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 »

Dealers vs. TrueCar: The saga continues

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

Three years after a nearly fatal dealer revolt and regulatory crackdown prompted it to change its ways, TrueCar continues to be haunted by suspicion among dealers and broader questions about its business model.... Read More »

Spanish car sales rise 14% on renewed subsidy program

June 1, 2015 14:18 CET

Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in May after the renewal of a government subsidy scheme helped to lift demand.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Profits remain elusive despite Europe's 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 »

Opel says new Astra will be smaller but roomier than the current car

June 1, 2015 17:17 CET

Opel released details and pictures of its next-generation Astra compact car that will be key in helping the GM brand return to profitability in Europe. The Astra will have new infotainment and lighting technologies to help it compete better against rivals such as the VW Golf and Ford Focus.... Read More »

Canada seeks recall powers akin to U.S.

4:54 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Canada’s Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is introducing a law that would give her the authority to force companies to recall faulty vehicles.... Read More »

Inside Sonic's used-only dealership

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

A tour inside a prototype Sonic Automotive used-car only store in Denver reveals fireplaces, "open consultation" stations with sofalike seating, and inventory searches guided by shoppers on a giant screen with an iPad. At EchoPark, it's all about the customer experience.... Read More »

Takata will drop a troublesome airbag inflator design

3:53 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Takata will stop producing one type of driver-side airbag inflator that's used in more than 17 million U.S. vehicles covered by its expanded recalls, a top Takata executive plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday.... Read More »

U.S. vehicle loan terms hit record in Q1

3:22 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The average length of loans for new and used vehicles in the United States in the first quarter hit record highs, and nearly 30 percent of new-vehicle loans have pay-back periods longer than six years, Experian Automotive said in a report issued today.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: A trip to Sonic's EchoPark

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

A field trip to Sonic's EchoPark used-car store; Tesla's Texas setback; GM investing in Mich. parts plant; Ready-to-assemble BMWs; More capacity for A123.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Hispanic Chamber does not sell members' email info

10:55 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

HCCMO would like to make clear that it did not sell or provide its database of member emails to the dealership mentioned in the article, nor does HCCMO sell or provide such database to anyone.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch death toll inches up to 109

2:23 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The death toll from General Motors’ defective ignition switches is up to 109, the office administering GM’s compensation fund said.... Read More »

FCA shift leaves Hyundai-Kia, Mitsubishi with 100,000-mile warranty

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

Fiat Chrysler's decision last week 5/27 to reduce its limited powertrain warranty coverage by 40 percent brings it in line with its Detroit-based competitors. The automaker's 2016 models will have 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranties, instead of 5 year/100,000 mile warranties, FCA US said.... Read More »

A123 to double lithium-ion battery capacity

9:00 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

A123 Systems LLC plans to double the manufacturing capacity at its three lithium-ion battery plants in a $200 million investment.... Read More »

GM plans $119M upgrade of components plant

11:44 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

General Motors plans to invest $119 million to add new tools and equipment at its components plant in Grand Rapids, Mich., as part of the automaker's plan to spend $5.4 billion on its U.S. operations.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: FCA's 'software issue'

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

Jeep Renegade software snag identified; GM helping dealers try 'equity mining'; Jesse Snyder: May U.S. sales down, selling-rate up?; NHTSA leadership reorganization.... Read More »

Consolidation not on Ammann's agenda

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

General Motors CEO Mary Barra made it pretty clear the company is not interested in a merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles when she declined to meet with FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne to discuss it. Last week, GM President Dan Ammann was in Turin, Fiat's hometown, but he had no plans to sit down with Marchionne or FCA Chairman John Elkann.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Android Auto's simplicity is such a luxury

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

Usually with a car, the more you pay, the more you get. The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend that rule.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover appoints former Porsche exec as China sales head

June 1, 2015 12:02 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has appointed former Porsche executive Mark Bishop as its new China sales boss, amid a slowdown in one of its key markets.... Read More »

French car sales fall 4% in May on fewer working days

June 1, 2015 11:14 CET

New-car registrations in France fell 4 percent in May, mainly due to fewer working days. Sales rose 7.3 percent with the figures adjusted to include a comparable number of working days to May last year.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for June

June 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why Europe's stronger-than-expected sales rebound is unlikely to provide an equally large boost to profits.... 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 »

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Colo. stores use cameras, computers to build transparency

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...
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