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Chevy ad escalates pickup war, puts steel vs. aluminum issue on the table

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Chevrolet is escalating the pickup wars with a social media campaign that takes a swipe at Ford's aluminum-body F-150. In an online commercial slated for possible TV play, focus group members are asked which cage they will use for refuge when a grizzly bear lumbers into the room: one made of aluminum or another made of high-strength steel.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Midsize-sedan sales meltdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Midsize-sedan sales meltdown; How Infiniti boosted quality rating; Private-equity dealership investors gain favor; Scion iA's luxury tech; A cool Chevy feature.... Read More »

Automakers say they're open to outside dealership investors, despite skepticism

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Some automakers insist they are willing to take a chance on outside investors — provided they have a long-term focus and tap people with substantial dealership operation experience.... Read More »

Chassix finds support for Chapter 11 exit plan

3:29 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Debt-laden auto supplier Chassix Holdings Inc. entered its bankruptcy court confirmation hearing late last week with nearly unanimous creditor support for its Chapter 11 exit plan.... Read More »

Mexico auto production, exports rise in June

12:43 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Mexico auto production rose 6.7 percent in June to 306,694 units versus the same month last year, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said.... Read More »

UAW wages may be flat, but workers' pay is up

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

In contract talks with the Detroit 3, the UAW will be looking to boost the pay of veteran Tier 1 workers, who haven't had a wage increase in a decade. But that doesn't mean their pay hasn't gone up.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Why Skoda's fast rise helps and hurts parent VW Group

July 6, 2015 06:15 CET

Skoda and VW brand are heading in opposite directions. Skoda's car sales rose to a record last year and its profit margin was 7 percent, far higher than VW's 2.5 percent. Now Skoda's success is attracting the wrong kind of attention at VW Group headquarters in Wolfsburg.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler, PSA could be at risk from Greek euro turmoil

July 6, 2015 16:52 CET

Industry watchers say a Greek exit from the euro after the country's no vote to austerity terms could impact southern European markets, along with Fiat Chrysler and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, the automakers most exposed to those markets.... Read More »

Average fuel economy drops to 25.4 mpg in June

11:23 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. was down 0.1 mpg in June, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 121

11:15 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

General Motors' faulty ignition switches are now linked to 121 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said.... Read More »

Mini, Lexus, BMW stores most-improved in responding to potential buyers

8:18 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Mini, Lexus and BMW dealerships achieved the industry's biggest improvements in building rapport with potential buyers, while Mercedes-Benz stores led the way for a seventh-consecutive year, according to a newly released study.... Read More »

Renault taps Daimler expertise to boost Talisman quality

July 6, 2015 16:34 CET

Renault is aiming to match rivals' quality with its new Talisman midsize car with help from Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler. The Talisman is a "refined sedan with an assertive design," Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the the car's unveiling.... Read More »

Renault says Talisman midsize sedan has 'racy' design, innovative technologies

July 6, 2015 08:28 CET

Renault says its new Talisman midsize car has robust and racy lines and delivers "intense driving enjoyment." The Talisman, which replaces the Laguna and Latitude cars, will have a key role in taking the brand upmarket by offering near-premium features.... Read More »

Eberspaecher said to explore partnership or partial sale

July 6, 2015 15:01 CET

German supplier Eberspaecher is exploring a partnership with an overseas peer or a partial sale as it seeks to expand internationally, several sources familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

France to unify EV-charging networks, report says

July 6, 2015 14:15 CET

The French government plans to make it easier for drivers of electric cars to charge their vehicles by unifying certain features of the country's various EV-charging networks by decree before the end of this year, a French newspaper reported.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Mercedes a 'mystery' hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Mercedes-Benz dealerships score with mystery shoppers; CEO plans 'new Honda'; Chevy's swipe at F-150; Dodge dealer is big on detail; Hellcat ad unleashed; Transaction-price trend.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 19% in June on China, Europe demand

July 6, 2015 12:24 CET

Mercedes deliveries rose 19 percent in June as strong demand in China and Europe helped boost sales. Six-month deliveries rose a record 15 percent, the carmaker said.... Read More »

Mercedes will pass VW in Japan this year on surging luxury car sales

July 6, 2015 11:30 CET

Mercedes will likely pass Volkswagen this year to become the top-selling import brand in Japan for the first time in 16 years, underscoring the nation's surprising boom in demand for luxury cars.... Read More »

FTC remains vigilant on deceptive dealership ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

After two Las Vegas dealerships agreed last week to settle charges that they used deceptive advertising, the Federal Trade Commission said dealers can expect vigilant enforcement of dealers' practices to continue.... Read More »

GM China growth outpaced by U.S. in first half

6:35 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

GM posted a slower pace of growth in China sales in the first half than in the U.S., as the economy slowed in its biggest market and local competitors flooded the market with cheaper SUV models.... Read More »

UK new-car sales rise 13% in June boosted by low finance deals

July 6, 2015 10:55 CET

UK new-car registrations in June increased 13 percent to 257,817. The increase meant that sales were up by 7 percent in the first six months to 1.37 million, which marked the best half-year performance on record.... Read More »

New Honda CEO Hachigo wants exciting cars, maximum capacity use

July 6, 2015 08:39 CET

Honda's new CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, aims to reboot the automaker by developing more exciting cars, steering clear of numerical targets and maximizing use of the company's overseas production to soak up global overcapacity.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for July

July 6, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why Skoda's rising sales and profits both help and hinder its parent, VW Group.... Read More »

A new Suzuki leader for a new era

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toshihiro Suzuki, tapped June 30 as president of Suzuki Motor Corp., is a different leader for a different era. A wallflower next to his father Osamu, Toshihiro says he has no intention of sitting as long at the helm as the chairman CEO.... Read More »

Fleet stats cloud sales picture

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

June brought another surge in U.S. new-vehicle sales, with Ford showing modest growth while General Motors was alone among major manufacturers in recording a decline. But a closer look reveals a more nuanced picture: In retail sales -- those to individual customers -- GM was up 6.8 percent last month, better than most other automakers. Ford, hurt by a short supply of F-150 pickups, actually suffered a decline in retail sales.... Read More »

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