar, claims website acts as dealer

Wed, 20 May 2015 14:21:35 EST

The California New Car Dealers Association is suing TrueCar, accusing the vehicle-shopping site of breaking California laws on dealer licensing, brokering, advertising and disclosure.

Updated Pilot to become Honda's priciest U.S. vehicle

Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 EST

When the third-generation Pilot crossover goes on sale in June, its fully loaded Elite trim level will carry a sticker price of $47,300, including shipping.

Renault bets on cheap car with high-end features in India

Wed, 20 May 2015 04:24:07 EST

Renault hopes to succeed where Nissan's Datsun brand has stumbled by introducing the Kwid minicar in India.

Price cutting threatens automakers' rich margins in China

Tue, 19 May 2015 12:34:45 EST

International automakers are slashing prices for vehicles they sell in China in response to a slowdown in demand that threatens the industry's rich profit margins.

Supercar makers neglect women at their peril

Tue, 19 May 2015 09:49:59 EST

Supercar makers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari and Aston Martin are seen by some industry observers as failing to communicate properly with female customers.

Price cutting by VW, GM and Ford threatens automakers' rich margins in China

Tue, 19 May 2015 06:57:01 EST

Automakers including VW, GM and Ford are slashing prices for vehicles they sell in China in response to a slowdown in demand that threatens the industry's rich profit margins.

European car sales rose nearly 7% in April as market recovers faster than expected

Tue, 19 May 2015 02:58:57 EST

European car sales rose for a 20th consecutive month in April, bolstered by a reviving economy and new models. Registrations increased 6.9 percent to 1.21 million vehicles, industry association ACEA said. Four-month sales jumped 8.1 percent to 4.

Nissan injects some Poison into spot

Tue, 19 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

This week's hottest viral video stars Bret Michaels of glam metal band Poison.

Volvo: Back 'on the attack' in U.S.

Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Volvo's proposed South Carolina car plant is far bigger than its current U.S. sales volume. But a big factory will be critical to helping Volvo catch up with luxury competitors that have already invested in local manufacturing.

Porsche zooms from 3 sales a month to 5,217

Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

The new monthly sales record pushed Porsche's year-to-date sales up by 17 percent and added to the celebratory mood as the brand opened its $100 million U.S. headquarters and customer experience center in Atlanta on May 7.

N.C. dealer stays flexible to win Hispanic sales

Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Summary: A North Carolina Nissan dealer builds a sales department to appeal to the growing local Hispanic market. Flexibility is a key to success.

Hispanic buyers help lift Mitsubishi store from the brink of bankruptcy

Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Mission Mitsubishi of San Antonio was selling barely 30 vehicles a month and on the verge of bankruptcy in 2011. Then its new owners embraced Hispanic marketing.

Far from Sun Belt, a warm welcome for Hispanics

Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Hispanic buyers are not limited to the "smile states." A dealership in Minnesota is posting sales gains by understanding Hispanic culture.

Reconditioning fund ends store's strife

Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

For every used car O'Daniel Mazda in Ft. Wayne, Ind., buys purchase at auction or take on trade, they set aside $450 in the reconditioning fund, which covers the cost of preparing used cars for resale.

Marketers pitch family, sports across cultures

Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Faced with a rapidly diversifying customer base, the auto industry's top marketing minds are increasingly turning to a pair of unifying forces: family and sports.

How reviews can boost work force

Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Dealers and salespeople have come to realize that the most impactful reviews, those that do the most to enhance the brand of the store or the salesperson, tell a story.

Celebrating David Letterman's top 10 automotive moments

Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

David Letterman, whose final 'Late Show' airs Wednesday night, is quite a car buff, keeping his collection hidden away, a CBS spokesman says. Here's a look at his top 10 automotive moments.

AutoNation marks milestone with $20 million ad campaign

Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

AutoNation is celebrating a pending milestone #8212; 10 million vehicles sold #8212; with its largest advertising campaign in history. The auto retailer run national television ads for the first time as part of the $20 million campaign.

Sales to Hispanics outpacing the market

Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Automakers are intensifying their pursuit of Hispanic car buyers in the U.S., and for one big reason: That's where the growth is. And in fact, Hispanic consumers could well be the auto industry's leading growth engine for the next 20 to 30 years.

Sales staffers seek to brand themselves

Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Auto salespeople increasingly are promoting themselves -- apart from their dealerships -- with personal websites, YouTube videos and social media pages as a way to sell vehicles now and down the road.

VW gets Mom involved in ad war with FCA

Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

And now for the grudge report: In the latest round of provocation involving Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler, sedans from Chrysler and Dodge have been cast in unflattering supporting roles in a TV spot for VW's diesel Passat.

VW Group sales fall for first time in years

Sat, 16 May 2015 04:45:36 EST

VW Group sales fell for the first time in at least four and a half years in April, raising pressure on the automaker to fix trouble spots laid bare by the ouster of Ferdinand Piech as chairman.

Why PSA chief Tavares is betting big on DS' long-term success

Sat, 16 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Making a success of the DS brand is a big task facing PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares. PSA revived the DS badge for near-premium models five years ago, hoping its association with iconic Citroen DS cars would give the line instant appeal.

How Apple and Google could reshape the connected car sector

Sat, 16 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Leading automakers believe that Apple and Google will play a key role in the connected car. The question is whether they will be partners or rivals to companies such as VW, Fiat Chrysler and Renault-Nissan.

How Ernie Boch Jr. closed the book on labor fight

Sat, 16 May 2015 00:01:00 EST

Dealership rock star Ernie Boch Jr., known for his zany commercials and big-volume sales, lost an NLRB case in April at Boch Honda but won the war against organized labor at the store.

Google says self-driving prototype ready to hit the road

Fri, 15 May 2015 12:37:32 EST

Google says it is ready to take its fully autonomous prototype vehicle on the road, but the company has yet to apply for the required permit in California.

Munoz open to new Nissan dealers of all sizes

Fri, 15 May 2015 10:51:27 EST

Nissan's North American chairman Jose Munoz says he doesn't care whether his future dealers are large chains, small family owners or non-U.S. corporations -- so long as they perform.

Brembo raises sales growth outlook for 2015

Fri, 15 May 2015 09:47:28 EST

Italian supplier Brembo is expecting sales growth of as much as 12 percent this year, more than previously anticipated, after a promising first quarter.

Europe's biggest segment is poised for a rebound

Fri, 15 May 2015 00:15:00 EST

European sales of subcompact cars including the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta are forecast to rise to 23 percent of the overall auto market in 2015.

Retiring GM director Isdell sees turnaround taking 10 years

Thu, 14 May 2015 14:03:40 EST

Retiring GM board member Neville Isdell has a parting message for CEO Mary Barra: Yes, GM has come a long way since the bankruptcy and is in capable hands, but the turnaround is far from complete.