VIDEO: First Shift: Mercedes a 'mystery' hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Mercedes-Benz dealerships score with mystery shoppers; CEO plans 'new Honda'; Chevy's swipe at F-150; Dodge dealer is big on detail; Hellcat ad unleashed; Transaction-price trend.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 19% in June on China, Europe demand

July 6, 2015 12:24 CET

Mercedes deliveries rose 19 percent in June as strong demand in China and Europe helped boost sales. Six-month deliveries rose a record 15 percent, the carmaker said.... Read More »

Mercedes will pass VW in Japan this year on surging luxury car sales

July 6, 2015 11:30 CET

Mercedes will likely pass Volkswagen this year to become the top-selling import brand in Japan for the first time in 16 years, underscoring the nation's surprising boom in demand for luxury cars.... Read More »

FTC remains vigilant on deceptive dealership ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

After two Las Vegas dealerships agreed last week to settle charges that they used deceptive advertising, the Federal Trade Commission said dealers can expect vigilant enforcement of dealers' practices to continue.... Read More »

GM China growth outpaced by U.S. in first half

6:35 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

GM posted a slower pace of growth in China sales in the first half than in the U.S., as the economy slowed in its biggest market and local competitors flooded the market with cheaper SUV models.... Read More »

UK new-car sales rise 13% in June boosted by low finance deals

July 6, 2015 10:55 CET

UK new-car registrations in June increased 13 percent to 257,817. The increase meant that sales were up by 7 percent in the first six months to 1.37 million, which marked the best half-year performance on record.... Read More »

New Honda CEO Hachigo wants exciting cars, maximum capacity use

July 6, 2015 08:39 CET

Honda's new CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, aims to reboot the automaker by developing more exciting cars, steering clear of numerical targets and maximizing use of the company's overseas production to soak up global overcapacity.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for July

July 6, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why Skoda's rising sales and profits both help and hinder its parent, VW Group.... Read More »

A new Suzuki leader for a new era

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toshihiro Suzuki, tapped June 30 as president of Suzuki Motor Corp., is a different leader for a different era. A wallflower next to his father Osamu, Toshihiro says he has no intention of sitting as long at the helm as the chairman CEO.... Read More »

Fleet stats cloud sales picture

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

June brought another surge in U.S. new-vehicle sales, with Ford showing modest growth while General Motors was alone among major manufacturers in recording a decline. But a closer look reveals a more nuanced picture: In retail sales -- those to individual customers -- GM was up 6.8 percent last month, better than most other automakers. Ford, hurt by a short supply of F-150 pickups, actually suffered a decline in retail sales.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Uber lifts Toyota dealership's marketing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota of Plano offers its best deals to Uber drivers, who make up about 6 percent of the store's new-car buyers and serve as evangelists for the Dallas-area dealership.... Read More »

Rosekind expects NHTSA to act fast against FCA

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Despite overhauling its safety and recall operations since September, Fiat Chrysler is almost certain to face enforcement actions by federal regulators over alleged violations of auto safety laws.... Read More »

PACE Awards website taking applications for '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The Automotive News PACE Awards, jointly presented with EY and TRC Inc. and which honor game-changing, commercialized innovation by suppliers, has opened its website to accept applications for the 2016 competition.... Read More »

Germany issues fines to 5 suppliers for price fixing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The Federal German Cartel Office has fined five automotive acoustic parts suppliers a total of 75 million euros ($83.1 million) for their roles in price fixing.... Read More »

Nissan axes Pathfinder Hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Nissan Motor Co. has killed the hybrid version of its Pathfinder crossover as consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Former Ford Motor Co. President Philip Benton died June 14. He was 86.... Read More »

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Did Piech's prodding revive Alfa?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

So now that the Alfa Romeo plan is more fully hatched and the strategy is clear -- horsepower and hair-raising versions come first, and mainstream models follow -- here's a nagging question: Do we have Ferdinand Piech to thank for all of this?... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Toyota must keep on pushing for diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota derives three-quarters of its sales from overseas. About 80 percent of its 338,875 employees are outside Japan. Yet only two non-Japanese are board members.... Read More »

Giugiaro steps aside; Audi takes over

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original Volkswagen Golf and first Fiat Panda, last week resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A., the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968.... Read More »

Marketing test awaits Hyundai with NFL kickoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

A sponsorship of the NFL will give Hyundai a chance to elevate its stature in the U.S. market, but the company is still searching for its marketing quarterback.... Read More »

Austria deal to ease JLR production

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to build vehicles at Magna Steyr's plant in Graz, Austria, to ease production constraints in the United Kingdom.... Read More »

Financial aid for hydrogen infrastructure

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Japan's three biggest automakers plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells.... Read More »

Halftime score for U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

What was hot and not-so-hot in the U.S. light-vehicle market through June... Read More »

Toyota Financial resists CFPB

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota Financial Services said it has no plans to change its use of dealer reserve, despite scrutiny from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.... Read More »

Chevy has a cool answer when phone gets too hot

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Chevrolet is beating the heat this summer by rolling out a phone-cooling system in select 2016 models.... Read More »

 
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