The first creative work from Acura's new ad agency -- for the launch of the redesigned 2014 MDX crossover -- is an attempt to propel the brand's status from premium to true luxury. American Honda Motor Co.'
When Andrew DiFeo opened a Hyundai store in St. Augustine, Fla., in 2008, he saw a chance to create a culture. Earlier experiences at Toyota Motor Sales and his New Jersey-rooted family dealership group helped forge three founding principles.
When BMW decided to rethink and reposition the venerable 3 series coupe, it set several ambitious goals: Rename it the 4 series, style it and equip it with an even more premium feel than the 3-series sedan, and charge more for it.
The turmoil is finally subsiding in the Chattanooga market four years after the national economic crisis and the bankruptcy of General Motors. But getting the car business back in order in this mountainous market of 350,000 people has been a game of musical chairs.
Mark Dowd, a lawyer who worked for the Obama administration team that oversaw the 2009 restructurings of General Motors and Chrysler Group, has been hired as assistant general counsel at the Association of Global Automakers.
Chrysler Capital, the lender created this year by Santander Consumer USA and Chrysler Group, is already the top loan writer at Chrysler dealerships. Chrysler Capital, now Chrysler's preferred finance provider, gives Chrysler dealerships a stronger lineup of loan choices for car shoppers.
The number of light vehicles on U.S. roads peaked at 236.4 million in 2008, then dropped through 2011, reflecting the auto industry's sharp sales slump and echoing findings from other recent reports that Americans are driving less, a University of Michigan researcher says.
General Motors in modern times has never successfully sold a tiny car like the Chevy Spark in the United States. The Spark's success today, 26,869 sales in its first 12 months, exceeds GM's initial expectations by as much as 35 percent, said one person familiar with the company's internal planning.
Fiat is hiring its own field staff to work with its 205 U.S. dealerships as the brand starts selling its first four-door hatchback, the 500L. Fiat dealerships had been handled by factory reps that also visited Chrysler stores. Most Fiat dealerships are owned by Chrysler dealers.
Automakers are increasingly requiring contributions from suppliers for potential product liability, warranty and recall claims, and the emphasis on shared responsibility has worked its way from the automakers down to all three tiers of the supply chain.
GM is expected to name U.S. sales chief Alan Batey as the global head of Chevrolet, a person familiar with the plans said. Batey is expected to be assigned this week to the newly created post to accelerate Chevy's growth in the 140 markets where it is sold.
Subaru of America has outgrown its Cherry Hill, N.J., headquarters, but it's not going to move to the West Coast, where most other Asian auto brands are based. Instead, Subaru is looking for a site in the area where it is now based. Cherry Hill is a suburb of Philadelphia, which is 9 miles away.
Tesla Motors, a long-speculated takeover target, just removed a barrier to a deal by paying off a federal government loan. The problem: For would-be suitors, it has also become the world’s most expensive carmaker.
New York's Assembly set aside a bill that Tesla Motors had said would shut down its operations in the state. The lower chamber adjourned its legislative session late Friday without acting on the measure. Lawmakers in the Assembly aren't scheduled to reconvene until January.
A June 17 editorial asks: "Should EVs help pay for highway maintenance?" Yes, they should, at least in time. Perhaps we can regard their free ride on fuel taxes as a subsidy justified by the societal benefits of electric vehicles in the initial stages of the market.
Fiat will launch an extra-long version of the 500L four-door hatchback in Europe next month. The vehicle, called the 500L Living, is not planned for the United States. At 171.3 inches, the Living is 7.9 inches longer than the 2014 Fiat 500L now on sale in Europe.
Chrysler Group's plan to put trailer hitches on 1.56 million Jeeps has brought peace with federal regulators at a bargain-basement price. But it's not likely to give occupants of those vehicles much more protection in rear-end crashes above 50 mph.
Auto advertising execs say they are increasingly seeking -- and getting -- more from their placement deals in TV shows: not just a few seconds of screen time for a brand or nameplate but a more prominent role in the script that identifies the vehicle by model and showcases distinctive features.
Three weeks ago it looked like Chrysler was about to go to war with the U.S. government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But as quickly as it escalated, it disappeared with Chrysler agreeing to recall many of the vehicles in question. It was the right call.
General Motors needs to rethink its myopic plan to stop publicly disclosing monthly vehicle production numbers that are used by economists, analysts, investors, suppliers and dealers to forecast business and make decisions that affect the entire U.S. economy.
When it goes on sale in late summer, BMW's 4 series, the renamed and redesigned successor to the 3-series coupe, will have a base price of $41,425, with shipping -- nearly $3,000 more than two key competitors.