Automotive News Retail News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 24 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST Automotive advertisers steer around new social media scrutiny http://www.autonews.com/article/20180624/RETAIL03/180629911/automotive-advertisers-social-media Sun, 24 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Automotive advertisers are sidestepping the potential pothole of Facebook's shift in third-party data policies. McLaren North American President Tony Joseph makes supercar brand easier to find http://www.autonews.com/article/20180623/RETAIL/180629908/tony-joseph-mclaren-stores Sat, 23 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST McLaren North America President Tony Joseph has been with the brand since it set up shop nine years ago, watching it grow from fledging operations to a growing retail base. BMW and Audi dealers in U.S. call Trump tariff plans 'scary' and 'tragic' http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180622/COPY/306229919/trump-tariff-angers-us-auto-dealers Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:10:26 EST Ask dealers about President Trump's threatening to tax imports of European models, and they'll tell you buyers of those cars might as well throw the money saved on their tax bills out the window. CarMax profits rise on tax-rate change http://www.autonews.com/article/20180622/RETAIL04/180629919/carmax-profits-rise-on-tax-rate-change Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:46:57 EST CarMax's profits rose in the quarter ended May 31 largely because of a lower income tax rate, the nation's largest used-car retailer said Friday. BMW and Audi dealers call Trump tariff plans 'scary' and 'tragic' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180622/RETAIL07/180629891/trump-tariff-angers-us-auto-dealers Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:10:26 EST Ask dealers about President Trump's threatening to tax imports of European models, and they'll tell you buyers of those cars might as well throw the money saved on their tax bills out the window. Germany's glitziest car awards canceled over diesel http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180622/ANE/180629929/germanys-glitziest-car-awards-canceled-over-diesel Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:57:49 EST Germany's most prestigious automaker awards will go to no one this year as manufacturers reel from the latest turns in a diesel-emissions scandal plaguing the industry. Toyota bets on Camry hybrid to boost fleet sales in Europe http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180621/ANE/180629963/toyota-bets-on-camry-hybrid-to-boost-fleet-sales-in-europe Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:43:39 EST Toyota will launch sales of its Camry midsize sedan in Europe early next year to replace the discontinued Avensis. The Camry is part of Toyota's plan to boost fleet sales in the region. Audi stops sales, recalls A6, A7 for seat sensor glitch in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/RETAIL/180629951/audi-a6-a7-recall-seat-sensor-airbags Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:11:07 EST Audi issued a stop sale and recall for 2012-18 A6 and A7 sedans equipped with certain seats after determining that a sensor designed to detect whether the passenger seat is occupied can malfunction. Nearly 500 Corvette ZR1s recalled over airbag issues, GM says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/RETAIL/180629952/corvette-zr1-recall-airbag-nhtsa-chevrolet Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:52:55 EST Nearly 500 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1s from the 2019 model year are being recalled because of airbag deployment issues "under certain conditions." Toyota cuts marketing costs to fund randd http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180621/COPY/306219979/toyota-cuts-marketing-costs-to-fund-rd Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Toyota wants to follow the example of Tesla and Google, which rely heavily on cheaper, non-traditional marketing. Savings will be invested in emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles. DealerRater survey finds what bothers consumers at auto dealerships http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180629986/dealerrater-survey-car-dealerships-customers Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:00:00 EST A small percentage of car shoppers say negotiations over prices and terms could be handled better, and even fewer feel that way about the presentation of FandI products. Study questions massive investments in AVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/MOBILITY/180629977/autonomous-investments-consumers-automakers-alix Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:17:17 EST Billions of dollars will be lost by many automakers that continue to invest in autonomous and electric vehicles while consumer buy-in remains low, a study from consulting firm AlixPartners says. Toyota, pressed to innovate, cuts marketing outlays to fuel randd http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL03/180629968/toyota-pressed-to-innovate-cuts-marketing-outlays-to-fuel-rd Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:16:13 EST Toyota has begun slashing costs, starting with sales and marketing, and shifting resources into research that will help it keep up with new competitors, Reuters reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Retailer Prime launches subscription service http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL/180629974/dealer-retail-subscription-massachusetts-prime Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:29:55 EST The subscription service is part of the growth strategy of parent company Prime Automotive Group, which joins a budding trend of retailers and automakers experimenting with such plans. BMW launches first U.S. ad from new agency http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL03/180629988/bmw-advertising-marketing-retail Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:26:08 EST Goodby, Silverstein and Partners channels Albert Einstein in its first work for BMW since winning the account in March. The ad, "Relativity," promotes the brand's "Summer On" sales event. Market Scan powers financing technology revolution http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/COPY01/306219995/market-scan-financing-tech Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Market Scan's database powers many of the companies that are enabling online transactions, whether on dealership sites or independent apps. Selling cars online calls for multiple skills http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/COPY01/306219994/aaron-krane-car-buying-online Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST As a tech expert but car-buying rookie, Drive Motors' CEO knew he needed automotive expertise to understand how to make the product easy and useful for dealerships. Finance techology startups can find success by mixing skill sets http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/COPY01/306219996/fintech-startups-can-find-success-by-mixing-skill-sets Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST For a fintech startup breaking into automotive retail, should the top leadership have dealership experience, finance expertise or software skills? Ontario green vehicle rebate program ripe for the picking under PC rule http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/BLOG30/180629991/ontario-green-vehicle-rebate-program-ripe-for-the-picking-under-pc Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:45:27 EST If we closely read the tea leaves and review some recent history, it appears the program that provides Ontarians rebates worth up to $14,000 on certain green vehicles could be in jeopardy. UK still plans to end sale of new diesel and gasoline cars by 2040, report say http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180620/ANE/180629996/uk-still-plans-to-end-sale-of-new-diesel-and-gasoline-cars-by-2040 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:58:32 EST The UK still plans to end the sale of new diesel and gasoline cars by 2040 and will set out more detail as soon as this week, a government source said after a report suggested the plans were being watered down. Hyundai promotes World Cup http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/VIRALVIDEO/306209999/mitsubishi-keys-viral-video Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST The latest video to join our viral video charts is all about the FIFA World Cup. And Hyundai. McLaren Automotive expands to Metro Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/RETAIL/180619713/mclaren-automotive-detroit-dealership Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:49:22 EST McLaren is expanding its retail footprint in the United States by partnering with one of the largest dealership groups in the country, the Suburban Collection, for a new store near Detroit. Ford settles suit with John Cena over sold GT supercar http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/RETAIL03/180619726/ford-settles-john-cena-gt Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:46:13 EST Professional wrestler John Cena has settled with Ford following the automaker's lawsuit against him for his sale of his 2017 Liquid Blue GT supercar. Mitsubishi ahead of midterm targets for car sales and profit margin, COO says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/COPY01/306199960/mitsubishi-ahead-of-midterm-targets-for-car-sales-and-profit-margin Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:30:00 EST It has been a year and a half since Nissan took a controlling stake in Mitsubishi and installed British executive Trevor Mann as its COO. Mann is already seeing positive results at the brand, as he told Automotive News Europe in an interview. Renault's styling boss on designing for an autonomous future http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180619/ANE/180619887/renaults-styling-boss-on-designing-for-an-autonomous-future Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker explains the challenges facing the automaker as it creates driverless cars. Mitsubishi ahead of midterm targets for car sales and profit margin, COO says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180619/ANE/180619944/mitsubishi-ahead-of-midterm-targets-for-car-sales-and-profit-margin Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST It has been a year and a half since Nissan took a controlling stake in Mitsubishi and installed British executive Trevor Mann as its chief operating officer. Hyundai Veloster, featured in 'Ant-Man,' proves to be a tiny superhero http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL03/180619787/hyundai-veloster-ant-man Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Hyundai executives hope the 2019 Veloster will serve not only as an attention-grabber, but also as a steppingstone to other Hyundai models as the lifestyles of its buyers change. Honda homes in on target market for 2019 Insight hybrid http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM03/180619767/honda-2019-insight-hybrid Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Honda must find a patch of real estate in the marketplace where the Insight doesn't cannibalize Honda's Accord Hybrid or Clarity plug-in hybrid, and where it can compete effectively against the Prius and challengers from Hyundai and Kia. Small used-car prices rise unexpectedly http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL/180619765/small-used-car-prices Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Prices for small used cars are climbing to unexpected levels- a sign that demand is growing as price-sensitive consumers face dwindling options in the new-car market. Cadillac CT5 sedan, with Escala cues, takes shape http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM04/180619772/cadillac-ct5-escala-design Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST It may resemble a Dodge Charger or Dart but look closely and you'll see styling cues from the Escala concept in what is expected to be the 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan, a replacement for the ATS and CTS sedans. 2019 BMW X4 crossover's longer wheelbase offers more comfort http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL01/180619821/2019-bmw-x4-crossover Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST BMW's new-generation X4 crossover manages to deliver a spirited drive. Why Ghosn's Renault paycheck depends on EV sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/COPY01/306189967/why-ghosns-renault-paycheck-depends-on-ev-sales Mon, 18 Jun 2018 06:30:00 EST Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has a new incentive to promote development and sales of electric vehicles: A significant part of his pay now depends on it. Why Ghosn's Renault paycheck depends on EV sales http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180618/ANE/180619755/why-ghosns-renault-paycheck-depends-on-ev-sales Mon, 18 Jun 2018 04:09:16 EST Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has a new incentive to promote development and sales of electric vehicles: A significant part of his pay now depends on it. ADESA's bold bid to revamp auto auctions http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL04/180619824/adesa-kar-auction-upstream Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST ADESA is aggressively enhancing its online auctions -- through technology, analytics and machine learning -- in an effort to maintain its lead in private-label sales. Automotive News, Hireology partner on job listing http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL03/180619764/automotive-news-hireology-job-listing Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has partnered with Hireology, an integrated hiring platform for dealerships, to expand the number of available jobs posted on its online Jobs Board. Porsche throws a 70th birthday bash http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL03/180619798/porsche-70th-birthday-bash Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST On June 8, the automaker marked its 70th birthday with celebrations around the United States, with Porsche Cars North America and its U.S. dealers hosting Sportscar Together Day events for owners and the public. Used-car business inspires innovation http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL04/180619816/used-car-innovation-editorial Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST At auctions and in the used-vehicle side of a dealership, if a dealer wants to try something that might work better, there are no factory constraints. 2019 BMW X4 just arrived http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL01/180619823/2019-bmw-x4-just-arrived Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST A look at the newly-arrived 2019 BMW X4 TradeRev-H uses machine learning to aid inspections http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL04/180619822/traderev-h-online-auction-inspection Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST TradeRev-H, an enhanced version of the TradeRev app for one-hour online auctions, can change how vehicle inspections are done. Why avoid warranty work, dealers? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL05/180619858/why-avoid-warranty-work-dealers Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Why do dealers try to avoid warranty work if it pays the same as nonwarranty retail service? Managing loaner fleet efficiently is critical task for service departments http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL05/180619865/dealership-service-loaner-fleet Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST How efficiently a dealership runs its loaner fleet can have a big impact on both service customers' satisfaction and the bottom line. Dealerware is a software package that enables dealerships to manage their loaner fleets digitally. Finding new customers in dealership service lanes can be a gold mine http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL05/180619866/car-dealership-service-lane Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Mining a dealership's base of service customers for new-vehicle sales makes sense financially, says Nicole Tournaud, business development director of the LaFontaine Automotive Group in Highland, Mich. Dealership service lanes can be great places to talk vehicle trade-ins with customers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL05/180619868/car-dealership-trade-in-service Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Service visits offer a great opportunity for dealers to get to know their existing customers, and learn who might be in market to purchase a new car or truck. Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV delay worries FCA dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180617/RETAIL01/180619770/jeep-grand-wagoneer-suv-delay Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST FCA dealers worry that rising interest rates and fuel prices mean the overdue Jeep Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV may have missed the industry's SUV love affair. Europe's small SUV sales projected to 'grow like crazy' http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180616/ANE/180619836/europes-small-suv-sales-projected-to-grow-like-crazy Sat, 16 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST European sales of small SUVs are poised to surge beyond the segment's typically strong growth, as new models persuade consumers to switch from traditional hatchbacks at a faster rate. Apple poaches senior self-driving engineer from Waymo http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180615/COPY/306159931/apple-poaches-senior-self-driving-engineer-from-waymo Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:40:41 EST Apple hired a senior self-driving car engineer from Alphabet's Waymo unit in a sign that the iPhone maker maintains ambitions to develop autonomous vehicles. China market in control as industry enters new era http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180615/COPY/306159999/china-global-auto-leader Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST China has been the world's biggest auto market since 2009, when it eclipsed the U.S. But only recently has it reached a long-anticipated, and in many quarters, long-feared, tipping point. Apple poaches senior self-driving engineer from Waymo http://www.autonews.com/article/20180615/MOBILITY/180619769/apple-poaches-senior-self-driving-engineer-from-waymo Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:40:41 EST Apple hired a senior self-driving car engineer from Alphabet's Waymo unit, Apple said Friday, in a sign that the iPhone maker maintains ambitions to develop autonomous vehicles. VW brands, Jeep, Lexus gain auto sales in Europe in MAy; BMW, Mercedes fall. http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180615/ANE/180619810/european-sales-flat-in-may-on-fewer-sales-days Fri, 15 Jun 2018 02:34:50 EST European sales rose a marginal 0.6 percent in May due in part to fewer working days. Jeep, Dacia and Lexus were among winners while premium brands BMW, Mercedes and Audi saw their sales fall amid talk of diesel bans. Analyst: Industry's 'Goldilocks' period is ending; here come the bears http://www.autonews.com/article/20180614/RETAIL01/180619814/automotive-sales-retail-supply-cadence Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:24:45 EST Enjoy them now. The good times in the auto industry are ending, a top industry analyst said Thursday.