Dealers

Dealer anniversaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2017

Dealers featured this week include Jim and John Warfield of Frederick Motor Co., in Frederick, Md.; Dealer Principal Chris Hoeye and Wally Henkel, general manager, of Big Two Toyota of Chandler in Chandler, Ariz.; Dealer principal Robert Vardaman of Vardaman Buick in Hattiesburg, Miss.; Brad Fenton, CEO of Fenton Motor Group, for Fenton Nissan of McAlester in McAlester, Okla.; and David Fischer Jr., president of Suburban Infiniti of Novi in Novi, Mich.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dealer cull also hurt customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2017

To many of us Chrysler dealers, past and present, Tom Pappert was our favorite “factory man.” I totally agree with him that there was no need to terminate all those dealers.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Stores must adjust communication

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

Project XX will hopefully launch many conversations in an industry that has spoken little about sexism.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Law center wrong about add-ons

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

The “Auto Add-ons Add Up” study published by the National Consumer Law Center last month is too biased to be accorded the weight of empirically derived, credible research.... Read More »

Demand helps stocks normalize

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

Storm replacement sales in September and October helped automakers trim inventory to normal levels for the first time since winter.... Read More »

Toyota’s profits rise despite a softer U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

Toyota sounded the alarm about deteriorating conditions in the U.S. even as it logged increased quarterly profits and lifted its full-year earnings outlook.... Read More »

Car sales to ethnic buyers fall

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2017

Ethnic consumers were the leading drivers of new-vehicle sales growth during the industry's post-recession rebound, but that momentum has come to a halt in 2017.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Don't just dismiss those with criminal backgrounds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2017

I urge employers and Automotive News readers to not simply dismiss a potential employee because of a criminal charge.... Read More »

BMW’s X2: Conquests at the lower end?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2017

The new X2 crossover gives BMW another tool to expand sales and conquest new buyers.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Time for dealers to focus on tomorrow's battles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2017

This is a good time to confront change head-on, through relentless experimentation, innovation and bold thinking.... Read More »

Dealer anniversaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2017

Dealers featured this week include Bill Fitts, president of Phil Fitts Ford-Lincoln in New Castle, Pa.; Alex Syed, general manager of Oakbrook Toyota in Westmont, Ill.; and Randy Usery, general manager of Acura North Scottsdale in Phoenix.... Read More »

How the F series stays in front

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2017

Despite the F-series' seemingly unassailable grip on sales leadership, Ford has never let up on innovating.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Let's talk about sexism

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

Industry leaders can't expect to bring enough women into the work force if they don't act now to address the small, draining problems that affect women every day.... Read More »

A good look at the next-gen Silverado

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

Spy photographers snapped the next generation of General Motors' full-size Chevrolet Silverado during testing last week.... Read More »

Dealer anniversaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

Dealers featured this week include the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association; Connie Caldwell, owner of Bob Caldwell Automotive in Columbus, Ohio, and General Manager Justin Harmon; Kathy Wagler, president of Crivelli Ford in Aliquippa, Pa.; and Bobby Chenevert and Bob Grace of Southpoint Volkswagen in Baton Rouge, La.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dealers must value
skills for new world

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

I have been a business development director and/or manager for numerous large companies in South Florida. Most dealerships know this is necessary, yet they are reluctant to pay for the work.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Hold credit agencies responsible for scores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

I see lenders defaulting to a scorecard system, relying on the predictability it provides.... Read More »

Ex-Saturn exec takes over sales at Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

Christian Meunier takes a global No. 2 post at Infiniti, while a former Saturn executive steps in to lead Nissan's U.S. sales and marketing.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

If gas taxes vanish, 
there will be others

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

As a California resident, I have no problem believing that tax-and-spend legislators and governors will have no problem developing replacement tax schemes.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Best Dealerships put their workers, customers first

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

The 100 Best Dealerships To Work For stand out from their rivals. That is an enormous advantage in a market where dealerships are too often portrayed as all alike.... Read More »

Dealer anniversaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Dealers featured this week include Richard Lalonde of Summit Place Kia in Auburn Hills, Mich.; Mike Knowlton, president of Knowlton Ford in Woodsfield, Ohio; and David Hobbs of David Hobbs Honda in Glendale, Wis.... Read More »

Q&A: CELESTE BRIGGS

Plan ahead to help daughters become dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2017

In this Q&A, the head of GM's Women's Retail Network discusses father-to-daughter dealership succession issues and more.... Read More »

HARVEY LAMM

The auto industry’s big mistake

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2017

Awd offered significant benefits to drivers and the industry, but it was largely ignored by the industry in the early 1970s. Today, as co-founder of VNG.co, a provider of natural gas fueling for light vehicles within retail gasoline stations, I see the industry making a similar mistake.... Read More »

THE VIEW AFTER Q3

Winners and losers in 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2017

A look at where 2017 stands with one quarter remaining.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Pull of a $100,000 pickup? Luxury plus extreme capability

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2017

Detroit's automakers have discovered that extreme capability is a luxury consumers are willing to pay for in a big way.... Read More »

 
BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel

Nick Gibbs
5:14 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22 2017

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As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW see ...
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Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Nick Gibbs
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 2017

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PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 3 ...
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Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12 2017

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Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, ...
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Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

Luca Ciferri
6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2017

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The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped. ...
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Europe's automakers score a win with new CO2 targets

Christiaan Hetzner
4:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Outwardly Europe's carmakers are complaining about the EU's proposed fleet emission targets through ...
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Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "to ...
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PSA's Opel purchase leaves Citroen odd man out

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1 2017

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PSA's purchase of Opel means the automaker now has three mass-market European brands. This could be ...
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VW brand's profit margin goal is too easy

Christiaan Hetzner
6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30 2017

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VW brand's turnaround plan is not even a year old and yet next month the brand's CEO, Herbert Diess, ...
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Renault, Toyota lead 6% European sales gain
European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in October, with Renault, Toyota and VW Group's Seat brand ...
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Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%
Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 ...
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UK sales slump 12% in Oct. in 7th monthly decline
UK registrations in October fell by 12 percent, marking a seventh consecutive month of decline. Vaux ...
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Spanish sales rise 14% in Oct. despite political tensions over Catalonia
Spain's new-car sales increased 14 percent in October even as tensions over Catalonia's bid to gain ...
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Italy's record month benefits French brands, Toyota but FCA sales decline
French brands were among the winners in an Italian market that had a record month for new-car sales ...
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German market's 4% growth helps Peugeot, Citroen but Opel drops back
PSA's mainstream brands, Peugeot and Citroen, powered ahead in a German market up nearly 4 percent l ...
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French sales jump 14% with Nissan, Toyota among winners
French new-car sales rose 14 percent in October, with Nissan and Toyota among the winners. ...
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been app ...
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
VW Group said Daniel Weissland will take over its Canada operations. He succeeds Maria Stenstrom, wh ...
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
Tesla's director of battery engineering, Jon Wagner, has left the electric carmaker and is launching a battery and powertrain startup in California. ...
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
VW brand has appointed Manfred Kantner as head of sales in Europe. ...
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
Hyundai has recruited BMW engineer Fayez Abdul Rahman to lead architecture development at Genesis an ...
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BMW recruits Audi exec to head brand management
BMW has appointed former Audi manager Sven Schuwirth as head of brand's product management and marke ...
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Ford names new manufacturing boss for Europe; veteran exec Odell to retire
Ford named a new manufacturing boss and a new head of joint ventures and alliances in Europe as part ...
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Kia hires PSA designer to lead China styling team
Kia has hired veteran designer Oleg Son from PSA to be the Korean brand's design chief in China. Ole ...
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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of g ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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