Vehicle Sales

Amazon primed for shoppers, not buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2016

Third-party sites are keeping an eye on Amazon Vehicles. The new site offers photos, reviews and other vehicle information, but doesn't sell vehicles or offer links to dealerships, so sites such as Cars.com and Autotrader don't see Amazon's site as a direct competitor -- yet.... Read More »

Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat

Aug. 27, 2016 06:01 CET

Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as the marque expands its lineup in a bid to attract a wider range of customers.... Read More »

August forecast to produce third monthly U.S. sales dip of 2016

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2016

August is expected to mark the third month in 2016 that U.S. new-vehicle sales declined from a year ago, forecasters said, offering more evidence that the market is at or possibly past its peak. Four forecasts call for sales to fall from 2.1 percent to more than 5 percent.... Read More »

Land Rover's slower sales growth, Brexit hit drag down Tata, JLR profits

Aug. 26, 2016 14:35 CET

Quarterly profit at Tata Motors and its Jaguar Land Rover unit decreased as demand fell for Range Rover SUVs. Foreign exchange losses after Britain's decision to leave the EU also hit results.... Read More »

VW's U.S. dealer accord said to add $1.2 billion to diesel-scandal costs

Aug. 26, 2016 11:10 CET

VW Group's agreement to pay U.S. dealerships for losses caused by its diesel scandal could cost the automaker about $1.2 billion, Bloomberg reported. This may raise VW's settlements in the U.S. to $16.5 billion, with the automaker still facing investor claims and possible criminal charges.... Read More »

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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero

Aug. 25, 2016 06:01 CET

Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales will be relatively small. The Ioniq will be offered as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or a full-electric car, the first time an automaker has offered those three green drivetrains in one body style.... Read More »

Student loan debt, now at $1.3 trillion, spells bad news for car sales

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

Moody's Investor Service's lead retail analyst said this week that new-vehicle sales, which hit a record 17.5 million last year, will be hurt by the student loan debt crisis as consumer demand for cars eventually slacks. Younger people, now saddled with more than $1.3 trillion in debt, won't be able to fill the demand gap because they won't have the money, the analyst said.... Read More »

Lamborghini to double output by 2019 on SUV launch

Aug. 24, 2016 11:31 CET

Lamborghini expects to at least double annual production to 7,000 vehicles by 2019 once it rolls out its new SUV, CEO Stefano Domenicali said. The VW Group brand will cap annual production of its sports cars at 3,500 units to maintain exclusivity.... Read More »

PSA-Dongfeng's China sales plunge 17% through July

Aug. 23, 2016 11:59 CET

Sales of Peugeot and Citroen vehicles built by PSA Group's China joint venture, Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Co., slumped 17 percent in the first seven months, a report said.... Read More »

Mercedes says China H2 sales may slow as new E-class output is raised

Aug. 22, 2016 15:35 CET

Mercedes says sales in China may slow in the second half of 2016 while the company ramps up production of its new E-class long-wheelbase model. The automaker's China chief, Hubertus Troska, said he does not expect local production of the new E class to reach full capacity until the fourth quarter of 2016.... Read More »

POWER OUTAGE

As sales sputter, are muscle cars the canaries in the industry coal mine?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2016

After hitting a five-year peak in 2015, combined sales of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger have declined 8.4 percent this year. So is it time to worry about America's fabled muscle-car troika?... Read More »

Eying the link between new, used prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2016

Anything that reduces the prices of new vehicles also reduces the prices of used vehicles. That's why used-price forecasters have their eye on rising new-vehicle incentives.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Helping partners manage risk is good business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2016

As U.S. auto sales growth slows and margins shrink, tension is likely to increase between automakers and their suppliers.... Read More »

Amazon, Hyundai team up for on-demand test drives

2:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2016

An on-demand test-drive program in Los Angeles and Orange County will allow people to book test drives of Hyundai Motor America vehicles via Amazon's Prime Now service. . The program, "Prime Now. Drive Now.," will run this weekend and next weekend.... Read More »

Opel cuts working hours at two German plants following Brexit vote

Aug. 19, 2016 11:54 CET

Opel is cutting working hours at two German plants due to lower demand for its Corsa and Insignia models after the UK's vote to leave the EU. The UK is the biggest market for the two cars.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2016

Auto executives in China are worried these days. They are not concerned about consumer demand, but rather the uncertainty surrounding key industry policies set by the Chinese government. In particular, they are worried that the government can't seem to make up its mind whether to extend a tax incentive for small-vehicle purchases which has really helped boost sales volumes.... Read More »

Mercedes, BMW hit as Korea widens emissions probe after VW scandal

Aug. 18, 2016 11:39 CET

South Korea expanded an investigation into the fabrication of emissions and noise-level test results to 23 foreign automakers, including Mercedes and BMW, after fining VW Group $16 million for violations.... Read More »

Leasing grows but could lose steam, Equifax says

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2016

The leasing market continues to grow but the rate of growth won't last forever. For both banks and finance companies, outstanding lease accounts have posted double-digit growth this year through June, Equifax says.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ's Togliatti plant to move to shorter week

Aug. 17, 2016 12:41 CET

AvtoVAZ said its Togliatti plant will move to a four-day week from October to February as the Russian market continues to be hit by sluggish demand. The factory builds Lada, Nissan and Renault cars.... Read More »

UK car sales holding up despite Brexit vote, dealer group Lookers says

Aug. 17, 2016 11:32 CET

UK car dealership Lookers said Britain's vote to leave the EU has had little impact on demand for new and used cars.... Read More »

'Moderate' number of damaged vehicles expected from Louisiana flooding

11:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2016

As rivers across much of southern Louisiana slowly recede from record high levels, it remains unclear how many vehicles have been damaged or destroyed because of flooding. Severe storms and flooding began on Thursday, dumping more than two feet of rain in three days in some places.... Read More »

Audi, China's luxury leader, continues to lose market share to BMW, Mercedes

Aug. 16, 2016 10:39 CET

Audi, the largest luxury brand in China, is losing market share to its two German rivals, BMW and Mercedes.... Read More »

VW Group outsells GM to regain top spot in Chinese market

Aug. 16, 2016 10:55 CET

VW Group outsold GM in July as well as in the first seven months of the year to reclaim its position as China's largest automaker.... Read More »

Asbury expands online sales experiment

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2016

Asbury Automotive Group Inc. is trying a low-cost approach to selling vehicles online.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: GM dealer program still paying off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2016

After GM dealers spruce up, program still pays up; Civic hatchback shown; Audi adds vehicle-to-infrastructure tech; Ford future product; Infiniti QX30 close-up; Land of 1,000 Jeeps.... Read More »

 
Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2016

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Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. ...
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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

Yang Jian
6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19 2016

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Auto executives in China are worried these days. ...
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Confessions of a diesel junkie


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3 2016

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My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career ...
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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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German car sales fell 3.9% in July as VW Group takes big hit
New-car sales in Germany fell 3.9 percent in July on fewer selling days, with VW Group brands suffer ...
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Italy car sales growth slows to 2.9% in July
New-car sales in Italy grew by 2.9 percent in July -- less than the double-digit growth recorded in ...
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French new-car sales plunged nearly 10% in July
French car sales fell 9.6 percent in July on fewer selling days with PSA and VW Group suffering stee ...
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Europe's first-half sales growth beats predictions, but Brexit could slow surge
Europe's first-half car sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 9.1 percent with nearly every automak ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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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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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former des ...
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PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs
PSA Group named new chiefs for its Peugeot brand and for its Europe and China regions. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former Formula One powertrain boss and current engine guru, t ...
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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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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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