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UK new-car registrations up 2.4% in May

June 4, 2015 11:08 CET

UK new-car registrations in May rose by 2.4 percent, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said today. Sales were up 5.7 percent in the first five months, boosted by a fourfold increase in ultra-low emission vehicles, the organization said.... Read More »


A tale of 2 production booms

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

It's easy to view Mexico's auto manufacturing ascendancy as an encore of last decade's production boom in central Europe.... Read More »

GM hints at dealer bonus redesign

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

North America chief Alan Batey hints at a successor to General Motors' Essential Brand Elements program, which has funneled billions of dollars to dealers since 2010 to update their stores and raise the level of customer service. The program's scheduled expiration next year raises financial uncertainty for most of GM's dealers, who have come to depend on quarterly bonuses that are tied partly to making store improvements.... Read More »

Supplier to the 2016 Honda HR-V

2:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

The 2016 Honda HR-V is the first generation of the compact CUV. It is assembled in Celaya, Mexico, on Honda’s GSP (2) platform. The program code is 2XP. Suppliers include Axalta, Mitsuba, Takata. The supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2015 Cadillac Escalade

11:41 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade is the fourth generation of the premium SUV. It is assembled in Arlington, Texas, on GM's K2XX platform. The program code is K2UL. Suppliers include Eaton, Magna, Sika. The supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2015 Ford Edge

1:46 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

The 2015 Ford Edge is the second generation of the midsized CUV. It is assembled in Oakville, Ontario, on Ford’s CD4 platform. The program code is CD539. Suppliers include Magna, PPG, Superior Industries. The supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »


Light trucks drive industry to 4.6% gain

8:30 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales, fueled by demand for light trucks, rose 4.6 percent in April as every automaker but Honda recorded an increase. The industry stretched its streak of advances from the year-earlier month to 14, yet the total was weaker than analysts' forecasts.... Read More »

Ford's stair-step workout for dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

As its U.S. market share slides, Ford Motor Co. has dug up one of the old-school, sales-boosting tricks it had seemingly buried: stair-step incentives. The move comes as other automakers swear off stair-steps and dealers criticize such a strategy as profit-eroding, confusing and ineffective long term.... Read More »

Nissan is looking for more fleet business

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Honda's complaint that bigger fleet sales are driving Nissan's sales growth is erroneous, says Nissan Chairman Munoz. But while Nissan has cut back on rental-fleet sales, Munoz wants to sell more Nissans into lucrative commercial fleets.... Read More »


The top 10: Where the action isn't

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Your roundup of the top 150 dealership groups based in the U.S. was invaluable, and I don't doubt consolidation among dealerships is moving ahead.... Read More »

New Chevy Malibu tasked with meeting GM's aggressive sales goals

2:01 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

The Chevrolet Malibu has been a symbol of GM's competitive woes for nearly 20 years because of designs that critics often lambasted as boring. Now, the No. 1 U.S. automaker is telling suppliers a redesigned version of the midsize sedan will deliver a long-awaited sales jolt.... Read More »


Lexus leaps in sales per franchise

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

It's great to be a Lexus dealer these days. Last year, the luxury brand bumped mass-market Honda out of the No. 2 spot for U.S. light-vehicle sales per franchise.... Read More »


U.S. sales rise 5.3% as wintry weather takes toll

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Toyota and Subaru joined a handful of smaller automakers in posting double-digit U.S. sales increases for February as severe winter weather crimped demand more than analysts had forecast. Most companies posted modest gains as the overall industry rose 5.3 percent. While last month's pace trailed January's hot start, the industry has taken solid early strides towards its sixth year of sales advances since the recession.... Read More »

Supplies soar in January -- as usual

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

U.S. stocks of light vehicles increased during January, whether that was a little or a lot depends on how you measure.... Read More »


Automakers ride truck wave to 14% gain

8:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 14 percent to 1.15 million in January, driven by low gasoline prices that fueled truck sales and signaled another year of growth for the industry. GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Honda all posted gains of at least 12 percent, with General Motors' 18 percent advance leading the pack. Among smaller brands, Subaru carried its hot streak into the new year while demand for Volkswagens remained cool.... Read More »

Ford, powered by F series, reaps higher prices on 15% increase in sales

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

Ford's Dearborn, Mich., truck plant, which assembles the redesigned 2015 F-150 with an aluminum body, is running at full line speed, giving a boost to Ford pickup sales and pricing.... Read More »

Auto sales forecast calls for a hot January

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015

Forecasters say U.S. auto sales have begun 2015 much stronger than 2014, when a deep freeze kept shoppers away from many dealerships in much of the country. General Motors is expected to post nearly a 20 percent increase, with the other Detroit 3 automakers also on track for double-digit gains.... Read More »

Hot Dec. sales trim Jan. stocks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

After brisk sales in December to close out 2014, automakers and dealers started the New Year with modest carryover stock. The industrywide inventory of 3.6 million light vehicles on Jan. 1 was down almost 140,000 from Dec. 1, a 4 percent decline.... Read More »

Big gains, big vehicles and a big finish

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

Automakers sold more cars and trucks to U.S. buyers in the last two months than in any other November and December in history. Now entering its sixth consecutive year of growth, the market could top 17 million units for the first time since 2001. If that weren't enough, an improving economy, plunging gasoline prices and easy credit are encouraging consumers to buy bigger, pricier, more lucrative vehicles.... Read More »

2014 finishes strong with 'plenty of room for upside'

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Tempting incentives and clearer roads pulled U.S. consumers into dealerships for a big December to close another strong sales year. Automakers sold 1.5 million light vehicles last month, up 11 percent. The seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate was 16.92 million, the third best month of the year behind August and November.... Read More »

Car sales slump in France in December, but rise in Spain and Italy

Jan. 4, 2015 10:53 CET

France's floundering economy pushed car sales 7 percent lower in December, while Spanish sales jumped by 21 percent, helped by a subsidy scheme. Sales rose 2 percent in Italy.... Read More »

U.S. sales forecast to rise 10% in Dec. on deals, falling gas prices

11:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2014

Forecasters say U.S. new-vehicle sales likely jumped 10 percent in December, bringing the total for 2014 to 16.5 million, beating even the most optimistic projections from early in the year. The month was filled with good reasons for consumers to buy a new car or truck: big discounts, very little snow and gasoline prices falling like a rock.... Read More »


2014 U.S. sales tightest races

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

With just a month to go in the 2014 U.S. sales wars, here's how some tight brand races and model matchups are shaping up.... Read More »

Setting the stage for a 'huge' December

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

Timely automaker Black Friday promotions and a strong economy drove U.S. auto sales higher in November. Look for more of the same this month.... Read More »


Light trucks, holiday discounts drive volume up 5%

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

Spurred by a 20 percent gain at Chrysler Group and aided by Black Friday discounts and light-truck demand, U.S. light-vehicle sales jumped 5 percent last month, pushing the annualized pace of deliveries above 17 million for the second time this year. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17.2 million fell shy of August's 17.5 million. But it showed that demand remains robust as the industry winds up its fifth year of recovery since the recession.... Read More »

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