Vehicle Sales

Rolls-Royce names new China boss

July 22, 2014 06:01 CET
Rolls-Royce has named BMW veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations. China demand helped to boost the ultraluxury brand's global vehicle sales to a record 3,630 last year.... Read More »

 

Mercedes seeks to outpace premium rivals in China with more dealers, new models

July 22, 2014 10:35 CET
Mercedes expects to outpace the 17 percent to 18 percent growth in industry sales of premium vehicles in China this year, after merging two competing sales networks and adding new models.... Read More »

 

Dealers' phones ring again

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Because of the ubiquitous smart phone, car shoppers are flooding dealerships with phone calls instead of e-mail inquiries. The sudden change in consumer behavior has dealers pushing employees to brush up on an ancient skill: answering the telephone.... Read More »

 

Toyota aims to hold U.S. Hispanic market lead as segment grows

6:49 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Toyota plans to remain the top-selling auto brand among U.S. Hispanic customers as competing automakers boost efforts to win a bigger share of business from the nation's largest ethnic minority group, a top executive said Sunday.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

With its new minivan, BMW ditches rwd for practicality

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Even BMW has to obey the laws of physics: a rwd car that is compact yet roomy is a paradox. But for traditional fans of the brand, the fwd 2-series Active Tourer is nothing less than a heresy on wheels.... Read More »

 

BMW expects high conquest rate for 2-series Active Tourer

July 20, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW expects that three out of every four buyers of its 2-series Active Tourer minivan will be new to the brand.... Read More »

 

GM halts sale of some Cadillac CTS models over switch issue

7:24 pm U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
GM ordered Cadillac dealers to stop selling some versions of the CTS because the automaker does not have a fix yet for cars recalled in late June over an issue where engines can be shut off if the driver's knee bumps the ignition key.... Read More »

 

Tesla makes the shopping list as U.K. eyes greener government fleet

10:34 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Tesla Motors, a month after starting Model S deliveries in the United Kingdom, said its flagship electric sedan is among the cars being considered for purchase by the government there to transport officials.... Read More »

 

Maserati to cap global sales at 75,000 vehicles a year

7:48 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobile's luxury Maserati unit will not sell more than 75,000 vehicles globally a year to retain the exclusivity of the Italian brand.... Read More »

 

Beijing Hyundai, Dongfeng Citroen tie for top score in China satisfaction survey

July 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Beijing Hyundai and Dongfeng Citroen topped mass-market brands in a J.D. Power survey of Chinese consumers' satisfaction with the car-buying experience. The joint ventures scored significantly higher than other mass-market brands.... Read More »

 

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Honda rolls out the Civic wagon

July 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Honda hopes that sleek styling and a smart interior will help its new Civic Tourer station wagon boost the automaker's flagging sales in Europe.... Read More »

 

European car sales rise 4%, boosted by incentives

July 17, 2014 10:09 CET
European car sales rose 4 percent in June as an economic recovery in southern Europe, new product launches and retail incentives boosted demand for mass-market brands.... Read More »

 

Maserati to cap global sales at 75,000

July 17, 2014 14:40 CET
Maserati will not sell more than 75,000 vehicles globally a year to retain the brand's exclusivity, an executive said. Maserati is adding the Levante SUV and Alfieri coupe to its lineup.... Read More »

 

European car sales rise 4%, boosted by incentives

4:09 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
European car sales rose 4 percent in June as an economic recovery in southern Europe, new product launches and retail incentives boosted demand for mass-market brands.... Read More »

 

PSA's first-half car sales lifted by Europe and China

July 17, 2014 12:03 CET
PSA's first-half vehicle deliveries rose 6 percent, as a European recovery and Chinese expansion made up for a currency-driven sales collapse in the rest of the world.... Read More »

 

Ford readies product push in fast-growing Africa, Middle East

12:34 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
Ford plans to introduce 25 new models by 2016 in Africa and the Middle East, where it projects the driving age population will grow 31 percent by 2023 to 1.7 billion people.... Read More »

 

Datsun on-Do sedan launch in Russia overshadowed by economic crisis and slumping car market

July 16, 2014 16:04 CET
Nissan's low-cost Datsun on-Do family sedan was launched in Russia this week, but the country's deepening political crisis with the West and falling car sales could dampen sales.... Read More »

 

SUVs, crossovers top sedans in popularity for first time

2:35 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
The American love affair with SUVs and crossovers has pushed the segments to a new milestone. SUVs and crossovers combined accounted for 36.5 percent of the U.S. light-vehicle market through May compared with the sedan segment's 35.4 percent share.... Read More »

 

BMW will raise China capacity to 400,000 vehicles

July 16, 2014 13:23 CET
BMW said it will raise capacity at its two Chinese plants by a third to 400,000 cars over the next two years and double the range of locally made vehicles to six models.... Read More »

 

GM's global sales rise 0.5% in 2nd quarter, trail VW

1:34 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
GM's global auto sales rose 0.5 percent to 2.51 million during the second quarter as the automaker's tally of vehicle recalls in North America reached a record. GM sold 4.92 million cars and trucks during the first six months, a 1.4 percent gain from a year earlier.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover sets H1 sales record

July 16, 2014 11:52 CET
Jaguar Land Rover said its global sales increased 14 percent to 240,372 vehicles in the first six months, its best half year to date, boosted by robust demand in China.... Read More »

 

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Audi makes London showroom a technology showcase

July 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi's central London dealership has chosen a revolutionary new way for the automaker to sell not just cars but the brand itself by allowing customers to configure their vehicles on four huge powerwall screens.... Read More »

 

VW aims to save 5 billion euros to lift profitability

July 15, 2014 15:27 CET
VW Group plans to reduce costs at its namesake brand by 5 billion euros ($6.8 billion) by 2017 as it seeks to lift sagging profitability after efficiency gains have failed to keep pace with rising labor costs.... Read More »

 

MARK VAUGHN

Acura claims a sales honor with MDX

11:55 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Automakers are always defining segments and claiming sales crowns for their own purposes. Here's the latest instance.... Read More »

 

Russia bans state purchase of foreign-made cars to aid local automakers

July 15, 2014 13:16 CET
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a ban on Russian state and municipal purchases of foreign-manufactured cars to support local producers.... Read More »

 

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