Sales

Even in Europe, Smart struggles for sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

Its volumes remain roughly half those of BMW’s small-car brand Mini.... Read More »

Honda responds to sports car cravings

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2017

Honda is following the playbook of brands such as Porsche and Chevy that use countless iterations and special editions of a single model to juice sales.... Read More »

Mercedes orders up more trucks for U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2017

Mercedes leaders say the increase could move the brand closer to a 50-50 sales mix of cars and light trucks for the year, and get inventory more in line with consumer demand.... Read More »

Hyundai's Kona small CUV starts in a hole

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2017

Hyundai's U.S. dealers are getting something they desperately want and need, a new subcompact crossover. That's the good news.... Read More »

VW brand chief sees new models driving profit and sales

June 16, 2017 14:12 CET

Volkswagen Group is making headway with efforts to raise profitability at its troubled core VW brand and expects strong business next year thanks to a raft of new models, the division's top executive, Herbert Diess, said.... Read More »

European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels

June 16, 2017 08:41 CET

European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sales increases. Winners included Toyota, Renault, VW and Fiat, while Opel's volume declined.... Read More »

EU ready to scrap tariffs on Japanese car parts in trade deal, paper says

June 16, 2017 09:47 CET

The EU will propose scrapping import tariffs on most Japanese car parts in trade negotiations, Nikkei reported. In return, the EU is pushing for Japan to cut or scrap import tariffs on some agricultural products.... Read More »

VW's latest offer to EU rigged diesel owners 'inadequate,' consumer group says

June 14, 2017 17:28 CET

VW Group's offer to provide an extended guarantee but no compensation for European customers with rigged diesel cars was criticized by consumer rights activists. The plan follows talks with EU officials, who have expressed frustration that VW is not offering the payouts granted to U.S. owners of its cars.... Read More »

GM extends summer shutdown at 2 plants amid car slump

2:53 pm U.S. ET | June 14, 2017

GM is extending the normal two-week summer shutdowns at two U.S. assembly plants to as many as five weeks amid a slump in car demand and high inventories. The Lordstown, Ohio, factory builds the Chevrolet Cruze and the Fairfax, Kan., plant assembles the Chevrolet Malibu.... Read More »

BLOOMBERG GADFLY

BLOG: Would you buy a car from Amazon?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2017

The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. But the online shopping giant may find it difficult to compete with dealerships and automakers investing in e-commerce.... Read More »

Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2017

Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the British car brand's Americas division.... Read More »

There's no 'magic sauce' to get deal done

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2017

Dealers see growing numbers of customers with negative equity on trade-in vehicles, forcing them to find financing solutions or lose a sale. Here's how some dealers are doing it.... Read More »

Falling used-vehicle prices fuel the growth in negative equity

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2017

Falling used-vehicle prices are exacerbating the growing problem of negative equity on trade-ins, experts say. It's not going to get better anytime soon.... Read More »

GM sees more room to cut rental sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2017

By selling still-fewer vehicles to Enterprise and Hertz, GM hopes to boost residual values and improve the economics of its leasing business.... Read More »

Big groups' F&I sales top vehicle volume in '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2017

F&I revenue at the nation's 150 largest dealership groups rose more than sales volume did in 2016, but the pace of growth for F&I slowed from prior years.... Read More »

Hyundai's U.S. sales chief jumps to VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2017

Derrick Hatami was facing the same sales pressure that led to the ouster of U.S. CEO Dave Zuchowski in late December 2016.... Read More »

Inventory rises as GM stockpiles

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2017

General Motors' stockpiling ahead of lower production planned for later in the year has driven up industrywide inventory levels.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The trade problem 
is taxes and tariffs

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2017

The trade problem with the Germans lies in taxation and tariffs, Bob Lutz writes.... Read More »

TALK FROM THE TOP: ALAN BATEY, GENERAL MOTORS

ALAN BATEY: GM reaps rewards of North America strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2017

North America, Alan Batey's domain at General Motors, is responsible for 99.4 percent of GM's total adjusted earnings since January 2014. And it's becoming even more critical to the automaker's future.... Read More »

Online intros could draw Gen Y to F&I products

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2017

Millennials are more cost-conscious than Gen Xers or baby boomers, according to a Cox Automotive study, but transparency and online F&I product introductions could sway them to open their wallets for add-ons.... Read More »

How to break through the F&I roadblock

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2017

F&I managers know there's at least one constant in their jobs: Car buyers remain wary of finance and insurance. So it's imperative F&I managers and dealership sales staffers develop presentation styles that help F&I skeptics sort through their misgivings.... Read More »

More used, fewer new sales could improve negative-equity levels

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2017

Experts have mixed views on the future of negative-equity levels, but most agree that it will largely depend on used-vehicle values and the new-vehicle sales rate.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Diesel bans put added pressure on automakers seeking to cut CO2

June 11, 2017 06:01 CET

Driving bans loom in Europe as governments crack down on NOx emissions from diesels, leaving brands such as VW, BMW, Mercedes and Volvo at risk because they have bet heavily on the powertrain to meet tougher CO2 emissions rules.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020

June 10, 2017 06:01 CET

Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interest as analysts forecast that the sector will decline this year and remain static in future years.... Read More »

China EV quotas will be tough for premium brands, BMW exec says

June 9, 2017 06:01 CET

BMW may need to rapidly ramp up production of electrified models in China to meet a tougher target for new-energy vehicles as the government clamps down on combustion engines.... Read More »

 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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