Vehicle Sales

U.S. auto sales could break November record, two forecasts say

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

This month -- powered by Black Friday sales and a strengthening economy -- could be the best November ever for U.S. auto sales, according to forecasts from TrueCar and, and also may mark the first time in history that the industry's seasonally adjusted, annualized selling rate has topped 18 million units for three consecutive months.... Read More »

Spain to extend car subsidy scheme to mid-2016

Nov. 24, 2015 09:47 CET

The Spanish government, facing an election next month, plans to extend a car purchase subsidy scheme that has massively boosted sales until the middle of next year, a source at the Industry Ministry said.... Read More »

Reuss: More GM diesels coming in cars, trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

General Motors will move forward with diesel engines in cars and light trucks despite the potential chilling effect from Volkswagen's emissions scandal, GM's product chief said.... Read More »


Lincoln's mission: 'Core segments first'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

In 2016, Lincoln will have a new face, its most powerful car ever, a revived Continental and a chance to top 100,000 U.S. sales for the first time since 2008. What it apparently won't have, at least anytime soon, is a rear-wheel-drive sports car.... Read More »

GM turns to KBB website for targeted incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

General Motors is using Kelley Blue Book’s website to offer consumers targeted incentives, the latest sign that carmakers are keen to integrate their marketing efforts with third-party lead providers.... Read More »

Used prices forecast to soften, not dive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The pool of used vehicles will grow in 2016, causing prices to soften but not “fall from a cliff,” predicts an analyst. This year, the supply of used vehicles up to eight years old is forecast to edge up for the first time since the recession.... Read More »


Fat margins can fund greener cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The auto industry must focus on making more sustainable vehicles, but the long current sales boom can pay for the green research.... Read More »

Industry execs see era of slower sales growth in China

Nov. 22, 2015 23:34 CET

Executives gathered last week at the Guangzhou auto show were unanimous in their view that the days of exponential growth are over, underscoring how a sharp economic slowdown has tempered expectations in the world's largest car market.... Read More »

Land Rover Defender to end long, storied run

Nov. 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Production of the iconic Land Rover Defender will end early next year. The utilitarian workhorse has remained virtually unchanged during almost seven decades of production and it is unclear whether Land Rover will seek to replace it.... Read More »

Ford CFO says 'Friends' promo not costly

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

Ford's incentive spending declined slightly in the first few weeks of its year-end “Friends & Neighbors” promotion, evidence that it’s not a profit-damaging blowout sale, CFO Bob Shanks said today.... Read More »

European car sales rise 3% in Oct.

Nov. 17, 2015 08:58 CET

VW Group limited the effect of its emissions scandal in October with its European sales declining by just 0.8 percent in a total market where volume rose by 2.7 percent.... Read More »

U.S. sales will peak in 2016 as pent-up demand begins to ease, predicts NADA chief economist

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Pent-up demand for new vehicles in the U.S., having propelled sales upward each year starting in 2010, will begin to ease over the next few years, the chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association said.... Read More »

Unlikely hitch for VW dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Two months into the emissions cheating scandal that has sullied the Volkswagen brand, dealers are running into an unexpected challenge: They don't have enough vehicles to sell.... Read More »

Nissan sees Titan filling a niche for pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Nissan hopes for a small but respectable piece of the full-size truck market as it prepares to launch a long-delayed second generation of its Titan.... Read More »

Fiat 500X: Where's the halo?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Fiat's 500X, the perky subcompact crossover that arrived in U.S. dealerships six months ago, has been selling well but has done little to help the beleaguered brand overall -- as it was counted on to do.... Read More »

Inventory is tight for this time of year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Automakers and dealers started November with lean stocks after booming October auto sales. U.S. inventories normally jump between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1 as automakers stock up for the brisk year-end selling season.... Read More »

Luxury sales race goes from ho-hum to a humdinger

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Let's be honest, last year's luxury-brand sales race was a snooze compared with the bare-knuckled brawls we were getting used to. But this year's sprint to the finish looks to be much more exciting than in 2014.... Read More »

Fleet sales jump 16% in October

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Strong fleet activity helped fuel October's booming U.S. auto sales.... Read More »

Toyota FJ Cruiser is scarce, hot and high-priced

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2015

Toyota sold about 20,000 FJ Cruisers a year on average and about 222,000 all told in the United States. Now that they're not made anymore, they're more popular than ever.... Read More »

VW Group sales fall 3.5% as diesel crisis hits core brand

Nov. 13, 2015 15:25 CET

VW Group sales fell by 3.5 percent in October, the first full month after the automaker's diesel crisis erupted, as gains at Audi and Porsche failed to offset declining demand for VW, Skoda and Seat cars.... Read More »

VW's global sales fall 5.3% in October amid emissions scandal

10:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Global deliveries at Volkswagen AG's namesake passenger-car brand dropped 5.3 percent in October as Europe's largest automaker struggled to contain the fallout from a cascade of emissions-manipulation revelations.... Read More »

German gov't denies it will give $5,360 incentive to EV buyers

Nov. 13, 2015 14:29 CET

Germany's transport ministry has denied a report that says the government plans to introduce a buyers' incentive of up to $5,360 for electric cars to encourage the uptake of battery-operated vehicles.... Read More »


VW's Seat brand in focus as group seeks cost cuts

Nov. 12, 2015 14:40 CET

Volkswagen has stood by its Seat brand through years of losses, but the spreading diesel-emissions scandal will test the group's loyalty to the Spanish unit as CEO Matthias Mueller seeks to make cuts.... Read More »

Audi's October sales growth lags BMW, Mercedes

Nov. 12, 2015 15:57 CET

Audi's vehicle sales rose by 2 percent in October, which lagged BMW brand's 6.3 percent growth in global volume and Mercedes' 10 percent rise in deliveries.... Read More »

German luxury brands Porsche, M-B and Mini rule the car-buying process

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2015

German luxury brands still rule when it comes to satisfaction with the new-car buying process, according to U.S. consumers. Porsche shoved Mercedes-Benz from first to second place in sales satisfaction among luxury brands in J.D. Power's 2015 U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index. For the sixth straight year, Mini ranks highest among mass-market brands.... Read More »

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