Retail

Penske Automotive eyes more growth overseas, retail truck stores

10:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Penske Automotive wants to grow by snapping up more car dealerships overseas and buying other businesses, such as heavy-duty retail truck stores. Penske said today it agreed to raise its stake in The Around The Clock Freightliner Group, a “heavy-duty retail truck dealership group” in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Penske said such businesses are attractive because they provide strong revenue with lower costs.... Read More »

 

Ford's Fields lunch auction draws top bid of $50,000 -- so far

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
The price to have lunch with Mark Fields? At least $50,000. The online auction featured on Charitybuzz, which raises money for nonprofits with celebrities and brands, opened October 15 and closes at 3 pm EDT on Thursday.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi's net rises 8 percent as U.S. sales soar

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors said net income rose 8 percent in the latest quarter, aided by results in North America.... Read More »

 

Maserati beats Ferrari in Q3 profit on Montezemolo exit

Oct. 29, 2014 18:22 CET
Maserati's quarterly profit topped Ferrari's for the first time since it became part of Fiat Group more than 25 years ago. The main reason was that Ferrari took a big financial hit to part ways with Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

The story behind that list of dealership slang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
F&I managers -- mostly appalled, but at least partly amused -- recently passed around online a link to a “Car Dealer Dictionary” of dealership slang, including terms that are supposedly in use in F&I departments.... Read More »

 

Edmunds.com buys startup, plans to offer texting services to dealerships

12:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Edmunds has purchased a startup texting technology company that it helped nurture. The acquisition will enable Edmunds dealership subscribers to offer texting services to mobile customers.... Read More »

 

GM takes charge of its branded F&I products

6:53 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
General Motors is bringing the sales of its branded F&I products in-house, taking over responsibility from captive finance company GM Financial, in a move designed to give those sales a shot in the arm and get those products on more GM dealerships' radar.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler's growth plans clouded by Brazilian outlook

Oct. 29, 2014 11:52 CET
Fiat Chrysler aims to boost sales in Latin America by 44 percent over five years but a recent big drop in volume and weakening outlook in Brazil, the region's biggest economy, threaten to spoil its ambitions.... Read More »

 

Ally swings to $356 million Q3 profit on higher auto-loan demand

8:40 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Ally Financial said that its third-quarter profit jumped from a year-earlier loss because of higher demand for loans from car dealerships.... Read More »

 

Huntington Bank focuses on internal auto loan growth

7:22 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Huntington Bank, of Columbus, Ohio, switched gears in the last year from expanding its footprint and adding new markets to cultivating more business with its existing dealer network.... Read More »

 

Captives see big rise in leases

7:10 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Leases accounted for almost half of GM Financial originations in the United States and Canada in the quarter. That's a big increase for the GM captive finance company and part of an industry trend that carried leasing to new highs. Last week, Ford Motor Credit Co. also reported an increase in leasing during third quarter.... Read More »

 

VW closes sales gap with Toyota in race for No. 1

Oct. 29, 2014 11:56 CET
VW Group has narrowed its global sales gap with market leader Toyota as the world's two largest automakers enter the fourth quarter in a tight race for the industry's top spot. VW Group trailed Toyota by 72,000 vehicles after nine months.... Read More »

 

Car dealer Lookers to beat expectations

Oct. 29, 2014 10:55 CET
Britain's fourth-largest car dealer group, Lookers, forecast better-than-expected 2014 results on Wednesday after seeing strong new car sales. Lookers said retail new car sales rose 12 percent in the first nine months of the year.... Read More »

 

AutoNation plans December launch of digital storefront

9:41 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
AutoNation said it will launch its digital storefront in December in the south Florida market with a new pricing moniker it calls Smart Choice.... Read More »

 

On Twitter, 140 characters = $716 million in car sales

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
It's a burning question for auto marketers on Twitter: Are our tweets influencing people to buy cars? To tackle this question, the social network released new data today that attempts to show just how much 140 characters are worth.... Read More »

 

AutoNation halts sales of used cars under Takata recalls

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
AutoNation has stopped selling used vehicles that are subject to the Takata airbag recalls and warnings. The action affects fewer than 400 cars, AutoNation said today.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Why the XC90 can't come soon enough for Volvo dealers

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Some Volvo dealers are expecting the brand’s image to blossom this spring with the arrival of its redesigned flagship crossover. And they can’t wait to see what image emerges.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Geely's Horbury takes his auto design cues from a nation's style

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
As a design leader at companies such as Ford and Volvo, Peter Horbury has always been the outsider with great insight, the foreigner able to identify style motifs native to a particular country and put them to good use.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

New Subaru marketing could foreshadow upmarket push

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
If you liked the quality of Subaru cars before, you're going to love the “new” quality the brand aspires to. That's the marketing meme Subaru is cultivating in Japan under a “New Subaru Quality” push aiming to move its image upmarket.... Read More »

 

Q auto's sales strategy: 1 person, 1 price

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Casey Coffey said the goal at Q auto -- Asbury Automotive Group Inc.'s new line of used-only dealerships -- is to stock an array of quality used vehicles and make quick, no-hassle sales to consumers. To speed sales, Q auto's strategy calls for product specialists to handle deals from beginning to end.... Read More »

 

Toyota's global sales rise 3% as race with VW tightens

Oct. 27, 2014 12:38 CET
Toyota said worldwide sales climbed 3 percent through September as the carmaker battles VW Group to be the global No. 1. Toyota is benefiting from strong growth in the U.S. while VW Group is getting a big boost from China.... Read More »

 

Tesla offers leasing options for new Model S in U.S.

6:49 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Tesla Motors unveiled a leasing policy for its new Model S with an option for buyers in the United States to return the car within three months of purchase.... Read More »

 

Infotainment glitches haunt automakers in Consumer Reports' reliability survey

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Infotainment hiccups nagged the industry in the Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, while problems with the Q50 caused Infiniti's ranking to plummet.... Read More »

 

Lincoln's McConaughey ads get another parody, this time from SNL

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
If the success of an ad campaign -- and the brand it touts -- was measured by the number of parodies it generated, Lincoln's moody ads featuring Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey would already be in the advertising Hall of Fame.... Read More »

 

Dodge brothers back in action in new TV spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
The last time a Detroit automaker resurrected a dead guy for an ad campaign, the result was widely panned.... Read More »

 

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