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Buffalo dealers dig out while Ford restarts stamping plant

2:44 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Auto dealers in the Buffalo are reopening this week after digging out from the massive snowstorm that dumped up to 7 feet of snow in some areas. Meanwhile, Ford's Buffalo Stamping Plant resumed operations over the weekend after suspending operations because of impassable roads.... Read More »

 

Shoppers willing to pay smaller certified-used premium, study shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
New-car shoppers in AutoTrader.com's 2014 Certified Pre-Owned Study said they are willing to pay a $2,032 premium for a certified used vehicle, vs. one that isn't. That was down $908, or nearly a third, from the amount new-car shoppers in last year's study said they were willing to pay.... Read More »

 

OCTOBER U.S. SALES

Chrysler, Nissan set pace as U.S. sales rise 6% on truck demand

6:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales, led by double-digit increases at Chrysler Group and Nissan Motor, rose 6 percent last month to 1.28 million, matching forecasts, with crossovers and light trucks fueling much of the industry's gains. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate, a broad measure of the industry's health, hit 16.5 million, slightly above projections and up 7 percent from 15.4 million a year earlier. The SAAR has now topped 16 million every month beginning with March.... Read More »

 

'Un-Honda-like' problems plague new plant in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Honda's new $800 million plant in Celaya, about 160 miles northwest of Mexico City, has been struggling to meet demand amid problems caused by a green labor force, language barriers and a rail system prone to delays and occasional thefts, according to dealers who have discussed the matter with Honda officials.... Read More »

 

Takata hit with 2 more airbag lawsuits

11:54 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
The recall crisis involving Takata airbags exploding with too much force and spraying occupants with metal shrapnel continues to grow, with two more lawsuits filed concerning accidents in older Honda cars.... Read More »

 

Ghosn finds Datsun a tough sell -- even at $5,000

6:48 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
In July last year, as Nissan prepared to bring Datsun out of a decades-long retirement, the company scoffed at the idea that the budget brand could follow Tata's $2,500 Nano in becoming a flop.... Read More »

 

Fleet adds little to Sept. sales gain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Among the seven largest volume automakers, light-vehicle sales through dealerships rose 11 percent, while fleet was a mere 3 percent higher.... Read More »

 

Dealers turn to governments for incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
A small but growing number of dealerships are obtaining tax breaks or government funds in connection with their facility improvements.... Read More »

 

Chevy, Ram pickups surge as Ford waits for F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Chevrolet and Ram are enjoying a golden sales opportunity for full-size pickups.... Read More »

 

Germany joins France, Italy in reporting car-sales rebound in September

Oct. 3, 2014 11:23 CET
Germany joined France and Italy in reporting a rebound in new-car registrations last month after poor results in August. Sales in Germany rose 5 percent in September helping to lift nine-month registrations by 3 percent.... Read More »

 

SEPTEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES

GM, Nissan, Chrysler gains propel market to 9% increase

8:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales -- paced by truck-fueled gains at GM, Chrysler Group and Nissan Group -- rose 9 percent in a September marked by sharp brand advances and a few steep declines. The industry-wide results were just below forecasts and cooler than the scorching rate of sales set in August. Still, they reflect a market coasting toward its fifth straight year of recovery following the 2007-09 recession. The SAAR has topped 16 million for 6 straight months.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

Jaguar F-Type relies on Stadco's aluminum skin

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Stadco supplies the vast majority of the aluminum outer structure for the new Jaguar F-Type, including the door and hood assemblies and front and rear fenders.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2015 BMW X4

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Suppliers to the 2015 BMW X4 include BorgWarner, Gustav Wahler, BorgWarner, Gustav Wahler, Montaplast, Angell-Demmel, Harman, Benecke-Kaliko, Haartz, APAG Elektronik, P&R Fasteners, Shiloh Industries, Fraenkische, FTE Automotive, Filtran, GKN Driveline, HELLA, KSPG Automotive, Nemak and Preh.... Read More »

 

GM gunning for more pickup wins

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
GM's September promotion and dealer incentives are early salvos in what's likely to be a sustained offensive to capitalize on Ford's vulnerability as it negotiates the complicated changeover to its aluminum-body 2015 F-150.... Read More »

 

Subaru raises U.S. sales forecast

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Subaru has boosted its forecast for sales this year to 500,000.... Read More »

 

The incentives debate: Who's being 'stupid'?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Some big rivals dismiss American Honda sales boss John Mendel's grim warning that extended loan terms and other strategies being employed by competitors hurt resale values, customer loyalty and ultimately profits. So who's right?... Read More »

 

GM dealers win reprieve on audits to focus on recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
GM told dealers in an Aug. 8 memo that, in recognition of the "unprecedented times" that dealerships are experiencing with the recall onslaught, the company has suspended audits on warranty claims and sales incentives.... Read More »

 

Ford, Chevy titans clash on incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford and Chevrolet — both looking to claw back market share they have relinquished this year — have touched off an earlier-than-usual round of late-summer incentives.... Read More »

 

Toyota: Favorable auto finance climate to continue driving U.S. retail volume

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
An auto finance environment favorable to many U.S. consumers will continue to provide a tailwind for higher retail auto sales in 2014, a top Toyota executive said Tuesday.... Read More »

 

Stocks stay on target -- with help

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
With a little help from increased incentives, automakers kept U.S. inventories at near-ideal levels to start August.... Read More »

 

GM idling Michigan plant 3 weeks to trim Cadillac ATS, CTS supplies

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
General Motors plans to idle the Michigan plant that produces the Cadillac ATS and CTS for three weeks amid a glut of inventory. The move comes as U.S. sales of the ATS and CTS sag, pushing inventories to unusually high levels.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2015 Acura TLX

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Suppliers to the 2015 Acura TLX includes American Mitsuba, AGC Automotive, Gentex, AGC Automotive, Stabilus, UGN, Tigerpoly, Sika, Shiloh Industries, Koyo, Fleetwood, FAIST ChemTec, F&P Manufacturing, Haartz and IAC.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2015 Nissan Murano

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Suppliers to the 2015 Nissan Murano includes HellermannTyton, UGN, ABC Group, SMR Automotive, Magna, SRG Global, North American Lighting, Edscha, Kongsberg, New Mather Metals, P&R Fasteners, American Mitsuba, Oiles America, ThyssenKrupp, TrelleborgVibracoustic, Miniature Precision Components, KSPG Automotive, Mahle and Kolbenschmidt Pierburg.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C class

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Suppliers to the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C class includes Eagle Ottawa, Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst, Harman, Grammer, Takata, Stabilus, Carcoustics, LuK, KSPG Automotive, FAIST ChemTec, Profil, Filtran, ZF Lenksysteme, WABCO, APAG Elektronik, Shiloh Industries, TI Automotive, FAG, ITT Italia, Cultraro and AGC Automotive.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2015 BMW X4

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Suppliers to the 2015 BMW X4 include BorgWarner, Gustav Wahler, Montaplast, Angell-Demmel, Grammer, Nippon Seiki, Benecke- Kaliko, Guelph Tool, Sika, APAG Elektronik, Toyoda Gosei, P&R Fasteners, Flexitech, Shiloh Industries, TI Automotive, FTE Automotive, ZF Friedrichshafen, Teklas, ElringKlinger and Mahle.... Read More »

 

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