Dealers

Court blesses contested Infiniti store in Fla.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

A court has ruled that dealer Bernie Moreno can open a new Infiniti store in Coral Gables, Fla., ending a long bid by South Motors Infiniti of Palmetto Bay, Fla., to block it. South Motors had argued that Nissan's cash deal with Moreno violated Florida's franchise law.... Read More »

Dealer anniversary

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Prince Automotive Group celebrates 50 years with Chevrolet... Read More »

Sales staff slips into something more comfortable

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

By blending a casual-attire work environment with a collection of high-end art on the walls, World Subaru in Tinton Falls, N.J., has outperformed other regional dealerships and achieved high customer-satisfaction ratings.... Read More »

Few takers for Cadillac buyouts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Fewer than 20 of the 400 Cadillac dealerships that were offered cash to give up their franchises agreed to buyouts, leaving the brand with a fraction of the throughput enjoyed by most other luxury brands.... Read More »

Audi's Keogh sees 2017 as another record-breaker

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2016

Audi's U.S. chief expects the luxury brand to post another record year of U.S. sales in 2017 on the back of a continued product offensive that includes the first major redesign of its top-selling nameplate.... Read More »

Dealer anniversaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

A look at dealer anniversaries with Ford and Chevrolet.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Bringing Boeckmann, Mulally together

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed the articles about Bert Boeckmann. The "someone" who suggested to Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally that he visit Boeckmann's dealership was my late father, Larry Fette.... Read More »

Analytics software enables dealers to test strategies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2016

Reynolds plans to introduce a business intelligence technology that will help dealerships forecast performance based on historical trends and adjustable factors such as advertising spend.... Read More »

When Alan Mullaly was a car salesman

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2016

Not long after taking over as Ford Motor Co. CEO in 2006, Alan Mulally was meeting with dealers in Las Vegas when someone suggested he visit Galpin Ford in Van Nuys, Calif., if he wanted to find out how the business really worked.... Read More »

Ford, FCA, GM cut fleet sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2016

In a rare alignment, all of the Detroit 3 slashed fleet sales in October while Nissan's jumped 29 percent and Hyundai-Kia's soared 24 percent.... Read More »

Dealer anniversaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2016

Dealers featured this week include Danny Andrews of Andrews Ford in Tylertown, Miss.; John Cabe of Cabe Toyota in Long Beach, Calif.; Rhett Ricart, dealer principal of Ricart Nissan in Groveport, Ohio; and Jim Snead of Jim Snead Ford in Waynesboro, Va.... Read More »

Car stocks rise in October as consumers opt for trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2016

U.S. consumers binged on light trucks in October like never before, giving automakers a mild car inventory hangover.... Read More »

Dealer group smells opportunity with CFPB

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2016

Don Hall, president of the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association, says he's energized about what the Donald Trump win means for dealer concerns, particularly the attempts to fend off the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Tesla's strategy and the free market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

Whether Tesla succeeds or fails with its strategy should be of no concern to any dealer network.... Read More »

Dealer anniversaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

Dealers featured this week include Cheryl Nelson, dealer principal of Continental Toyota in Hodgkins, Ill., Charlie Hicks, dealer principal of Ed Hicks Imports in Corpus Christi, Texas and Jeffery Koehnke of Power Chevrolet in Sublimity, Ore.... Read More »

Higher yen hammers profits at Mazda, Subaru

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

Profits tumbled in the latest quarter at Subaru and Mazda, two of Japan's smallest carmakers, as foreign exchange losses hammered earnings.... Read More »

Embrace online sales, Cox exec tells dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2016

Many dealers are consumed with worries about their role in an autonomous-driving world, but first on their agenda should be selling cars online, Cox Automotive COO Mark O'Neil says. Using data gleaned from online research and shopping to streamline digital and in-store sales will likely follow, he says.... Read More »

AutoNation, TrueCar: Pals again

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2016

AutoNation is restoring TrueCar to all stores by the end of this year, closing a bitter split between the two companies.... Read More »

Hard choices for public retailers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2016

Several public auto-retailer CEOs noted, in remarks following third-quarter earnings releases, the difficulty of balancing volume against profit amid sometimes unrealistic stair-step incentive targets set by automakers. Relief, a few said, may be coming in the form of production cuts which will reduce inventories.... Read More »

WHO'S LISTENING?

Doug Knust wants all dealers' voices heard

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2016

Doug Knust provides a big voice for dealers operating small volume stores. The NADA director representing South Dakota has taken on the unofficial and self-appointed role of advocate for NADA members operating in small and rural communities.... Read More »

WHO'S LISTENING?

How can 2-store minority dealers compete?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2016

As dealership groups get bigger and gain greater economies of scale and operational efficiencies, dealers operating stores that are not part of a dealership group will have trouble competing, the president of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, said.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Lynk's retail plan needlessly risks wrath of dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2016

The fledgling Lynk & CO brand plans to enter the U.S. and Europe in 2018 with a distribution system that largely skips franchised dealers. Bypassing the franchise system may be toughest obstacle to overcome. It's certainly an avoidable one.... Read More »

Dealer anniversaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2016

Dealers featured this week include Charles Touhey, president of Orange Motors in Albany, N.Y.; and Bryan and Will Hardeman, dealers principal of Mercedes-Benz of Austin in Austin, Texas.... Read More »

AutoNation: Used market 'ripe for disruption'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2016

AutoNation is joining some of its competitors in opening standalone used-only stores. AutoNation will invest up to $375 million in the AutoNation USA stores in the next few years.... Read More »

Cheap gas expected to stay after vote

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2016

Energy policy has taken a back seat to controversies about emails and old videotape in the presidential campaign, but few issues mean more to the auto industry.... Read More »

 
Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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Unlike Audi, Daimler focuses on Germany for EVs


7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27 2016

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Daimler's decision to build the EQ electric car and the car's battery in Germany underlines the impo ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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W. Europe car sales fall 1% in October on weaker Germany, France
Western European car sales fell 1 percent in October as gains in the UK, Italy and Spain failed to o ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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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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