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FEBRUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

U.S. sales rise 5.3% as wintry weather takes toll

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Toyota and Subaru joined a handful of smaller automakers in posting double-digit U.S. sales increases for February as severe winter weather crimped demand more than analysts had forecast. Most companies posted modest gains as the overall industry rose 5.3 percent. While last month's pace trailed January's hot start, the industry has taken solid early strides towards its sixth year of sales advances since the recession.... Read More »

 

First Shift: Marchionne's big mystery

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
FCA head has tie-up in mind - but not with VW; Ford, Hyundai, Infiniti debuts; Toyota Venza exit; ultra-luxury boom.... Read More »

 

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Lexus reveals potential Mini fighter

March 3, 2015 14:55 CET
Lexus revealed the aggressively styled LF-SA subcompact concept at the Geneva auto show that, if built, would compete against the Mini hatchback and Audi A1.... Read More »

 

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Opel/Vauxhall touts connectivity as OnStar rolls out in Europe

March 3, 2015 18:43 CET
Opel/Vauxhall believes its OnStar digital service will help it win new customers, boost sales and return to profit after it begins to roll out the service in 13 European markets including Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain.... Read More »

 

Daimler to build Sprinter vans in South Carolina, lawmaker says

8:29 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Daimler AG is set to announce it will build Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans at its plant in South Carolina and add 1,200 jobs there as a result, a state politician said on Tuesday.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler may sell more than 10% of Ferrari in New York IPO

4:57 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may sell a stake exceeding 10 percent when its Ferrari division holds an initial public offering this year, as more investors than expected seek a share of the supercar manufacturer.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler rises 6% on SUV, pickup, Chrysler 200 demand

10:00 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Strong sales of Jeeps, Ram pickups and the Chrysler 200 pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 5.6 percent in February. FCA US reported sales of 163,586 vehicles in February, its 59th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases in the United States.... Read More »

 

Hyundai-Kia ride Sonata, Genesis to 7% gain

4:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia, which combined are the seventh-largest seller of cars in the U.S., posted a 7 percent sales increase in February, giving the group a better result than any top-six automaker except Toyota.... Read More »

 

Lexus jumps back into U.S. luxury race; BMW tops Mercedes

3:39 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
With a new entry in the hot-selling compact crossover segment, Toyota's Lexus brand has gotten itself back in the hunt for the U.S. luxury auto-sales crown.... Read More »

 

Crossover sales help lift Toyota above Ford

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Powered by strong performances in cars, minivans and trucks, Toyota pulled off a rare feat in February: It outsold the perennial No. 2 in the U.S. market, Ford. Toyota’s three U.S. brands sold 180,467 light vehicles, up 13 percent and edging out Ford’s total of 179,673. Driving the gains were the RAV4 small crossover, whose sales jumped 33 percent to 21,943 units, the midsize 4Runner SUV, which saw an increase of 38 percent to 6,420, and Lexus’ two crossovers.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler Canadian sales top Ford in February; GM, Toyota rise

2:14 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles topped February sales in Canada, handily beating Ford, which posted lower car and truck sales, according to company sales data.... Read More »

 

Ford slips 2% on soft car performance, tight F-150 supplies

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Ford posted its eighth US sales decline in the past 14 months, allowing Toyota Motor Sales to overtake it for the first time in six months.... Read More »

 

VW, Porsche hit by weather, port troubles, but Audi extends streak

2:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
What looked like a hint of a sales rebound at Volkswagen evaporated in February, as every model except its red-hot Golf lineup posted lower sales.... Read More »

 

Infiniti surge helps Nissan gain 2.7% and outsell Honda

1:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Nissan has beaten Honda in the U.S. once again. Nissan sold a total of 118,436 cars and light trucks in February, up 2.7 percent and besting Honda's 105,466.... Read More »

 

GM's sales up 4.2% as trucks soar, cars dive

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Booming demand for General Motors' pickups and SUVs in February helped ease the sting of a 21 percent drop in car sales. Overall, GM sold 231,378 light vehicles last month, up 4.2 percent from a year earlier. Sales to individual buyers rose 1 percent while deliveries to fleet customers increased by 12 percent.... Read More »

 

Weather delays VW shipments as Honda production gets back on track

11:39 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
As Honda production affected by West Coast ports labor disputes returns to normal, Volkswagen’s East Coast shipments have been delayed.... Read More »

 

Apple seen emerging as serious competitor by auto executives

9:09 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Auto executives are taking seriously the prospect that Apple and Google will emerge as competitors even as they consider partnering with the two.... Read More »

 

Daimler's Zetsche sees opportunity from convergence with tech firms

March 3, 2015 14:33 CET
Daimler is not afraid of new competitors from the technology and telecoms industries such as Google and Apple, CEO Dieter Zetsche said, adding that there is a tremendous opportunity for cooperation.... Read More »

 

Porsche will buy 25% stake in carbon fiber maker

March 3, 2015 13:30 CET
Porsche plans to buy a 25 percent stake in German carbon fiber producer Capricorn Composite, widening access to the lightweight material it uses in its LMP1 and 918 Spyder sports cars.... Read More »

 

Toyota, Ford frustrated by rail car shortage

7:05 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Railroad companies are struggling to keep up with surging US demand for trucks and SUVs, frustrating Ford and Toyota.... Read More »

 

Kobe Steel considers $800 million U.S. aluminum plant for auto suppliers

6:41 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Kobe Steel, supplier of aluminum sheet to half of Japan’s auto industry, is considering building a 100 billion yen ($832 million) plant in the U.S. to expand sales to Japanese carmakers operating in North America.... Read More »

 

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Bentley CEO expects big boost from brand's first SUV

March 3, 2015 06:01 CET
Bentley is on course to reach record sales targets as it beats ultraluxury rivals such as Maserati, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce to market with its first SUV, the Bentayga. Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer shared his outlook for the UK-based carmaker with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

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Aston Martin SUV may deepen Daimler partnership

March 3, 2015 10:39 CET
Aston Martin announced plans for an SUV that may draw more heavily on its partnership with Daimler, as the UK supercar maker confirmed moves to raise more capital and expand into new vehicle categories.... Read More »

 

Marchionne says he has merger candidate in mind, but it's not VW

6:22 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Volkswagen is not the ideal candidate for a tie-up with Fiat Chrysler, the CEO Sergio Marchionne said today, adding he was exploring various merger and acquisition options.... Read More »

 

Opel, VW CEOs cautious on Europe sales growth amid Russia crisis

March 3, 2015 09:14 CET
Europe's carmakers are benefiting from robust demand for passenger cars in most of the region although the slumping Russian market continues to cast a shadow, making forecasts increasingly difficult, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann and VW boss Martin Winterkorn said.... Read More »

 

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