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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.