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'NEVER ON SUNDAY'

The battle over Sunday sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2015
In Illinois, Texas and New Jersey, lawmakers who want to allow Sunday sales face vehement opposition from dealers. Sunday sales, dealers argue, are too hard to conduct on Sundays with banks closed, make hiring and keeping quality workers difficult and are disliked by most consumers.

FAMILY LITIGATION

DARCARS keeps focus amid lawsuit, CEO says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2015
DARCARS Automotive Group faced a human- and public relations nightmare after the founder's daughter, Tamara, sued her father and the company while media coverage of the rift prompted calls for a boycott.

Recall bill cruises in Calif., but will it help?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015
California lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill to patch a loophole in federal auto safety law. Dealers see it as a compromise, but they are struggling to find allies.

FCA transmission fix focuses on snap ring

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015
The software in over half of the troubled 9-speed automatic transmissions has been reflashed in Jeep Cherokees and Chrysler 200s, though complaints continue to grow. Some Cherokees have already been bought back by the automaker.

VOLKSWAGEN'S RETAIL CHALLENGE

VW refuses to cut brand's U.S. prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015
Even while benefiting from a weak euro, Volkswagen Group won't try to boost the VW brand's market share in the United States by cutting prices. VW's brand sales in the US have fallen 7.5 percent so far this year.

Cadillac's chief engineer tells how ATS-V will take on the luxury imports

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015
Cadillac officials are taking a conservative view of the sales potential of the brand's latest model, the ATS-V high-performance sport sedan. The ATS-V is engineered to take on BMW's M3/M4 and performance machines from Audi, Mercedes and Lexus.

APRIL U.S. AUTO SALES

Light trucks drive U.S. industry to 4.6% April gain

8:30 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
U.S. light-vehicle sales, fueled by demand for light trucks, rose 4.6 percent in April as every automaker but Honda recorded an increase. The industry stretched its streak of advances from the year-earlier month to 14, yet the total was weaker than analysts' forecasts.

Hyundai, Kia hold the line on volume

3:00 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
Hyundai and Kia U.S. sales held flat in April as the Korean brands dipped into their pocketbooks to offer bigger incentives on cars.

Benz overtakes BMW in U.S. luxury race

3:33 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
Luxury auto sales are outpacing U.S. industry gains as BMW and Mercedes-Benz lure buyers from mainstream brands with lower-priced models. In April, Mercedes pulled ahead of BMW to take the luxury-brand lead.

Honda slips 1.8% on weaker Accord sales

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
For the second straight month, a big decline in Honda Accord deliveries dragged down the automaker's U.S. monthly sales results.

Toyota posts gain, needs more trucks

5:30 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
Toyota will adjust production in the coming months to boost tight light-truck supplies after strong demand for pickups, crossovers and SUVs offset slumping car sales last month. The automaker had an April sales gain of just 1.8 percent -- its smallest increase since September.

Tesla unveils batteries for homes, businesses

6:26 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a suite of batteries to store electricity for homes, businesses and utilities, saying a greener power grid furthers the company's mission to provide pollution-free energy.

Crossovers push GM to 5.9% increase

2:30 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
General Motors' April sales rose 5.9 percent, as booming crossover demand offset continued weakness in GM's car lines. GM's retail sales rose 5.3 percent while deliveries to fleet customers climbed 7.6 percent, for a total of 269,056 units.

Ford snaps 2-month skid, gains share

1:45 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
The Ford brand set an April record for U.S. sales of utility vehicles as Ford gained market share for only the third time in the past 16 months. It also was the automaker's first year-over-year increase since January.

Lotus sees profit after cost cuts, U.S. relaunch

May 1, 2015 06:15 CET
UK sports car maker Lotus will be profitable again by 2017 after years of losing money, CEO Jean-Marc Gales said. The company has moved to cut costs and improve its lineup and plans a relaunch in the U.S. market.

Ghosn defeat exposes rival visions for Renault-Nissan

May 1, 2015 09:30 CET
The French government's move to tighten its hold on Renault, crowned by a rare defeat for CEO Carlos Ghosn, has exposed competing visions for the carmaker and its alliance with Nissan.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Why the wrong side lost in VW's battle

May 1, 2015 06:01 CET
All good dictatorships come to an end and so it is with that of Ferdinand Piech, the patriarch who has ruled the Volkswagen Group since 1993, taking it from near-bankruptcy to challenging Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Regrettably, the wrong side has lost in the battle to succeed Piech.

Customer Incentives

6:11 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

U.S. total vehicle sales by make, April & YTD

5:41 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Automotive News SAAR - 2015

5:39 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Subaru streak hits 41 months

2:45 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
Subaru of America said April was its 41st consecutive month of growth, with sales up 18 percent from the year-ago month.

U.S. car sales, April & YTD

5:28 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

FCA up 5.8% on Jeep, Chrysler 200, Ram

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
Strong Jeep and Chrysler 200 sales pushed Fiat Chrysler's U.S. deliveries up 5.8 percent in April. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported U.S. sales of 189,027 units, its 61st consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains.

U.S. light-truck sales, April & YTD

5:25 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales by nameplate, April & YTD

5:22 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

JESSE SNYDER

April like a dry day at harvest time - no time to sit back

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
Solid. Profitable. Gratifying. And yeah, a bit boring of a sales month. Yet another month of just-fine-thanks.

Nissan Versa carpet probe expanded by NHTSA

11:25 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
NHTSA is expanding an investigation of 360,000 Nissan Versa sedans and Versa Note hatchbacks to include the 2015 models. Carpet trim paneling may interfere with drivers' ability to brake and may cause inadvertent acceleration, NHTSA said.

GM tops rivals in Canada

3:24 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
General Motors jumped to the top of the Canadian sales rankings for April as it sold 15 percent more cars and trucks than a year earlier, the company said today, winning a crown usually held by its rivals.

Aston Martin picks Ally Financial as preferred U.S. lender

11:44 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
Aston Martin Lagonda named Ally Financial, the former GM financing arm, as its preferred US auto lender to help the maker of luxury sports cars expand sales.

Ram debuts 2 new ads during Kentucky Derby

3:57 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
Ram will debut two TV ads that highlight female leaders and breaking away from the pack during the Kentucky Derby Saturday.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: April gains for Detroit 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
Detroit 3 post higher U.S. sales for April; Ford adds more Fiestas to recall; NHTSA upgrades Nissan Versa probe; Jason Stein's viewer mailbag.

Honda, Takata sued over fatality in Malaysia

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
The father of a pregnant woman killed by shrapnel from an airbag that deployed during an auto accident in Malaysia sued Takata and Honda in the US.

North America production downtime overtime - 05/04/15

2:47 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

American Axle profits rise; non-GM sales grow

8:53 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings reported improved first-quarter earnings thanks to strong North American truck and SUV sales.

Ford calls back more Fiestas for latch fix

9:50 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
Ford said today it is expanding a recall for doors that can fly open, adding about 156,000 Fiestas in response to pressure from government regulators. Ford now has recalled more than 1.1 million vehicles this week for five different issues.

VW workers back new board members after Piech exit

May 1, 2015 20:10 CET
Volkswagen's works council has backed the automaker's choice of two new supervisory board members, appointments reportedly opposed by newly departed Chairman Ferdinand Piech.

AMY WILSON

Family takes Dave Smith name forward

1:58 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
Ken Smith wants his dad’s name to live on. And it’s about to, in a much bigger way.

Crossovers propel Nissan Motor to April record

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
Nissan Motor Corp. rode its freshened lineup of Nissan and Infiniti utilities and crossovers to total U.S. sales of 109,848 vehicles, an increase of 5.7 percent an April record.

VIDEO: First Shift: Tesla leaps beyond EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
Launch of battery venture propels Tesla Motors beyond electric cars; shareholder vote a rare defeat for Renault-Nissan's Carlos Ghosn; Snyder: U.S. approaching steeper sales terrain.

CAR CUTAWAY

Preh teams up with Audi on new TT's high-tech air vents

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
German supplier Preh teamed up with Audi to equip the TT with heating and air conditioning controls that have been fully integrated into the car's dashboard-mounted air vents. Audi offers the option of adding digital displays to the vents that show the fan speed and temperature settings.

JAY RAMEY

Mercedes G class latest victim in China's clone wars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015
China's Beijing Automotive has introduced an SUV that is a near clone of a western SUV, the classic Mercedes G class. Mercedes executives reportedly tried but failed to get BAIC to back off building the SUV.

Germany's Brose expects China sales to rise 50% by 2020

May 1, 2015 06:01 CET
German supplier Brose Group expects its annual sales in China will grow by 50 percent by 2020, as the company undergoes a period of expansion in the country.

ANE's May e-magazine goes live Monday

May 1, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, May 4. This month's edition looks at what European automakers plan to do to keep winning in China despite the normalization of the market's growth.

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