Retail

Hyundai's third-quarter profit falls 29% on firmer currency, sluggish sales

Oct. 23, 2014 11:15 CET
Hyundai posted a 29 percent fall in third-quarter net profit, the steepest decline in at least six quarters, hit by slowing sales growth and a stronger local currency, but said it expected earnings to bounce back in the fourth quarter.... Read More »

 

Dealers fume over new Edmunds videos that spoof price haggling

4:18 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
New YouTube ads from Edmunds.com have provoked a backlash. Some dealers say the four videos perpetuate stereotypes of dealers as unscrupulous bargainers. Edmunds says the ads are simply spoofs intended to show that customers dislike haggling.... Read More »

 

Has the Hyundai Sonata lost its mojo after redesign?

7:50 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
The revamped Sonata sedan was supposed to help Hyundai Motor Co. reverse sluggish sales, but the car described by some critics as a bland substitute for its popular predecessor is off to a slow start in the key U.S. market.... Read More »

 

Sonic learns the importance of paperwork, staffing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
In launching its One Sonic-One Experience initiative, Sonic Automotive had the technology, the store and the full attention of its top management committed to making it work. What it didn't have, in the finance and insurance office, were enough document specialists.... Read More »

 

Anderson named CEO at Exeter Finance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Subprime auto lender Exeter Finance Corp. named Thomas Anderson its CEO, succeeding Mark Floyd, who will continue to serve on the company's board of directors.... Read More »

 

Huntington, Fifth Third, Capital One target prime-risk auto loans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Some big banks in auto lending are responding to tougher competition by zeroing in on prime-risk loans. Huntington Bank and Fifth Third Bank are restricting lending to prime contracts only. In contrast, Capital One is controlling prime-risk costs as part of a broader lending strategy.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Why loan length doesn’t matter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
There’s another reason not to fret over longer new-car loans: The numbers can be misleading.... Read More »

 

Consumer Portfolio grows, staffs up for tax-refund season

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Consumer Portfolio Services increased auto originations 35 percent in the third quarter to $279.3 million, aided by a slowdown in subprime loans at competing lenders.... Read More »

 

Valeo's third-quarter sales rise 10% on fuel-saving technologies

Oct. 22, 2014 15:00 CET
French supplier Valeo said third-quarter sales rose 10 percent to 3.06 billion euros ($3.9 billion), boosted by demand for its fuel-saving technologies.... Read More »

 

Mich. blocks Tesla's sales model by plugging loophole

2:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill today that effectively bars Tesla Motors' direct-sales model in the state. While Tesla's model was already prohibited in Michigan, the wording of its franchise law left an opening that the automaker could potentially exploit as it has in Massachusetts, where dealers unsuccessfully tried to stop it from operating a store there. That potential loophole is now closed.... Read More »

 

Asbury raises its acquisition target

7:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Asbury Automotive Group Inc.'s acquisition ambitions keep getting bigger. Asbury, the nation's seventh-largest dealership group, said today that it now aims to buy stores that will add $500 million in annual revenue during the next 18 months.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Gen Y guru entertains, informs

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Who knew that demographics could be so funny?... Read More »

 

Nissan's 2016 Maxima drives back to roots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Nissan's redesigned Maxima sedan may be getting back to its “4DSC” roots. Recent spy photos show an early prototype of the 2016 Maxima. The 2016 Maxima's fastback styling mimics the four-door coupe body styles found on several German cars.... Read More »

 

Sonic pushes back rollout of customer-experience program

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Sonic Automotive will take at least six months longer than originally planned to roll its new customer experience program out to all of its dealerships.... Read More »

 

Ford cuts Focus Electric price by $6,000

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Ford slashed the price of the Focus Electric by $6,000 to $29,995, including shipping. The price reduction will remain in effect for all 2014 models and will continue when 2015 models are introduced.... Read More »

 

Citroen withholds new crossover from booming segment in Europe

Oct. 21, 2014 12:17 CET
Citroen's new C3-XR subcompact crossover will remain a China-only vehicle after the brand ruled out European sales of the model. Citroen says the C4 Cactus is a better fit in Europe for customers seeking a small SUV-styled vehicle.... Read More »

 

Chinese auto market growth will slow to 5% this year, group says

Oct. 21, 2014 11:34 CET
China's vehicle sales will likely rise just 5 percent in 2014 to 23 million, according to the country's main auto association, which revised its growth forecast downward for the second time this year.... Read More »

 

'Aggressive' EV ambitions will boost aluminum demand in China

Oct. 21, 2014 12:02 CET
China's drive to build electric cars as a way to combat pollution and reduce energy dependence is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in demand for aluminum, according to Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of the material to automakers.... Read More »

 

Tesla courted suppliers in bid to stop bill banning direct sales in Mich.

6:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Tesla Motors looked for support from its suppliers in Michigan in the company's unsuccessful bid to get Governor Rick Snyder to veto a bill that bans Tesla from selling its EVs directly to customers in the state.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

A terrible wreck, but not a total loss

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Most dealerships send totaled cars straight to the junkyard. White Bear Mitsubishi put one on display, and it has been reaping the rewards ever since.... Read More »

 

BILL LIA: Keep stores modern

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
"People keep asking us for our store designs," says Bill Lia, the 78-year-old CEO of Lia Auto Group in Albany, N.Y., which just finished building its 19th dealership. "We want to keep everything modern and up to date."... Read More »

 

WHO WANTS HYBRIDS?

Falling gasoline prices make alternative-fuel vehicles a tougher sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
For a sign of the challenges in selling fuel efficiency as a virtue, Tanner Hulette need only look at the signs near his dealership advertising gasoline for $2.70 a gallon. Hulette, general manager of Mechanicsville Toyota near Richmond, Va., said he's seeing higher demand for pickups and SUVs, and less interest in the Prius hybrid.... Read More »

 

Best Dealerships To Work For honored

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
A video montage of all 101 dealerships recognized on the 2014 list of the Best Dealerships To Work For.... Read More »

 

Tesla's sales limits in Michigan tightened by one word of law

8:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
By the removal of a personal pronoun from state law, a bill awaiting Governor Rick Snyder's signature would make it harder for Tesla Motors to sell its electric vehicles directly to customers in Michigan.... Read More »

 

918 Spyder nearly sold out, Porsche says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Porsche's limited-run 918 Spyder is nearing sellout status. Production of the plug-in hybrid supercar's 918 promised units will end next July, and planned production is sold out through late March or early April, said Andre Oosthuizen, vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America Inc.... Read More »

 

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