Retail

Continental raises 2014 profit forecast on lower costs, auto demand

July 31, 2014 11:26 CET
Continental raised its 2014 profit forecast for the second time this year to 11 percent of sales from 10.5 percent, after lower production costs and improving auto demand helped boost quarterly earnings.... Read More »

 

GM, too, removes parts to weigh pickups, boost payload ratings

7:09 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
GM says it deletes heavy items such as the rear bumper from certain pickups when it weighs them in order to boost the vehicles' maximum payload ratings. GM says it adopted the practice for the 2014 model year in response to competitive pressures as it launched redesigned full-sized pickups.... Read More »

 

Penske Q2 net income rises 18% on strong gains in all segments

7:30 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Penske Automotive Group's second-quarter net income rose 18 percent from the year-earlier period on higher new- and used-vehicle unit sales.... Read More »

 

Toyota luxury boss says sub-$30K car 'wouldn't be a Lexus'

3:10 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
A senior Lexus executive said that a car priced below $30,000 would not be worthy of the brand, in an indirect dig at German rivals who have been moving downmarket. "We could go down and build a car under $30,000, but it would be decontented, and you'd be cutting corners. It wouldn't be a Lexus," Mark Templin, Lexus International's executive vice president, told Automotive News.... Read More »

 

Hyundai recalls 883,000 Sonata sedans to repair transmission-shift cable

8:06 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Hyundai is recalling about 883,000 Sonata sedans in the United States and Puerto Rico because a potentially defective transmission-shift cable could increase the risk of a crash. It is also recalling 5,650 Sonatas from the 2015 model year in the United States and Puerto Rico because one or both front-brake calipers may crack, making the brakes less effective and raising the risk of a crash, NHTSA documents show.... Read More »

 

Jaguar touts aluminum features on upcoming XE

12:35 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover is touting the aluminum features on its upcoming Jaguar XE sedan, promising it will be the most fuel efficient vehicle in brand history.... Read More »

 

Volume hot, profits not, for GM Financial, Ford Credit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
North American auto loan and lease originations combined rose in the second quarter from the year-earlier period for both Ford Motor Co.'s and General Motors' captive finance companies.... Read More »

 

Dahlheim named CEO of VW Credit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
VW Credit named CFO Christian Dahlheim CEO of the captive finance company today, succeeding Andrew Stuart, who left the company to become CEO of U.S. operations for TD Auto Finance.... Read More »

 

BMW Group tops dealer finance satisfaction survey

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
BMW Group Financial Services dominated nearly every category of J.D. Power's 2014 U.S. Dealer Financing Satisfaction Study released this week.... Read More »

 

Group 1 leads peers in F&I revenue per vehicle; Penske trails again

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Group 1 Automotive's 120 U.S. dealerships had the highest average F&I revenue per vehicle retailed in the second quarter among the six publicly traded new-car groups. It was the fourth quarter in a row that Group 1 posted higher results than its peers.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Calif. ballot proposal misses cut for November vote

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
A California consumer advocacy group’s ballot initiative that would have outlawed dealer reserve in the state won’t make it on the November ballot this year.... Read More »

 

VW closes gap on Toyota's global lead

July 30, 2014 08:02 CET
Volkswagen is closing in on Toyota as the global leader in vehicle sales, with a rapid expansion drive in China while Toyota curbs growth to focus on shoring up quality.... Read More »

 

Tesla's Musk to portray himself on 'The Simpsons'

10:26 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk will be providing the voice for himself in an episode in the 26th season of “The Simpsons,” the show's executive producer, Al Jean, said at a recent Comic-Con panel.... Read More »

 

Ford's new F-150 takes aim at Ram's highway mpg crown

3:51 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Ford hopes to regain fuel economy bragging rights in big pickups by offering a special “SFE” package on the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. The Super Fuel Economy package -- or SFE -- will be available on XL and XLT models. It will be powered by the company's newest engine: a lightweight and compact 2.7-liter twin turbo V-6 equipped with stop-start.... Read More »

 

Near-record auto lending drives Ally Q2 profit higher

10:53 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Ally Financial originated near-record auto lending volume and added more than 900 dealerships in the United States since a year ago to produce a comeback in net income in the second quarter. Ally today said it posted net income of $323 million for the second quarter compared with a net loss of $927 million during the same quarter last year.... Read More »

 

Daimler reaches labor deal on overhauling Mercedes' German sales network

July 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler has reached a labor agreement that will allow it to sell some Mercedes dealerships in Germany as part of a wider plan to overhaul its sales network in the market.... Read More »

 

Ford switching employees to iPhones from BlackBerries

1:27 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Ford is deploying iPhones for corporate use to employees worldwide, scoring a win for Apple as it seeks to lure more corporate customers.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Another hole-in-one gives California dealer a second chance

2:41 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
For eight years, Folsom Lake Kia and Folsom Lake Ford near Sacramento have sponsored charity golf tournaments without anyone ever hitting a hole-in-one. Yet for the second time this year, a golfer has put it in the cup, winning a new car.... Read More »

 

GM dogged by recalls, lingering dealer disputes in Canada

12:34 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
A wave of recalls, lingering disputes with dealers after its 2009 bankruptcy, and weak pickup volume are undermining GM's sales in Canada, the company's seventh-biggest market.... Read More »

 

Italy mulls incentives to boost 'fragile' car market

July 29, 2014 13:32 CET
The Italian government is considering offering tax incentives to encourage new car purchases by both private and public sector owners, Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi said.... Read More »

 

Faurecia increases earnings target

July 29, 2014 11:39 CET
Faurecia raised its 2014 earnings forecast after first-half profit jumped 21 percent on strong demand in Asia and higher market share in its home region.... Read More »

 

Toyota plans to name $69,000 fuel-cell vehicle Mirai, report says

9:59 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Toyota is planning to name its $69,000 fuel-cell car Mirai, the Japanese word for future, a person familiar with the decision told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

GKN confident as auto-unit growth offsets currency hit

July 29, 2014 13:50 CET
GKN says it is confident regarding the rest of 2014 after first-half profit at its car parts supply division rose 6 percent, helping to offset the effects of a currency hit.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Skoda bets on sporty design to boost Fabia sales

July 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Skoda has given its Fabia subcompact a more dynamic, sharper and sportier design. The latest-generation Fabia will debut at the Paris auto show in October.... Read More »

 

CLASS WARFARE

Ford, Ram quarrel over heavy-duty pickup towing title

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Ford Motor Co. is threatening legal action if Ram keeps claiming that its pickups offer "best-in-class" towing. Ram's response? In so many words, it's telling Ford to go pound sand.... Read More »

 

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