Ford posts European profit in second quarter

July 24, 2014 12:40 CET
Ford posted a second-quarter pre-tax profit of $2.6 billion, boosted by its first quarterly profit in Europe in three years and record quarterly earnings in North America.... Read More »

 

GM Korea could make next-gen Cruze if union calls off strike

7:22 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
GM's South Korean subsidiary told its employee union that the automaker could consider making the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze in South Korea if the union calls off a wage-related strike.... Read More »

 

Hyundai Q2 profit dips 7% on strengthening currency

6:33 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Hyundai's net profit fell the most in five quarters, hit by the local currency's strength, and said it may make more vehicles overseas as it braces for a tough second half with the won still strong.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM lists more Cobalt, Ion fatalities in quarterly crash data

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
In the first quarter, General Motors received claims that defects in the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion caused 17 deaths and 167 injuries, according to data it submitted to federal safety regulators. The disclosures do not link directly to the company's recalls for faulty ignition switches, but they suggest that the pool of potential victims could expand.... Read More »

 

First Shift: Signs of Kia Mexico plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
$1.5 billion factory in works, state officials say; Chrysler ignition recall; Nissan looks to stay quirky; ready for 'new majority'?... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM seeks broader immunity in switch lawsuits

3:49 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
GM, moving to expand its immunity from lawsuits after recalling almost 29 million cars in North America, said it sees no need to try to settle customer claims until a judge decides whether it's legally responsible for faults in its predecessor's cars.... Read More »

 

GM sales surge despite recalls as Barra proves quality sells

9:10 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
General Motors' Mary Barra is projected to report her second straight quarter of rising sales, adding to evidence that the CEO is weathering the biggest wave of recalls in automotive history. Second-quarter revenue may rise 2.7 percent, the average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

Opel plans 'electric' successor to Ampera plug-in hybrid

3:53 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Opel said it plans an "electric" successor to the Ampera. The plug-in hybrid was introduced across Europe in 2011 but will be discontinued.... Read More »

 

Opel plans 'electric' successor to Ampera plug-in hybrid

July 23, 2014 21:53 CET
Opel said it is working on an "electric" successor to the Ampera, a plug-in hybrid based on the Chevrolet Volt which hit European showrooms in 2011 but will be discontinued.... Read More »

 

Hyundai nabs a win in J.D. Power APEAL Study a month after leading IQS

10:00 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
For the first time, Hyundai is the top-ranked nonpremium brand in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study -- a month after leading nonpremium brands in the company's Initial Quality Study.... Read More »

 

Lithia Q2 profits hit record highs

8:39 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Lithia Motors today reported the highest adjusted quarterly net income in the company's history -- a 29 percent surge to $35 million -- on higher revenues and cost controls.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Appealing win for Hyundai

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
S. Korean brand tops another J.D. Power survey, Porsche keeps premium crown; more GM recalls; a way to halt hackers?... Read More »

 

Suburban Collection buys BMW, Mercedes dealerships in Ann Arbor

4:08 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
The Suburban Collection has acquired two more Michigan dealerships: BMW of Ann Arbor and Mercedes-Benz of Ann Arbor. The two dealerships were acquired from Sonic Automotive for an undisclosed amount.... Read More »

 

Nissan to add L.A. to 'No Charge to Charge' Leaf promotion

4:01 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Nissan said today it will add Los Angeles to its “No Charge to Charge” promotion for the Leaf electric vehicle on Aug. 15.... Read More »

 

Federal-Mogul posts $5 million net loss in Q2 as revenue rises

3:34 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Auto supplier Federal-Mogul today reported a $5 million net loss after factoring in one-time charges, along with a $128 million revenue gain for the second quarter. The company, controlled by longtime Wall Street investor Carl Icahn, had one-time restructuring and impairment charges of $32 million and posted a $3 million loss from continuing operations.... Read More »

 

Fiat investors urged to vote against Chrysler merger

2:59 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Proxy advisor ISS has recommended that Fiat investors vote against a cross-border merger of the Italian carmaker and its U.S. unit Chrysler at a meeting on Aug. 1, saying it would reduce shareholder rights.... Read More »

 

New-look Yaris will start at $15,670

2:54 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Pricing on the 2015 Yaris, Toyota’s struggling subcompact car, will start at $15,670, including shipping. Toyota gave the 2015 Yaris a face-lift in hopes that a newer look will attract more buyers.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM recalls 717,950 vehicles, pushing year's recall tally to 60

2:07 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
General Motors is recalling another 717,950 vehicles in the United States, mostly 2010-12 model year cars and crossovers, lifting its total for the year to a record 60 safety campaigns covering around 29 million vehicles globally.... Read More »

 

F&I revenue growth slows in Q2 for some major dealership groups

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Of the four publicly traded new-car dealership groups that have reported second-quarter results, only one has posted a higher rate of growth in F&I revenue per vehicle retailed than it did a year ago. Lithia Motors today reported average F&I revenue per vehicle of $1,206, up 9.4 percent from the 2013 period. Last year at this time, its per-vehicle F&I revenue rose 4.4 percent from the year-earlier period.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

N.Y. Times story on subprime offers feds ammunition

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
A withering account of subprime auto lending in Sunday's New York Times reinforces bad stereotypes about used-car dealers, smears subprime lenders and their investors, takes out of context an increase in delinquencies and loan losses from record lows, and provides ammunition to auto finance industry critics in Washington.... Read More »

 

Smarter consumers, fewer defaults

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers and Ally Financial are partnering to promote financial literacy in stores. The program was unveiled at NAMAD's annual conference on July 9 in Miami. This is an excerpt from the July 14 AutoNews Now newscast.... Read More »

 

Some worry about F&I product regs, but not Jackson

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson says that unlike some in the retail industry, he's not worried the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could have plans to impose stricter monitoring of financing for F&I products.... Read More »

 

Capital One, Huntington target more prime loans

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Capital One continues to push aggressively in auto loans while other big banks, such as Chase and Wells Fargo, have slowed auto loan growth amid accelerating competition, especially in prime-risk lending. Regional powerhouse Huntington Bank, based in Columbus, Ohio, is also pursuing much bigger volumes in prime auto loans... Read More »

 

Japan readies fuel cell subsidies in bet on Toyota's next big thing

10:44 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Japan is readying subsidies to help Toyota and key suppliers take the lead in hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles that could top $400 million over the next several years if the most bullish projections for the technology play out.... Read More »

 

F&I TIP

3 questions can help sell GAP

10:21 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Three questions can persuade customers to buy GAP from the dealership instead of their insurance company, says Mike Hustead, senior finance manager at Freedom Kia in Clarksburg, W.Va. (1) “A texting teenager T-bones you. Whose insurance is responsible?” Customer: “His.” (2) “Right. His insurance says your car is worth $30,000. You owe $35,000. Whose insurance pays the $5,000 difference?” Customer: “Mine.” (3) “Correct.... Read More »

 

 
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