Retail

Mercedes prices new Maybach S class at 134,100 euros

Dec. 15, 2014 21:45 CET
Mercedes set the starting price of the Maybach S-class sedan at 134,100 euros ($166,700) and began taking orders for the would-be challenger to Rolls-Royce and Bentley.... Read More »

 

Sneak peek at the new BMW 7-series

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Early look at the BMW 7-series doesn't show a major shift in design.... Read More »

 

Volvo to skip most auto shows; focus will be on Detroit, Geneva, China

2:39 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Volvo is shifting its focus from auto shows to market more directly to buyers as part of a broader realignment of its marketing efforts that will place more focus on digital outreach. Starting next year, the company will take part in just one auto show per region, including the Detroit and Geneva auto shows.... Read More »

 

Bentley raises car sales target to 20,000, report says

Dec. 15, 2014 10:12 CET
Bentley is targeting 20,000 annual deliveries by 2020, double its 2013 sales, boosted by new models such as its first SUV, a report said.... Read More »

 

Smart says China will be its top market

Dec. 15, 2014 08:29 CET
China could overtake Germany and Italy to become the biggest market for Smart in a few years, Smart CEO Annette Winkler said. Smart will launch the latest ForTwo and its new ForFour in China next year.... Read More »

 

Hyundai moves money to regain mojo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Determined not to let hard-won market share gains slip away, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski is redirecting marketing dollars and asking for a bigger budget from his bosses in Korea.... Read More »

 

2015 WORLD CONGRESS

Panelists to focus on retail trends

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Three experts with rich backgrounds in auto retailing will discuss the convergence of trends and what they mean for the future during next month's Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.... Read More »

 

Ford deploys kiosks to push F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
But even before the new Ford F-150s arrive in showrooms in large numbers, some dealerships can give shoppers a good look at the redesigned pickup truck with video kiosks.... Read More »

 

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Dealers featured this week include Willie Rickel and Dara Nielsen of Lee's Summit Mazda in Lee's Summit, Mo.... Read More »

 

Retired rentals ding prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The talk in remarketing circles has been about how the rising tide of off-lease vehicles will push used-car prices down. But more retired rental units are destined to hit the market next year, too.... Read More »

 

Next Pennsylvania gov not quitting on blue Wrangler now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Jeep has a history ferrying around heads of state. Some of the most iconic shots of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower were taken while they were sitting in Jeeps. So it didn't seem too strange when Democrat Tom Wolf crisscrossed Pennsylvania in his 2006 blue Jeep Wrangler as he campaigned to become governor.... Read More »

 

Exciting stuff, those 'That's not a Buick!' ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Buick executives believe the ubiquitous TV commercials they've been running since spring -- "That's not a Buick!" -- are connecting with consumers. Now they've got scientific proof, of sorts.... Read More »

 

Mazda executives zoom, zoom past dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Some car companies say thank you to their dealers with a trip to Hawaii. Racing-mad Mazda executives do it by challenging retailers on the track.... Read More »

 

Nissan: Gas prices not a sales drain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Nissan brand's sales dipped in November after 13 straight months of year-over-year increases. But no one is blaming the 2 percent setback on one of the most notable changing market factors of the moment: cheaper fuel.... Read More »

 

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Longtime auto dealer Bob Moore died Dec. 1. He was 81. Sam Swope, who developed one of the nation's first regional auto malls, died Tuesday, Dec. 9. He was 88.... Read More »

 

Smaller supply for big month

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Most automakers have enough stock for big December promotions in what has become one of the best sales months of the year. But they certainly aren't overstocked after torrid November U.S. light-vehicle sales cut into inventory.... Read More »

 

Where are the GM program vehicles?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The flow of retired rental vehicles that General Motors normally sells at auction to its dealers has slowed to a trickle since mid-November, dealers say. The prices that GM can fetch on program vehicles -- those that the automaker takes back after they're retired from rental fleets -- dropped dramatically in late October.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

How auto dealers gained our esteem

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Several trends in business and technology favor local merchants, including auto dealers, over national conglomerates in terms of treating customers right.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Revolving doors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The challenges facing sales consultants are familiar: long and irregular hours, uncertain and variable pay and relatively low income.... Read More »

 

NACTOY finalists announced

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis and Volkswagen Golf were named finalists for North American Car of the Year, while the Lincoln MKC, Ford F-150 and Chevy Colorado were named truck/utility finalists.... Read More »

 

Fleet and retail even out as year end nears

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Fleet sales grew at a faster pace than retail volume in November, bringing both channels into balance as the year nears a close. For the seven automakers that control 86 percent of the U.S. light-vehicle market, fleet volume climbed 8 percent in November.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Urban-living trend a chance to branch out and up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Few dealers would get far offering a $2,500-a-month lease. Not on a car, anyway. But outside San Francisco, where the booming technology sector has sent real-estate prices into the stratosphere, one Volkswagen dealer is betting that apartments are a different story.... Read More »

 

For Murphy, building up charity is the next move

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Mike Murphy's plan to embed his Volkswagen of Oakland dealership into a mixed-use development that includes housing may be one of his final acts in the car business. He is pivoting away from the car business and toward charity to honor his wife, Margot, who died in 2011 after a nine-year battle with breast cancer.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

FTC finds fine print too fine, imposes fines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
Dealers should remember Americans are getting older. And while smartphone screens are getting bigger, they're still dinky compared to that big-screen TV on your wall. Think big print.... Read More »

 

Whose dashboard is it anyway?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2014
When car companies do business with Apple Inc. or Google Inc., they like to say they are dealing with a "partner" -- not a supplier. It's becoming clear that they won't always be silent partners.... Read More »

 

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