Vehicle Sales

'LATINOS ARE THE FUTURE'

Sales to Hispanics outpacing the market

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Automakers are intensifying their pursuit of Hispanic car buyers in the U.S., and for one big reason: That's where the growth is. And in fact, Hispanic consumers could well be the auto industry's leading growth engine for the next 20 to 30 years.... Read More »

Far from Sun Belt, a warm welcome for Hispanics

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Hispanic buyers are not limited to the "smile states." A dealership in Minnesota is posting sales gains by understanding Hispanic culture.... Read More »

Hispanic buyers help lift Mitsubishi store from the brink of bankruptcy

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Mission Mitsubishi of San Antonio was selling barely 30 vehicles a month and on the verge of bankruptcy in 2011. Then its new owners embraced Hispanic marketing.... Read More »

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Why PSA chief Tavares is betting big on DS' long-term success

May 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Making a success of the DS brand is a big task facing PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares. PSA revived the DS badge for near-premium models five years ago, hoping its association with iconic Citroen DS cars would give the line instant appeal.... Read More »

VW Group sales fall for first time in years

May 16, 2015 10:45 CET

VW Group sales fell for the first time in at least four and a half years in April, raising pressure on the automaker to fix trouble spots laid bare by the ouster of Ferdinand Piech as chairman.... Read More »

Brembo raises sales growth outlook for 2015

May 15, 2015 15:47 CET

Italian supplier Brembo is expecting sales growth of as much as 12 percent this year, more than previously anticipated, after a promising first quarter.... Read More »

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Europe's biggest segment is poised for a rebound

May 15, 2015 06:15 CET

European sales of subcompact cars including the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta are forecast to rise to 23 percent of the overall auto market in 2015. The increasing popularity of small crossovers, however, means the segment will never again reach the record share seen in 2009, analysts predict.... Read More »

Edmunds study finds texting can be key for dealerships

8:00 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

Text messaging with buyers can be a useful tool for dealerships, according to a new study from Edmunds.com. Text messaging also has a few advantages over its digital grandfather, email, the study found.... Read More »

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Hyundai, Volvo, Mercedes take steps toward Internet car sales

May 14, 2015 06:01 CET

Hyundai, Volvo and Mercedes are experimenting more boldly with online sales, but they are careful to avoid straining their relations with dealers as they create and deploy tools that make it possible for the bulk of the transaction to take place online.... Read More »

Spain renews scrappage program for the last time

May 13, 2015 13:00 CET

New-car sales in Spain will continue to be boosted by subsidies after the government said it will renew a scrappage program for the last time.The program has helped to fuel car sales for the last 20 months after the country fell into a severe recession.... Read More »

Russian car sales fall 42% to lowest April level for a decade

May 13, 2015 15:17 CET

Russian new-car sales fell 42 percent in April, the lowest level for the month in a decade, as the country's economy continued to be hit by Western sanctions, low oil prices and a weak currency.... Read More »

VW brand sales fall 4.8% in April on weak China, Russia and Brazil

May 13, 2015 18:55 CET

Volkswagen brand vehicle sales fell 4.8 percent in April as lower volumes in China, Russia and South America continue to outweigh gains in Europe.... Read More »

BMW's new CEO starts in shadow of predecessor's shift to chairman

May 13, 2015 10:50 CET

The first test facing Harald Krueger, BMW Group's new CEO, will be to emerge from the shadows of his predecessor, Norbert Reithofer, who will be watching over his shoulder as the new chairman.... Read More »

Audi edges ahead of BMW to lead luxury-car sales race

May 12, 2015 11:12 CET

Audi sold the most luxury cars globally in April, edging out BMW Group's namesake brand and fast-growing Mercedes. BMW kept its No. 1 ranking through the first four months.... Read More »

GM cuts vehicle prices on 40 models in China

1:24 pm U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

General Motors has cut vehicle prices in China after sales fell last month in the world's largest automotive market.... Read More »

Norway reaffirms electric car subsidies after boom

May 12, 2015 16:50 CET

Norway's government reaffirmed some of the world's most generous subsidies for electric vehicles and said it will review high taxes on cars.... Read More »

BMW car sales rose nearly 6% in April as Europe, U.S. offset sluggish China

May 12, 2015 09:29 CET

BMW said vehicle sales at its core BMW brand rose 5.6 percent in April as strong sales of the 2-series Active Tourer minivan in Europe and demand for SUVs in the U.S. helped to offset a sluggish China market.... Read More »

Webasto expects to double China sales by 2020

May 12, 2015 10:17 CET

German supplier Webasto expects annual sales in China to double by 2020 to 8.3 billion yuan (1.2 billion euros) from last year's results, in part as consumers shift from smaller tilt-slide sunroofs to bigger and more expensive panoramic sunroofs.... Read More »

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GM remains bullish but choosing a long-term view

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Alan Batey says he wants growth but insists that General Motors won't chase market share or get into incentive wars, as it did in the past. He's taking a long-term view as the automaker works to revitalize Chevrolet and Buick while accelerating the momentum of its upscale truck marque, GMC.... Read More »

Inventories stay steady even as sales volumes vary

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Automakers trimmed about 14,000 light vehicles out of U.S. inventory during April despite relatively languid industry sales. It's another sign that automakers are doing a good job of matching production to sales while keeping stocks lean.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Stores reach out to empower female customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

A visitor to Don Jenkins' dealerships in this north Tennessee city will find a fair share of brawny men, but a dearth of female shoppers. So the dealer's daughter, Casey Jenkins, is doing something about that.... Read More »

4 fleet strategies yield similar April sales gains

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Four of the top seven automakers outperformed the U.S. light-vehicle market in April by almost exactly the same level while using wildly different fleet strategies.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Listening to dealers should help Nissan in its push for share

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Nissan is further adjusting its sales incentives for dealers, tweaking a program it heavily revamped a year ago. Jose Munoz, Nissan North America chairman, says he is working with dealers to address their concerns. Such cooperation is crucial in Nissan's drive for a 10 percent U.S. market share by March 2017.... Read More »

2015 U.S. LT-VEHICLE SALES

PASSING PHASE

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales still are rising, but the rankings have changed this year as some brands get hot and others cool off. Here's how several tight brand races and model matchups are looking after 4 months.... Read More »

Dutch plug-in hybrid boom set to end

May 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Automakers expect a sales boom in plug-in hybrid cars in the Netherlands will end next year as the government reduces a tax break for company car drivers. The tax break has helped to make the country Europe's biggest market for plug-ins.... Read More »

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