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Strong May sales trim inventories

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
If mounting stocks of unsold vehicles after winter storms put pressure on automakers to cut production or boost incentives, May's surprise sales rally relieved it.... Read More »

 

Nissan e-NV200 van debuts in Japan, but is it a good fit for N.A?

10:29 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Nissan has launched its second electric vehicle, but a North American debut of the e-NV200 compact commercial van is under review because of vehicle range and charging network concerns.... Read More »

 

MAY U.S. AUTO SALES

Auto sales rise 11% as ‘everything came together’

8:15 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales -- led by big gains at Nissan, Toyota, Chrysler and GM -- rose 11 percent to 1.6 million in May as a raft of discounts and extended holiday deals drew consumers to showrooms. The annualized pace of sales shot up to 16.8 million. That's the highest rate for the seasonally adjusted rate since July 2006 and marked the third consecutive month the SAAR has topped 16 million after a weaker-than-expected start to the year.... Read More »

 

Sales soar, gains galore as May stars

4:45 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
Sometimes the stars align. The weather held, the calendar added both an extra selling day and a fifth weekend, lenders relaxed a bit, factories sweetened the pot. And May U.S. auto sales jumped 11 percent to 1.6 million units.... Read More »

 

Posh, roomy and high-tech: Volvo previews XC90 interior

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
The redesigned Volvo XC90 crossover won't go on sale in the United States until March, but the company has begun taking the cover off the vehicle.... Read More »

 

Nissan to go on 'offensive' in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
A bullish Carlos Ghosn, emboldened by bumper profits and booming sales in North America, vowed a continuous offensive until Nissan Motor Corp. achieves 10 percent market share in the United States.... Read More »

 

N.A. output rises 1%

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
North American car and truck production rose 1 percent in April from the year-earlier month to an estimated 1,479,033 units.... Read More »

 

Inventories drop slightly in May

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
Assisted by strong April sales, automakers trimmed U.S. stocks of unsold light vehicles for a second consecutive month.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2014 Ram ProMaster

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Suppliers to the 2014 Ram ProMaster include HellermannTyton, Takata, A.E.C SrL Products, Oiles America, Cooper-Standard, HP Pelzer, Miniature Precision Components, ContiTech, General Bearing, GKN Driveline, Tecvox, NHK Narmco, Tesa Tape, Hitachi Cable America, Cooper-Standard and Autoliv.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2014 Cadillac ELR

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Suppliers to the 2014 Cadillac ELR include Plastomer, Burgess-Norton, Behr-Hella Thermocontrol, YH America, TRW, Coastal Automotive, Martinrea, Eagle Ottawa, Haartz, Grupo Antolin, HellermannTyton, Eberspaecher, Fisher Dynamics, ElringKlinger, GKN Driveline, General Bearing, Filtran, American Axle, ZF Lenksysteme and ContiTech.... Read More »

 

AutoNation unit sales up 14% in best April since 2006

1:46 pm U.S. ET | May 2, 2014
AutoNation said today its U.S. new-vehicle retail sales rose 14 percent in April from a year earlier to 25,669 units, driven by a strong growth in company's premium luxury segment.... Read More »

 

APRIL U.S. SALES

U.S. sales on track to rise 9% in April, 2 forecasts show

3:44 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
Auto sales are on pace to rise 9 percent in April from a year ago, as warmer weather coaxes out more shoppers who stayed home during the unusually harsh winter, according to two forecasts released today.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Sounds like a plan: Nissan, dealers sidestep stair-steps

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Nissan has made a commendable effort to work with its dealers in setting up an enlightened alternative to stair-step factory incentives.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2015 Ford Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Suppliers to the 2015 Ford Mustang include ADAC, Haartz, G.B.I.E., MacLean-Fogg, NASCO (NHK), Zanini Auto Group, General Bearing, Nemak, ThyssenKrupp, Dana, Diamond Electric, Faurecia, Eagle Ottawa, Takata, Nexteer, FTE Automotive, Brose, Cadillac Products and Uniseal.... Read More »

 

Audi joins Mercedes in posting a record sales month in March

6:44 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
FRANKFURT -- Audi has posted a new company record for global sales in a single month. The automaker said today that its March volume rose 15 percent to 170,450 vehicles.
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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 »

 

MARCH U.S. AUTO SALES

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 U.S. AUTO SALES

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 »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

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 »

 

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