Headlines for

» Latest print issue
Quick search (past 7 days):
- or -
Choose a date:


Use the form on the right to select a specific day >>

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BEAR TRAP?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BEST PRACTICES

Uber lifts Toyota dealership's marketing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
Toyota of Plano offers its best deals to Uber drivers, who make up about 6 percent of the store's new-car buyers and serve as evangelists for the Dallas-area dealership.

Rosekind expects NHTSA to act fast against FCA

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
Despite overhauling its safety and recall operations since September, Fiat Chrysler is almost certain to face enforcement actions by federal regulators over alleged violations of auto safety laws.

PACE Awards website taking applications for '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
The Automotive News PACE Awards, jointly presented with EY and TRC Inc. and which honor game-changing, commercialized innovation by suppliers, has opened its website to accept applications for the 2016 competition.

Germany issues fines to 5 suppliers for price fixing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
The Federal German Cartel Office has fined five automotive acoustic parts suppliers a total of 75 million euros ($83.1 million) for their roles in price fixing.

Nissan axes Pathfinder Hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
Nissan Motor Co. has killed the hybrid version of its Pathfinder crossover as consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups.

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
Former Ford Motor Co. President Philip Benton died June 14. He was 86.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Did Piech's prodding revive Alfa?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
So now that the Alfa Romeo plan is more fully hatched and the strategy is clear -- horsepower and hair-raising versions come first, and mainstream models follow -- here's a nagging question: Do we have Ferdinand Piech to thank for all of this?

HANS GREIMEL

Toyota must keep on pushing for diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
Toyota derives three-quarters of its sales from overseas. About 80 percent of its 338,875 employees are outside Japan. Yet only two non-Japanese are board members.

Giugiaro steps aside; Audi takes over

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original Volkswagen Golf and first Fiat Panda, last week resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A., the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968.

Marketing test awaits Hyundai with NFL kickoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
A sponsorship of the NFL will give Hyundai a chance to elevate its stature in the U.S. market, but the company is still searching for its marketing quarterback.

Austria deal to ease JLR production

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to build vehicles at Magna Steyr's plant in Graz, Austria, to ease production constraints in the United Kingdom.

Financial aid for hydrogen infrastructure

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
Japan's three biggest automakers plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells.

Halftime score for U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
What was hot and not-so-hot in the U.S. light-vehicle market through June

Toyota Financial resists CFPB

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
Toyota Financial Services said it has no plans to change its use of dealer reserve, despite scrutiny from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Chevy has a cool answer when phone gets too hot

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
Chevrolet is beating the heat this summer by rolling out a phone-cooling system in select 2016 models.

NADA offers compliance help

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
The Federal Trade Commissions's aggressive policing of dealers' advertising practices has won the attention of the National Automobile Dealers Association. In January, NADA published HYPERLINK "https://www.nada.org/CustomTemplates/DetailPressRelease.

What other deals will Kanye foresee?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
In his 2005 hit "Gold Digger," rapper Kanye West told a story of a football star whose onerous child-support payments force him to “win the Super Bowl and drive off in a Hyundai.

Google Maps will sound train whistle

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
Google, responding to a call from the Federal Railroad Administration to help reduce the occurrence of train-vs.

Automotive News Cover
supplement» More
News by Brand