Retail

AvtoVAZ aims to win back market share to return to profit, CEO Andersson says

Aug. 27, 2014 10:54 CET
AvtoVAZ plans to return to profit by cutting costs and rolling out new models to claw back market share that has been slipping away from the producer of Lada vehicles since the end of the Soviet Union.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Dealers are missing an opportunity by not changing that tire

3:41 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
A recent survey reported that 52 percent of American teens ages 15 to 17 do not know how to change a tire. This is where savvy car dealers have an opportunity to do community outreach and get consumers in their doors for new or repeat business.... Read More »

 

Ford's Quick Lane brand buys naming rights to Detroit bowl game

10:23 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Ford's Quick Lane brand of dealership auto service centers will be sponsoring Detroit's new college football bowl game in December at Ford Field. Members of the Ford family also own the NLF's Detroit Lions, organizers of the bowl. Financial terms of the multiyear title sponsorship were not disclosed.... Read More »

 

Consumer Reports judges Ram 1500 EcoDiesel tops among half-ton pickups

11:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Consumer Reports says the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel outscored competitors from Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Nissan to claim the magazine's top spot among full-size light-duty pickups.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

Hollywood glamour, Parisian chic and the Peugeot 308

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
PSA is using the Hollywood film "Lucy" to give its Peugeot 308 a marketing boost in more than 50 markets around the world as the automaker strives to build sales outside Europe.... Read More »

 

Asian, European brands dominate satisfaction survey, but U.S. brands close gap

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Asian and European brands dominate the top of an annual survey of customer satisfaction in the United States with auto brands, though overall satisfaction with the industry dropped for the second year in a row.... Read More »

 

VW Group sales rise 7% in July on Europe, China gains

Aug. 26, 2014 12:22 CET
VW Group sales increased 7 percent in July to 808,500 vehicles as gains in Europe and China outweighed declines in the Americas. Through seven months the automaker's volume is up 6 percent to 5.78 million.... Read More »

 

Subaru shows glitzy new global HQ befitting new stature

10:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Subaru today christened a glistening new global headquarters more befitting of the hot brand's bigger international profile. The glass-and-steel digs, in Tokyo's trendy Ebisu district, replaces a cramped, gloomy 48-year-old monolith it sold in 2010.... Read More »

 

Auto-shop class is a win-win for high school grads, dealerships that need mechanics

8:16 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Two years out of high school, Evan Fischbach is earning $40,000 a year. His secret: shop class. Fischbach, 19, has known he wanted to work on cars ever since he took an automotive class in his junior year of high school in Saline, Mich. His college-educated parents wondered if he was aiming too low.... Read More »

 

Russia's AvtoVAZ to cut Lada production

Aug. 25, 2014 12:02 CET
Russia's AvtoVAZ said it plans to cut production of its Lada cars in the next three months by 25,000 because of rapidly declining demand for new vehicles in the country.... Read More »

 

Certified Elite status lets GM dealers shine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Certified Elite dealers can make aggressive offers with the confidence that the factory won't nickel-and-dime the dealership for doing it.... Read More »

 

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Gene Moon, dealer principal of Signature Toyota in Benton Harbor, Mich., receives a 25-year award from Scott Wracher, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s Cincinnati regional general manager.... Read More »

 

New Ram chief's big job: Deliver on vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Robert Hegbloom, the new head of the Ram brand, will get a crash course in the van market next year.... Read More »

 

Matthew McConaughey will invite viewers to meet the Lincoln MKC

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Matthew McConaughey is collaborating with Ford's luxury brand to promote a very different kind of Lincoln: The 2015 MKC compact crossover.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Rick Case career talks move workers up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Rick Case dealer group interviews every single employee to find out what kind of job each employee ultimately wants. The idea is to retain employees who might otherwise leave looking for new challenges or a better fit.... Read More »

 

WANTED: WEBMASTER

Funding-strapped feds search for someone to run the 'Internet of cars'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
While federal officials and researchers today envision a so-called Internet of cars that would make driving safer by linking vehicles through a wireless network, they have all but ruled out funding, building or running it themselves.... Read More »

 

Continental's high-tech strategy shift

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Continental's pick-up of Google executive underscores how the supplier sees specialized software and services as increasingly crucial to its future.... Read More »

 

GM dealers win reprieve on audits to focus on recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
GM told dealers in an Aug. 8 memo that, in recognition of the "unprecedented times" that dealerships are experiencing with the recall onslaught, the company has suspended audits on warranty claims and sales incentives.... Read More »

 

Special-order '15 F-150s to arrive in February

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Ford's 3,000 U.S. dealers will begin receiving stock orders of 2015 F-150 pickups by year end, but customers who order a truck with a specific trim and colors will have to wait until February to take delivery, according to a letter from Ford that was leaked onto the Internet.... Read More »

 

Search Optics purchases website rival DigiGo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Search Optics, a growing provider of dealer websites and digital marketing services, last week said it purchased KPA's DigiGo division, formerly known as TK Carsites.... Read More »

 

Johan's gone but his Infiniti plan stands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Infiniti is reassuring U.S. dealers that its product expansion plans are on track, despite the defection of their chief architect, Johan de Nysschen, this summer.... Read More »

 

RENTALS ROCKED

Costs add up as companies forced to park recalled vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Through July, the cost of the recalls to Avis Budget Group Inc. was at least an "eight-digit number," said CEO Ronald Nelson.... Read More »

 

CFPB takes new tack in auto lender crackdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took a fresh approach to cracking down on auto lenders, citing one group for failing to furnish accurate customer data to credit reporting agencies.... Read More »

 

Acura's new TLX assembly line: Twitter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Acura has thrown down the social marketing gauntlet with a nifty new TLX launch campaign that lets the Twittersphere configure the premium sedan within a tweet.... Read More »

 

Dealership Buy/Sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
BUYER: Garcia Automotive Group
SELLER: Lawton Davis
OLD NAME: Galles & Davis Cadillac-Subaru, Albuquerque, N.M.
NEW NAMES: Garcia Cadillac, Garcia Subaru
MORE: Ryan Morris and Keeley Bedford of Tim Lamb Group were the advisers.... Read More »

 

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