Ford Credit rolls out 75-month loans nationwide

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Ford Motor Credit has joined the trend toward longer loans, rolling out 75-month terms nationwide starting today. The company previously had conducted a pilot program.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

The Nissan Leaf's top-selling town?

10:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
It's true that sales of Nissan's Leaf have picked up momentum this year in the United States, but what is the geographic mix across the country? Where is the Leaf doing well?... Read More »

 

SEPTEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES

GM, Nissan, Chrysler gains propel market to 9% increase

8:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales -- paced by truck-fueled gains at GM, Chrysler Group and Nissan Group -- rose 9 percent in a September marked by sharp brand advances and a few steep declines. The industry-wide results were just below forecasts and cooler than the scorching rate of sales set in August. Still, they reflect a market coasting toward its fifth straight year of recovery following the 2007-09 recession. The SAAR has topped 16 million for 6 straight months.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent

5:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late? He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not emotionally.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Making a splashy entrance in Paris

6:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, hauling it up the Seine River on a massive barge.... Read More »

 

Trucks fly in a 'best we could have expected' September

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
U.S. sales of SUVs, small crossovers and full-size pickups soared in September as cars became a tougher sell. Overall volume rose 9 percent, and a 16.4 million SAAR showed demand remains strong even after the industry put up big numbers all summer.... Read More »

 

Chrysler Group gains on Jeep, Ram volume

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Chrysler Group sold 169,890 vehicles in September, a 19 percent increase from September 2013, with every brand but Dodge contributing to the company's gains. It was the group's 54th consecutive month of year-over-year increases.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

VW, Porsche, Lamborghini roll out plug-in hybrids

Oct. 1, 2014 23:33 CET
VW Group premiered four plug-in hybrids in Paris. The VW Passat GTE and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid production cars as well as the Lamborghini Asterion and XL Sport concepts are aimed at helping VW meet tougher CO2 targets.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Opel hopes new Corsa will remain a best seller

Oct. 1, 2014 15:48 CET
Opel hopes its heavily reworked Corsa will remain a best seller, despite the fact that the subcompact is still using some components from the older platform. The next generation of the hatchback is due to launch in 2018.... Read More »

 

Canadian sales drive toward record

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Auto sales in Canada headed toward an all-time annual high after a number of automakers broke September sales records.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Ford puts refreshed C-Max in the Phantom's spotlight

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Ford on Wednesday lifted the mask on its next-generation C-Max at a special event at the Opera National de Paris, the setting for the fictional The Phantom of the Opera. The irony may have been lost on the Ford execs on hand, who also showed off the next-generation European S-Max and Grande C-Max before their scheduled press conference Thursday at the Paris auto show.... Read More »

 

GM predicts Europe profit in '16, ending years of losses

Oct. 1, 2014 18:02 CET
GM expects its first profit in Europe in more than a decade in 2016. The automaker said $1.5 billion in improved operating results in the region by 2016 will include the elimination of $700 million in restructuring costs and the addition of $400 million from increased sales.... Read More »

 

Winterkorn warns EU on overburdening automakers on CO2

Oct. 1, 2014 22:00 CET
VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn warned European regulators that it would be “fatal” to overburden the auto industry with a fresh round of more stringent emission targets before a market can even develop for green cars such as EVs and plug-in hybrids.... Read More »

 

Lithia completes purchase of DCH Auto Group

5:48 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Lithia Motors said it completed the purchase of DCH Auto Group, one of the largest buy-sell deals between dealership groups in recent history.... Read More »

 

Toyota trucks carry load amid wait for '15 Camry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Booming crossover and SUV sales helped Toyota Division eke out its seventh straight monthly sales gain last month, while Lexus continued to gain ground on its luxury rivals.... Read More »

 

Ford loses bid to recoup $450 million interest on overpaid taxes

5:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
A federal appeals court, in a case that can be traced back to 1983, rejected Ford's bid to recoup about $450 million of interest from the federal government on taxes overpaid by the automaker.... Read More »

 

Ford sales slip 3% on softer F-series demand, drop in fleet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Soft F-series pickup sales and a 40 percent cutback in sales to rental fleets pushed Ford Motor Co.'s September sales down 3 percent from a year earlier, to 179,518 units. Overall fleet sales fell 14 percent to 42,878.... Read More »

 

VW’s XL Sport concept full of surprises

5:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Volkswagen dropped a surprise on Wednesday by rolling out the XL Sport concept on the eve of press previews for the Paris auto show. The biggest surprise, though, is the XL Sport’s engine -- a V-twin adapted from the VW Group’s Ducati 1199 Superleggera, which VW touts as the world’s most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle.... Read More »

 

Dealer software provider CDK goes public as it spins off from ADP

11:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
CDK Global, formerly ADP Dealer Services, went public Tuesday as part of being spun off by parent Automatic Data Processing Inc., CDK Global announced today.... Read More »

 

Mercedes tops BMW in monthly luxury sales

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Mercedes-Benz's record September in the United States was enough to top the BMW brand in the luxury sales race, but BMW held a small lead for the first nine months of the year.... Read More »

 

Mercedes to lower mpg ratings on some C-class sedans

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will lower the fuel economy ratings of some late-model C-class sedans after an audit by federal regulators found errors in mpg testing by the automaker.... Read More »

 

Jaguar XE to offer awd, diesel engine in U.S.

7:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
The Jaguar XE compact sedan will launch with optional all-wheel drive and a four-cylinder diesel engine when it goes on sale in the U.S.... Read More »

 

Nissan Division volume jumps 22%

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Good fuel economy and fresh products helped drive Nissan Division to a 22 percent September sales gain, says sales chief Fred Diaz. Nissan is scaling back fleet sales and incentives as consumer demand rises.... Read More »

 

GM bets on technology and Cadillac to become 'most valued' automaker

10:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
General Motors is counting on a parade of new technology-packed models to drive sales growth and profitability in North America and China over the next four years as part of an ambitious push to become the world's “most valued” automaker by early in the next decade.... Read More »

 

GM will position Cadillac CT6 as tech showcase

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
The CT6 sedan due late next year is intended to be more than just a high-end Cadillac. General Motors is counting on the car to be a rolling showcase of the company’s engineering and technology prowess, and its determination once again to rise to the top of the automotive world.... Read More »

 

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