MAY U.S. AUTO SALES

Sales sizzle on light truck, crossover demand

8:30 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales -- fueled by robust demand for trucks, crossovers and SUVs -- rose 1.6 percent last month, bucking projections for a modest decline in volume. Fiat Chrysler, Honda, GM, Kia and Subaru generated U.S. sales increases in May while Ford, Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai fell as the industry enjoyed the strongest pace of sales in nearly a decade.... Read More »

BMW's record May trims gap with Mercedes for U.S. luxury crown

3:31 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

BMW sold a May record 31,003 cars and SUVs in the U.S., narrowing Mercedes-Benz's luxury-vehicle lead as both brands benefit from expanding lineups.... Read More »

Light trucks help Honda end 2-month skid

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

American Honda sales were up slightly for May, posting a 1.3 percent increase over May 2014. Standout sellers included the Honda Fit subcompact, Honda’s soon-to-be-replaced Pilot crossover, Acura’s all-new TLX sedan and its refreshed RDX crossover.... Read More »

Takata pressed on years of delay in identifying airbag defect

3:18 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Lawmakers sought answers today from Takata on just how much is being done to to find the root cause of an airbag defect that caused dozens of explosions and at least six deaths.... Read More »

JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: Why dealers must pay attention to the 'pink tax'

3:07 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Do women pay more for the same cars than men do? It's a slippery slope.... Read More »

FCA sales up 4%, back over 200,000 vehicles

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Brisk demand for Jeep and the Chrysler 200 pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 4 percent in May. The automaker posted U.S. sales of 202,227, marking its 62nd consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains — and its first time over 200,000 vehicles since March 2007.... Read More »

Canadian sales roughly flat in May, FCA says

2:09 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Canadian sales edged up by 119 vehicles from a year earlier to 31,617 cars and trucks in May, as a rise in Jeep and passenger car sales helped offset lower minivan sales.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The steep road ahead for Alfa in U.S.

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Even with a small but passionate following for the Italian brand, Fiat Chrysler's lofty sales goal for Alfa Romeo -- 150,000 vehicles a year in the NAFTA region by 2018 -- seems overly ambitious... Read More »

Lower F-series volume puts dent in Ford sales

2:00 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Sales of the Ford F series fell to a three-month low in May, dropping nearly 10 percent from a year ago amid tight inventories and a decision not to join competitors in offering big Memorial Day discounts, company officials said today.... Read More »

Hyundai humbled as investors abandon auto industry's darling

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

Shares of Hyundai Motor tumbled 10 percent today to their lowest close since August 2010, making Hyundai the worst-performing stock among any major automaker in the past year.... Read More »

Golf family helps VW break U.S. losing streak

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Volkswagen broke a three-month slump in U.S. sales with an 8.1 percent gain in May, while its luxury sibling Audi continued its hot streak to post its second-best U.S. sales month on record.... Read More »

Pickups, crossovers propel GM to 3% gain; car sales slide again

12:30 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

GM rode strong retail sales and surging demand for pickups and crossovers to a 3 percent U.S. sales gain in May, offsetting continued weakness in car deliveries. Total sales of 293,097 marked GM's strongest monthly result since August 2008. Sales to individual buyers rose 7 percent, while fleet deliveries fell 7.6 percent.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler delays many future vehicle programs

4:58 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler has in the past year delayed the redesign or release of at least a dozen current or new vehicles in North America including the Ram 1500 and the Jeep Wrangler, suppliers familiar with the company's plans told Reuters.... Read More »

Mulally joins 3D firm's board

10:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally is diving deeper into the tech sector, joining 3D printing company Carbon3D's board of directors.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: VW preps gesture controls for Golf

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

The updated Volkswagen Golf, due in 2016, will add gesture controls to its "Star Trek"-style touch screens. VW presented the new in-car technology in the Golf R Touch concept last week at CES Asia in Shanghai.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Saab turbo engines to power Chinese Jeep Wrangler clone

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

The Beijing Auto BJ40, a 4x4 clone of the Jeep Wrangler, will soon receive a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that its parent company, BAIC, received from GM's fire sale of Saab parts bin items in 2009, along with the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 platforms.... Read More »

Is Ssangyong coming to America ... with a Jeep Wrangler rival?

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Korean automaker Ssangyong is planning a Jeep Wrangler rival as a launch vehicle for the U.S., Autocar reports. The report of a small SUV that will be high on style follows the debut of the Tivoli compact crossover in Europe, which is launching this year. Company sources told Autocar that there is enough spare capacity on the Tivoli production line for another derivative.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How Peugeot CEO Picat improved the brand's pricing

June 2, 2015 06:15 CET

Peugeot CEO Maxime Picat has played a key role in PSA's financial turnaround as head of the automaker's largest division by improving the retail pricing of the French brand's vehicles in Europe. Picat told Automotive News Europe how Peugeot plans to keep improving.... Read More »

Bentley expands in hard-hit Russia with third dealership

June 2, 2015 16:30 CET

Bentley has added its third dealership in Moscow as the carmaker anticipates that wealthier Russians will shrug off an impending recession and buy its upcoming Bentayga SUV.... Read More »

German car sales fall 6.7% in May on seasonal effect

June 2, 2015 16:03 CET

German new-car sales fell by 6.7 percent in May in a month that had two fewer business days than the year-earlier month. Adjusted sales rose by almost 4 percent.... Read More »

Mitsubishi joins move to Apple-Android connectivity

6:50 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Mitsubishi is the latest carmaker joining the Apple-Android car connectivity push, with plans to introduce the systems this summer in the Pajero SUV for Europe before eventually bringing the technology to other markets and nameplates.... Read More »

Ford names UK boss Ovenden as new Russia chief

June 2, 2015 14:23 CET

Ford named Russian market veteran Mark Ovenden as the new CEO of its joint venture in the country. Ovenden's task will be to turn around the automaker's troubled Russian operations that have been hit by the country's industrywide slump.... Read More »

Ford shortens summer shutdowns to meet consumer demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Ford today said it plans to shorten the summer shutdown period to just one week at 16 North American plants, including all six assembly plants that build highly profitable pickups and crossovers.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Product delays at FCA

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

At least dozen FCA products delayed, suppliers say; Ford shortens downtime at truck plants; Takata to drop airbag-inflator design; Car-loan lengths hit record highs; Missed opportunity? Women and upscale cars.... Read More »

Porsche's wealthy Chinese buyers choose less costly models

June 2, 2015 12:18 CET

Porsche’s wealthy Chinese customers are settling for less expensive models as a government crackdown on graft and conspicuous consumption slows luxury sales.... Read More »

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