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Ford of Europe sales rise 12% in March on German, UK demand

April 15, 2014 15:53 CET
Ford said European car sales increased 12 percent in March, the 10th straight monthly gain, as customers snapped up small vehicles and compact SUVs.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

A mixed message about GM's PR -- but why?

3:44 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
If a company changes its head of public relations in the midst of a public relations crisis that stems from a recall crisis, does that not send a certain message? Yes, unless the company is General Motors.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Autos' enthusiasm for emerging markets hits brakes

2:11 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Global automakers have jostled to position themselves for growth, particularly in the much-touted BRIC markets -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. But that growth formula has been looking a little less solid lately. Tension with Russia over the annexation of Crimea, with the prospect of stiffer trade sanctions, has rattled automakers' confidence.... Read More »

 

Customers' luxury motivation turns to self-reward, execs say

1:48 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
The definition of luxury automotive brands, and the motivation of luxury-car shoppers, is changing from an outward-directed display of wealth to a self reward for a successful customer. That was the conclusion of a panel of luxury-brand executives at the NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum in New York today.... Read More »

 

Economists: Global GDP growth on the rise, but BRICs disappoint

11:14 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
The global economy will do “fairly well” in the coming years, with the United States economy leading the way, while Europe “has turned a corner,” a leading economist said.... Read More »

 

BMW i3 production boosted 43% in preparation for U.S. launch

April 15, 2014 13:05 CET
BMW has ramped up production of its i3 electric car to 100 vehicles a day, ahead of its launch in the United States this month, board member Harald Krueger said.... Read More »

 

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Opel will focus on crossovers to boost sales and return to profit, CEO says

April 15, 2014 06:15 CET
Opel will focus on crossovers as part of its product push to boost sales and return to profit, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said.... Read More »

 

Ford expects boost from EcoSport SUV

April 15, 2014 06:15 CET
Ford says its EcoSport small SUV could become one of the company's best-sellers in Europe if it receives enough product supply from India.... Read More »

 

Tesla, lawyer trade grenades in lemon-law suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
When life hands you lemon-law suits in Teslatown -- hey, forget lemonade; come out swinging.... Read More »

 

GM seeks new PR boss, replaces human resources chief

11:21 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
General Motors today said its public-relations chief is leaving and appointed a new head of human resources, with both moves effective immediately. A GM spokesman, Greg Martin, said the actions are not connected to the company's ongoing recall crisis, but rather a result of Mary Barra's appointment as CEO three months ago.... Read More »

 

How a Texas Toyota store solved used-car-supply challenge

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Mike Shaw Toyota in Corpus Christi, Texas, struggled to find good used cars. So it started providing free appraisals to service customers and offered to buy their vehicles on the spot. The result: more used-car inventory, bigger profits and higher scores for service satisfaction.... Read More »

 

Chrysler Capital offers perks for dealers' loyalty

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Chrysler Capital has launched a dealer-loyalty program that offers participants longer car loans and lower rates but requires them to get a quote from Chrysler Capital for every customer loan.... Read More »

 

Battered doorstop makes the pitch: Get wheel protection

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Finance and insurance professionals say sales of tire-and-wheel protection policies were higher in the first few months of 2014 than they were in 2013 as motorists contended this year with roads ravaged by one of the coldest, snowiest and iciest winters on record.... Read More »

 

Mercedes dealers in U.S. could be overwhelmed by wave of off-lease vehicles, remarketing boss says

6:18 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Mercedes-Benz USA expects its dealership network to be overwhelmed by a tsunami of off-lease vehicles at some point, forcing the brand increasingly to sell those vehicles through non-Mercedes dealers.... Read More »

 

Opel may break even before 2016, report says

April 14, 2014 15:34 CET
Opel may break even before its 2016 deadline, a report said, citing an interview with CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann.... Read More »

 

Dodge tests innovative 1-year lease on '14 Charger, Challenger

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Dodge will defy industry convention this week with its "Double-Up" deal on the Charger and Challenger. The one-year lease on the outgoing 2014 editions comes with an incentive to switch to next year's refreshed models.... Read More »

 

Ruling on terminated dealers keeps Chrysler case in the courts

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
About 150 dealerships that lost Chrysler franchises during the company's 2009 bankruptcy won a round in federal court last week.... Read More »

 

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VW Marketing VP on how automaker keeps its products fresh in customers' minds

April 14, 2014 06:15 CET
VW is determined to keep improving how it launches vehicles and how it uses the massive amount of analytical data it gathers as it strives to reach 10 million vehicle sales this year, Simon Thomas, VW's marketing VP, told Automotive New Europe.... Read More »

 

JASON STEIN

Krafcik's back: Many projects, scads of ideas

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Somewhere between a conversation on the future of retailing and the excitement over meeting a big investor for a lunch in Century City, John Krafcik has discovered something incongruous in the way the world works.... Read More »

 

SPEAKING ENGLISH

'Villains' campaign aims to recast Jaguar's reputation for badness

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
A Shakespeare soliloquy might seem out of place in a car ad, but Jaguar wants to make a key point -- that it is a quintessentially and unapologetically British challenger to BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.... Read More »

 

ADP Dealer Services to spin off, go public

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Hot U.S. auto sales and the rise of online shopping have triggered a frenzy of merger and capital-raising activities among auto-retailing vendors.... Read More »

 

March sales melt winter's frozen stocks

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Brisk light-vehicle sales in March sharply reduced supply levels that had built up on U.S. dealership lots in January and February.... Read More »

 

Nissan sells dealers on new spiff strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Nissan's U.S. chief is convinced that a dealer sales incentive program launched nationally on April 1 will make his retailers bigger and richer, and propel Nissan toward its goal of a 10 percent U.S. market share.... Read More »

 

Less reliance on fleet sales in March

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Automakers continue to cut their reliance on U.S. fleet sales as car rental companies strategically reduce vehicle purchases.... Read More »

 

Detroit 3: High octane has pluses

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Automakers could increase fuel economy as much as 5 percent if the United States used the same blend of high-octane gasoline that is sold in Europe, Detroit 3 powertrain chiefs say. Automakers could fine-tune engines to boost fuel economy and reduce engine sizes on future engines without sacrificing power.... Read More »

 

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Mike Shaw Toyota in Corpus Christi, Texas, struggled to find good used cars. So it started providing free appraisals to service customers and offered to buy their vehicles on the spot. Mon., April 14
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