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AutoNation stepping away from third-party leads

7:15 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
AutoNation, tired of paying high prices for online leads, plans to de-emphasize third-party lead providers such as TrueCar, AutoTrader.com and Cars.com, CEO Mike Jackson says. He says he will strengthen AutoNation's Web site and digital presence to build traffic and sales.... Read More »
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GM seeks new PR boss, replaces human resources chief

11:21 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
General Motors today said its public-relations chief is leaving and appointed a new head of human resources, with both moves effective immediately. A GM spokesman, Greg Martin, said the actions are not connected to the company's ongoing recall crisis, but rather a result of Mary Barra's appointment as CEO three months ago.... Read More »

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan banks on radical makeover of Murano crossover

9:30 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Nissan's revamped Murano crossover will reach showrooms in the United States this year looking almost identical to the splashy auto show concept that teased it more than a year ago. Nissan released photos and details about the new Murano today and the formal unveiling is set for Wednesday at the New York auto show.... Read More »

Cadillac, Buick top service satisfaction rankings for 1st time

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Cadillac overtook Lexus to top a survey of customer satisfaction with luxury dealership service departments, giving General Motors twin victories in a study by JD Power and Associates. Buick led the mainstream category, ahead of GMC and Chevrolet in the top five.... Read More »

VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new engine

9:55 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen of America has ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an automatic transmission and VW’s most common engine, the 1.8-liter EA888. The stop-sale order, sent to dealers Tuesday, applies to cars produced after Feb. 1.... Read More »

Nissan replaces Ford as Champions League sponsor

2:38 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Nissan is replacing Ford as the automotive sponsor of the Champions League, Europe's most prestigious club soccer tournament, as part of the Japanese automaker's goal of ousting Toyota as the top-selling Asian brand in Europe.... Read More »

TrueCar files plans to go public with stock

5:37 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Online auto-shopping service TrueCar said today it has filed a statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell shares in an initial public offering. The company said it could raise as much as $125 million from the stock sale.... Read More »

Energy Dept. dangles low-interest financing for suppliers

3:15 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
The department of energy wants auto suppliers to know that it still has $16 billion in low-interest financing available to support efficient-vehicle programs, and it wants them to step forward for a share of those funds.... Read More »

U.S. finalizes plan to phase in rearview camera mandate, starting in 2016

12:28 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The Department of Transportation today finalized a set of federal standards for rear visibility that will require all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds to have backup cameras by mid-2018. Congress called for the rules in 2008 after a spate of accidents in which parents driving cars or trucks backed over their young children, killing them.... Read More »

Tesla reaches deal to keep 5 N.Y. stores

5:58 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Tesla Motors and New York auto dealer lobbying groups reached an agreement that allows the electric-car maker to keep its five company-owned stores in the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.... Read More »

GM expands ignition switch recall in U.S. by 824,000 vehicles

5:16 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
GM is expanding its ignition switch recall to include another 824,000 U.S. models to ensure that owners of cars that may have been repaired over the years using faulty switches can get them replaced.... Read More »

NHTSA closes Tesla fire inquiry as Model S gets new battery shield

9:17 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
NHTSA said it closed a four-month investigation of fires in the Tesla Model S this week, as Tesla announced a design change to better shield the electric car's batteries.... Read More »

Ford boosts Mulally's pay 11% to $23 million on rising profits

2:15 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Ford boosted CEO Alan Mulally's compensation by 11 percent last year to $23.2 million as the automaker posted record earnings in North American and Asia.... Read More »

Earlier GM recall may have averted most Cobalt deaths

5:15 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
Of the eight deaths in Chevrolet Cobalts that GM has said may be related to faulty ignition switches, seven occurred after April 2006, when GM says it approved a redesign of the part now being recalled, according to research by Automotive News. In addition, at least one of the four deaths GM has linked to recalled Saturn Ions occurred after the 2006 part change.... Read More »

BMW X7 poised to make S.C. plant an even bigger manufacturing powerhouse

2:30 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
BMW's next expansion at its Spartanburg, S.C., plant and the addition of the X7 crossover will mark another milestone for a factory that's become a centerpiece of BMW's global manufacturing strategy. Since producing its first car 20 years ago, Spartanburg has expanded to rank as the industry's biggest producer of vehicles exported from North America, according to BMW.... Read More »

GM recall prompts bill that would make early-warning safety reports public

12:48 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
Two United States senators introduced a bill today to expand the public's access to automakers' safety filings with regulators, saying federal reforms could prevent fatal crashes like those linked to a defective General Motors ignition switch.... Read More »

GM's Barra says she'll likely testify before Congress; internal inquiry could last months

10:01 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said today that she's likely to testify personally before congressional committees looking into GM's handling of an ignition-switch problem that has been linked to 12 deaths, and said the company's own investigation could take a few months.... Read More »

GM to recall 1.5M U.S. vehicles after Barra orders stepped up review

11:31 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
General Motors, under intense public pressure over its slow response to an ignition switch defect in its small cars, said today that it will recall more than 1.5 million additional vehicles for a trio of unrelated defects -- twice as many as the automaker recalled in the United States during all of 2013.... Read More »

American Honda splits marketing and sales operation by brand

2:00 pm U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
American Honda has reassigned marketing boss Mike Accavitti to lead the Acura brand amid a restructuring of the automaker's North American operation that will group marketing and sales functions under separate divisions for the Honda and Acura brands.... Read More »

Chevy to boost March incentives in 'unprecedented promotional assault'

9:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014
Chevrolet plans a national promotion in March offering supplier pricing on all Silverado pickup models -- in addition to nearly every other vehicle in its lineup -- marking the second straight month of beefed-up incentives from GM.... Read More »

GM takes next step to strengthen relationship with suppliers

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014
General Motors is rolling out an initiative to forge deeper strategic partnerships in its supply base, promising a better business relationship with suppliers that work more closely and openly with the automaker to speed innovations to market.... Read More »

Japanese stay atop Consumer Reports rankings as Detroit struggles

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2014
Detroit has come clawing back from the brink with award-winning products, but Japanese and luxury brands still have the best lineups of cars and light trucks in the industry, the editors of the influential shopping guide Consumer Reports say.... Read More »

THE VOLKSWAGEN VOTE

UAW rejected in organizing vote at VW plant in Tenn.

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Workers at VW's plant in Chattanooga voted 712-626 to reject UAW representation. UAW President Bob King said the union would review its organizing strategy in light of the stinging setback, and decide in the coming days whether to appeal on grounds that third-party union opponents influenced the vote.... Read More »

Toyota quarterly profit rises fivefold to $5 billion on weaker yen

2:58 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2014
Toyota reported a fivefold increase in net income for the October-December quarter as huge foreign exchange windfalls powered profits higher. Net income increased to $4.99 billion in the company's fiscal third quarter ended D ec. 31 from $949.4 million a year earlier.... Read More »

GM appoints Sweeney to top Chevy sales post in U.S.

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2014
GM appointed Buick-GMC sales chief Brian Sweeney to Chevrolet's top U.S. post, as GM's biggest brand tries to jumpstart its sliding market share. Sweeney, 46, will become U.S. vice president of Chevrolet, in charge of sales, service and marketing, GM said in a statement. He replaces Don Johnson, 56, who will retire.... Read More »

VW workers to vote on UAW representation at Tennessee plant

1:10 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
The UAW and Volkswagen Group of America said hourly workers at the VW assembly plant in Tennessee will hold an election Feb. 12-14 to determine if the union could represent workers there.... Read More »

NADA endorses percentage ceiling on dealer reserve

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
The National Automobile Dealers Association today endorsed a plan under which each auto dealership would establish a percentage ceiling for its dealer reserve -- the money paid to the dealership for its role in arranging car loans for retail customers -- and then, if it dips below that fee level on a transaction, document why.... Read More »

Chrysler powertrain chief Gradu departs

5:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
The executive whose responsibility it was to ensure the 2014 Jeep Cherokee's innovative drive system worked properly has left Chrysler Group to pursue other interests. Mircea Gradu, 50, who has been with Chrysler since 2007 and head of transmission, powertrain and driveline engineering, left the company Wednesday.... Read More »

GM picks Steve Hill to succeed Batey in U.S. sales post

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
General Motors today named Steve Hill as vice president of sales and service in the United States to replace the promoted Alan Batey, the latest move in a broad shuffling of the company's executive ranks triggered by the retirement of CEO Dan Akerson.... Read More »

2014 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Pent-up demand just starting, expect 17 million sales in 2015, says Citi analyst

11:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
DETROIT -- Auto sales will be stronger than expected this year and next because pent-up demand isn’t used up but just starting, says Itay Michaeli, head of auto research for Citi Investment.
He sees U.S. light-vehicle sales of 16.4 million this year, at the top end of the range of most forecasters.... Read More »

GM to pay first dividend in 6 years

5:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
General Motors will pay the first quarterly dividend on its common stock in almost six years, marking another step in the recovery from its 2009 bankruptcy. Separately, GM named Chuck Stevens as CFO to replace Dan Ammann, who became the automaker's president Wednesday.... Read More »

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Toyota's FT-1 concept hints at future sports car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
DETROIT -- Toyota took the wraps off a concept car today that stakes a claim to the legacy of the Supra and may signal the return of a sports car to the brand's vehicle portfolio.... Read More »

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Revamped 200 gives Chrysler hope for gaining on mid-sized rivals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 will offer buyers a more-premium mid-sized sedan for less money when it goes on sale midyear. The car represents the latest Chrysler Group attempt to gain ground in the large and crowded mid-sized car segment, where it has underperformed for years.... Read More »

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Ford's bet on aluminum F-150 reflects Mulally's imprint

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Ford's next F-150 pickup will mark one of the biggest gambles in the automaker's history: Converting the hugely popular truck to be made largely out of aluminum while trying to retain the brawniness of steel. The 2015 F-150, unveiled at the Detroit auto show today, is expected to go on sale late this year.... Read More »

Marchionne to stay at Chrysler-Fiat 'at least' another 3 years, Elkann says

8:42 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Sergio Marchionne will remain CEO of the merged Chrysler-Fiat for at least another three years, Fiat Chairman John Elkann said today.... Read More »

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Corvette Stingray and Chevy Silverado win North American car, truck awards

7:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Chevrolet's Corvette Stingray and Silverado were named 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year today by a panel of automotive journalists.... Read More »

GM recalls 303,000 new Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra pickups for engine fire risk

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
GM is recalling 303,000 of its redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks in the United States to fix a software glitch that could lead to engine compartment fires.... Read More »

UAW VP General Holiefield faces arrest warrant in wife's accidental shooting

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
An arrest warrant has been issued for UAW Vice President General Holiefield, the outgoing head of the union's Chrysler department, in the shooting of his wife at their home last month.... Read More »

Ford's Mulally says he won't leave for Microsoft

5:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
Ford CEO Alan Mulally, ending months of speculation, will not take a job at software giant Microsoft and will remain at the automaker through at least this year, the 68-year-old executive told the Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.... Read More »

GM picks Paul Edwards to lead Chevy's U.S. marketing

1:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
General Motors today named Paul Edwards, a GM marketing director, as vice president of U.S. marketing for Chevrolet. Edwards, 44, replaces Chris Perry, who resigned last month. He will report to Chevy's global marketing chief, Tim Mahoney. His appointment is effective immediately.... Read More »

Dave Zuchowski named CEO of Hyundai Motor America, succeeding John Krafcik

1:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 27, 2013
Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik will step down at year end, capping a five-year run during which he steered the Hyundai brand to record U.S. sales and market share. He will be succeeded by Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai's executive vice president of U.S. sales, on Jan. 1.... Read More »

Ally, U.S. reach $98M settlement over lending bias

10:05 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2013
Auto lender Ally Financial has agreed to pay $98 million to resolve claims that its manner of paying dealers for arranging contracts led minority car buyers into car loans with higher interest rates. The settlement provides a clear sign of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's determination to police the auto lending market.... Read More »

Dealertrack to buy Dealer.com in $1 billion deal

4:06 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2013
Dealertrack Technologies, a leading provider of financial services software to auto dealers, has agreed to purchase digital-marketing giant Dealer.com for about $1 billion. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.... Read More »

Honda bets big on small Vezel crossover, eyes turbo for U.S.

12:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2013
Honda is ready to take a run at one of the auto industry's fastest-growing segments in the United States: compact, sporty crossovers. The Vezel -- a small crossover based on Honda's redesigned Fit subcompact -- goes on sale in Japan on December 20 and in the United States in the second half of 2014.... Read More »

Chevy U.S. marketing boss Chris Perry resigns

3:06 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2013
Chris Perry, Chevrolet's marketing chief for the United States, has resigned, General Motors said today. Perry, 53, has held several marketing positions with Chevy since his arrival at GM from Hyundai in August 2010.... Read More »

Former Chrysler exec Eberhardt named president of Jaguar Land Rover N.A.

8:42 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2013
Joe Eberhardt, the sales executive who left Chrysler seven years ago amid a storm of dealer anger surrounding overproduction, has been named president of Jaguar Land Rover North America. He will lead the company's sales, service and marketing in the United States and Canada, Jaguar Land Rover said in a statement today.... Read More »

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

2015 Mercedes C class moves upscale in features

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
Mercedes-Benz is moving the 2015 redesigned C-class sedan further upmarket and making it lighter, bigger and better equipped than its predecessor.... Read More »

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

2015 Chrysler 200 spied; photos surface

9:56 am U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2013
The first undisguised images of Chrysler Group's redesigned Chrysler 200 emerged today after spy photographers caught what appears to be a marketing shoot for the upcoming mid-sized sedan.... Read More »

Strickland stepping down as head of NHTSA

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2013
David Strickland, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is leaving the agency. Strickland, 45, has been the United States' top auto safety regulator since early 2010.... Read More »

GM to unload 7% stake in French automaker PSA Peugeot

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2013
GM is selling its entire stake in PSA Peugeot Citroen while scaling back efforts to jointly develop vehicles with the French automaker. GM said it will sell its 7 percent stake, or 24.8 million shares, through a private placement to institutional investors. GM acquired the shares in February 2012 for about $400 million.... Read More »

Stingray, Cadillac CTS, Mazda3 named 'Car of Year' finalists; Cherokee, Silverado, Acura MDX are top trucks

1:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2013
The Cadillac CTS, Mazda3 and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray were named finalists today for North American Car of the Year, while the Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Silverado and Acura MDX were named truck/utility finalists. The 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year will be announced Jan. 13 during a press conference before the Detroit auto show press days.... Read More »

U.S. sells last of GM shares, ending 'Government Motors' era

4:22 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
The Treasury on Monday sold its last shares of General Motors stock, ending more than four years of government ownership in the nation's largest automaker at a loss of about $10.5 billion to U.S. taxpayers. The government said in a statement that it recouped $39 billion of its original $49.5 billion investment into GM.... Read More »

Fisker files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as part of sale to Hong Kong tycoon

5:07 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2013
Fisker Automotive, the dormant California-based maker of hybrid-electric sports cars, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of a restructuring plan. Hybrid Technology Holdings, an investor group controlled by a Hong Kong tycoon, is purchasing Fisker's assets and will provide $8 million in debtor-in-possession financing to fund the sale and restructuring.... Read More »

Early holiday deals expected to boost Nov. U.S. sales 4-7%

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2013
Auto sales in the United States are on pace to rise between 4 and 7 percent in November from a year ago, analysts said, with after-Thanksgiving deals expected to overshadow a slow start to the month.... Read More »

3 Takata execs to plead guilty to U.S. price fixing charges

11:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2013
Three midlevel executives of automotive supplier Takata will each plead guilty to one felony charge of conspiracy to fix the price of seat belts in cars built in the United States for Japanese automakers, the Justice Department said today.... Read More »

2013 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Chevy banks on mid-sized pickup comeback with 2015 Colorado

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2013
GM is betting that an eye-catching, fuel-efficient mid-sized pickup can draw buyers from Toyota and inject life into a segment that its Detroit 3 rivals have abandoned. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado that GM unveils today uses a version of the full-sized 2014 Silverado's fully boxed frame and mimics its upscale, refined interior.... Read More »

Tesla Model S probed by U.S. after three fires in five weeks

5:58 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2013
Tesla Motors' Model S, the plug-in electric sedan marketed by the company as “the safest car in America,” is being investigated by federal auto regulators in a possible precursor to a recall.... Read More »

Subaru, Toyota discuss ending production of Camry in Indiana

9:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2013
Subaru and Toyota are in talks to halt production of the Toyota Camry sedan at Subaru's Indiana assembly plant, likely timed to the introduction of the nameplate's next generation.... Read More »

Akerson wants next GM CEO to be risk taker, 'change agent'

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2013
General Motors CEO Dan Akerson believes his successor should be a "change agent" who can guard against any complacency that could allow the automaker to slip back into bad habits, he said during an interview this week. "There's no prototypical CEO," Akerson told Automotive News. Akerson, 65, didn't comment on a timetable for his departure.... Read More »

Lincoln banks on booming small premium crossover market with 2015 MKC

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2013
Lincoln is taking aim at one of the fastest growing segments in the industry -- compact premium crossovers -- with the 2015 MKC unveiled today. As Ford's luxury brand has fallen far behind rivals -- Lincoln's sales have slipped 3 percent through the first 10 months this year in a market that has grown 8 percent -- it is targeting segments in which it can quickly establish a presence.... Read More »

Chrysler brand chief Chehab leaves to head Maserati marketing

10:47 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Saad Chehab, head of the Chrysler and Lancia brands, will give up those positions to become the chief marketing officer of Fiat's Maserati luxury brand, Chrysler said today. Al Gardner, 49, who has been head of Chrysler Group's southeast business center in Florida, will take over as head of the Chrysler brand, a company statement said.... Read More »

GM to expand online Shop-Click-Drive program nationwide

11:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2013
General Motors is rolling out nationwide a digital car-shopping tool that allows buyers to complete all aspects of a purchase online, from getting a price to applying for financing. GM said today that all of its roughly 4,300 Chevrolet, Cadillac and Buick-GMC dealerships can feature the Shop-Click-Drive tool on their Web sites.... Read More »

Toyota closes in on record profit with healthy U.S. sales

3:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2013
Toyota raised its annual profit forecast, closing in on records set before the Lehman crisis as the weaker yen and growing sales in the U.S. sharply boost earnings. The company also nudged up its North America vehicle sales forecast.... Read More »

Ford's design chief J Mays retires, replaced by Moray Callum

10:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2013
J Mays, Ford's global design chief and one of the last senior executives remaining from the Jacques Nasser era, is retiring from the company along with two other veteran senior executives. Moray Callum, 54, design director for Ford in North America, will replace Mays, 59.... Read More »

Mitsubishi to sell Renault-based mid-sized car in U.S.

3:05 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2013
Mitsubishi will sell a Renault-based mid-sized car in the United States under a new strategic tie-up between Mitsubishi and Renault-Nissan. The companies also plan to jointly develop a small electric car and a compact car for global markets.... Read More »

OCTOBER U.S. AUTO SALES

U.S. sales rise 10%; Detroit 3 gain share

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2013
Auto sales increased 10 percent in the United States during October as the Detroit 3 gained market share while other major automakers fell short of projections. The industry's seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate declined from September's sluggish figure, to 15.2 million.... Read More »

Nissan appoints Munoz new N. America head

2:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2013
Nissan, in a wide-ranging management shuffle, has appointed Jose Munoz its new chief of North America. He replaces Colin Dodge, who will be assigned to special projects and report directly to CEO Carlos Ghosn.... Read More »

GM bolsters N.A. earnings, cuts European losses

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2013
A jump in profits in North America and shrinking losses in Europe propelled General Motors' third quarter results, but Asia has emerged as a potentially lingering trouble spot. Overall, GM's net income fell 53 percent from a year earlier, to $698 million, hurt by one-time expenses.... Read More »

GM pickup launch slowed by axle supplier

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2013
A crimp in the supply of axles has dented production of General Motors' 2014 full-sized pickups, slowing the rollout of regular and double cab versions of the redesigned trucks.... Read More »

Ford's global picture brightens

7:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2013
Ford, powered by continued strength in North America and improved performances around the world, posted a record third-quarter pre-tax profit of $2.6 billion, up $426 million from a year earlier.... Read More »

Mercedes taps marketing boss Glaser to lead new U.S. van unit

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2013
Mercedes-Benz USA has promoted marketing chief Bernhard Glaser to the new job of vice president and managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans USA. Drew Slaven, 47, will take Glaser's post as vice president of marketing. He is currently general manager for marketing services. The new positions are effective Jan. 1.... Read More »

Sonic to take on CarMax with new line of used-car stores

11:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Sonic Automotive, the nation's third-largest retailer of new vehicles is getting ready to take on the largest U.S. retailer of used vehicles.... Read More »

Friendship Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram of Bristol named Best Dealership To Work For

9:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2013
Friendship Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram of Bristol, a Tennessee auto dealership that puts an emphasis on serving the needs of others, has won the top ranking on the second Automotive News list of the 100 Best Dealerships To Work For.... Read More »

Toyota not at fault in fatal crash of 2006 Camry, Calif. jury finds

8:50 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2013
Toyota wasn't at fault in a fatal accident in which a 66-year-old woman crashed her 2006 Camry into a tree after it sped out of control in the wrong direction on a one-way road, a California jury said.... Read More »

Toyota trims plug-in Prius price to improve sluggish U.S. sales

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2013
Toyota is reducing the price of its 2014 plug-in Prius models in the United States to try to boost sales and meet a California mandate as automakers find that cost is critical to consumers' willingness to buy rechargeable autos.... Read More »

Nissan's N.Y. taxi contract is not valid, judge rules

6:20 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2013
Nissan is vowing to press ahead selling taxis in New York this month despite a court ruling Tuesday that voids its lucrative exclusive contract with the city. New York State Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Hagler said that the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission “exceeded its authority” by awarding Nissan the contract to exclusively supply all taxis for the next 10 years.... Read More »

Mercedes aims for 30,000 CLA sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2013
The new front-wheel-drive CLA compact sedan that went on sale last month will be Mercedes-Benz's conquest vehicle, with a target of 30,000 annual U.S. sales within a few years, says Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.... Read More »

Mixed news for Volvo: Low sales, high mileage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2013
Don't ask about Volvo's sales in September, but last month was a memorable one for the brand in another way. Irv Gordon, a 74-year-old Long Island native and retired science teacher, reached a milestone no single owner in a noncommercial vehicle has ever accomplished: driving 3 million miles in his cherry red 1966 Volvo P1800.... Read More »

Volvo names new U.S. chief in shakeup to boost sales, marketing

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2013
Volvo tapped the head of its finance arm as acting boss for the United States as part of a management shakeup to boost the automaker's lackluster sales and marketing in the U.S.... Read More »

GM adds aunts, uncles to enhanced employee-pricing program

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2013
GM has rolled out a more generous U.S. employee and retiree discount program that expands special pricing to workers' aunts, uncles and other extended family. The new program, introduced Tuesday, also offers bigger discounts to employees and retirees who already were eligible, according to GM documents that detail the changes.... Read More »

GM, U.S. Army researchers to expand hydrogen fuel cell partnership

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
General Motors said today that it will expand its partnership with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research and Development Engineering Center to determine future applications of fuel cell technology.... Read More »

Chrysler restores 2nd shift at Cherokee plant

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2013
Chrysler Group said today it will bring back on Monday the second shift of workers making its new 2014 Jeep Cherokee after speeding repairs on the SUV's powertrain software.... Read More »

Fiat rethinks alliance with Chrysler amid IPO filing

5:14 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Chrysler Group was forced to file paperwork for an initial public offering by its second-biggest shareholder -- the UAW retiree health care trust fund -- prompting Fiat to say it could scale back its commitment to the U.S. automaker.... Read More »

GM credit rating upgraded to investment grade by Moody's

9:18 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
General Motors' corporate debt has an investment-grade rating for the first time since 2005, a key milestone in GM's comeback from bankruptcy. Moody's Investors Service today raised GM's rating to Baa3 -- its lowest level of investment grade -- from Ba1.... Read More »

Fiat picks Chrysler's Garberding to steer global purchasing

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2013
Fiat named Chrysler Group manufacturing head Scott Garberding as its global chief purchasing officer. Chrysler appointed Mauro Pino head of manufacturing in North America, replacing Garberding. Both appointments are effective immediately.... Read More »

GM's Silverado edges Ram as Consumer Reports' top pickup

6:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2013
GM's redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 edged Chrysler Group's updated Ram 1500 in an evaluation of the two freshest full-sized pickup trucks by Consumer Reports magazine. But the Ram may be the better truck for consumers who use their vehicles for everyday commuting, the magazine said.... Read More »

Ford's Felice to replace retiring U.S. sales chief Czubay in exec shuffle

10:29 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2013
Ford today unveiled several senior leadership changes in its United States marketing, sales and service and European management teams. Ken Czubay, who turns 65 next month, will retire as vice president of marketing, sales and service in the United States and will be replaced by John Felice, 51, who is now general sales manager for Ford and Lincoln.... Read More »

FTC launches investigation of dealers that opposed TrueCar

5:18 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2013
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether dealers colluded to hurt TrueCar in 2011 and 2012 over vehicle price competition fostered by the online shopping site. In a letter to dealers, the FTC said it is investigating whether some companies in the "retail automobile industry" committed anticompetitive acts "by agreeing to refuse to deal with TrueCar."... Read More »

GM aims to defend stronghold with redesign of big SUVs

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2013
GM aims to defend its dominant position in the shrunken but still profit-rich market for large SUVs with its first redesign of the body-on-frame trucks in eight years.... Read More »

GM rightly favored Delphi UAW pensions over salaried, Rattner says

10:13 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2013
Steven Rattner, the former auto czar who led the government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, says GM was right to boost pensions of hourly retirees at Delphi while cutting off salaried retirees because it had previously fully funded the salaried retirees' pensions and needed to avoid angering the UAW.... Read More »

GM may sell Opel Adam minicar in U.S. as a Buick

11:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
General Motors is considering bringing the Opel Adam minicar to the United States, likely wearing a Buick badge, Opel Chairman Karl-Thomas Neumann said today.... Read More »

2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Jaguar preps mid-sized sedan off versatile aluminum platform

11:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Jaguar will launch a mid-sized sedan based on a new aluminum architecture in the United States in 2016, giving the company what it hopes will be a much-needed volume model to compete with German rivals.... Read More »

GM outlook raised to positive by S&P; Ford gets investment grade rating

11:48 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2013
GM's outlook was revised to positive from stable today by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, which also raised Ford to investment grade as Detroit automakers reap profits not seen since the turn of the century. The revised outlook on GM is a sign the ratings company will probably boost the largest U.S. automaker to investment grade.... Read More »

2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

Luxury cars: Leaner, meaner and greener

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2013
Green luxury will dominate at this year's Frankfurt auto show as German premium brands showcase models that combine high performance with electric or hybrid powertrains.... Read More »

U.S. sales pace in August projected to top 15.5 million, analysts predict

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2013
The annualized sales rate in the United States for August is tracking above 15.5 million units, fueled by strong replacement demand, cheap and available credit, and a calendar quirk, forecasters say.... Read More »

Nissan says it will have self-driving cars ready for 2020

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2013
Nissan today said it intends to have multiple self-driving vehicles ready for retail sale in 2020. The assertion shows the Japanese automaker pushing ahead on a promising new technology. But the sale of self-driving vehicles could be derailed by federal traffic safety regulators.... Read More »

Study: Millennials want to visit dealers, but turned off by salespeople

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2013
A new AutoTrader study finds that millennials -- those 16-32 years old -- like kicking tires on dealership lots until they've had a chance to interact with salespeople.... Read More »

GM plans return to Super Bowl advertising in 2014

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2013
General Motors is returning to the Super Bowl after sitting out of the big game in 2013. Chevrolet has purchased commercial time in conjunction with the launch of 12 new cars and trucks between mid-2013 and the end of 2014, the company said today.... Read More »

Infiniti taps Porsche's Bartsch to lead Americas unit

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2013
Infiniti has hired Porsche's No. 2 executive in the United States, Michael Bartsch, as Americas' chief in the latest of global personnel changes sweeping through Nissan's luxury brand.... Read More »

Ford lowers fuel economy rating on C-Max hybrid 8.5% to 43 mpg

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2013
Ford will reduce the stated fuel-economy rating of its C-Max Hybrid car to 43 mpg -- a rare and potentially costly move that Ford spent months feverishly working to avoid.... Read More »

Highlights of Ford's announcement: Owners will get $550; C-Max combined mpg now 43

4:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2013
Ford said Thursday that it will give C-Max hybrid owners $550 and will revise its fuel economy rating downward to 43 mpg combined from 47 mpg, an 8.5-percent drop. Ford will give lessees $325.... Read More »

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