U.S. driver death rates fall more than a third in 3 years, IIHS says

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
After the year of the recall, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shared some positive news about vehicle safety: The likelihood of driver deaths in late-model vehicles has fallen more than a third in the US in three years, IIHS said in a status report today.... Read More »

 

GM's lease incentive move to captive unit surprised, angered Ally's chief

11:40 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
General Motors' recent move to steer 100 percent of its Buick, Cadillac and GMC lease incentives in the US to captive finance company GM Financial took Ally Financial by surprise, Ally CEO Michael Carpenter said during a conference call today.... Read More »

 

Toyota recalls 52,000 Avalons to fix potential wiring fire hazard

10:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Toyota Motor Sales USA said it plans to recall about 52,000 Avalon sedans from the 2011-12 model years for wiring that could cause a fire.... Read More »

 

Autoliv sees 2015 growth, better margins as Q4 beats forecast

7:25 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Auto safety products supplier Autoliv today said it saw slightly higher margins in 2015 as it posted fourth quarter earnings above market expectations, helped by strong sales in Europe and lower costs for raw materials.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Volvo's interception not likely to win the game

6:43 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Volvo wants some of the attention the big boys with fat wallets will get during the Super Bowl.... Read More »

 

Bollore eyes Los Angeles in car-sharing expansion

Jan. 29, 2015 11:45 CET
Vincent Bollore is targeting Los Angeles and Singapore as the next markets for his electric-car sharing service after its debuts later this year in London and Indianapolis.The French car-sharing service currently has about 70,000 subscribers in Paris.... Read More »

 

Daimler, Schaeffler hit by German strikes

Jan. 29, 2015 11:21 CET
Daimler and parts supplier Schaeffler were among the companies affected when thousands of engineering workers on the night shift across Germany walked out over a wage dispute early on Thursday. Further warning stoppages are expected today and in the coming weeks.... Read More »

 

Lending by credit unions, others grew in 2014

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Credit unions and other lenders are beginning to release data that confirm what the industry knows: Last year, when U.S. new light-vehicle sales rose 6 percent, was a very good year for vehicle lending.... Read More »

 

Marchionne has FCA on fast track to profit in Europe

Jan. 28, 2015 16:28 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be profitable in Europe a year earlier than expected, CEO Sergio Marchionne said. Previously, Marchionne said the automaker's regional operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) would break even this year and turn a profit in 2016.... Read More »

 

First Shift: German auto CEOs rally

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Heads of VW, Daimler, other carmakers lobby for free-trade deal; Toyota test-drive flak; dealer's billboard prompts 911 calls.... Read More »

 

Renault expects to make 3,000 Alpine cars a year

Jan. 28, 2015 12:36 CET
A Renault executive has revealed the output expectations for the automaker's Alpine-badged sports car. "In terms of scale, on average [annual production] volume will be about 3,000 cars, with a peak of 5,000 initially due to the novelty factor," Alpine head Bernard Ollivier told Reuters in an interview.... Read More »

 

Auto bosses say billions in savings at stake if EU-U.S. trade deal fails

Jan. 28, 2015 19:41 CET
The CEOs of Germany's top auto companies said Wednesday that they could save roughly 5 billion euros in annual costs if the European and U.S. governments can agree on a landmark free trade deal.... Read More »

 

GM denies request by U.S. senators to extend ignition-switch claims deadline

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
General Motors today denied a request from two US senators to extend the Saturday deadline for victims of the company's defective ignition switch to apply for compensation. “Our goal is to be just and timely in compensating the families who lost loved ones and those who suffered physical injury," GM said in a statement. "We previously extended the deadline until January 31, and we do not plan another extension.”... Read More »

 

Bentley names industry veteran Winkler to head Americas unit

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Bentley said it appointed Michael Winkler as president and CEO of Bentley Motors in the Americas, replacing Christophe Georges, who will become director of product and marketing for Bentley’s global organization.... Read More »

 

Gentex Q4 sales gains lag forecasts; stock drops

11:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Gentex, a mirror, camera and electronic component supplier, said its fourth quarter net income rose a disappointing 2 percent while overall revenue jumped 7 percent from a year earlier. Gentex shares fell 6 percent.... Read More »

 

Over-the-air auto software updates opens market to acquisitions

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Over-the-air software updates -- a no-fuss, no-muss infotainment feature popularized by Tesla Motors -- is rapidly spreading to the entire auto industry, fueling high-price acquisitions in the segment.... Read More »

 

Nissan teases Super Bowl ad; full reveal will wait until big game

11:23 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Nissan is using a dreary Harry Chapin song as the backdrop for its Super Bowl ad, but the overall message won't be seen until the game on Sunday. The automaker unveiled a 10-second teaser today featuring Chapin's song “Cat's in the Cradle.”... Read More »

 

Don't get mad, get a lawyer, panelists say

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Dealers who get warning letters from lenders accusing them of loan discrimination should resist the temptation to stick the letters in a drawer or, worse, fire off angry replies on their own, said panelists last week at a legal compliance workshop for dealers here.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Ally Premier Protection enables 'one product, one system and one brand'

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Ally Financial is phasing in Ally Premier Protection brand for service contracts and other F&I products, plus an updated technology platform to help market and administer them. At the same time, it's phasing out its use of the GM Protection Plan brand.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Auto lenders cite discipline with U.S. sales booming

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
“Discipline” was the watchword for auto lenders in panel discussions and interviews in and around the National Automobile Dealers Association convention.... Read More »

 

Leasing keeps growing; lenders debate possible peak

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Leasing, aided by low interest rates and factory incentives, is expected to keep increasing in 2015, but experts are divided on how high lease penetration will go.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler's $4.1 billion operating profit in 2014 fueled by N.A.

8:51 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles met its full-year guidance as strong results from North America and improving operations in Europe managed to offset persistent weakness in Latin America.... Read More »

 

Japanese supplier Sanden agrees to $3.2 million fine in U.S. price-fixing case

6:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Japanese supplier Sanden has agreed to pay a US fine of more than $3 million and becomes the latest company tied to a wide-ranging auto supplier price-fixing prosecution for its brief role in setting the prices of air conditioning compressors for Nissan.... Read More »

 

Ford recalls 221,000 vehicles for door handle, seat belt problems

9:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Ford said it is recalling about 221,000 cars and vans for door handle and seat belt problems. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the two recalls.... Read More »

 

F&I TIP

Keep videos short -- no feature presentations

10:03 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Dealerships that use videos to pitch F&I products or explain product features on an iPad need to keep them short, no more than a couple minutes. “People start out with these 12-minute videos. No way is anybody going to watch all that,” said David Putz, head of direct markets for Zurich North America Commercial, of Overland Park, Kan.... Read More »

 

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