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Profits remain elusive despite Europe's strong sales rebound

June 1, 2015 06:15 CET

New-car sales in Europe increased for the 20th consecutive month in April and four-month sales were up 8 percent, but not all executives are convinced that this higher volume will translate into higher profitability. Some have called what's happening a margin-less recovery because the rebound hides the fact that only the strongest can squeeze a profit.... Read More »

Can simplified trims and options help Chevy compete in D.C.?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

General Motors recently began shipping cars and crossovers to Chevrolet dealers in the Washington, D.C., market with a guarantee attached: They'll get 500 bucks for any vehicle that sits on the lot longer than 90 days. But there's a catch: To qualify for the guarantee, dealers must order those vehicles from a short, predetermined list of trim packages and features - ones that GM believes are sweet-spot combinations that will move quickly.... Read More »

ANE's Car Cutaways supplement ready to view

June 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The Automotive News Europe Car Cutaways supplement provides a peek underneath the skin of Europe's hottest new vehicles to showcase the contributions of hundreds of suppliers.... Read More »

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Antonella Bruno

June 1, 2015 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Marketing is Antonella Bruno of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.... Read More »

Sweden's hot spot for winter testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Automakers flock to the remote town of Arjeplog, Sweden, in the winter for cold-weather testing. The attractions are frozen lakes and reliably brutal winter weather.... Read More »

VIDEO: Colo. stores use cameras, computers to build transparency

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Planet Honda's technicians-turned-video directors are with one tap bringing the service bay to customers, while digital files are providing a clear snapshot of a used-car's history at Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village.... Read More »

Frame shortage slows F-150 output

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Production of the redesigned, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has been slowed by a shortage of frames from a supplier's plant in Kentucky, according to workers and a UAW official.... Read More »

J.D. Power is buying NADA's Used Car Guide

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The National Automobile Dealers Association has agreed to sell its 82-year-old Used Car Guide business to J.D. Power and Associates.... Read More »

GM helps dealers find trade-in prospects

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

General Motors is paying about half the cost for its dealers to try equity-mining software for a year. The voluntary program is the first time that GM has subsidized its dealers to use the software.... Read More »

Stored Jeeps, Fiats to head to dealers this week

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The "software issue" that led FCA US to park hundreds of Jeep Renegades and, later, scores of Fiat 500X subcompact crossovers at a test track here involved only the identification numbers of the vehicles, said a source with direct knowledge of the issue.... Read More »

KAR Auction will add auctions, inspection unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

KAR Auction Services plans to build or buy physical auctions and a vehicle inspection business as part of its growth strategy.... Read More »

Carmakers asked by House about plans to handle cyberthreats

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

U.S. lawmakers want to know how the auto industry plans to tackle cybersecurity threats as new vehicles become increasingly connected to the Internet.... Read More »

Key Safety will ramp up airbag inflator production

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December.... Read More »

NHTSA prepares to reorganize its senior ranks

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

NHTSA is preparing to restructure its management ranks following the exits of three key personnel involved with recalls and safety enforcement.... Read More »

Denver group finds sales in fun places

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Schomp Automotive has its own internal marketing agency with dedicated social strategies for Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest. Those four social platforms hit a wide array of demographics that have a common core with Mini, the brand that the group decided to use to boost its social media presence.... Read More »

Volvo plant to build vehicles popular in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Volvo will focus production at its first U.S. plant on vehicles that sell best in the U.S., but not the XC-90 crossover.... Read More »

How can automakers add value to dashboard?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Automakers are lining up to offer Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, but the halo effect that automakers are seeking from aligning with two of the world's coolest brand names could be fleeting and undermine the investments they've made in their own embedded infotainment systems.... Read More »

Lamborghini sets SUV in motion

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Last week, Lambo announced it will produce a new SUV at its Sant'Agata Bolognese plant in Italy, for launch in 2018.... Read More »

GM returns Camaro output to U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

General Motors' $175 million investment in new tooling and equipment for its Grand River plant in Lansing, Mich., helps pave the way for U.S. production of the Chevrolet Camaro for the first time since 1992.... Read More »

Dealer awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

This week's dealer award goes to Mid-City Honda in Eureka, Calif. and Watseka Ford-Lincoln in Watseka, Ill.... Read More »

How to say 'Hyundai'? Close enough

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

If a Sonata driver asks Android Auto for directions to a Hyundai dealership, the female voice will answer with a sound that makes Hyundai executives cringe: “HEE'-yuhn-day.”... Read More »

No EV talk no problem at all

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The annual Vienna Motor Symposium always attracts big thinkers and lots of provocative talk, and this year was no exception. We sat down with Fritz Indra, former head of powertrain development at General Motors and Audi and now an adviser to AVL List, the Austrian engineering powerhouse. He is no great fan of electric vehicles.... Read More »

Ford will let rivals use its EV tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Ford Motor Co. is joining Tesla Motors Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp. in a strategy of letting competitors use patented technology in order to accelerate development of electric-drive vehicles. Ford will open up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology. Unlike Tesla and Toyota, it will license its patents for a fee, the company said.... Read More »

Trouble for ex-FCA execs Down Under

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's Australian subsidiary has filed suit against two former top executives in the country, accusing them of bilking the company out of millions of dollars to fund lavish lifestyles, according to Australian news reports.... Read More »

Jatco CEO seeks global transmission title

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Jatco's new president aims to propel his company past Japanese rival Aisin AW to become the world's largest supplier of automatic transmissions by 2020, by rapidly broadening its customer base beyond Nissan.... Read More »

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Colo. stores use cameras, computers to build transparency

Colo. stores use cameras, computers to build transparency

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