Retail

Tesla says it didn't violate Georgia regulations

9:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Tesla Motors, facing a challenge from Georgia dealerships over how it sells cars, said claims made in a petition filed on behalf of auto retailers in the state that it breached its license agreement aren't valid.... Read More »

 

GM says early orders surge for Colorado pickup

6:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Chevrolet dealers requested nearly 30,000 Colorado pickups in the month since GM began taking orders for the midsize truck -- about five times more than the company had forecast. The launch of the Colorado and its sibling, the GMC Canyon, is among the most closely watched in years for GM.... Read More »

 

AUGUST U.S. SALES PREVIEW

Chrysler Group's hot streak putting heat on competition

8:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
As Jeep benefits from consumers' renewed attraction to SUVs, Chrysler Group also has been aided by strong demand for Ram pickups and Town & Country minivans. That helped propel its U.S. sales up 12 percent last month, the largest increase of any major automaker, according to the average of eight analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

German, French and Italian car sales fall in August

Sept. 2, 2014 11:25 CET
New-car sales in Germany, France and Italy all fell slightly in August, a seasonally weak vacation month, while Spain's subsidy-led recovery continued.... Read More »

 

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How Infiniti plans to capture the new breed of premium customers

Sept. 2, 2014 06:15 CET
Infiniti is working to reposition itself as a unique design- and technology-driven alternative to Germany's premium automakers, the carmaker's Chairman, Andy Palmer, told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Dealers featured this week include the Joseph family at Oliver C. Joseph Inc. (Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram) in Belleville, Ill.; Cary Shaffer of Shaffer Hyundai in Merrillville, Ind.; and Paul and Tom Barberino, owners of Barberino Nissan in Wallingford, Conn.... Read More »

 

The marketing move behind Buick's big year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Buick-GMC chief Duncan Aldred believes that the ad campaign that's been running since March just might be starting to do something that a lineup of handsome sheet metal could not: transform Buick's old-fogey image. Aldred is doubling down with the release this week of several more spots, each featuring people who can't wrap their heads around the fact that they're looking at a Buick.... Read More »

 

French car sales drop 3% on weak August demand

Sept. 1, 2014 10:45 CET
French car sales fell 3 percent last month, led by an 11 percent drop at Renault. PSA sales fell in line with the market, while VW deliveries rose 11 percent, boosted by gains at Skoda.... Read More »

 

Spanish car sales rise 14% in August

Sept. 1, 2014 11:47 CET
Spain's new-car sales rose 14 percent to 45,355 in August, the twelfth straight month of increases, car manufacturers' association Anfac said.... Read More »

 

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European automakers seek firmer foothold in India

Sept. 1, 2014 06:15 CET
When VW reported group deliveries in India had more than doubled in 2011, it looked as if the market would help the automaker achieve its goal of being No. 1 in global sales. Things have changed since then, forcing VW to rework its plans.... Read More »

 

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VW India boss outlines turnaround plan

Sept. 1, 2014 06:15 CET
VW India boss Mahesh Kodumudi explains to Automotive News Europe what measures the automaker is taking to reverse its slide in the key market.... Read More »

 

Elantra's new look

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
The re-engineered 2016 Hyundai Elantra gets major changes to its sheet metal and proportions. This spy photo shows a longer and sleeker sedan, with bigger front and rear overhangs and a hood that looks stretched from the current version.... Read More »

 

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How India went from boom to bust

Sept. 1, 2014 06:15 CET
After a period of rapid expansion, India's car market entered a slump indirectly triggered by the U.S. Federal Reserve's announcement that it would start to gradually phase out its ultra-loose monetary policy.... Read More »

 

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Heated debate over transfer pricing

Sept. 1, 2014 06:15 CET
A key challenge facing companies in India is litigation over transfer pricing. Foreign companies are debating with the government whether business between two companies with the same parent is artificially mispriced to lower tax bills.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Settlement rolls Tide coach into Birmingham

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Nick Saban occupies a social position in Alabama that is approximately equal to Julius Caesar's in imperial Rome. So imagine the surprise at Crown Automobile, the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Birmingham, Ala., when it learned last year that Mercedes had quietly awarded the champion football coach a letter of intent authorizing them to open a Mercedes dealership in ... Birmingham.... Read More »

 

Employment slips at Japanese-brand stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Employment at Japanese-brand dealerships in the U.S. slid in 2013, even as manufacturing jobs expanded at Japanese auto companies' U.S. factories, an annual survey found. The number of people directly employed by Japanese-brand franchised new-vehicle dealerships fell 2 percent to 319,568 last year.... Read More »

 

For Alfa dealer, the wait is over

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
From his small dealership between New York City and Connecticut, 78-year-old Alfredo Gulla has waited nearly 20 years for his beloved Alfa Romeo to return.... Read More »

 

GM eases rules on techs' work reports

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
General Motors has retreated from a controversial policy that required dealership service technicians to essentially punch a time clock for every repair order.... Read More »

 

Foam-filled Lexus NX spot too retro for America?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus' new "Shampoo" TV spot for the NX compact crossover that arrives in November seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd that Toyota Motor's luxury brand craves.... Read More »

 

Don't just wholesale that old trade-in

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Last year River Town Honda in Grandville, Mich., embraced older, high-mileage trade-ins instead of selling them at near-zero profit to wholesalers. General Manager Rick Clift says the decision has lead to "the biggest single piece to our growth." River Town markets the older vehicles under the moniker "Budget Row collection" both in a special section of its lot and online. The store is selling 25 to 30 such vehicles a month at an average net profit of $700.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Collection Auto's Bernie Moreno cultivates managerial talent

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Bernie Moreno was 28 and had no auto retailing experience when Boston dealer Herb Chambers hired him as general manager of a Saturn store. Nearly two decades later, as CEO of Cleveland's Collection Auto Group, Moreno sees big breaks for young talent as the cornerstone of his empire's rapid growth.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Can't judge client's ability to pay

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
I learned many years ago that you cannot be a judge of your customer's financial ability to purchase a vehicle.... Read More »

 

Pick up the PACE, suppliers; apply by Sept. 5

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Suppliers have until the final deadline, Friday, Sept. 5, to apply for the 2015 Automotive News PACE Awards, which recognize supplier innovation.... Read More »

 

Perks program lifts struggling store's satisfaction scores, sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Land Rover San Diego is rewarding big spenders with a perks program that offers Padres baseball tickets, dry cleaning runs, preferential service times and other goodies.... Read More »

 

Dealership Buy/Sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Group 1 Automotive, Lithia Motors and others made acquisitions.... Read More »

 

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