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Dealer anniversaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Dealers featured this week include Greg Wills and Chris Wills of Wills Toyota in Twin Falls, Idaho; Adam Greene, owner of Trend Motors Volkswagen in Rockaway, N.J.; Steve Plante, dealer principal of Tri-City Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Somersworth, N.H.; Dealer Craig Sisk at Sisk Buick in Longview, Texas; and Mark Woods, dealer at Northside Ford in San Antonio.... Read More »

Stars and cars, Jeeps and sheep: Super Bowl auto ad roundup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Beneath the glamour of 2016's star-filled auto Super Bowl ads sat a group of vehicles that will be pawns crucial to each brand's product lineup.... Read More »

Christopher Walken was the only choice for Kia's Super Bowl ad

12:28 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Only one person could've done Kia's “Walken Closet” Super Bowl spot. Christopher Walken was the lone option. There was no Plan B.... Read More »

GM sacrifices rental sales to nab higher-margin business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

GM is in the midst of a big cutback in sales to rental fleets, an effort that executives say is aimed at improving the bottom line, even if it stunts revenue or market-share growth in the short term.... Read More »

Dealers pay high price with latest recall wave

11:55 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Honda's order that U.S. dealers stop selling some 2.2 million popular models is compounding financial and regulatory headaches for car dealers stuck with millions of vehicles that have potentially hazardous airbags or other safety defects.... Read More »

For game day, Nissan changes the channel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Nissan's new college sports marketing campaign is its top priority this year. And that meant no Super Bowl ad.... Read More »

TWO BY TWO

Volume sellers they are not, but two-door cars keep coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

A wave of coupes is appearing in showrooms and at auto shows this year, even though the segment is declining in popularity.... Read More »

RED CARPET TREATMENT

Auto brands hope famous faces pay off in Super Bowl ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

A buzzworthy celebrity appearance is often the price of admission for advertising on gameday, but not any celebrity will do.... Read More »

VW sued by N.J. over excess diesel emissions

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action.... Read More »

Group 1 buys U.K. dealership group, sells 3 U.S. stores

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

Group 1 Automotive has acquired the Spire Automotive Group of 12 dealerships in the Greater London area. It also has divested three dealerships in the U.S.... Read More »

Margin squeeze hurts used-vehicle prices, economist says

1:03 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index dipped in January, registering only its second decline in the last eight months.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 20% in Jan. on strong China demand

Feb. 5, 2016 13:13 CET

Sales of Mercedes brand cars increased by 20 percent in January to 150,814, buoyed by a 52 percent jump in China sales.... Read More »

VW launches ad campaign without 'Das Auto' slogan

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

Volkswagen is launching an advertising campaign in Europe this month that will also roll out globally aimed at winning back trust and sales lost through its diesel emissions-cheating scandal. The campaign drops the slogan "Das Auto" previously used by the automaker in its marketing.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan reports record EV sales in 2015 despite drop in Leaf demand

Feb. 5, 2016 11:37 CET

Renault-Nissan said global sales of battery-powered vehicles rose 2.5 percent to a record 84,754 last year even though there was a slowdown in demand for the Nissan Leaf, the world's best-selling electric vehicle.... Read More »

Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

Western European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in January as the southern markets of Spain and Italy continued to lead demand with double-digit growth.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: How GM's 'shampoo princess' is restoring Opel's image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Opel marketing chief Tina Mueller, a former cosmetics executive dubbed the "shampoo princess," is playing a pivotal role in restoring the brand's battered image.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler preps 2 Super Bowl ads

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will air two spots during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. The first ad will air after Coldplay's halftime performance. The second ad will air during the first commercial break in the fourth quarter, FCA revealed today.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: How GM's 'shampoo princess' is restoring Opel's image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Opel marketing chief Tina Mueller, a former cosmetics executive dubbed the "shampoo princess," is playing a pivotal role in restoring the brand's battered image.... Read More »

Asbury income, revenues up in Q4; vehicle margins down

11:20 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Asbury Automotive Group said net income soared to $41.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 as revenues rose 9.1 percent to $1.64 billion.... Read More »

Subaru parent says quarterly earnings rise 21%

6:52 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries reported a bigger-than-expected rise in third-quarter operating profit on strong sales of its Subaru cars and a favorable currency impact, keeping it on track to post a record full-year profit.... Read More »

VW brand sales fall again in UK as market grows 3%

Feb. 4, 2016 11:06 CET

VW brand’s UK car sales fell 14 percent in January, the fourth consecutive monthly drop since the automaker admitted cheating in diesel emissions tests. Total new-car registrations rose nearly 3 percent, making it the market's best January since 2005.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales

Feb. 4, 2016 06:01 CET

Jeep, Smart and Jaguar were the biggest winners last year in Europe, where overall vehicle sales rose 9 percent, exceeding initial analyst expectations of 3 percent growth at most.... Read More »

Honda warns dealerships of liability as it widens airbag recall

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

American Honda has expanded its Takata airbag recalls by more than 2 million vehicles and warned dealers that they could face legal exposure for unrepaired vehicles if they violate a related stop-sale order for the affected cars.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Scion is not Japan's only failed U.S. brand

11:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Japanese failures in the United States are rare, but there have been a few. And with the death of Scion, announced today, Toyopet no longer stands alone as Toyota’s only failed brand.... Read More »

Luxury car sales surge in Russia despite crisis

Feb. 3, 2016 16:34 CET

More and more Porsche, Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars are appearing on Russian roads as wealthy buyers take advantage of a weak ruble that means luxury cars are considerably cheaper in Russia than in the U.S.... Read More »

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