Fleet stats cloud sales picture

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

June brought another surge in U.S. new-vehicle sales, with Ford showing modest growth while General Motors was alone among major manufacturers in recording a decline. But a closer look reveals a more nuanced picture: In retail sales -- those to individual customers -- GM was up 6.8 percent last month, better than most other automakers. Ford, hurt by a short supply of F-150 pickups, actually suffered a decline in retail sales.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Uber lifts Toyota dealership's marketing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota of Plano offers its best deals to Uber drivers, who make up about 6 percent of the store's new-car buyers and serve as evangelists for the Dallas-area dealership.... Read More »

Rosekind expects NHTSA to act fast against FCA

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Despite overhauling its safety and recall operations since September, Fiat Chrysler is almost certain to face enforcement actions by federal regulators over alleged violations of auto safety laws.... Read More »

PACE Awards website taking applications for '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The Automotive News PACE Awards, jointly presented with EY and TRC Inc. and which honor game-changing, commercialized innovation by suppliers, has opened its website to accept applications for the 2016 competition.... Read More »

Germany issues fines to 5 suppliers for price fixing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The Federal German Cartel Office has fined five automotive acoustic parts suppliers a total of 75 million euros ($83.1 million) for their roles in price fixing.... Read More »

Nissan axes Pathfinder Hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Nissan Motor Co. has killed the hybrid version of its Pathfinder crossover as consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Former Ford Motor Co. President Philip Benton died June 14. He was 86.... Read More »

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Did Piech's prodding revive Alfa?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

So now that the Alfa Romeo plan is more fully hatched and the strategy is clear -- horsepower and hair-raising versions come first, and mainstream models follow -- here's a nagging question: Do we have Ferdinand Piech to thank for all of this?... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Toyota must keep on pushing for diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota derives three-quarters of its sales from overseas. About 80 percent of its 338,875 employees are outside Japan. Yet only two non-Japanese are board members.... Read More »

Giugiaro steps aside; Audi takes over

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original Volkswagen Golf and first Fiat Panda, last week resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A., the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968.... Read More »

Marketing test awaits Hyundai with NFL kickoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

A sponsorship of the NFL will give Hyundai a chance to elevate its stature in the U.S. market, but the company is still searching for its marketing quarterback.... Read More »

Austria deal to ease JLR production

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to build vehicles at Magna Steyr's plant in Graz, Austria, to ease production constraints in the United Kingdom.... Read More »

Financial aid for hydrogen infrastructure

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Japan's three biggest automakers plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells.... Read More »

Halftime score for U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

What was hot and not-so-hot in the U.S. light-vehicle market through June... Read More »

Toyota Financial resists CFPB

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota Financial Services said it has no plans to change its use of dealer reserve, despite scrutiny from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.... Read More »

Chevy has a cool answer when phone gets too hot

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Chevrolet is beating the heat this summer by rolling out a phone-cooling system in select 2016 models.... Read More »

NADA offers compliance help

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The Federal Trade Commissions's aggressive policing of dealers' advertising practices has won the attention of the National Automobile Dealers Association. In January, NADA published HYPERLINK "https://www.nada.org/CustomTemplates/DetailPressRelease.aspx?id=21474839236"A Dealer Guide to Federal Advertising Requirements, which provides dealers with examples of bad and good ads.... Read More »

What other deals will Kanye foresee?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

In his 2005 hit "Gold Digger," rapper Kanye West told a story of a football star whose onerous child-support payments force him to “win the Super Bowl and drive off in a Hyundai.” That's more likely to happen now that the onetime bargain brand has inked a four-year deal to replace General Motors as automotive sponsor of the National Football League.... Read More »

Google Maps will sound train whistle

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Google, responding to a call from the Federal Railroad Administration to help reduce the occurrence of train-vs.-car crashes, has agreed to work with the agency to pinpoint nearly every one of the nation's roughly 250,000 railroad grade crossings and integrate the data into the Google Maps smartphone app that many drivers routinely use for navigation, according to a New York Times report.... Read More »

By the numbers: $33,340

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The estimated average transaction price for new light vehicles in June was $33,340, according to Kelley Blue Book. That's up $821, or 2.5 percent, from a year earlier. Ford Motor Co. led the industry, KBB said, with a 4.6 percent rise. Nissan was close behind with a 4.5 percent increase.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

A sales record not worth breaking

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's not the whole story. rather misleading. June 2015 was actually far better than June 2005. In June 2015, automakers were healthy and scrambling to keep up with demand for their most profitable vehicles. In June 2005, they were overflowing with inventory nobody wanted and desperate to get rid of it at any cost.... Read More »

Volvo exec pledges to protect drivers from hackers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Volvo's information-technology boss says the Swedish automaker's commitment to safety includes the promise to protect its customers from vehicle hackers. Klas Bendrik, 45, Volvo's chief information officer, also believes that the company's connected car features need to be easy to use, affordable and provide tangible benefits.... Read More »

Audi adds diesel to its best-selling A4

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Audi will offer a diesel engine in its best-selling sedan, the A4, for the first time when the redesigned car arrives in U.S. showrooms next year.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Chop chicken tax to lift competition and innovation

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

It's time to eliminate the so-called chicken tax. The onerous 25 percent U.S. tariff on imported pickups has stifled competition for a half century. Elimating the tariff would lead to greater competition among small pickups in the U.S. and spur innovation in a staid market segment.... Read More »

XT5 flaunts side crease, wider grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Cadillac's new XT5, the replacement for the SRX midsize crossover, keeps the SRX shape but features a pronounced side crease that cuts above the door handles for a slightly higher beltline, show recent spy photographs.... Read More »

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