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LUXURY: BMW outsells Mercedes, Lexus as race tightens

3:00 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2016

BMW outsold Mercedes-Benz and Lexus last month in the U.S. as all three of the market's largest sellers of luxury autos ended the first half behind their year-earlier totals.... Read More »

TOYOTA: Tight supplies dent truck tally as volume falls 5.6%

2:00 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2016

Toyota Motor Sales USA's June sales fell 5.6 percent to 198,257 units, dragged down by a slide in Toyota brand's sales of both cars and light trucks. Truck sales were hurt by availability issues, which company executives said are being addressed.... Read More »

Dissecting dealers' attitudes

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

NADA's latest survey of dealers' views on brands' value, policies and people yielded few surprises in the top- and bottom-ranked brands. But some of the changes in the middle were notable.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Dealers give Lexus top marks

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2016

Dealers give Lexus top marks in NADA study; Ontario to aid FCA, report says; Push for green cars in Germany; a longer Range Rover Evoque?; Mercedes-Benz GLE spied.... Read More »

Lexus again tops NADA Dealer Attitude Survey

11:31 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2016

Lexus ranked first overall in the Winter 2016 NADA Dealer Attitude Survey, followed by Toyota, Subaru and Honda, the National Automobile Dealers Association said today.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Dangerous secret in new cars?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2016

Tell buyers airbags may be recalled, senators say; FCA exec: Tech partners needed; Rosekind's nimble notion; Dealers to fix Lexus glitch; New GM quality czar; Jeep summer pitch.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: FCA in Uber, Amazon talks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2016

FCA in talks with Uber, Amazon - report; Suzuki chair to quit CEO job; Nissan ads ditch glitz; Toyota tops brand-value list, Tesla cracks top 10; Mercedes targets U.S. sales record.... Read More »

Toyota says Lexus vehicles need computer reboot at dealer

9:12 pm U.S. ET | June 7, 2016

Toyota is working to repair a software problem that can disable navigation systems in its Lexus vehicles and that may require a return trip to dealerships to complete repairs.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: GM rolls out spiffs after rough May

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2016

GM launches spiff offensive after sales plunge; Mercedes ahead in U.S. luxury race; Takata suitor?; Honda self-driving prototypes; Toyota's tech prep; Snyder: Lessons from May sales.... Read More »

Mercedes SUVs help boost U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2016

Mercedes-Benz outsold its luxury auto competitors in the U.S. in May, building its lead in a down month thanks to continued demand for its SUVs.... Read More »

GM drop-off helps drag down Canada sales 1.6%

12:00 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2016

A steep decline in sales at GM dragged down Canadian light-vehicle sales by 1.6 percent last month to 194,866 vehicles, an industry report said today.... Read More »

TOYOTA: Sales sag on 16% decline for cars

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2016

Toyota Motor Sales posted a 9.6 percent drop in U.S. sales for May, thanks to broad declines for both the Toyota and Lexus brands' car lines.... Read More »

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China’s tastes shape Japan’s luxury cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2016

Japan's premium designs are getting bolder and flashier as Lexus, Infiniti and Acura try to gain the attention of German-leaning Chinese luxury buyers.... Read More »

At Lexus' U.S. plant, cars get caressed

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2016

Whether a Lexus is made in Japan, at the RX plant in Canada or at the new $360 million ES factory line in Kentucky, customers expect near perfection in appearance and quality, say executives. And the factory floor is where that has to happen.... Read More »

Toyota gets another boost from light trucks

6:00 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Toyota Motor Sales posted a 3.8 percent sales increase in April, moving 211,125 vehicles for the month. Sales at the Toyota division, including Scion, rose 5 percent to 186,243 vehicles. The gains were largely buoyed by the strength of Toyota's light trucks, which set a record for April sales, rising 16 percent for the month to 96,033 vehicles.... Read More »

Mercedes widens lead over Lexus, BMW with SUVs

2:00 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Mercedes-Benz led U.S. sales of luxury autos in April, solidifying its top spot ahead of Toyota's Lexus and the BMW brand as demand for SUVs stayed strong.... Read More »

Freshening gives Lexus IS sedan a bolder look

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Lexus unveiled a freshened IS compact sedan last week at the Beijing auto show with an aggressive, heavily creased front fascia that echoes those of the RC coupe and upcoming LC 500 sports car.... Read More »

Lexus dramatizes design in meaner mug for IS

11:00 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2016

Lexus is doubling down on bolder designs with a freshened IS sport sedan that gets a meaner mug and sportier demeanor. The mid-cycle update also rolls out a tweaked interior with a bigger multimedia display and the brand's latest active safety system.... Read More »

Beijing show opens up to challenger brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2016

The Beijing auto show going on this week has become a showcase for Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz -- the dominant luxury brands in China -- as well as challengers such as Cadillac, Lincoln and Infiniti.... Read More »

Toyota may lose $277 million this quarter as quakes halt Japan output

April 18, 2016 10:39 CET

Toyota's profit may fall by about $277 million for the current quarter, an industry analyst said, after a series of earthquakes struck Japan, disrupting parts supplies. A production halt at Toyota's Kyushu factories will extend to other Japan assembly lines.... Read More »

Toyota, Nissan idle 2 assembly plants in wake of earthquake

10:00 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2016

Toyota and Nissan have suspended production at two plants that export Lexus and crossover vehicles to the U.S. after a strong earthquake in southwest Japan disrupted operations at key suppliers.... Read More »

Digital Honda ads make it personal

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2016

In online video campaigns, simply repurposing a TV spot for the digital audience can be an inefficient exercise when trying to influence potential buyers. So the TriHonda Dealers Association took a more targeted approach in a recent Tier 2 digital video blitz.... Read More »

Lexus aims to treat buyers 'like guests in our own home'

6:37 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

Beyond the creature comforts and quality of an upscale vehicle, the "luxury" in luxury cars is increasingly about hospitality and how a buyer -- or "guest" in Lexus lingo -- feels about the entire brand experience, said Jeff Bracken, Lexus general manager.... Read More »

Lexus leads March U.S. luxury sales as crossovers draw buyers

4:15 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus brand, bolstered by demand for its crossovers, sold the most luxury light vehicles in the U.S. for a second straight month in March, closing in on Mercedes-Benz's first-quarter lead.... Read More »

Toyota loses ground as Easter holiday dents showroom traffic

3:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

Toyota Motor Corp.'s March new-vehicle sales in the U.S. fell 2.7 percent from last year as car sales continued to slump and an early Easter contributed to dampened retail volume.... Read More »

 
Why Europe's car buyer categories need a shake-up

Douglas A. Bolduc
4:49 am U.S. ET | July 1 2016

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Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker

Nick Gibbs
5:42 am U.S. ET | June 28 2016

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Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. ...
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Goodbye to the Europe I knew

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27 2016

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I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. ...
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Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2016

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Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

Christiaan Hetzner
6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22 2016

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As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting ...
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Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2016

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When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least b ...
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How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10 2016

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Ford of Europe's 6. ...
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Peugeot offers a two-wheel solution for congested cities

Bruce Gain
9:46 am U.S. ET | June 1 2016

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Peugeot's new 3008 SUV will offer owners a solution to the problem of getting around congested inner cities: an electric bicycle or an electric scooter that can fold up and... ...
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Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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