German car sales will grow 4% this year despite VW scandal, industry body says

Dec. 1, 2015 12:47 CET

Germany's auto market will shake off Volkswagen's emissions scandal to grow 4 percent this year and will expand slightly further in 2016, the VDA industry association said. German car sales rose 9 percent in November.... Read More »

VW remains strong as French car sales rise 11% in November

Dec. 1, 2015 11:13 CET

French new-car registrations rose 11 percent in November as most major carmakers, including scandal-hit Volkswagen Group, made strong gains.... Read More »

Japan's plans to fuel world's cleanest cars hits roadblock

6:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has big plans for his country to lead the way in clean cars. His bureaucrats are getting in the way.... Read More »

Toyota taps U.S. dealers' best practices for Latin America

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Inspired by Automotive News' dealership Best Practices series, Toyota challenged its Latin American dealers and distributors to brainstorm their own ways to improve. At an award ceremony in Tokyo recently, Toyota's Steve St. Angelo honored the top 10 of some 400 best practices that resulted.... Read More »

New CEO says TrueCar must change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

TrueCar's new CEO, Chip Perry, harbors no illusions about the task he'll face in stabilizing the company and rebuilding bridges with auto dealers.... Read More »

Cadillac to refocus incentives for dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Cadillac is drafting a new retail incentive program that could significantly boost factory payments to dealers who invest in facilities, new technology and other elements to improve the customer experience.... Read More »

Chevrolet knows: Getting to 1 million sales can take a few tries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Chevrolet aims to sell 1 million vehicles in China in 2020. But amid a weak market, getting there won't be easy. But then, Chevy didn't hit 1 million U.S. sales for the first time easily, either.... Read More »

Volkswagen's diesel scandal may burn German soccer teams

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

VW's emissions-cheating scandal could bring cuts to its support of several soccer teams, a German weekly reported.... Read More »

Employees direct store's charitable giving

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

At Patriot Subaru of Saco, Maine, employees direct the charitable giving program. They select organizations they want the dealership to support, and managers determine the amount to give based on the employee's involvement with the cause.... Read More »

RFJ Auto Partners expands Dave Smith dealership model

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

New dealership group RFJ Partners is continuing to grow. With the purchase of a Nissan store in Spokane, Wash., RFJ is making the first expansion of its high-volume Dave Smith dealership brand and operating model.... Read More »

Son of auto dealer finds auctions a better fit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

When neither the new- nor used-car retail auto business fit, Ben Lange tried auto auctions on for size. Lange now oversees and owns a minority stake in the third-largest auto auction company in the country.... Read More »

ADESA refocuses on physical auctions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

A few years ago, technology made online used-vehicle remarketing possible. Then the recession made it a necessity. But now that new- and used-vehicle volumes have fully recovered, auction giant ADESA is focusing again on its physical auctions, without ignoring its online operations.... Read More »

Next-gen Honda Ridgeline goes mainstream

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

More revealing spy photos of Honda's second-generation Ridgeline pickup confirm what many in the industry had expected -- that Honda would ditch the original Ridgeline's controversial flying buttress profile in favor of a more traditional silhouette.... Read More »

Acura sees its future in stronger sedans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2015

Despite decades of muddled brand identity and mixed success with its vehicles, Acura has no plans to borrow a page from Hyundai's playbook as it launches the Genesis brand, or any other luxury brand's, for that matter. Instead, Acura needs to play to its own strengths in the crossover market while squarely addressing its weaknesses in sedans, says American Honda Executive Vice President John Mendel.... Read More »

Audi evolves into a favorite among women in China

Nov. 28, 2015 06:15 CET

Audi, once the favored choice of high-ranking government officials and privileged businessmen in China, is now growing in popularity among female consumers that now make up about a third of the automaker's buyers in the market, even higher in the more prosperous eastern regions.... Read More »

VW labor boss says CO2 scandal has hit car orders

Nov. 27, 2015 15:21 CET

VW Group is dealing with a slowdown in new-car orders in the wake of admitting this month that it understated CO2 emissions in about 800,000 vehicles, the automaker's top labor representative said.... Read More »

Ford drops 'Friends & Neighbors' sale early, opts for traditional year-end discounts

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2015

Ford is dropping its “Friends & Neighbors” promotion five weeks earlier than planned, after the offers failed to resonate with consumers as much as more traditional year-end discounts offered by competitors.... Read More »

PSA must improve performance in Germany, CEO says

Nov. 26, 2015 16:40 CET

PSA must urgently improve its position in Germany, where its market share lags rivals VW brand and Opel as the automaker fails to convince customers of the value and attractiveness of its cars, CEO Carlos Tavares told a German magazine.... Read More »


VW gets record fine in South Korea for emissions cheat

Nov. 26, 2015 11:01 CET

South Korea became the first country outside the U.S. to punish VW Group for cheating in emissions tests, slapping the automaker with a record fine of 14.1 billion won ($12.31 million) and ordering a recall of 125,522 vehicles.... Read More »


BLOG: On the road in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2015

During a recent trip to Japan, I couldn’t entirely stop being an auto reporter. Here are some thoughts and observations from my first extended return to Japan in eight years.... Read More »

How Toyota used Nascar to sway loyal American car buyers

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

For years Toyota has been marketing itself to the Nascar audience as an increasingly American company -- and Nascar fans are growing more receptive. Two out of three now say they’d consider buying a Toyota, roughly on par with the sport’s domestic sponsors like Ford and GM.... Read More »

Ford touts 'backup trailer assist' function in new F-150 ads

7:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

Comedian Denis Leary is crowing about something new in Ford F-150 ads: technology that is meant to make backing up a trailer easier.... Read More »

Car payment holidays hurt consumers, lender warns

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

Consumer auto payment holidays aren't all they're cracked up to be. Though it can be a helpful bit of cash in the short-term, it will hurt borrowers financially in the long run, subprime lender Prestige Financial warns. For dealers, though, offering a payment delay makes sense close to the holiday, one dealer says. Retailers just need to be transparent about the consequences.... Read More »


BLOG: Why CFPB reform bill could face tougher challenge in the Senate

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

A bill to limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's 2013 auto lending guidance found overwhelming support in the House, but when it reaches the Senate, the story could change.... Read More »

Easy does it when selling F&I products

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

Dealers, when selling F&I products, don’t count pressuring the customer as an effective sales technique. Too much pressure to buy F&I products leads to slightly lower close rates. And the type of presentation matters as dealers try to up their product sales, a study by J.D. Power found.... Read More »