Vehicle Sales

European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August

Sept. 15, 2016 09:05 CET

New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. Fiat Chrysler, Renault, Daimler, Toyota and Kia beat the market average with double-digit growth while VW Group, mired in an emissions scandal, continued to lose ground.... Read More »

Toyota engineer aims to recharge sales for Prius plug-in

6:54 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2016

The chief engineer of Toyota's Prius gasoline hybrid cars said he would like to see the automaker sell 1 million units of the new plug-in version over its product life cycle, saying the vehicle is set to become its showpiece "eco" car in the next decade or so.... Read More »

Collateral data key to evaluating used-car lease candidates, Black Book says

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

As off-lease vehicles return to the market and expand used-vehicle inventory, some dealers and lenders are leasing those vehicles. But not all vehicles are suited for a used lease, according to a white paper published by Black Book on Tuesday.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

SsangYong previews new Rexton SUV

Sept. 14, 2016 14:06 CET

SsangYong will unveil the LIV-2 concept at the Paris auto show. The concept previews the new Rexton large SUV that will launch next year.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why GM won't sell 'breakthrough' EV in the UK

7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

General Motors decided not to sell the Ampera-e, its first full EV, in the UK because the automaker was burned by the sales failure of the Ampera plug-in hybrid. And while the decision might make good financial sense, the Vauxhall brand won't be applauding its parent's caution.... Read More »

Mercedes extends luxury sales lead over BMW in August

Sept. 14, 2016 06:01 CET

Daimler's Mercedes brand extended its global sales lead over rival BMW after its August registrations increased at a faster pace. Both automakers benefited from booming demand for SUVs.... Read More »

New car or used, make the sales pitch personal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

Many consumers are skipping dealers' new-vehicle showrooms in favor of their used-car lots. According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, franchised dealerships sold 8,704,716 used vehicles through July this year.
But the popularity of used cars shouldn't leave F&I managers scrambling to revamp their sales approach to appeal to those used buyers, industry insiders say.... Read More »

Growing CPO volume offers F&I opportunities

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

Certified pre-owned sales are growing, giving F&I managers a fresh opportunity to offer warranty wraparounds, service contracts and appearance products that keep vehicles in like-new condition.... Read More »

Used sales? Service contracts make sense

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

As new-vehicle margins tighten, experts say dealers should focus on services for used vehicles to make a healthy profit.... Read More »

PRE-OWNED PROFITS

Used cars are plentiful, and consumers are latching on. Are F&I departments prepared?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

With 8.7 million used vehicles sold at franchised dealerships through July, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association, and 3.1 million off-lease vehicles expected by year end, according to Manheim, dealerships are developing strategies to cope with the flood.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Peugeot expects to benefit from making new 3008 'a real SUV'

Sept. 12, 2016 06:01 CET

Peugeot is counting on the new 3008 and face-lifts of other models to boost sales in the midterm despite headwinds such as slowing sales in China, stiff competition in Europe and declining demand for diesels. Maxime Picat, PSA's brand new Europe chief, outlined the automaker's plans for its biggest brand in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

A short, unhappy life

Dodge Dart born as a bargaining chip, and accursed ever since

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

Short of a last-minute intervention by another automaker, the young Dodge Dart will die this month. The death of the Dart and the upcoming production end for sibling Chrysler 200 evoke uncomfortable memories of pre-bankruptcy Chrysler.... Read More »

SCREEN PLAY

DocuPAD exemplifies the F&I debate over price vs. value

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

DocuPAD, a flat screen that nearly covers the F&I manager's desk, lets the manager and customer see every step of the process simultaneously.... Read More »

Bigland may face charges in sales probe, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' top North American sales executive, Reid Bigland, could face personal charges as part of the ongoing federal probe into whether the automaker fraudulently hyped its monthly sales, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

Nissan blames Altima's swoon on fleets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

Nissan Altima sales dropped 39 percent in August from a year earlier mostly because of a big drop in fleet sales, and also because Nissan was trying to avoid a “price war” in the struggling midsize car segment, a Nissan executive said.... Read More »

Inventory holds steady in August

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

U.S. auto stock levels barely changed during August, standing at a 61-day supply on Sept. 1, the same level as a month earlier.... Read More »

Audi's Q3 is hitting its stride

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

Thanks to increased supply from a plant in Spain and a market shift from luxury sedans to crossovers, Audi's slow-starting Q3 is gaining momentum and closing in on the Mercedes-Benz GLA.... Read More »

Chevy Cruze gains altitude

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

The Chevrolet Cruze finally showed a glimpse of its potential in August.... Read More »

GM Korea fights two-front war

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

GM Korea is shifting gears to keep its production competitive in the face of falling exports and rising costs. James Kim, its new CEO from outside the automotive world, is seeking new export markets while trying to boost domestic sales in a market increasingly open to buying foreign brands.... Read More »

FCA rethinks plans for Depression-era plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

Fiat Chrysler may be reconsidering plans to convert its ancient Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit to produce luxury Jeep SUVs once the plant stops making Ram 1500 pickups in 2018.... Read More »

That's one remarkable recovery

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

Now that U.S. sales are all but officially declared to have plateaued, we can sit back and take stock of what just happened. And what just happened was remarkable - the longest-lasting post-recession sales rebound in modern history.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

U.S. carmakers get the hang of globalization

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

These are complicated times for U.S. companies trying to sort out strategies in unpredictable emerging markets. But in recent years GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler have found some success.... Read More »

Pace of fleet sales slows in August

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

Fleet sales for the seven best-selling automakers in the U.S. rose 2.4 percent in August while retail volume for the same seven declined 5.4 percent. But the pace of fleet business did slow considerably last month.... Read More »

Shift Finance targets dealerships, private sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

Captive lender Shift Finance, and its parent, peer-to-peer used-car marketplace Shift Technologies Inc., have high ambitions.... Read More »

Will prime buyers dent service plans?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

Consumers' trend toward used cars, especially certified pre-owned, could eventually slow the growth in sales of extended service contracts.... Read More »

 
Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. ...
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For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not... ...
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The car as a social evil: Author has hope for driverless future

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2016

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Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that -- it's a health and economic problem as well. ...
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Nissan's ProPilot system lightens the load of driving

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 2016

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Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology can steer around curves and slow down for traff ...
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Why Tesla is a different story

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 2016

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Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what A ...
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Why GM won't sell 'breakthrough' EV in the UK

Nick Gibbs
7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14 2016

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General Motors decided not to sell the Ampera-e, its first full EV, in the UK because the automaker was burned by the sales failure of the Ampera plug-in hybrid. ...
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Opel's Ampera bombed, but thankfully for its successor no one noticed


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2016

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One of the eco-friendly highlights premiering at the Paris auto show will be the Ampera-e, Opel's se ...
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Renault movie fishes for new Scenic buyers

Luca Ciferri
8:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8 2016

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To give a modern take on its latest Scenic model, Renault has recruited an Italian movie maker to ma ...
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A year later, VW's diesel cheat proves costly

Christiaan Hetzner
5:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2 2016

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A year ago Volkswagen Group confessed in private to U.S. authorities that it had rigged diesel engin ...
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Summer of success for ANE's Rising Stars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30 2016

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It has been a summer of success for executives identified by as Rising Stars by Automotive News Europe. ...
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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August
New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. ...
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Russia car sales fall 18% in August
New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 8% in August
New-car sales in Western Europe rose 8.1 percent in August, thanks to increased demand in Italy, Spa ...
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UK sales rise just 3% in August as VW takes big hit
UK passenger car registrations rose by 3.3 percent in August although VW brand's volume fell by 25 p ...
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French, Italy, Spain car sales rise in August
French registrations increased by 6.7 percent in August with most brands reporting gains. Italy sales were up 20 percent while Spanish sales rose 15 percent. ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV
BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 j ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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