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Supplier to the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

3:58 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is the first generation of the premium midsize CUV. It is assembled in Vance, Ala., on Mercedes’s W164/V251/W166 platform. The program code is : C292. Suppliers include BorgWarner, Federal-Mogul and Inteva. The supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Inventory levels drift higher

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

Light-vehicle stocks drifted upward in June, a month in which U.S. sales rose 3.9 percent.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2016 Nissan Maxima

3:42 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

The 2016 Nissan Maxima is the ninth generation of the manufacturer’s flagship sedan. It is assembled in Smyrna, Tenn., on Nissan’s D platform. The program code is L42N. Suppliers include: IGB Automotive, Nemak, ThyssenKrupp, Webasto. The supplier data is compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: 2005 vs. 2015 -- similar SAAR, different story

3:13 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's rather misleading. June 2015 is far better than June 2005.... Read More »

GM to re-enter medium-duty commercial truck market

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

General Motors is returning to the medium-duty commercial truck business in the U.S. next year after a seven-year hiatus, a move that GM believes will lead to more sales of pickups, vans and other trucks to fleet buyers.... Read More »

Ex-Nissan store execs charged with fraud

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

The U.S. Justice Department has charged the former general manager and controller of a Nissan dealership in Birmingham, Ala., with cheating on the automaker's national sales incentive program.... Read More »

17.78 million! What made May's sales rate spike?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Auto sales should remain brisk thoughout 2015, but we probably won't see a repeat of May's eye-popping selling rate fo 17.78 million vehicles. Last month's SAAR was inflated by quirks in the calendar and the arcane formula used to calculate the selling rate.... Read More »

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 »

JESSE SNYDER

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 »

APRIL U.S. AUTO SALES

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 »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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 »

DEALERSHIP CENSUS

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 »

FEBRUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

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 »

JANUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

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 »

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