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Stung by Ram win in March, Chevy further juices Silverado incentives

4:11 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Within hours of a General Motors spokesman saying it was easy to “buy market share” after the Ram pickup outsold the Chevrolet Silverado in March, GM opened its wallet to buy it back.... Read More »



U.S. sales rise 6% as spring momentum builds

8:00 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 6 percent to 1.54 million units in March, exceeding analysts' forecasts and signaling the auto industry has shaken off its sluggish start to 2014. The seasonally adjusted sales rate -- a broad gauge of the industry's health -- surged to 16.4 million units from 15.3 million units a year ago. It's the best showing for the SAAR since November 2013 and among the highest in the past seven years.... Read More »



March light-vehicle volume projected to rise 2% to 1.5 million

7:12 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
After severe winter weather put a freeze on U.S. light-vehicle deliveries in January and February, industrywide sales are forecast to rise 2 percent to 1.48 million light vehicles in March. The annualized sales rate, adjusted for seasonal factors, may rise to 15.8 million units, based on the average of 14 estimates, from 15.3 million a year earlier.... Read More »


How a Texas Honda store honed a hybrid sales/F&I system

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
After four years of using a hybrid process for sales and F&I, First Texas Honda in Austin, Texas, has learned what works and what doesn’t. With the process, highly trained salespeople, dubbed Elite by the dealership, take customers through the entire sales and F&I process while less experienced sales employees hand off customers to an F&I manager.... Read More »


BMW considers raising U.S. capacity, expects pretax profit to rise 'significantly'

6:36 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2014
BMW is looking at raising production capacity at its plant in the United States and releasing 12 new models as it chases record car sales and a rise in pretax profit in 2014.... Read More »


Stocks rise in February

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
U.S. stocks of unsold vehicles remain higher than normal in the aftermath of fierce winter storms that disrupted sales in January and February.... Read More »


Suppliers to the 2014 Toyota Tundra

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
Suppliers to the 2014 Toyota Tundra include Guelph Tool, Magna, Takata, Gentex, Bowles Fluidics, Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst, UGN, Corvac Composites, SRG Global, DYNA-MIG, CTS Automotive, Automatic Spring Products, New Mather Metals, MacLean-Fogg and Haartz and Brose.... Read More »


Many dealers warn: Accept a gift and get fired

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
Dealerships' prohibitions against incentives, and the enforcement of those prohibitions, are likely to be ratcheted higher due to concerns that federal regulators are looking more closely at F&I products and how they are priced.... Read More »


February auto sales forecast cut to 15.5 million pace, LMC says

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014
LMC Automotive reduced its estimate for U.S. auto sales in February after retail transactions last week were weaker than anticipated. LMC now projects an annualized selling rate, adjusted for seasonal trends, of 15.5 million, down from an earlier estimate of 15.7 million.... Read More »



Make GM whole again with some Pontiac dust

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2014
What a surprise I got when I reached into my mailbox this week and pulled out a nice thick envelope from the Pontiac division of General Motors touting GM's new 2014 cars.... Read More »


Honda's U.S. exports exceeded imports in '13

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2014
Honda exported more vehicles from its U.S. factories in 2013 than it imported into America from Japan -- a first for the automaker. Honda exported 108,705 American-made Honda and Acura vehicles, compared to 88,537 it brought in from Japan.... Read More »


Toyota predicts a 10-million year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
After falling just short in 2013, Toyota says that this year it will become the first automaker to sell 10 million vehicles worldwide.... Read More »


Suppliers to the 2014 Toyota Corolla

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Suppliers to the 2014 Toyota Corolla include Guelph Tool, Nasco, UGN, SRG Global, Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst, Gentex, YH America, CTS Automotive, Delfingen, Corvac Composites, Midway Products, NTN Bearing, Leggett & Platt, Automatic Spring Products, DYNA-MIG, Kautex Textron, Brose and North American Lighting.... Read More »


Suppliers to the 2014 Nissan Sentra

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Suppliers to the 2014 Nissan Sentra includes Mitsuba, Sunstone Components, ABC Group, AGM Automotive, Vitro, SRG Global, ZF Friedrichshafen, Fraenkische, Automatic Spring Products, MacLean-Fogg, JTEKT, BorgWarner, Plastomer and Bowles Fluidics.... Read More »


SAAR to rise to 15.9 million in January, analysts predict

1:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
U.S. auto sales are projected to rise slightly this month, and one forecaster says retail deliveries will reach the highest January level in a decade. LMC Automotive today estimated sales would be up 1 percent from January 2013, while Kelley Blue Book predicted a 2 percent gain.... Read More »



2014 Guide to Purchasing Executives

Jan. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Our comprehensive annual guide to purchasing executives offers a helpful list of the people making the key procurement decisions at global automakers and suppliers.... Read More »


Inventory levels are sitting pretty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Automakers started the New Year with an ideal level of stock after trimming a quarter million units of U.S. inventory in December.... Read More »


Buick sells 1.03 million vehicles globally, breaks record set in '84

6:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
General Motors said it sold a record 1.03 million Buick vehicles globally last year, the highest total since 1984, before the brand entered China, which is now its largest market.... Read More »


Bentley sales up 19% in 2013 on Flying Spur demand

9:21 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
Bentley Motors posted a 19 percent gain in 2013 deliveries on demand for the revamped Flying Spur.... Read More »


BYD says Chinese cars headed to U.S. in late 2015

2:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Chinese cars are poised to begin hitting U.S. showrooms by as soon as next year. BYD, the Chinese automaker backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, plans to introduce about four models for its U.S. debut at the end of 2015, said Stella Li, the senior vice president in charge of the company's U.S. business.... Read More »


Suppliers to the 2014 BMW X5

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Suppliers to the 2014 BMW X5 include Eberspaecher, Autoneum, Veritas, Eagle Ottawa, Guardian, Gestamp, Brembo, Stabilus, ZF Friedrichshafen, BWI Group, IFA Rotorion, Magneti Marelli, Bowles Fluidics and Wescast.... Read More »


Suppliers to the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Suppliers to the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse include MAP of Easton, IEE, WR Controls, Omron, Key Safety Systems, TWB, Magni, Cadillac Products, Kongsberg, HellermannTyton, Keystone Powdered Metal, Nemak, Gustav Wahler and Auma Engineered Products.... Read More »



A busy time of year for dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
A lot of people in the manufacturing business have gone home.... Read More »


This time, 16 million sales forecast is on merit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2013
New U.S. light-vehicle sales are widely expected to surpass 16 million in 2014 for the first time since 2007, the culmination of a long recovery from the disastrous recession.... Read More »


Suppliers to the 2014 Nissan Sentra

9:39 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2013
Suppliers to the 2014 Nissan Sentra include Rehau, Valeo, Coastal Automotive, Webasto, Eagle Ottawa, Sika, GHSP, INA, Maclean-Fogg, JTEKT, Mahle, Plastomer, Kautex Textron and Fraenkische. T2014 model is the seventh generation Sentra and is built in Smyrna, Tenn., and Canton, Miss.... Read More »


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