There was a real Art to 1960s Pontiac ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

It wasn't just raw horsepower and eye-catching styling that fueled the demand for Pontiac's classic 1960's “wide track” muscle cars such as the GTO, Firebird and Grand Prix. It was also the innovative illustrated ads created by Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman from 1959 to 1971 that helped Pontiac roar to third place most years in sales.... Read More »

Volvo on fast track to 100,000 sales target

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Volvo Cars of North America, on track for its first annual U.S. sales increase in three years, expects to top 100,000 vehicles as soon as 2017, an achievement that would help more dealers become profitable and legitimize the brand's comeback efforts, CEO Lex Kerssemakers said.... Read More »


L.A.'s Galpin Motors fills an exhibit hall with its custom rides

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Galpin Motors uses a 26,000-square-foot exhibit space at the Los Angeles Convention Center to display its custom vehicles, showcase the many brands its 10 dealerships carry and catch the eyes of L.A. Auto Showgoers. And all the vehicles are for sale.... Read More »

Why Toyota offers 2 battery choices in next Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Toyota is offering two battery choices in the upcoming fourth-generation Prius. The hybrid's chief engineer says that's because the lithium ion battery is lighter and will be used in heavier, upper-trim cars packed with add-ons. It's one way to ensure equal performance and fuel economy.... Read More »

New message to shoppers: Caddy Escalade is refined

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Cadillac will launch a broad advertising campaign for the Escalade in time for the holiday shopping season, the first significant marketing effort behind the big SUV since the current design went on sale more than 18 months ago.... Read More »


Fat margins can fund greener cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The auto industry must focus on making more sustainable vehicles, but the long current sales boom can pay for the green research.... Read More »


12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Dealers featured this week include Garson Rice, dealer principal of Rice Toyota in Greensboro, N.C.; and JP Miller, president of Paul Miller Mazda in Lexington, Ky.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler launches 3 youth-targeted ads during American Music Awards

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in another high-profile advertising move, launched three spots during Sunday night's broadcast of the American Music Awards on ABC.... Read More »

Industry execs see era of slower sales growth in China

Nov. 22, 2015 23:34 CET

Executives gathered last week at the Guangzhou auto show were unanimous in their view that the days of exponential growth are over, underscoring how a sharp economic slowdown has tempered expectations in the world's largest car market.... Read More »

FCA expands no-cost college nationwide

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2015

Starting Monday, Nov. 23, Fiat Chrysler dealers nationwide can offer a no-cost college education to employees and their spouses and children -- a perk aimed at attracting top-tier talent to work at FCA stores.... Read More »

Titan gives Nissan dealers work-truck cred

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

Nissan's U.S. dealers are undergoing training again to sell a big truck as output of the redesigned Nissan Titan begins in Mississippi.... Read More »

Land Rover Defender to end long, storied run

Nov. 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Production of the iconic Land Rover Defender will end early next year. The utilitarian workhorse has remained virtually unchanged during almost seven decades of production and it is unclear whether Land Rover will seek to replace it.... Read More »

VW, under deadline, submits fix to 2.0-liter diesel emissions violations

7:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

The EPA and California air regulators received an initial proposal from Volkswagen, which faced a Friday deadline, to address emissions violations with the company's 2.0-liter diesel vehicles. Details about the fix were not released and VW officials were not immediately available for comment.... Read More »

M-B advertising named most effective among luxury brands

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Mercedes-Benz's slogan is, “The best or nothing.” When it comes to its advertising, a TV and video analytics company agrees.... Read More »

Cox moves dealers to from VinSolutions

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Dealers using the VinSolutions website will be transitioned to, Cox Automotive said today.... Read More »


BLOG: Pressure on XT5 to deliver amid Caddy's lineup quagmire

11:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Cadillac and its dealers are counting on the clean-slate redesign of the XT5 crossover to help the brand snap out of a sales funk before an influx of fresh product begins arriving in 2018.... Read More »

GM, Army to test Chevrolet Colorado fuel cell

9:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

The Chevrolet Colorado pickup has been selected by the U.S. Army to test a General Motors-designed hydrogen powered fuel cell powertrain. The grueling 12-month test will help GM engineers and army officials evaluate the fuel cell's performance under strenuous use.... Read More »

Ford CFO says 'Friends' promo not costly

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

Ford's incentive spending declined slightly in the first few weeks of its year-end “Friends & Neighbors” promotion, evidence that it’s not a profit-damaging blowout sale, CFO Bob Shanks said today.... Read More »

Scion keeps it weird in new iM, iA ads

11:02 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

Scion's “Weird, Right?” ad campaign for the iM hatchback and iA compact sedan is back for another round of weirdness.... Read More »


BLOG: A case for tracking customers' ownership status

11:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

A bill to limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 2013 auto lending guidance found overwhelming support in the House, but when it reaches the Senate, the story could change.... Read More »

U.S. House passes bill revoking CFPB auto lending guidance

5:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

A bill that would limit the CFPB's 2013 auto lending guidance passed the House of Representatives late Wednesday by a 332-96 vote. The bill still faces several hurdles before it could become law.... Read More »

New DARCARS CEO starts shopping

10:55 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

DARCARS Automotive Group is in talks with several U.S. dealerships about possible acquisitions after completing its first store purchase since John Darvish Jr., son of the founder, took over as CEO last year.... Read More »

Auto dealers poised for victory on recall provision in U.S. highway bill

7:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

It was supposed to be the response by Congress to a historic string of auto safety lapses that rocked the industry. Instead, lawmakers are finalizing a highway bill that would let dealers sell used cars with outstanding safety recalls.... Read More »

Legendary automotive artist Art Fitzpatrick dies at 96

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Art Fitzpatrick, one half of the team that created some of the most eye-catching advertising artwork for General Motors from 1959 to 1971, passed away this week in Carlsbad, Calif., at age 96.... Read More »

BMW confident X1, 7 series will drive N.A. sales growth in 2016

4:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

BMW is confident its U.S. sales will continue expanding in 2016 even as the overall market reaches a phase of little or no growth, says Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW North America.... Read More »

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