Vehicle Sales

BMW will raise China capacity to 400,000 vehicles

July 16, 2014 13:23 CET
BMW said it will raise capacity at its two Chinese plants by a third to 400,000 cars over the next two years and double the range of locally made vehicles to six models.... Read More »

 

GM's global sales rise 0.5% in 2nd quarter, trail VW

1:34 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
GM's global auto sales rose 0.5 percent to 2.51 million during the second quarter as the automaker's tally of vehicle recalls in North America reached a record. GM sold 4.92 million cars and trucks during the first six months, a 1.4 percent gain from a year earlier.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover sets H1 sales record

July 16, 2014 11:52 CET
Jaguar Land Rover said its global sales increased 14 percent to 240,372 vehicles in the first six months, its best half year to date, boosted by robust demand in China.... Read More »

 

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Audi makes London showroom a technology showcase

July 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi's central London dealership has chosen a revolutionary new way for the automaker to sell not just cars but the brand itself by allowing customers to configure their vehicles on four huge powerwall screens.... Read More »

 

VW aims to save 5 billion euros to lift profitability

July 15, 2014 15:27 CET
VW Group plans to reduce costs at its namesake brand by 5 billion euros ($6.8 billion) by 2017 as it seeks to lift sagging profitability after efficiency gains have failed to keep pace with rising labor costs.... Read More »

 

MARK VAUGHN

Acura claims a sales honor with MDX

11:55 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Automakers are always defining segments and claiming sales crowns for their own purposes. Here's the latest instance.... Read More »

 

Russia bans state purchase of foreign-made cars to aid local automakers

July 15, 2014 13:16 CET
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a ban on Russian state and municipal purchases of foreign-manufactured cars to support local producers.... Read More »

 

Sonic bets new plan will transform automotive retailing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
After more than five years of internal work and external carping, Sonic Automotive Inc. will roll out a bet-the-farm change in how it sells cars late this month at a Toyota store in Charlotte, N.C.... Read More »

 

Sales staff gets more responsibility, higher pay

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Sonic Automotive began preparing its staff for the transition to its One Sonic-One Experience initiative years ago when it launched its playbooks, or guides for how to sell used cars, new cars, finance and insurance products and so on.... Read More »

 

BMW expects to meet global sales target of over 2 million vehicles

4:44 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
BMW expects to meet its target of selling more than 2 million vehicles globally this year, sales chief Ian Robertson said.... Read More »

 

China's sales outlook cut by trade group on slow economy, truck slump

2:04 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
China's state-backed auto association forecast that vehicle sales will slow more than it previously projected, as the economy showed little signs of improvement and more cities consider purchase restrictions.... Read More »

 

VW outsells GM in China to remain on track for repeat sales win

July 14, 2014 10:01 CET
VW outsold GM in China in the first half, keeping it on track to extend its reign as the best-selling foreign car company in the world's biggest vehicle market.... Read More »

 

BMW expects to meet global sales target of over 2 million vehicles

July 14, 2014 10:44 CET
BMW expects to meet its target of selling more than 2 million vehicles globally this year, sales chief Ian Robertson said.... Read More »

 

Supply steady at 60 days

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Automakers started July with a 60-day supply of unsold vehicles, the level traditionally considered an ideal balance — enough to meet demand but not high enough to require discounting.... Read More »

 

Used-vehicle prices soften, demand strong

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Used-vehicle prices are beginning to soften as more units come off lease, but they remain above last year's levels and aren't depreciating as fast as in pre-recession days.... Read More »

 

Fleet outpaces retail in June

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Fleet sales outpaced retail in June, countering a three-year trend toward greater retail volume. Among major automakers, fleet sales in June rose 6 percent while retail slid 1 percent.... Read More »

 

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Core buyers are aging, so Lexus courts youth with new, bolder products

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2014
Despite handicaps and setbacks, Lexus appears to be swinging into recovery mode with growing sales and younger buyers, thanks to a slew of new, bolder products.... Read More »

 

Acura plans second-half sales lift from TLX in U.S.

7:34 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Honda's Acura, struggling to boost sales in the United States amid competition from bigger luxury brands, should see faster growth from August with the arrival of a new sport sedan, the division’s U.S. chief said.... Read More »

 

VW Group sales rise 4% in June on Europe, China

July 11, 2014 10:53 CET
Volkswagen Group's global deliveries rose 4 percent in June as renewed demand in Europe and strong sales in China helped offset declines in the United States and South America.... Read More »

 

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Mid-sized segment forecast to hit record low this year

July 10, 2014 06:01 CET
Sales in the once-strong volume mid-sized sector are forecast to fall to less than 500,000 in western Europe this year, down from more than 800,000 in 2011, as pressure from premium alternatives mounts.... Read More »

 

Bentley first-half sales up 23% on China, Middle East

July 9, 2014 11:22 CET
Bentley increased six-month vehicle sales by almost a quarter on demand from China and the Middle East, keeping the brand on track for another record year.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce reports record H1 sales on Europe demand

July 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Rolls-Royce said its global vehicle sales rose 33 percent to a record 1,968 in the first six months, helped by strong demand in Europe.... Read More »

 

Ford's Odell says European recovery still shaky

11:49 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
Ford's European operations are sharing in the industry's modest sales recovery this year, but Ford of Europe President Stephen Odell warned today that some of the region's underlying economic weaknesses still pose a threat.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Minivans are too practical to have the reputation they have

3:13 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
If all vehicles represent compromises to necessity, I would argue that minivans are the least compromised of any segment.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Why buy-here, pay-here is losing some turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
More consumers are passing up offers from buy-here, pay-here stores in favor of cheap financing by some franchised new-car dealerships, one giant used-car retailer says.... Read More »

 

 
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