Automotive News Retail News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 18 Dec 2017 06:00:00 EST Future of Ford Fusion unclear as North America production ending http://www.autonews.com/article/20171218/RETAIL01/171219780/ford-fusion-sedan-manufacturing Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford last week told suppliers that it was canceling plans to build the next-generation Fusion starting in 2020 at the Mexico plant that makes the car now, sources said. Pay us for recalled used cars, dealers say http://www.autonews.com/article/20171218/RETAIL07/171219774/dealers-recall-legislation-used-vehicles Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Federal law requires automakers pay a dealer 1 percent of the value of a new car that is under recall to cover floorplanning, insurance, depreciation and other costs, but there is nothing similar for used vehicles in most states. AMG up to nearly 10% of Mercedes U.S. sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20171218/RETAIL01/171219772/amg-up-to-nearly-10-of-mercedes-u-s-sales Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST After numerous product introductions and explosive U.S. sales growth in 2017, the Mercedes-AMG performance subbrand is on the cusp of representing 10 percent of Mercedes-Benz USA's luxury-vehicle business. Lincoln missed an opportunity http://www.autonews.com/article/20171218/RETAIL03/171219825/lincoln-missed-an-opportunity Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Lincoln Motor Co. must have determined a consumer need that translates loosely to superlative customer service. It is a great story, and if executed, could capture new brand loyalists. But that was not my experience. Used-car disrupters tip hands on future http://www.autonews.com/article/20171218/RETAIL04/171219836/plans-used-car-upstarts-disruption-future Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST At a conference last month, several used-car upstarts discussed, or hinted at, their plans. Here's a brief rundown. With fuel cells, scaling up is hard to do http://www.autonews.com/article/20171218/OEM05/171219838/fuel-cell-hydrogen-infrastructure Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST The infrastructure problem with hydrogen-powered cars amounts to more than just a shortage of stations. Buick attempts to differentiate Regal with Sportback, wagon http://www.autonews.com/article/20171217/RETAIL01/171219779/buick-shifting-strategy-with-regal-sportback Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST The Regal marks a unique strategy of moving an existing vehicle into alternative segments. Tesla's push beyond cars now on display http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM/312159990/teslas-push-beyond-cars-now-on-display Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST If there's any doubt Tesla isn't just a car company anymore, its brand-new Manhattan showroom should put it to bed. BMW poised to become China's No. 1 luxury brand http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171215/ANE/171219809/bmw-poised-to-become-chinas-no-1-luxury-brand Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:05:20 EST BMW's vehicle sales in China rose 12 percent in November, positioning the automaker to be the market's top-selling luxury brand this year, passing Audi, which is still trying to recoup sales lost when dealers boycotted the brand. VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171215/ANE/171219881/vw-seeks-youth-appeal-with-t-roc Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST VW believes the T-Roc's high-tech connectivity features, expressive design and fashionable color options will help it appeal to a young customer group that won't be too concerned by the cheaper interior fittings used in the cabin. Hyundai ad firm buys Kia's longtime U.S. agency http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/RETAIL03/312159994/hyundai-ad-firm-buys-kias-longtime-u-s-agency Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Seoul-based advertising agency group Innocean has bought independent creative agency David and Goliath, a deal that unites two companies known for their work with South Korean automakers. Mini goes minimalist with retooled logo http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/RETAIL03/171219828/mini-goes-minimalist-with-retooled-logo Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:45:00 EST The new design, by Berlin ad agency KKLD, will be visible on all Mini models as of March 2018. A look to the past, to see the future without personal car ownership http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/BLOG06/171219840/human-experience-car-ownership-ends-lareau Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:46:20 EST The dawn of ride-hailing and autonomous driving signals the end of a time when owning a car was part of the human experience. European car sales rise 6%, helped by extra selling day http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171214/ANE/171219849/european-car-sales-rise-6-helped-by-extra-selling-day Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:52:50 EST European registrations rose 6 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day, with Peugeot, Toyota, Dacia and Kia posting strong gains while the Fiat and BMW brands saw their sales slide. Hyundai returns to roster of Super Bowl advertisers http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/RETAIL03/171219853/hyundai-returns-to-roster-of-super-bowl-advertisers Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:29:35 EST Hyundai, which ran a post-game Super Bowl ad last season, has secured ad time during the 2018 game. Renault preps for hands-free cars by buying stake in French publisher http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171213/ANE/171219879/renault-preps-for-hands-free-cars-by-buying-stake-in-french-publisher Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:04:32 EST Renault said its purchase of a stake in a publishing company is a first among automakers. The move comes as car companies look for ways of keeping drivers entertained while their vehicles drive themselves. Lenders relieved by used-car price strength http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171219868/lenders-relieved-by-used-car-price-strength Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:44:43 EST Lenders who have been watching used-vehicle prices closely are breathing more easily, after prices held up better than expected in the second half. Why lenders enjoy high used prices http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171219867/why-lenders-enjoy-high-used-prices Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:45:20 EST Used-vehicle values have largely outperformed expectations this year, and there are at least four reasons for that, according to Tom Kontos, chief economist at ADESA Analytical Services. Many consumers ready to complete vehicle purchase online, survey finds http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171219869/many-consumers-ready-to-complete-vehicle-purchase-online-survey-finds Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:44:00 EST Nearly half of consumers surveyed by Chase said they were comfortable completing their entire vehicle purchase online. That statistic bodes well for the bank's Chase Auto Direct digital car-shopping and financing tool. Hyundai bolsters electric car lineup to narrow gap with rivals http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM05/171219877/hyundai-kia-electric-future-product-fuelcell Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:15:27 EST Hyundai Motor Group, lagging behind rivals in the introduction of electric vehicles, is stepping up plans for battery-powered cars as world governments crack down on polluting fossil fuels. Lamborghini's raging bull tops our viral list http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/VIRALVIDEO/312139998/lamborghinis-raging-bull-tops-our-viral-list Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST The commercial introducing Lamborghini's second-ever SUV jumped to the No. 2 spot in our list of top viral videos this week. Penske buys more U.K. used-only stores http://www.autonews.com/article/20171212/RETAIL07/171219900/penske-buys-more-uk-used-only-stores Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:55:46 EST Penske Automotive Group will buy The Car People, a used-only retailer in the UK, nearly doubling its used-only operations in that market. Ferrari plans production boost as supercar sales jump, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20171212/OEM01/171219894/ferrari-production-boost-italy Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:15:07 EST Ferrari plans to boost production by doubling assembly shifts to two a day in 2018 as deliveries are on pace to reach its 9,000-vehicle target a year earlier than scheduled, a source told Bloomberg. Uber poised to hire media agency, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20171212/MOBILITY/171219908/uber-prepares-hiring-media-agency Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:22:56 EST MediaCom is poised to win media duties for Uber in North America, people with knowledge of the matter told Advertising Age. Bilingual dealershp staff just the start to success http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL07/171219977/bilingual-dealership-spanish-success Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Spanish advertising, a bilingual staff and a refined sales strategy have helped Downey Nissan lead the brand in new-vehicle sales to Hispanic customers so far in 2017. GM will lighten next-gen pickups with carbon fiber http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/OEM01/171219944/gm-carbon-bed-pickups Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST It would be the largest-scale automotive application of carbon fiber, whose long, labor-intensive production process and high cost relative to steel and aluminum have limited its use mostly to luxury vehicles and sports cars. First Shift: Nissan factory-to-salesperson spiffs http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/VIDEO/312119968/first-shift-nissan-factory-to-salesperson-spiffs Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:15:00 EST Nissan steering spiffs directly to salespeople; Robotaxi rides in Japan; Genesis aiming for 85-90 stores; Toyota's big Olympics play; Auctioning off the last Oldsmobile. Nissan dangles factory-to-salesperson incentive http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL01/171219950/nissan-dangles-factory-to-salesperson-incentive Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Nissan is steering cash spiffs to dealership sales personnel this month in a bid to sell off 2017 models. Lexus still in rearview of luxury crown http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL01/171219958/lexus-luxury-sales-mercedes Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz will take its third-straight U.S. luxury sales crown in 2017. So why isn't Lexus in the running? Genesis aiming for 85 to 90 stores http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL07/171219940/genesis-aiming-for-85-90-stores Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Hyundai Motor America plans to tell dealers by year end which markets it has designated for stand-alone Genesis stores, said Brian Smith, who joined the automaker from Toyota in October. Toyota Olympic marketing will help explain mobility vision http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL03/171219972/toyota-olympics-mobilty-marketing Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Heeding a call to action from President Akio Toyoda, Toyota marketers are leveraging an eight-year Olympic sponsorship deal and its first global campaign to lay out its vision of mobility for the world. Industry right-sizes its stocks http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL01/171219955/automaker-inventory-sales-december Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Automakers have worked off a yearlong surplus of inventory and enter the busy December selling season with stocks slightly below normal for this time of year. Parsons, Meyers join Automotive News sales team http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL01/171219957/parsons-meyers-join-automotive-news-sales-team Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Matt Parsons and Mary Meyers have joined Automotive News as regional sales managers. The last Oldsmobile heads to auction http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/OEM03/171219959/oldsmobile-last-model-auction Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST The last Oldsmobile to come off the line is headed for the auction lane. Toyota marketing key to multicultural appeal http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL03/171219974/toyota-marketing-key-multicultural-appeal Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Toyota has found a natural home amid the eye-popping styles and eclectic musical acts of Afropunk festivals. From one-man show to industry leader http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171219976/from-one-man-show-to-industry-leader Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Paul Askos, founder of service contract provider Western National Warranty Corp., was the kind of guy who did the right thing, even when it seemed like the wrong thing for business. GAP's roller coaster ride to an FandI staple http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171219978/finance-insurance-gap-dealership Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Today, nearly half of U.S. vehicle buyers purchase guaranteed asset protection, making it an FandI office product staple. But it's had its ups and downs since arriving on the national market about 25 years ago. Warranty shift gave JMandA an opening http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171219979/finance-insurance-jma-dealers Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Thirty years ago, there were few FandI products in the market, but when Toyota shifted its warranty program, JMandA Group identified an opportunity to offer a new product to dealerships and consumers: prepaid maintenance. JMandA built FandI process around menu http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171219980/jma-finance-insurance-dealers Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST JMandA Group brought the FandI menu to a large part of the market, even creating its own iterations of it, but the company's real strength was building the FandI process around the menu. Association keeps FandI pros on their game http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171219982/finance-insurance-dealers-retail Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST In the late 1980s, as the auto retail industry braced for an increase in state and federal scrutiny and regulations, the need for a compliance certification program was clear. Dealerships are not dead, but the way we buy vehilces is http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL/171219984/mike-burgiss-column-vehicle-buying Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Dealerships need to build bridges that connect the online and in-store experience, says Mike Burgiss, vice president of digital retailing at Cox Automotive. Looks like Lincoln got it right http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL03/171219988/lincoln-marketing-north-america-keith-crain-column Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST I don't know how successful Lincoln will be in China, where it is starting a huge marketing and product push, but the luxury brand looks to be making the right moves in North America. VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171210/ANE/171209912/vw-peugeot-seat-propel-compact-suv-sector-toward-new-record Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the compact SUV segment by more than a quarter. Ford will test Internet sales models in China http://www.autonews.com/article/20171210/RETAIL01/171219946/ford-test-online-sales-models-china Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford is using the world's largest vehicle market as a test bed for alternatives to traditional dealer showrooms. Subaru doesn't need cars for holiday boost http://www.autonews.com/article/20171210/RETAIL03/171219960/subaru-marketing-advertising-campaign Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST For the second year in a row, Subaru of America's year-end marketing event doesn't include its vehicles. Nissan's robotaxi field-test to be challenge to Waymo http://www.autonews.com/article/20171209/MOBILITY/171219964/nissan-robotaxi-waymo-challenger Sat, 9 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Nissan steps its challenge to Waymo in the race for self-driving cars with plans to field-test robotaxis in downtown Yokohama early next year. Paralympics bring home Toyota message http://www.autonews.com/article/20171209/RETAIL03/171219973/paralympics-bring-home-toyota-message Sat, 9 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Many of the devices and mobility concepts the company is highlighting addresses the challenges of personal mobility, including for the elderly, those recovering from an accident, or the permanently disabled. VW, Ford gain as Russia sales rise 15% http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171208/ANE/171209794/vw-ford-gain-as-russia-sales-rise-15 Fri, 8 Dec 2017 09:44:53 EST New-car sales in Russia rose 15 percent in November. VW and Ford sales both jumped 29 percent. German sales likely to fall next year on lower diesel demand, VDA says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171207/ANE/171209831/german-sales-likely-to-fall-next-year-on-lower-diesel-demand-vda-says Thu, 7 Dec 2017 03:31:09 EST New-car registrations in Germany will grow to one of their highest-ever levels this year but will likely decline next year because of falling demand for diesels, the VDA industry association said. KAR's TradeRev adds features http://www.autonews.com/article/20171207/RETAIL04/171209807/kars-traderev-adds-features Thu, 7 Dec 2017 15:58:25 EST A new version of TradeRev's used-vehicle purchasing mobile app, from KAR Auction Services, has added dealer-support features.