Retail

Lexus, with summer deals, grabs monthly luxury crown over Mercedes, BMW

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Lexus scored its first monthly win this year in U.S. luxury-vehicle deliveries, riding an annual summer sales push and the new NX crossover past German rivals.... Read More »

Nissan, Honda outpace the market on crossovers, sedans

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

American Honda Motor Co. and Nissan North America both showed solid sales growth in July, thanks to brisk sales of small crossovers, midsize sedans and luxury cars, data released today show.... Read More »

JULY U.S. SALES

Sales rise 5.3% on hardy crossover, truck volume

8:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

U.S. light-vehicles sales -- fueled by healthy truck demand and gains at most major automakers -- rose 5.3 percent in July, helping the industry begin the second half of 2015 on a strong note. Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., GM, Fiat Chrysler and Hyundai-Kia all had gains between 5 percent and 8 percent while Subaru scored its sixth double-digit advance of the year.... Read More »

Weak car, Scion results offset strong truck deliveries at Toyota

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. reported flat sales in July as a big win for its Lexus brand and strong truck sales were offset by weak performances by its top sellers on the car side, the Camry and Corolla, and at Scion.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: July's secret sauce? 'Nothing bad happening'

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Why did auto sales flourish in July? “Nothing bad happening,” which as it happens, is my favorite explanation this month.... Read More »

Mazda slips 7.1% as little minivan is phased out

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Mazda's U.S. sales fell 7.1 percent last month to 27,157 units, largely because of a phase-out of the six-seat Mazda5.... Read More »

Subaru jumps 11%, sets monthly record

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Subaru of America set a new monthly sales record in July with sales of 50,517 vehicles, an increase of 11 percent.... Read More »

Ford rises 5% on crossovers, higher F-150 spiffs

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Ford F-series pickup achieved its first year-over-year sales increase since January as Ford Motor Co. posted an overall U.S. sales gain of 5 percent last month, to 222,014 vehicles, figures released today show.... Read More »

Audi's crossovers and Golf family boost VW group

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Surging crossover demand propelled Audi to another monthly U.S. sales record while the Golf lineup continued to stoke demand at the Volkswagen brand in July.... Read More »

Pickups, retail sales power GM's 6.4% gain

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

General Motors' U.S. July sales rose 6.4 percent on strong retail volume, including a 28 percent surge in deliveries of its profitable full-size pickups.... Read More »

FCA advances 6.2% as Jeep juggernaut rolls on

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Jeep’s 23 percent sales increase in July powered Fiat Chrysler to a 6.2 percent gain in the U.S. Deliveries at Chrysler and Ram were also up for the month, but Dodge and Fiat volume fell.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM's fuel cell ideas take on new relevance

10:11 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

When GM decided to own fuel cell technology about 15 years ago, one of the ways the company used to justify the massive investment in the technology was that the stacks could be used to generate electricity in emergencies. That idea has taken on new life.... Read More »

Repeat repairs on older Volvos are free

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Volvo Cars of North America has launched a new parts and labor warranty for older cars to drive more business to dealerships. If an off-warranty vehicle is repaired at a Volvo dealership and comes back with the same problem, the fixes are free.... Read More »

French car sales rise 2% percent in July

Aug. 3, 2015 09:23 CET

French car sales rose 2.3 percent in July, led by strong gains at Fiat, Hyundai and Toyota. Most volume brands boosted volume except Renault, whose sales fell on aging products.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Washington dealer rejects dealer reserve and builds loyalty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Denver Morford, dealer principal at Barry Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Ephrata, Wash., doesn't believe in dealer reserve. He gives customers the wholesale rate for the loan, and it keeps them coming back.... Read More »

35 with Mazda

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Thane Hawkins, left, dealer principal at Polar Mazda in White Bear Lake, Minn., receives a 35-year award from Scott Farabee, Mazda North American Operations' Midwest regional general manager.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Painter's business model is flawed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Scott Painter's model is flawed if he needs to access dealer data to determine who his customer is.... Read More »

Can inventory hubs aid small Caddy stores?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

A long effort to whack away at Cadillac's swollen vehicle inventory culminated last month with the brand's trimmest levels in four-and-a-half years.... Read More »

Aging vehicles may shift the aftermarket sweet spot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The average age of light vehicles on American roads is still rising, just not as fast as it once was. So what, if anything, does that means for aftermarket and service managers? Well, it's a little complicated.... Read More »

Nissan store takes a factory lump after Trump thump video

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Yes, Nissan wants to win over Hispanics, but it doesn't like to condone one of its Southern California stores beating up on Donald Trump. Last week, Van Nuys Nissan in California posted a video online that shows store managers whacking away at a Mexican pinata resembling the Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump, complete with yellow hair and a business suit.... Read More »

In Bob Lutz's crystal ball, Apple, Google may win

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Bob Lutz, 83, has been around longer than most in the auto industry. The former General Motors, BMW, Ford and Chrysler executive knows a lot about change because he's seen so much of it. Lutz offered his vision of personal mobility in the future. He didn't say when it would happen, but he was fairly explicit on what it would look like.... Read More »

Penske reports strong 2nd quarter, expands its online sales pilot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Penske Automotive Group reported big gains in second-quarter net income on rising unit sales and a solid performance in all business segments. It also said it is expanding its online sales initiative.... Read More »

GM prepares to fight aftermarket repair parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

General Motors plans to roll out a new pricing system later this year for its original-equipment collision parts, a bid to take back market share from aftermarket parts makers.... Read More »

AutoNation's online pilots edge forward

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

AutoNation Inc. says the rollout of AutoNation Express, its online car-selling platform, is ahead of schedule. But the retailer has slowed two key elements of the platform.... Read More »

TrueCar, Sonic settle suit over 'True' usage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

TrueCar Inc. and Sonic Automotive Inc. have reached a settlement in TrueCar's lawsuit against the dealership group over trademark infringement.... Read More »

 
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