Automotive News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:00:00 EST German car sales rose 6% in August Wed, 2 Sep 2015 04:46:43 EST German new-car registrations rose 6 percent in August, slowing from a growth rate of 7 percent in July. Germany joins France, Italy and Spain in reporting increased sales during a normally quiet month. Hyundai brings back Nissan's Hatami as U.S. sales chief Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EST Derrick Hatami, who left Hyundai last January to become U.S. sales chief at Nissan, will return to Hyundai to fill the company's new vacancy for a U.S. sales chief. Volvo sales rise 3% in August as U.S. demand offsets slowing China Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:38:05 EST Volvo's global car sales rose 3.2 percent in August as strong growth in the U.S. helped offset a continued slide in China, which has been hit by slowing growth and stock market turmoil. Mercedes completes S-class family with luxury convertible Wed, 2 Sep 2015 03:03:29 EST Mercedes will complete its S-class family with the sixth and final derivative of its flagship sedan next year, when it launches its first top-of-the-line four-seat convertible since 1971. Opel will launch online retail banking in Germany Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:24:24 EST Opel will push into online retail banking in Germany and use consumer deposits to broaden the base of its financing operation. VW plans to extend CEO Winterkorn's contract until 2018 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 04:02:56 EST Volkswagen plans to extend the contract of CEO Martin Winterkorn until the end of 2018, a victory for the executive after he clashed with former Chairman Ferdinand Piech. Chinese supplier CW Bearing to build new U.S. headquarters near Detroit Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:50:26 EST CW Bearing USA will invest $25.9 million to build a new U.S. headquarters and technical center in suburban Detroit, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's office said. GM expects to be profitable in India in 5 years Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:53:28 EST General Motors expects to be profitable in India in five years as it cuts costs and works toward increasing local content in its cars, the automaker's India chief told Reuters. Jeep Wrangler to stay in Toledo, Cherokee leaving, Wrangler-based pickup coming Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:00:00 EST Fiat Chrysler has decided to keep making the Jeep Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio, move production of the Jeep Cherokee to a nearby state and build a Jeep pickup. Is there room under the Blue Oval for Ranger, Bronco and Troller in U.S.? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:15:00 EST Ever since Ford dropped the midsize Ranger pickup in late 2011, the company has been pestered regularly and repeatedly about replacing it. Will the next Nissan Z be a crossover? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:15:00 EST After scrapping production plans for the Nissan IDx coupes, there is now a very real possibility that the next Z car will be a crossover. Sales edge down but SAAR soars to 17.81 million Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EST U.S. light-vehicle sales slipped 0.7 percent, far better than projections of a 3.3 percent dip, to 1.505 million in August as consumers shrugged off volatile stock prices and continued to splurge. The annualized pace of sales soared to 17. Mercedes S-class cabrio will bow in Frankfurt Tue, 1 Sep 2015 18:15:00 EST Mercedes-Benz is adding a fourth convertible to its North American lineup: the S class. The German automaker will introduce the car this month at the Frankfurt auto show. Press days are Sept. 15 and 16. U.S. drops estimates for vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbags by 36% Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:16:56 EST U.S. auto safety regulators now believe about 19.2 million U.S. vehicles are covered by the recalls for Takata airbag inflators that can explode in a crash, 36 percent fewer than were thought earlier this summer to carry the defective parts. Hyundai, Kia notch records on Santa Fe, Soul Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:15:00 EST Facing stock market turmoil and an unfriendly calendar, Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia still set monthly U.S. sales records in August on strong demand for crossovers. Hyundai reported selling 72,012 vehicles for the month, a 2. U.S. car sales, Aug. and YTD Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:37:25 EST U.S. light-truck sales, Aug. and YTD Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:35:36 EST U.S. light-vehicle sales by nameplate, Aug. and YTD Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:31:11 EST Automotive News SAAR - 2015 Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:29:52 EST Canada sales rise 2.2% in August Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:13:07 EST Light vehicle sales in Canada grew 2.2 percent in August to 175,512 vehicles, according to the monthly Desrosiers market snapshot report. U.S. total vehicle sales by make, Aug. and YTD Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:06:24 EST andnbsp;Total 2015Total 20142015 Total Share2014 Total SharePoint... Lexus grabs second straight monthly U.S. sales win, narrows gap with BMW Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:16:45 EST Lexus sold the most luxury vehicles in the U.S. in August, riding a wave of demand for its new crossover to a second straight monthly win and narrowing the gap with BMW. Sales rose 2. Ford's U.S. retail volume best since '06 Tue, 1 Sep 2015 13:30:00 EST Ford Motor Co. had its best retail-sales month since March 2006 in August, selling 183,467 vehicles in the U.S. Ford posted its highest F-series number of the year and gains of at least 20 percent for five crossover and SUV nameplates. Toyota, Honda suffer from weak car deliveries Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:15:00 EST The declines in small and midsize car sales finally caught up to both Toyota and Honda in August. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. reported its August sales fell 8.8 percent from a year earlier to 224,381 vehicles, while American Honda Motor Co.' Weak Nissan, strong Infiniti results leaves Nissan N.A. off slightly Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:00:00 EST Nissan North America reported a slight drop in U.S. sales in August, as lower car sales offset strong performances by the Rogue crossover, the Altima sedan and the Infiniti luxury brand. Why the momentum could last Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:00:00 EST Auto marketers are still standing back from the edge of 2009's pit of despair, though maybe some leaned in a bit last month. Land Rover to roll out two diesels in October Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:56:36 EST Land Rover expects its first U.S. diesel vehicles will account for up to 20 percent of sales for the two SUVs powered by the new-generation engines. AutoNews Now: SAAR up, sales down Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST SAAR up, sales down; Hyundai departure; Toledo to keep a Jeep, lose a Jeep; FCA future product; 51 years of Malibus; Inside Infiniti Q30; Z crossover? VW's run ends with 8.1% drop; Audi's hot streak continues Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:45:00 EST Audi of America posted its best August ever, while Volkswagen of America was unable to sustain its brief growth spurt. After posting higher U.S. sales in May, June and July, VW backtracked with an 8.1 percent decline last month. GM slips as fleet pullback continues Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:30:00 EST GM's U.S. sales slipped less than 1 percent in August, as the second straight monthly drop in fleet sales offset rising demand from individual buyers. GM sold 270,480 vehicles last month, down 0.7 percent from a year earlier. Hyundai's U.S. sales chief Pradzinski departs abruptly Tue, 1 Sep 2015 13:09:08 EST Bob Pradzinski, the No. 2 sales executive at Hyundai Motor America behind CEO Dave Zuchowski, has left the company, Hyundai said today. There was no immediate word on a successor for that post. Pradzinski, 55, was a 26-year Hyundai veteran. Record Jeep, Ram pickup demand push FCA up 1.7% Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:15:00 EST Record Jeep and Ram pickup volume pushed Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales up 1.7 percent in August, offsetting stiff drops at the Dodge and Chrysler brands. The automaker reported sales in the U.S. of 201,672. First Tesla Model X buyers now picking colors, 'Ludicrous Mode' Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:29:32 EST The first customers who reserved Tesla's Model X all-electric SUV have been alerted that, at long last, they can choose their paint color, wheel size and whether they want to drive ludicrously fast. VW Beetle: The good times roll on, with a few asterisks Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:13:44 EST Despite a recent freshening, Volkswagen's Beetle isn't posting strong U.S. sales numbers and there has been talk that VW may ax the iconic retro buggy. For 2015, U.S. FCA recalls 206,668 2014 Jeep Cherokees to fix windshield wiper defect Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:35:27 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 206,668 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUVs because of a defect that could cause windshield wipers to stop working. Toyota's venerable Land Cruiser sports modern, safety updates for 2016 Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:00:00 EST The oldest nameplate in the Toyota lineup, the Land Cruiser, is receiving significant upgrades for the 2016 model year. It's the first time since 2008 that major changes have been made to the low-volume, full-size, off-road vehicle. First Shift: FCA details buybacks, incentives Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST FCA details buybacks, incentives; GM strike authorized; Magna closes unit sale; Fallout from Brazil slowdown; Dealers leverage Porsche 'experience.' Tesla names new Germany chief amid slow sales Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Tesla named a new top executive in Germany, where the U.S. electric car maker is struggling to gain a foothold. Germany's Kiekert buys out Chinese partner Tue, 1 Sep 2015 07:02:57 EST Kiekert, a global supplier of automotive locks, has acquired full ownership of China's Henan North Xingguang Locking Systems Co., a manufacturer of door, hood and trunk locks. French new-car sales rise 10% percent on extra selling day Tue, 1 Sep 2015 05:05:47 EST French new-car sales rose 9.7 percent in August, traditionally a slow holiday month, boosted by an extra selling day. All major brands increased sales except Toyota and Ford. Spain's car sales jump 23% in 24th consecutive month of growth Tue, 1 Sep 2015 06:36:31 EST Spanish new-car sales rose 23 percent in August in the best result for the month since 2009 and the 24th consecutive month of growth as the market benefits from a government-backed subsidy program. Top Renault exec sees European rebound continuing in second half Tue, 1 Sep 2015 05:23:39 EST Renault's Chief Competitive Officer, Thierry Bollore, expects Europe's rebound to continue as the region's economy improves and drivers replace aging vehicles. Nissan's absurd new sport Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan takes its UEFA Champions League sponsorship to a whole new level in its latest spot. The quotable Marchionne Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne takes stock of countries, competitors, brands, dealers, disruptors and the industry at large in these excerpts from an interview with Automotive News. Grand Wagoneer will boost Jeep lineup; Wrangler decision will direct pickup Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Jeep is working on a Wrangler-based pickup, but it's not a done deal. In 2019, the three-row Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV is due. Both the Wrangler and Compass are being redesigned, while the Grand Cherokee's redesign has been delayed a year. Classic Broncos reach ICON status Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Jonathan Ward, CEO of California-based ICON, sells refurbished and modernized classic 1960s-era Ford Broncos for between $175,000 and $230,000 -- and says he can't keep up with demand. UAW members at GM vote to authorize a strike Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:45:00 EST UAW-represented workers at General Motors plants overwhelmingly authorized union leadership to strike the carmaker if the two sides reach an impasse during talks over a new wage and benefit pact. FCA details buy-backs, incentives for completing older recalls Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:04:48 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles today issued details on its buy-back and incentive program offered to more than 1 million owners of vehicles recalled in 2013 but for which recall repair programs weren't immediately available. Internet entrepreneurs back Chinese electric vehicle startup, NextEV Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:13:43 EST A group of deep-pocketed China-based internet entrepreneurs and financial investors, including Tencent and Hillhouse Capital, is backing an effort to create NextEV, a new rival to U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors. AutoNews Now: Sergio on hugs, deals, 'schmucks' Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Sergio on hugs, deals and 'schmucks'; Analyst: Friendly GM merger unlikely; Spicier Acura sedans?; Pining for Honda S660; Wholesale used prices dip below $10K. %]