RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Is there room under the Blue Oval for Ranger, Bronco and Troller in U.S.?

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Ever since Ford dropped the midsize Ranger pickup in late 2011, the company has been pestered regularly and repeatedly about replacing it.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Will the next Nissan Z be a crossover?

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

After scrapping production plans for the Nissan IDx coupes, there is now a very real possibility that the next Z car will be a crossover.... Read More »

AUGUST U.S. SALES

Sales edge down but SAAR soars to 17.81 million

8:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales slipped 0.7 percent, far better than projections of a 3.3 percent dip, to 1.505 million in August as consumers shrugged off volatile stock prices and continued to splurge. The annualized pace of sales soared to 17.81 million, the highest rate since July 2005 and the strongest month of the 6-year recovery.... Read More »

2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Mercedes S-class cabrio will bow in Frankfurt

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is adding a fourth convertible to its North American lineup: the S class. The German automaker will introduce the car this month at the Frankfurt auto show. Press days are Sept. 15 and 16.... Read More »

U.S. drops estimates for vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbags by 36%

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

U.S. auto safety regulators now believe about 19.2 million U.S. vehicles are covered by the recalls for Takata airbag inflators that can explode in a crash, 36 percent fewer than were thought earlier this summer to carry the defective parts.... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia notch records on Santa Fe, Soul

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Facing stock market turmoil and an unfriendly calendar, Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia still set monthly U.S. sales records in August on strong demand for crossovers. Hyundai reported selling 72,012 vehicles for the month, a 2.9 percent increase, as Kia claimed 58,897 units sold, up 7.7 percent.... Read More »

Jeep Wrangler to stay in Toledo, Cherokee leaving, Wrangler-based pickup coming

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler has decided to keep making the Jeep Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio, move production of the Jeep Cherokee to a nearby state and build a Jeep pickup. The news comes after 11 months of uncertainty about the fate of Wrangler production in its historic home.... Read More »

Canada sales rise 2.2% in August

12:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Light vehicle sales in Canada grew 2.2 percent in August to 175,512 vehicles, according to the monthly Desrosiers market snapshot report. Car sales plunged 9 percent during the month to 64,622 vehicles while truck sales surged 10 percent to 110,890 vehicles, Desrosiers said.... Read More »

Lexus grabs second straight monthly U.S. sales win, narrows gap with BMW

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Lexus sold the most luxury vehicles in the U.S. in August, riding a wave of demand for its new crossover to a second straight monthly win and narrowing the gap with BMW. Sales rose 2.1 percent from a year earlier to 33,487, including 4,448 of the new $34,480 NX SUV.... Read More »

Ford's U.S. retail volume best since '06

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Ford Motor Co. had its best retail-sales month since March 2006 in August, selling 183,467 vehicles in the U.S. Ford posted its highest F-series number of the year and gains of at least 20 percent for five crossover and SUV nameplates.... Read More »

Toyota, Honda suffer from weak car deliveries

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

The declines in small and midsize car sales finally caught up to both Toyota and Honda in August. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. reported its August sales fell 8.8 percent from a year earlier to 224,381 vehicles, while American Honda Motor Co.'s sales dropped 6.9 percent to 155,491. Both companies suffered big declines in cars that negated increases in some light trucks.... Read More »

Weak Nissan, strong Infiniti results leaves Nissan N.A. off slightly

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Nissan North America reported a slight drop in U.S. sales in August, as lower car sales offset strong performances by the Rogue crossover, the Altima sedan and the Infiniti luxury brand. Still, Nissan’s year-to-date sales have now exceeded 1 million vehicles, the first time the company has crossed that mark just eight months into the year.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Why the momentum could last

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Auto marketers are still standing back from the edge of 2009’s pit of despair, though maybe some leaned in a bit last month.... Read More »

Land Rover to roll out two diesels in October

12:56 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Land Rover expects its first U.S. diesel vehicles will account for up to 20 percent of sales for the two SUVs powered by the new-generation engines. The Range Rover Td6 and Range Rover Sport Td6 go on sale in October and will cost about $1,500 more than the gasoline V-6 models.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: SAAR up, sales down

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

SAAR up, sales down; Hyundai departure; Toledo to keep a Jeep, lose a Jeep; FCA future product; 51 years of Malibus; Inside Infiniti Q30; Z crossover?... Read More »

VW's run ends with 8.1% drop; Audi's hot streak continues

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Audi of America posted its best August ever, while Volkswagen of America was unable to sustain its brief growth spurt. After posting higher U.S. sales in May, June and July, VW backtracked with an 8.1 percent decline last month. However, the 32,332 vehicles VW sold in August represented its best monthly U.S. sales total of 2015.... Read More »

GM slips as fleet pullback continues

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

GM's U.S. sales slipped less than 1 percent in August, as the second straight monthly drop in fleet sales offset rising demand from individual buyers. GM sold 270,480 vehicles last month, down 0.7 percent from a year earlier. GM said retail sales rose 6 percent. Fleet deliveries dropped 24 percent, amid a 38 percent decrease in rental-car sales.... Read More »

Hyundai's U.S. sales chief Pradzinski departs abruptly

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Bob Pradzinski, the No. 2 sales executive at Hyundai Motor America behind CEO Dave Zuchowski, has left the company, Hyundai said today. There was no immediate word on a successor for that post. Pradzinski, 55, was a 26-year Hyundai veteran.... Read More »

Record Jeep, Ram pickup demand push FCA up 1.7%

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Record Jeep and Ram pickup volume pushed Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales up 1.7 percent in August, offsetting stiff drops at the Dodge and Chrysler brands. The automaker reported sales in the U.S. of 201,672. It's the second month this year, after May, that deliveries topped 200,000, and FCA's 65th consecutive month of year over year sales gains.... Read More »

First Tesla Model X buyers now picking colors, 'Ludicrous Mode'

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

The first customers who reserved Tesla's Model X all-electric SUV have been alerted that, at long last, they can choose their paint color, wheel size and whether they want to drive ludicrously fast.... Read More »

FCA recalls 206,668 2014 Jeep Cherokees to fix windshield wiper defect

11:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 206,668 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUVs because of a defect that could cause windshield wipers to stop working.... Read More »

Toyota's venerable Land Cruiser sports modern, safety updates for 2016

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

The oldest nameplate in the Toyota lineup, the Land Cruiser, is receiving significant upgrades for the 2016 model year. It’s the first time since 2008 that major changes have been made to the low-volume, full-size, off-road vehicle.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: FCA details buybacks, incentives

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

FCA details buybacks, incentives; GM strike authorized; Magna closes unit sale; Fallout from Brazil slowdown; Dealers leverage Porsche 'experience.'... Read More »

Tesla names new Germany chief amid slow sales

Sept. 1, 2015 06:01 CET

Tesla named a new top executive in Germany, where the U.S. electric car maker is struggling to gain a foothold.... Read More »

Germany's Kiekert buys out Chinese partner

Sept. 1, 2015 13:02 CET

Kiekert, a global supplier of automotive locks, has acquired full ownership of China's Henan North Xingguang Locking Systems Co., a manufacturer of door, hood and trunk locks.... Read More »

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