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FTC officials: Ban on Tesla's direct sales 'bad policy'

11:36 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
In an unusual move, three top officials with the FTC on Thursday came out in opposition to laws that ban automakers like Tesla Motors from selling automobiles directly to consumers.... Read More »

 

APRIL U.S. SALES

U.S. sales on track to rise 9% in April, 2 forecasts show

3:44 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
Auto sales are on pace to rise 9 percent in April from a year ago, as warmer weather coaxes out more shoppers who stayed home during the unusually harsh winter, according to two forecasts released today.... Read More »

 

N.Y. regulators sue Condor Capital, accusing it of withholding refunds

3:22 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
New York state regulators Wednesday sued Condor Capital Corp., a subprime auto lender in Hauppauge, N.Y., which they accused of withholding refunds that should have been paid to customers.... Read More »

 

Lithia reports record Q1 profit, 19% revenue increase

8:38 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
Lithia Motors reported record first-quarter income on increased customer-pay service work and an increase in vehicle sales.... Read More »

 

Group 1 Q1 profit rises 7%, revenue up 15%

10:21 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
Group 1 Automotive Inc. reported first-quarter net income of $31.3 million, a 7 percent improvement over the same quarter a year ago. The retailer's revenue rose 15 percent to $2.3 billion.... Read More »

 

Hyundai Q1 profit hit by slow U.S. sales

April 24, 2014 11:00 CET
Hyundai posted a first-quarter net profit that was almost identical to a year earlier, as increased sales in China and Korea helped offset weak U.S. demand.... Read More »

 

Opel CEO targets No. 2 sales position in Europe in comeback drive

6:19 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
GM's Opel brand is targeting second place in deliveries in Europe in the coming years as new models attract buyers. Opel currently is the third-largest brand in the region, behind VW and Ford, according to data from the ACEA trade group.... Read More »

 

CPO sales rise 11% in 1st quarter

2:46 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Industrywide sales of certified used vehicles rose 11 percent in the first quarter from the year-earlier level, with many companies registering double-digit increases.... Read More »

 

Asbury 1st-quarter sales, continuing-operations profit rise

3:00 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Asbury Automotive Group reported a 3 percent profit slide for the first quarter of 2014, but improvements in all parts of the business drove profits from continuing operations up sharply.... Read More »

 

Q&A

AutoNation swipes at third-party car sites as it builds digital footprint

3:26 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
AutoNation wants to reduce its dependency on online lead generators and third-party shopping sites. The United States' largest dealership group plans to build up the group's Web sites to capture online shoppers, part of a multiyear, $100 million campaign to rebrand itself.... Read More »

 

Asbury to open 2 used-vehicle stores; COO to retire

7:35 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Asbury Automotive said today it will open two stand-alone used-vehicle stores later this year. The company plans to open the two used-vehicle stores in Florida under the “Q auto” brand name.... Read More »

 

F&I results rise at 3 public retailers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
The first publicly traded new-car dealership groups to report first quarter results -- AutoNation, Sonic Automotive and Asbury Automotive Group -- all reported higher average F&I revenue per vehicle, as part of a trend toward slow but steady improvement.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Mopar's F&I sales could spark 'almost 6 million' service visits

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Mopar’s F&I product volume last year reached 1.5 million contracts in the United States and nearly 2 million contracts worldwide. That’s significant, Mopar chief Pietro Gorlier says.
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JIM HENRY

Why Group 1 finds F&I a tougher sell overseas

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Think F&I managers have it tough making a sale in the United States? It’s a lot tougher in the United Kingdom and in Brazil, Group 1 Automotive says.... Read More »

 

AutoNation envisions quick, easy buying at digital store

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
When AutoNation fully rolls out its so-called digital storefront, the following scenario may not be all that far-fetched.... Read More »

 

Toyota's global sales top VW, GM for 3rd straight quarter

5:11 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Toyota outsold VW Group and GM for a third straight quarter. Toyota sold 2.58 million units in the January-to-March period, it said today. Second place is too close to call as GM and VW said they each sold about 2.4 million vehicles.... Read More »

 

J.D. Power to buy Korrelate to measure digital ad spending effectiveness

10:00 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
J.D. Power is acquiring analytics company Korrelate in a move to measure consumer online shopping behaviors and trends, the company said today.... Read More »

 

Toyota outsells VW, GM for 3rd straight quarter

April 23, 2014 11:11 CET
Toyota outsold VW Group and GM for a third straight quarter. Toyota sold 2.58 million units in the January-to-March period, it said today. Second place is too close to call as GM and VW said they each sold about 2.4 million vehicles.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Golf dominance, premium push intensify battle in compact segment

April 22, 2014 06:01 CET
Most volume automakers face double trouble in the crucial compact segment. They need to find a way to win sales from the dominant Volkswagen Golf while also defending against premium brands aggressively pushing into the segment.... Read More »

 

Manufacturers brace for the used-car flood

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
A projected increase in the supply of used vehicles will be good news for U.S. dealers who have been battling a lingering effect of the recession. But it will be a double-whammy for new-car buyers: lower value on their trade-ins and less-attractive lease terms.... Read More »

 

Plug Power, Hyundai steel supplier teaming up to make fuel cells

12:21 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Fuel cell maker Plug Power said today it had agreed to form a joint venture with South Korea's Hyundai Hysco, a steel supplier to Hyundai Motor, to develop and sell hydrogen fuel cells in Asia.... Read More »

 

Jackson: We'll get our own leads

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
CEO Mike Jackson put the big Internet shopping sites on notice last week: AutoNation is building Web products that will slash the number of leads the group's 229 stores get from AutoTrader, Cars.com, TrueCar and others.... Read More »

 

Blue sky high, acquisition action is, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Auto dealers are scrambling to buy new stores despite record high dealership values. They figure the earlier they can buy before the next downturn, the sooner they’ll earn profits and pay down acquisition costs.... Read More »

 

Spring sales thaw spawns optimism for full year

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Sales thawed out in March and early April after the frigid winter, and auto executives at the auto show in New York City were optimistic about the rest of the year. They see growing consumer confidence and strong demand for pickups and crossovers.... Read More »

 

BIG SOFA, LITTLE CAR?

When Scion's too tiny, Toyota pilot program allows a larger loaner

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Scion is rolling out a pilot program that will allow vehicle owners to use other Toyota models as short-term loaners.... Read More »

 

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