Dealers

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Change comes before build-to-order

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

Many things have to change before build-to-order becomes a reality, writes dealer Roger Schlegel.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dealers discourage build-to-order sales

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

Chris Orth, vice president of Go Industries Inc., says U.S. dealers discourage build-to-order sales..... Read More »

Nissan scores reflect concerns for franchise value

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

The Nissan brand's scores on all of the 12 major indexes in the Winter 2016 NADA Dealer Attitude Survey declined. Scores for past, current and future franchise value all declined “significantly,” the executive summary said.... Read More »

Scores surge at Volvo

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

Dealers gave Volvo high scores in the Winter 2016 NADA Dealer Attitude Survey. Volvo jumped in the brand rankings to an overall ranking of No. 13 out of 31 brands, up from No. 26 a year earlier.... Read More »

Dealer lobby to scrutinize Cadillac plan

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

Dealer attorneys say the outline presented to retailers so far indicates that Cadillac's dealer-incentive plan may test the bounds of state franchise laws meant to protect dealers from unequal treatment by the factory.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Small-car prices sink at resale

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

After years of new-vehicle lease growth, a surge in the flow of off-lease vehicles has started. It's already depressing prices of small cars -- used and new -- that consumers don't want anyway. Automakers are taking steps to cope.... Read More »

Digital world requires collaboration

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

Automakers will have to collaborate more and adapt to change faster as pressure from companies such as Tesla, Apple and Google increases the need to offer connected, electrified, autonomous cars, executives said.... Read More »

A FUTURE ON THE 405

Dealer poised to ride Kia's rise

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

Lady luck has been kind to Ken Phillips, the country's top Kia dealer by volume. Now he hopes that trend continues with the opening of his multimillion-dollar Car Pros Kia store in Carson, Calif., along the busy Interstate 405 freeway.... Read More »

Dealer anniversaries

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

Dealers featured this week include the Heutel family, owners of Sunset Ford in St. Louis; and Jet Tune, president of Volvo of Nashville.... Read More »

Dealership Buy/Sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2016

This Automotive News feature lists recent dealership acquisitions as reported by brokers, official announcements and news media.... Read More »

IHS: U.S. to lead in self-driving car sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2016

The United States is expected to lead the way to cumulative global sales of 76 million fully and semiautonomous vehicles by 2035, IHS Automotive forecasts.... Read More »

Industry trims stocks in May

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2016

Although May U.S. auto sales sagged 6.1 percent and missed analysts' expectations, the industry managed to rein in vehicle supplies that were starting to bulge.... Read More »

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2016

Awards and milestones.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Families enable the auto industry to change the world

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2016

Family-owned businesses continue to provide leadership in the auto industry, arguably the world's biggest industrial endeavor.... Read More »

Big fleet volume cushions May loss

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2016

Fleet activity powered U.S. auto sales in May for major automakers as retail volume weakened.... Read More »

Are VW stores a bargain — or worthless?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

Dealers are sharply divided as to the value of Volkswagen-brand dealerships in the buy-sell market. This report looks at some of the conflicting views as expressed by those buying and selling.... Read More »

Service techs train at Subaru-U

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

Subaru has teamed up with several dozen technical schools and colleges to improve training of automotive technicians and steer some of the graduates to its dealerships.... Read More »

Virginia dealer group accuses Tesla of breaking state laws

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

The Virginia Automobile Dealers Association has called on state regulators to sanction Tesla Motors Inc. for what it calls “serious, systemic, and habitual violations” of state laws at its existing locations in the state, including offering illegal test drives at a shopping-mall gallery.... Read More »

New-vehicle shoppers: What website?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

A fair number of visitors to dealerships do not bother to check out the dealerships' websites first, a recent survey found. New-vehicle shoppers are far more likely to skip the website than used-vehicle shoppers.... Read More »

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

Craig Walker, left, of Walker Brothers Buick-Chevrolet in Edinboro, Pa., receives a 100-year award for Buick from Troy Irrer, Chevrolet zone manager in the Buffalo, N.Y., region.
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Crain: Focused on the long term

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

Crain Communications, which publishes Automotive News, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Founded in 1916 by G.D. Crain Jr., the company now has 56 brands consisting of 22 print publications and 34 digital-only news sites, as well as events and custom publishing.... Read More »

The great divide on VW store prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

Some buyers expect to acquire a Volkswagen store at a bargain-basement price. But sellers didn't get the memo. The two sides' differing views, plus such concrete issues as how to value inventory that can't be sold, can complicate dealership sales.... Read More »

'The timing was perfect' for VW store investment

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

Dealer Steve Germain committed millions to building a new Volkswagen dealership before the company's sales tanked amid a diesel-emissions scandal. The store opened in March. Germain, disagreeing with the naysayers, says the timing was “perfect.”... Read More »

Loving or leaving VW? Public retailers split

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

Public retailers' views on Volkswagen are across the board. Some are holding on to their VW stores, believing VW will recover. A few are selling, while others are in a wait-and-see mode.... Read More »

Why the U.S. off-the-lot system is more expensive

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

What makes the U.S. system of buying new vehicles off the lot so much more costly for the industry than the build-to-order system popular in Europe? The difference is higher inventory costs and more lost sales revenue because customers are unwilling to wait for the vehicles they want.... Read More »

 
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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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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VW Group sales rise nearly 2% in May, helped by Audi, Skoda gains
Volkswagen Group's global sales rose 1.6 percent in May, helped by rising demand for Audi and Skoda ...
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VW brand sales stable as Europe, China demand offsets drops in U.S., Brazil
Volkswagen brand sales slipped 0.7 percent last month with gains in Europe and China offsetting decl ...
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Russia car sales fall 15% in May
New-car sales in Russia fell 15 percent in May, after an 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 14% in May
Western European car registrations increased 14 percent in May as demand rose last month in Germany, ...
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Mercedes SUVs help boost U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW
Mercedes outsold its luxury auto competitors in the U.S. in May, building its lead in a down month t ...
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VW sales in U.S. fall 17% for worst May since 2010
Continued weakness in car deliveries led Volkswagen of America to its worst May U.S. ...
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French car sales jump 22% in May on extra selling days
French registrations rose 22 percent in May, benefiting from three extra selling days. ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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VW veteran Powels faces tough task in South America
VW brand named David Powels as head of its South American operations. Powels faces a tough challenge ...
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Faraday names Ferrari exec Mattiacci global brand chief
Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future appointed longtime Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci to the post of global chief brand and commercial officer. ...
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GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing
General Motors named Alicia Boler-Davis as its head of global manufacturing and labor relations, the ...
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Ford picks VanDyke to be new Europe marketing chief
Ford has picked Matt VanDyke as its new marketing chief in Europe. VanDyke currently leads Lincoln's ...
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Nissan Europe names new product planning chief
Nissan Europe has named Ponz Pandikuthira, its current light commercial vehicle director, as the aut ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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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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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
Volkswagen has made its new Tiguan lighter, roomier and added more technology as standard equipment ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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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
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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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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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
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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