Retail

Chrysler's Ram pickup may stick with steel through 2020, report says

7:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Chrysler Group is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals GM and Ford in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters.... Read More »

 

Study sees dealership throughput breaking records in 2014

5:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
For the third consecutive year, U.S. dealership throughput -- the average number of vehicles sold per store -- is expected to break records in 2014, a study released today found. But the experts behind the study warn that a downturn is inevitable.... Read More »

 

Recalls have little to no impact on residual values, study says

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Recalls have almost no effect on vehicle depreciation rates, a new study found. Even widespread recalls that generate sweeping publicity had little to no effect on residual values, which represent the value of a used vehicle. The study comes as the U.S. auto industry will set a record in 2014 for vehicle recalls.... Read More »

 

Acura TLX's new assembly line is on Twitter

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Acura is advancing the social marketing spectrum with an interactive TLX launch campaign that allows Twitter users to build their own versions of the premium sedan within a tweet.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Is Ford rolling the dice with changes to 2015 Mustang?

2:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
The new Mustang is bigger, heavier, thirstier and more expensive than the outgoing '14 model. It's a recipe for killing a sports car.... Read More »

 

Cadillac considers moving some staff functions to Manhattan

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Cadillac is considering adding or shifting some staff functions from Detroit to Manhattan, GM said today, as part of an effort to remake the brand's image and broaden its appeal outside North America under new boss Johan de Nysschen.... Read More »

 

Kia brings back hamsters for Soul EV ad campaign

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Kia rolled out the new “fully charged” ad campaign for the Soul EV today, featuring Adam Levine's falsetto on the new Maroon 5 track “Animals” and, of course, the Kia hamsters.... Read More »

 

New 2015 Lincoln MKC ads star Matthew McConaughey

8:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Lincoln has signed a multiyear endorsement contract with Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey that will begin in September with a series of spots promoting the 2015 MKC compact luxury crossover.... Read More »

 

Penske Media acquires Fairchild trade magazines from Conde Nast

7:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Penske Media, the Los Angeles-based publishing company founded by automotive heir Jay Penske, is acquiring Fairchild Fashion Media's trade magazines from Conde Nast Publications.... Read More »

 

Sixt says BMW car-sharing venture is profitable in most cities

Aug. 21, 2014 11:43 CET
Germany's Sixt said its DriveNow car-sharing venture with BMW is profitable in cities where it has been operating for more than a year as sign-ups exceed forecasts.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Conti exec says automated driving requires tight ties with many partners

Aug. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Continental executive Helmut Matschi says automated driving will emerge gradually in the next decade. He also believes that to be successful, suppliers will need to collaborate more than ever with non-automotive companies.... Read More »

 

CFPB fines subprime lender First Investors Financial Services Group for sending credit bureaus inaccurate info

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined subprime auto lender First Investors Financial Services Group nearly $3 million for knowingly providing inaccurate information to credit reporting agencies for at least three years.... Read More »

 

EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes

Aug. 20, 2014 13:30 CET
EU regulators are pushing for legislation that will require vehicles to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories in a bid to close loopholes that allow carmakers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials.... Read More »

 

Hertz investor presses board to replace CEO Frissora

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Hertz investor Fir Tree Partners, which holds more than 3 percent of the stock, is urging the company's board to replace CEO Mark Frissora because the firm disapproves of how he's running the car-rental provider.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Did dealers hurt themselves with the carve out?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
There’s no mistaking that federal regulators are serious about policing auto lenders. By extension, auto dealers feel they’ve got a big target on their backs, too.... Read More »

 

2015 Corvette will get 29 mpg highway, GM says

8:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
An 8-speed automatic transmission debuting in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette boosts fuel economy by 3.5 percent over the six-speed it replaces and gives the General Motors long-running sports car an EPA highway rating of 29 mpg, its highest rating ever.... Read More »

 

Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe to counter opponents

12:19 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Uber Technologies, the popular mobile car-booking app, hired David Plouffe, a former top political adviser to President Obama, to help it cope with regulatory hurdles and mounting opposition from cabbies around the globe.... Read More »

 

Auto loans could get boost from revamped FICO scores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
A planned update in the way FICO scores are calculated should help some borrowers qualify more easily for auto loans by putting less weight on overdue medical debt when calculating credit scores, according to Fair Isaac Corp.... Read More »

 

Canadians stretch out auto loans as debt warnings go ignored

5:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
The average term of a light-vehicle loan in Canada is 69 months, close to a peak of 72 months set in the third quarter of 2013, according to J.D. Power. Longer-term car loans are leaving Canadians in debt for a longer time, analysts say. And the borrowing binge adds to signs Canadians are continuing to buy big-ticket items and tuning out warnings about unsustainable debt growth.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Skipping wheel-and-tire was big mistake

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Wheel-and-tire insurance is a valuable product. There, I admit it. It's not the “snake oil” that a cynical friend once espoused it and other F&I products to be.... Read More »

 

Asbury targets underperformers, training as F&I gains stall

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Asbury Automotive Group's improvement in average F&I revenues per vehicle retailed has stalled this year. Like other publicly traded auto retailers, Asbury plans to concentrate on squeezing improvements out of its bottom performers in F&I revenue per vehicle retailed.... Read More »

 

Subprime auto loan growth is 'less pronounced' in context, Fed analysts say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
While auto lending is rising in all credit categories, subprime auto loans are growing the fastest because that segment dropped the most during the downturn, according to a study by four analysts from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Searching far and wide for service techs

9:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
How far is your dealership willing to go to get well-qualified service technicians? GM dealers in the Mideast went all the way to the Philippines.... Read More »

 

Russia will consider support for car market, reports say

Aug. 20, 2014 10:13 CET
Russia will consider taking measures aimed at supporting the auto market, news agencies quoted Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as saying. Car sales in Russia fell 23 percent in July as consumers worry about the impact of the Ukraine crisis.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Bosch, Faurecia, ZF grow in 2013; combined Europe sales for top 30 rise 7%

Aug. 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Europe's biggest suppliers rebounded last year as the region showed signs of recovery in the final months of 2013. Overall 2013 European sales by suppliers in the top 30 increased by 7 percent to $183.5 billion compared with the year before.... Read More »

 

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