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BLOG: Hyundai's Super Bowl blitz scored big

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Hyundai wanted to make a splash in its first Super Bowl as the NFL's automotive sponsor, but it didn't just throw money around with reckless abandon.... Read More »

The inventory is too low? Oh, the irony

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Wall Street analysts tend to keep a wary eye on automakers' vehicle inventory. If it creeps up, it can be a sign that profit-eroding incentives are coming to help move the metal. So it felt like opposite day last week when an analyst asked General Motors executives during the company's fourth-quarter conference call whether they were concerned that inventories were running too lean.... Read More »

VW dealership valuations slide; some smell opportunity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Volkswagen's diesel scandal has dinged the company's sales, profits and image. Now, as the scandal enters its sixth month with few signs of a resolution, the effects are trickling down to the value of its U.S. dealerships.... Read More »

Automakers opt for less TV time during Super Bowl

10:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

The Super Bowl was a little less sleek, sporty and horsepowered this year. The portion of advertising time devoted to promoting cars and trucks during the pro football championship game -- TV's most-watched event -- was at the lowest level since 2010.... Read More »

Cash for Nissan's preferred dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

In its drive to grab a larger slice of the U.S. market, Nissan North America is quietly forming alliances with selected dealers who get favorable treatment, and sometimes millions of dollars, from the company. Nissan says strengthening its retail networks is critical to its growth plans.... Read More »

Russian new-car sales continue steep decline in January

Feb. 8, 2016 15:45 CET

Russian new-car sales plunged 29 percent last month, extending a collapse from 2015 that is forcing the government to spend billions of rubles more to support the ailing auto industry.... Read More »

Detroit 3's share of rental fleet declined in 2015

9:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler accounted for 60.1 percent -- their lowest collective share ever -- of the 1.78 million new cars and light trucks sold to rental fleets in 2015.... Read More »

PSA will pay Iran partner $446 million compensation for quitting market, report says

Feb. 8, 2016 11:28 CET

PSA will pay its Iran partner $446 million in compensation for losses incurred after it quit the country due to sanctions, the Iranian company told a local news agency.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: 'Autopia' future promoted by Google and Apple will hurt traditional carmakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Industry disrupters such as Google and Apple are better funded than their potential rivals from the automotive field. That could be bad news for traditional auto companies, an industry analyst said.... Read More »

Honda Ridgeline: Not your teenager's truck

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Honda hopes its marketing campaign for the Ridegline will grab buyers with a little more gray in their hair and green in their wallets than the prototypical Toyota Tacoma fan.... Read More »

Used-car loophole for recalls tightens up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

While a proposed federal law to close the used-car loophole is dead for now, efforts to keep unrepaired recalled vehicles out of circulation are stirring. And with powerful players mobilizing on the issue in an era of high-volume, high-profile recalls, dealers and automakers may face pressure to revisit their policies.... Read More »

A boost in fleet helps Jan. sales stay afloat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Strong fleet volume lifted overall sales of new light vehicles in the U.S. in January -- almost enough to overcome a shortened calendar and a winter storm.... Read More »

Toyota's Carter to speak at Retail Forum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., will be a featured speaker at the Automotive News Retail Forum on March 31.... Read More »

LUXURY LAGS

Premium brands face challenges as incentives rise and trucks rule the day

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Luxury sales are slowing down, particularly on the car side. Can the luxury automakers keep a lid on their incentives and inventories?... Read More »

TIER 2 BLOCKBUSTER

For FCA, no one brand was big enough for 'Star Wars'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

December is not only prime time for blockbuster Hollywood releases; it's also a crucial month for auto sales promotions. That's why FCA, which partnered with Lucasfilm to co-promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens alongside five of its brands in a global effort, didn't have to think too hard about what direction to take with its campaign. The timing, said FCA marketing boss Olivier Francois, was perfect for Tier 2.... Read More »

Just because rebadging hasn't worked so well before ...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Fiat Chrysler's plan to replace the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 with vehicles built under contract by other automakers faces long odds. In fact, it's hard to think of a rebadged or “captive import” that has been successful.... Read More »

Toyota Motor Credit settles lending bias charges

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Toyota Motor Credit Corp. has agreed to pay up to $21.9 million and to limit its retail margins on auto loans to settle U.S. Department of Justice and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau allegations that it overcharged thousands of minority borrowers on their auto loans.... Read More »

AutoNation's recall policy disrupts used-vehicle business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

AutoNation's recall policy challenged its used-vehicle business in the fourth quarter. The disruptions will continue through the first half as the retailer continues to expand its used-vehicle inventory.... Read More »

Texas dealer tunes into aftermarket audio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Huffines Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram Lewisville in suburban Dallas last year took a shot at selling specialized aftermarket audio accessories and has amped up profits as a result.... Read More »

Dealer anniversaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Dealers featured this week include Greg Wills and Chris Wills of Wills Toyota in Twin Falls, Idaho; Adam Greene, owner of Trend Motors Volkswagen in Rockaway, N.J.; Steve Plante, dealer principal of Tri-City Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Somersworth, N.H.; Dealer Craig Sisk at Sisk Buick in Longview, Texas; and Mark Woods, dealer at Northside Ford in San Antonio.... Read More »

Stars and cars, Jeeps and sheep: Super Bowl auto ad roundup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Beneath the glamour of 2016's star-filled auto Super Bowl ads sat a group of vehicles that will be pawns crucial to each brand's product lineup.... Read More »

Christopher Walken was the only choice for Kia's Super Bowl ad

12:28 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Only one person could've done Kia's “Walken Closet” Super Bowl spot. Christopher Walken was the lone option. There was no Plan B.... Read More »

GM sacrifices rental sales to nab higher-margin business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

GM is in the midst of a big cutback in sales to rental fleets, an effort that executives say is aimed at improving the bottom line, even if it stunts revenue or market-share growth in the short term.... Read More »

For game day, Nissan changes the channel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Nissan's new college sports marketing campaign is its top priority this year. And that meant no Super Bowl ad.... Read More »

TWO BY TWO

Volume sellers they are not, but two-door cars keep coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

A wave of coupes is appearing in showrooms and at auto shows this year, even though the segment is declining in popularity.... Read More »

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