Dealers

Why Lithia plans to ratchet up tech hires

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

Lithia Motors expects its service and parts business -- both warranty and customer-pay -- to rise due to the back-up of recalled vehicles and the increased number of cars on the road.... Read More »

Braman technician training becomes a community service

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

Dealer Norman Braman gives back to the Miami community by giving its young adults all-expenses-paid training to become service technicians.... Read More »

Subaru aims to sell more Impreza sedans

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

Subaru has long leaned on the five-door version of the Impreza for volume in the small-car segment. But with the next-generation arriving this year, Subaru wants the sedan variant to do more heavy lifting.... Read More »

AutoNation, TrueCar kiss and make up

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

Here's how TrueCar successfully wooed AutoNation to resume using it as a third-party lead provider, reversing their bitter July 2015 split.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Nissan, dealers are both doing what they have to do

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

Nissan's blunt attitude, retailers say, is “deliver results or step aside.” But here's the harsh truth: The process of improving a brand's position in the market is not easy. In fact, it can be downright brutal.... Read More »

Dealer anniversary awards

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

Dealers featured this week include members of the Witte family of Witte Inc. in Karnes City, Texas; Bob Allen of Bob Allen Motor Mall in Danville, Ky.; and Randy Marion, president of Randy Marion Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac in Mooresville, N.C.... Read More »

Dealer anniversary awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

Dealers featured this week include Ken Gensinger Sr., dealer principal at Gensinger Volkswagen in Clifton, N.J.; Amy Hunter of Jeff Hunter Toyota in Waco, Texas; Mike Dye, owner of Max Dye Inc. (GMC-Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram) in Salem, Ill.; and Dealer Ray Jones, at Center Motor Co. (Ford) in Center, Texas.... Read More »

Ford plunks down $200,000 for Model X

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

Automakers often buy cars made by competitors for road testing and for “tear-downs,” but how often do they go to the expense that Ford did to obtain a Tesla Model X? Ford paid $199,950 - $55,000 more than the sticker price - to buy one of the first copies of the Model X.... Read More »

Small crossovers grow big

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

The fastest-rising vehicle segment in the first quarter? No contest. It was subcompact crossovers, the same category that took off like a rocket in 2015.... Read More »

Dealer awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2016

Members of the McKamey family at Capital Toyota in Chattanooga receive a 50-year award.... Read More »

Under new owners, Morrie's looks to grow

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2016

Morrie's Automotive Group's new management, backed by the Bechtel family fortune, plans to grow via new hires and, later, the purchase of more stores.... Read More »

Dave Smith owners rev up brand growth plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2016

After rejecting acquisition overtures for years, Dave Smith Auto finally found a suitor that shared its rapid-expansion goals. A year after its purchase by RFJ, that expansion has begun, and the principals involved aim to spread the Dave Smith name across the Northwest.... Read More »

Fleet sales soar in March

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

Through three months, fleet volume for the seven largest auto groups is up 14 percent despite General Motors' strategy of reducing rental fleet business to boost residual values and brand image.... Read More »

Volvo adds performance targets to margin

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

Volvo Car USA has revamped its dealer margin, tying part of it to performance, says its U.S. chief.... Read More »

March's soft spots raise concerns

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

U.S. light-vehicle volume is running ahead of last year's record pace, but an unanticipated late March slowdown triggered fresh concern that sales have peaked.... Read More »

1 million used-sales year for CarMax

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

CarMax Inc., for the first time in its history, sold more than 1 million used vehicles, retail and wholesale combined, in a single fiscal year. The used-vehicle retail specialist also said it expects to open 15 new stores in the fiscal year that began March 1.... Read More »

Dealers start April with normal supply of vehicles

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

After analysts had forecast annualized selling rates above 17 million for an 11th straight month, March dealer activity seemed to sag after an early Easter holiday. March sales gained 3.1 percent for a SAAR of 16.6 million.... Read More »

Locals hope tax hike will help Japan's auto sales

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

How about this as a sign of how downtrodden the Japanese domestic car market is: Automakers here are banking on a looming tax increase as their best hope to boost sales this year.... Read More »

PENSKE'S HEADACHE CURE

Penske: Punching a problem? Slow the inventory; 'get the right mix'

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

Punching cars creates headaches for dealerships and customers, Penske Automotive Group Chairman Roger Penske says. But it's a problem that can be solved, he said.... Read More »

Carter: Toyota's bullish on U.S. sales

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

U.S. auto sales may be nearing a plateau, but that's not a sign of trouble ahead, Bob Carter, senior vice president for automotive operations at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., said.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for April

April 4, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready to view. This month's edition looks at the backlash all automakers are facing in the aftermath of the Volkswagen Group's diesel-emissions cheating scandal.... Read More »

Q&A: JACQUES ASCHENBROICH

Valeo chief's goal: Keep pace with megatrends

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2016

Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich's mission is to make sure the French supplier evolves fast enough to keep pace with changes in the auto industry.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Competition from digital startups will strengthen retail

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2016

High-tech startups are once again mounting an effort to transform the way automobiles are sold to the American public. The latest challenges to the franchised dealership business model are technologically savvy and well-funded.... Read More »

Dealer awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2016

Dealers featured this week include John Horton, dealer principal of San Francisco Toyota; Patrick Bayliss, dealer principal of County Line Nissan in Middlebury, Conn.; Gary and Jerry Cohen of Jerry's Leesburg Ford in Leesburg, Va.; Mark Dias, principal owner of Northwood Hyundai in Eureka, Calif.; Angelo Salvadore, dealer principal at Salvadore Chevrolet in Gardner, Mass.; David Sell of Bedford Ford-Lincoln in Bedford, Pa.; Bert Smith of Bert Smith International in St. Petersburg, Fla.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Demands on dealers can be perplexing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2016

It is perplexing to adhere to all the demands of the manufacturers on all the things we should be doing to advance and improve our position in the marketplace.... Read More »

 
Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
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