Mazda upgrading U.S. dealership network

Mazda has embarked on a three-year dealership upgrade targeting more than 100 outlets across the United States as part of its push to polish its brand image and achieve 2 percent market share.

Ford to hire 700 staff to meet car demand at Russia plant

Ford's Russian joint venture plans to hire more than 700 workers at its plant in Elabuga to meet growing demand for models including the Kuga and Explorer SUVs and the Transit van.

Certification delays tie up Porsches

Porsche's 2018 models sat at U.S. ports during lengthy delays, but they're starting to flow to dealerships now.

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Don't get stuck with bad cars

Never in the history of the auto industry in this country has a natural disaster caused as much devastation to car dealers as the hurricane that struck Houston. Now the industry will have to figure out what to do with a massive number of flood-damaged vehicles.

Harvey seen as 'net positive' for sales

Sales lost to disruptions in the final week of August are expected to be made up by year end with an influx of owners of damaged vehicles heading to area dealerships for a replacement car or truck.

Gulf ports play growing role in auto trade

Automakers now realize they can save on logistics by using ocean shipping to reach customers in the lower Midwest with foreign-made vehicles, or to export vehicles built in the Southeast's assembly plants.

TOYOTA: 3rd-straight gain despite Lexus drag

Toyota Motor North America, behind stronger truck demand and higher incentives, posted a U.S. sales gain in August for the third-straight month despite some drag by its Lexus luxury division.

NISSAN: Double whammy knocks sales

Nissan Division sales fell 15 percent in August -- partly due to the Texas storm and partly due to a planned reduction in fleet volumes. Infiniti sales rose.