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Hyundai's ready for cars coming off lease

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015
Hyundai Motor America, despite concerns from some analysts, is ready to handle a wave of vehicles coming off lease, CEO Dave Zuchowski promises. The industry is in the early stages of a steep increase in the volume of off-lease vehicles hitting auctions and used-car lots, a result of the near-evaporation of leasing during the recession and its strong rebound this decade.... Read More »

 

Reputation.com managing online reputation for Ford dealers

6:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Ford dealers have a new vendor for managing their reputation management and an opportunity, perhaps as early as this summer, to get discounted prices for customer relationship management services. Stacey Coopes, CEO of FordDirect, said the company switched in July from Digital Air Strike to Reputation.com as the reputation management vendor offered to Ford's 3,000 dealerships.... Read More »

 

Honda expects new HR-V compact crossover to help spur sales

6:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Honda expects to beat last year's 1 percent U.S. sales increase as it breathes new life into its truck lineup in 2015. The automaker plans to sell between 70,000 and 80,000 units of the new HR-V compact crossover, which launches in spring.... Read More »

 

GM and Ally compete to grow F&I

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
GM is on a hiring binge to build a direct sales force for its branded F&I products as the company seeks a foothold in the competitive space. GM rolled out branded F&I products nationally last year while taking over the business from captive-finance arm GM Financial.... Read More »

 

Kia recalls nearly 87,000 Forte sedans in U.S. due to fire risk

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Kia is recalling 86,880 Forte sedans in the US because a cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire, according to documents filed by federal auto safety regulators.... Read More »

 

Hot Subaru sets its sights on the Sunbelt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Subaru, gunning for a seventh straight year of record U.S. sales, hopes to get an additional boost by bringing its retail network in Sunbelt states in line with those of rivals.... Read More »

 

GM tablet tool aims to lift service revenue

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
About 1,200 General Motors dealerships have begun using a tablet tool, part of a software program called Service Workbench, that lets service advisers quickly pull up a vehicle's history, whip through an inspection and point out a menu of factory-recommended maintenance items.... Read More »

 

How to contain aluminum dust?

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Curtains or walls? It's a big decision that Ford dealers with body shops face as they gear up to repair the 2015 aluminum-body F-150 pickup, arriving late this year.... Read More »

 

Porsche plans Pajun as EV only to fight Tesla, report says

Jan. 24, 2015 06:01 CET
Porsche will sell its long-planned Pajun sedan only as a electric car to compete with cars such as the Tesla Model S, a German magazine said.... Read More »

 

Entry-level Jeep Renegade should boost brand in subcompact market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
The Renegade subcompact SUV is Jeep's latest attempt at an entry-level vehicle. With prices starting at $18,990, including shipping, the first Italian-made Jeep should help the brand thrive in the competitive subcompact market.... Read More »

 

Nissan targets improvements in dealer experience

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Nissan will roll out a nationwide program this spring intended to boost its middle-of-the-road customer satisfaction scores on dealership experience. The undertaking -- known internally as the Quality Growth Program -- will be a bonus program to reward dealers for meeting various targets to improve their satisfaction performance.... Read More »

 

GM: Get succession plans set

7:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
General Motors has directed its field organizations to ask every GM dealer this year if he or she has a succession plan. And if not, the company is advising, set up one.... Read More »

 

Acura to take NSX orders in summer

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Acura will begin taking orders for its much-anticipated NSX sports car this summer, but it has not yet decided which dealers will carry it, executives told dealers Friday at the 2015 NADA convention.... Read More »

 

Infiniti reasserts its USA imperative

6:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Infiniti is reassuring its dealers that the United States remains at the center of its business plan despite an ongoing push to globalize the brand. Michael Bartsch, vice president of Infiniti Americas, told dealers at their make meeting that a new wave of products coming late this year will help reinvigorate the brand.... Read More »

 

Crossovers will deliver another record year for Audi, Keogh says

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Greater availability of hot-selling crossovers will propel Audi to another record year of U.S. sales in 2015, Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh says. The biggest gains will come from a full year of availability of the compact Q3 crossover, which launched last fall, and a larger allocation of Q5 crossovers for the U.S., Keogh says.... Read More »

 

Mazda targets 11% U.S. sales bump in 2015

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Mazda expects an 11 percent jump in U.S. sales this year, aided by the launch of the new CX-3 small crossover and redesigned MX-5 Miata roadster, Mazda executives told dealers Friday at the 2015 NADA convention.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

NADA, Tesla, pitchforks and torches -- a missed opportunity

1:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
If there's one thing many car dealers can't stand right now, it's Tesla. Yet here they are, thousands of them, spending a few days right in Elon Musk's backyard.... Read More »

 

FCA projects 10% growth in U.S. retail sales for '15, extending streak

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
FCA US dealers were told to anticipate as much as 10 percent growth in their U.S. retail sales in 2015 as incremental deliveries from new vehicles such as the Jeep Renegade, Ram ProMaster City and Fiat 500X help extend the automaker's 57-month sales streak.... Read More »

 

GM to cut production of Chevy Sonic, Buick Verano

11:02 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
General Motors is cutting production of its Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano small cars amid higher-than-normal inventories, a sign that low gasoline prices could be weakening the sales outlook for small cars.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Building a new fortress to protect data

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
When it comes to protecting sensitive data against hackers, the days of building thick digital walls and moat are over.... Read More »

 

GM takes charge of its branded F&I products

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
General Motors is bringing the sales of its branded F&I products in-house, taking over responsibility from captive finance company GM Financial, in a move designed to give those sales a shot in the arm and get those products on more GM dealerships' radar.... Read More »

 

Old repair bill is a powerful tool for F&I team

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
When the air conditioning compressor in LeAnna Cowan's car failed in the Las Vegas heat, the $1,250 repair bill wasn't a hardship.... Read More »

 

Honda signals shift from Takata, hires rival to supply Accord airbags, report says

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Honda has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata to supply airbags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker's best-selling vehicle, two people with knowledge of the decision told Reuters... Read More »

 

Ford takes charge of $800 million on Venezuelan currency

9:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Ford said it will take a one-time pretax charge of $800 million in its fourth quarter results because the inability to exchange US dollars for Venezuelan bolivars has restricted operations in the South American country.... Read More »

 

EU regulators to rule on ZF's bid for TRW by Feb. 26

Jan. 23, 2015 15:09 CET
European Union antitrust authorities will decide by Feb. 26 whether to approve German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen's $13.5 billion bid for U.S. rival TRW Automotive.... Read More »

 

 
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