Retail

Consumer Reports presses Toyota to recall some 177,500 Camry hybrids

4:21 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Consumer Reports called on Toyota to recall about 177,500 older Camry hybrid sedans to address potential power brake defects.... Read More »

 

Many drivers are ready for autonomous cars, survey says

5:02 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
A significant percentage of drivers are ready for their cars to do the driving for them. In a study conducted in June by Insurance.com, 32 percent of the 2,000 licensed drivers surveyed said they would not continue to drive themselves once a self-driving car became available.... Read More »

 

Tesla, Panasonic reach agreement on U.S. battery plant, report says

3:42 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Panasonic has reached a basic agreement with Tesla Motors to initially supply the electric automaker's proposed lithium-ion battery plant in the United States with machinery to make battery cells, the Nikkei said.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

VW, Ford, Nissan eye China's entry-level market

4:35 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Global automakers have long been reluctant to sell cheaper vehicles in China as they seek to protect their healthy profit margins. But now foreign automakers are moving into China's entry-level segment in a quest for market share.... Read More »

 

Asbury to double pace of acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Asbury Automotive Group Inc. aims to double its acquisition pace during the next 18 months.... Read More »

 

Sonic 'delighted' with rollout of new retail plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Three weeks into Sonic Automotive Inc.'s customer experience initiative, customers at the pilot store aren't yet getting the promised iPad-enabled transaction with a single salesperson.... Read More »

 

SHAREHOLDER VALUE

Lithia's big DCH deal was a boon for shareholders

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Lithia Motors' big acquisition last month fueled a strong second quarter for the publicly traded retailer in terms of shareholder value return.... Read More »

 

Targeted digital ads start with car color

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
New York digital marketing company Eyeview is betting that its color-morphing capabilities will trigger an emotional reaction from consumers who spent time researching a vehicle and likely visualized themselves in it. And research shows that vehicle color is a crucial part of the shopping experience.... Read More »

 

Happy Birthday, boss! Let's open some stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Sonic Automotive President Scott Smith will get a special birthday present when he turns 47 on Oct. 20.... Read More »

 

Honda pushes dealers for buyers' signatures on airbag liability

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
"I understand that if this used car I'm buying is in a crash, the airbag could kill me." That's the gist of a document that American Honda Motor Co. wants its dealers to require buyers of certain 2001-11 used Honda and Acura vehicles to sign.... Read More »

 

Hot hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Honda Motor Co. engineers are trying to figure out why an Acura NSX undergoing high-speed testing at Germany's Nurburgring last week caught fire and burned to the ground.... Read More »

 

AutoTrader, Manheim rebrand under 1 entity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Manheim and AutoTrader Group, a collection of digital automotive marketing and software companies, are now part of Cox Automotive, according to signage and employees representing the various properties at a recent trade show in Florida. Sandy Schwartz, president of Manheim and AutoTrader Group, leads the new entity.... Read More »

 

Auction Broadcasting sites get makeovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Auction Broadcasting Co., expecting to increase its sales at least 20 percent in 2015, will improve seven of its eight auction sites in various ways by year end. Jason Hockett, president of the Indianapolis auction company, says the improvements include drive-thru photo booths and new or expanded reconditioning centers and body shops.... Read More »

 

Certified-used sales fall in June, expected to rise for year

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Sales of certified used vehicles slipped in June for the first time in a year and a half. But analysts still predict certified sales will rise overall this year. Sales dipped 2 percent in June from a year earlier to 181,112, but still posted an 8 percent gain for the first half, to 1,133,588.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

'Middle of nowhere' site limits store's costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
the rural location of Volkswagen of Salem County in Monroeville, N.J., helps the family contain its real estate costs. That freed time and money to focus on building the store's sales to roughly 28 new and 43 used vehicles per month from the 8 to 15 mostly new vehicles per month that the previous owners sold.... Read More »

 

5 YEARS LATER

'Cash for clunkers opened up the floodgates'

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014
The Car Allowance Rebate System, also known as cash for clunkers, was a lifeline at a desperate time for the U.S. auto industry. Nearly 700,000 vehicles were traded in through the nearly $3 billion program, which provided consumers as much as $4,500 each to trade in an old gas guzzler for a more fuel efficient new model.... Read More »

 

Audi cuts spare-part prices in China amid anti-monopoly probe

9:58 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014
Volkswagen AG's luxury Audi brand plans to cut spare-part prices in China as global automakers rush to change their pricing strategies after Chinese anti-monopoly regulators began probing the auto industry.... Read More »

 

OnStar change targets service visits

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014
Starting with its 2015 models, GM will offer buyers free monthly vehicle-diagnostic reports through OnStar, and allow those customers to sign up to receive maintenance notifications from their dealerships.... Read More »

 

Millennials drawn to car-sharing services, but eventually, they buy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
Car- and ride-sharing programs are changing the way city dwellers get around and the way millennials think about car ownership. Automakers have noticed and are experimenting with ways to adapt -- creating partnerships with car-sharing services or offering their own transportation services.... Read More »

 

AutoNation: Recalls crimp service

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
The record recalls this year are creating capacity bottlenecks in the service shops of the country's largest new-vehicle dealership group.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen marketing chief quits

July 25, 2014 22:20 CET
Volkswagen's global marketing head, Simon Thomas, will leave the post after about a year in the job. Thomas, a former top Nissan Europe executive, said he is leaving VW at his own request.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover cuts prices on 3 models in China in response to government probe

7:40 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover will cut prices on 3 models by an average of $32,300 starting August 1, after the National Development and Reform Commission, China's state planner, launched an investigation into monopolistic prices in the auto industry, the company said in a statement on Friday.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

GM, Manheim kiss and make up

3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
About four years after a spat strained their business relations, GM and auction company Manheim are starting to kiss and make up.... Read More »

 

Strong retail demand to push U.S. sales higher in July, forecasts show

2:44 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
The pace of auto sales has slowed slightly after hitting an eight-year high in June, but July's results are still shaping up to be at least 9 percent better than a year ago, according to four forecasts. The seasonally adjusted, annualized selling rate is expected to hit 16.6 million to 16.8 million, projections show.... Read More »

 

VW may open planning center in Brazil to revive sales

July 25, 2014 10:07 CET
VW Group is mulling a planning center in Brazil. It would be part of the automaker's 3.6 billion euro ($4.85 billion) investment in new models, plants and technology for the country through 2018, sources said.... Read More »

 

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