Vehicle Sales

VW said to consider planning center in Brazil to revive sales

July 25, 2014 10:07 CET
VW is mulling a planning center in Brazil. It would be part VW's 3.6 billion euro ($4.85 billion) investment in new models, plants and technology for the country through 2018, sources said.... Read More »

 

Audi, BMW and Mercedes pressure Ford, GM as UK market booms

July 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Germany's premium automakers are benefiting most from the UK car market boom. Audi, BMW and Mercedes are winning customers from mass-market brands such as Ford and Vauxhall.... Read More »

 

Citroen DS upscale line off to a slow start as a standalone brand

July 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Vehicle sales at Citroen's upscale DS line, which became a standalone brand on June 1, fell during the first half, hit by an aging product lineup and tougher competition from refreshed rivals such as Mini.... Read More »

 

Bentley may add a 5th model after SUV launch

July 24, 2014 15:51 CET
Bentley may add a fifth model to its lineup after it launches an SUV in 2016, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said. The new model could be a two-seat sports car or a larger model slotted between the Continental GT coupe and Mulsanne sedan.... Read More »

 

Bentley may add a fifth model after SUV launch

9:51 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Bentley may add a fifth model to its lineup after it launches an SUV in 2016, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said. The new model could be a two-seat sports car or a larger model slotted between the Continental GT coupe and Mulsanne sedan.... Read More »

 

Ford Q2 earnings rise on N.A. record, first European profit in 3 years

6:45 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Ford posted a second-quarter pretax profit of $2.6 billion, bolstered by a record performance in North America and its first quarterly profit in Europe in three years.... Read More »

 

Group 1 Q2 profit tumbles 55% on Brazilian problems

9:47 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Group 1 Automotive today said its second-quarter net income tumbled 55 percent from a year earlier to $16.9 million, dragged down by a struggling economy in Brazil which accounts for 8 percent of its revenue.... Read More »

 

Bentley CEO rolls back 'aggressive' sales forecasts

July 24, 2014 13:12 CET
Bentley expects 2014 deliveries to be lower than previously forecast as the carmaker is hit by the crisis in Ukraine and Russia and struggles to maintain high sales growth in China.... Read More »

 

GM sales surge despite recalls as Barra proves quality sells

9:10 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
General Motors' Mary Barra is projected to report her second straight quarter of rising sales, adding to evidence that the CEO is weathering the biggest wave of recalls in automotive history. Second-quarter revenue may rise 2.7 percent, the average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

New-look Yaris will start at $15,670

2:54 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Pricing on the 2015 Yaris, Toyota’s struggling subcompact car, will start at $15,670, including shipping. Toyota gave the 2015 Yaris a face-lift in hopes that a newer look will attract more buyers.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

N.Y. Times story on subprime offers feds ammunition

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
A withering account of subprime auto lending in Sunday's New York Times reinforces bad stereotypes about used-car dealers, smears subprime lenders and their investors, takes out of context an increase in delinquencies and loan losses from record lows, and provides ammunition to auto finance industry critics in Washington.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce names new China boss

July 22, 2014 06:01 CET
Rolls-Royce has named BMW veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations. China demand helped to boost the ultraluxury brand's global vehicle sales to a record 3,630 last year.... Read More »

 

Mercedes seeks to outpace premium rivals in China with more dealers, new models

July 22, 2014 10:35 CET
Mercedes expects to outpace the 17 percent to 18 percent growth in industry sales of premium vehicles in China this year, after merging two competing sales networks and adding new models.... Read More »

 

Dealers' phones ring again

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Because of the ubiquitous smart phone, car shoppers are flooding dealerships with phone calls instead of e-mail inquiries. The sudden change in consumer behavior has dealers pushing employees to brush up on an ancient skill: answering the telephone.... Read More »

 

Toyota aims to hold U.S. Hispanic market lead as segment grows

6:49 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Toyota plans to remain the top-selling auto brand among U.S. Hispanic customers as competing automakers boost efforts to win a bigger share of business from the nation's largest ethnic minority group, a top executive said Sunday.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

With its new minivan, BMW ditches rwd for practicality

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Even BMW has to obey the laws of physics: a rwd car that is compact yet roomy is a paradox. But for traditional fans of the brand, the fwd 2-series Active Tourer is nothing less than a heresy on wheels.... Read More »

 

BMW expects high conquest rate for 2-series Active Tourer

July 20, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW expects that three out of every four buyers of its 2-series Active Tourer minivan will be new to the brand.... Read More »

 

GM halts sale of some Cadillac CTS models over switch issue

7:24 pm U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
GM ordered Cadillac dealers to stop selling some versions of the CTS because the automaker does not have a fix yet for cars recalled in late June over an issue where engines can be shut off if the driver's knee bumps the ignition key.... Read More »

 

Tesla makes the shopping list as U.K. eyes greener government fleet

10:34 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Tesla Motors, a month after starting Model S deliveries in the United Kingdom, said its flagship electric sedan is among the cars being considered for purchase by the government there to transport officials.... Read More »

 

Maserati to cap global sales at 75,000 vehicles a year

7:48 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobile's luxury Maserati unit will not sell more than 75,000 vehicles globally a year to retain the exclusivity of the Italian brand.... Read More »

 

Beijing Hyundai, Dongfeng Citroen tie for top score in China satisfaction survey

July 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Beijing Hyundai and Dongfeng Citroen topped mass-market brands in a J.D. Power survey of Chinese consumers' satisfaction with the car-buying experience. The joint ventures scored significantly higher than other mass-market brands.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Honda rolls out the Civic wagon

July 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Honda hopes that sleek styling and a smart interior will help its new Civic Tourer station wagon boost the automaker's flagging sales in Europe.... Read More »

 

European car sales rise 4%, boosted by incentives

July 17, 2014 10:09 CET
European car sales rose 4 percent in June as an economic recovery in southern Europe, new product launches and retail incentives boosted demand for mass-market brands.... Read More »

 

Maserati to cap global sales at 75,000

July 17, 2014 14:40 CET
Maserati will not sell more than 75,000 vehicles globally a year to retain the brand's exclusivity, an executive said. Maserati is adding the Levante SUV and Alfieri coupe to its lineup.... Read More »

 

European car sales rise 4%, boosted by incentives

4:09 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
European car sales rose 4 percent in June as an economic recovery in southern Europe, new product launches and retail incentives boosted demand for mass-market brands.... Read More »

 

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Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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