Vehicle Sales

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 »

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 »

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 »

U.S. auto sales could break November record, two forecasts say

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

This month -- powered by Black Friday sales and a strengthening economy -- could be the best November ever for U.S. auto sales, according to forecasts from TrueCar and, and also may mark the first time in history that the industry's seasonally adjusted, annualized selling rate has topped 18 million units for three consecutive months.... Read More »

Spain to extend car subsidy scheme to mid-2016

Nov. 24, 2015 09:47 CET

The Spanish government, facing an election next month, plans to extend a car purchase subsidy scheme that has massively boosted sales until the middle of next year, a source at the Industry Ministry said.... Read More »

Reuss: More GM diesels coming in cars, trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

General Motors will move forward with diesel engines in cars and light trucks despite the potential chilling effect from Volkswagen's emissions scandal, GM's product chief said.... Read More »


Lincoln's mission: 'Core segments first'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

In 2016, Lincoln will have a new face, its most powerful car ever, a revived Continental and a chance to top 100,000 U.S. sales for the first time since 2008. What it apparently won't have, at least anytime soon, is a rear-wheel-drive sports car.... Read More »

GM turns to KBB website for targeted incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

General Motors is using Kelley Blue Book’s website to offer consumers targeted incentives, the latest sign that carmakers are keen to integrate their marketing efforts with third-party lead providers.... Read More »

Used prices forecast to soften, not dive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The pool of used vehicles will grow in 2016, causing prices to soften but not “fall from a cliff,” predicts an analyst. This year, the supply of used vehicles up to eight years old is forecast to edge up for the first time since the recession.... Read More »


Fat margins can fund greener cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The auto industry must focus on making more sustainable vehicles, but the long current sales boom can pay for the green research.... Read More »

Industry execs see era of slower sales growth in China

Nov. 22, 2015 23:34 CET

Executives gathered last week at the Guangzhou auto show were unanimous in their view that the days of exponential growth are over, underscoring how a sharp economic slowdown has tempered expectations in the world's largest car market.... Read More »

Land Rover Defender to end long, storied run

Nov. 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Production of the iconic Land Rover Defender will end early next year. The utilitarian workhorse has remained virtually unchanged during almost seven decades of production and it is unclear whether Land Rover will seek to replace it.... Read More »

Ford CFO says 'Friends' promo not costly

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

Ford's incentive spending declined slightly in the first few weeks of its year-end “Friends & Neighbors” promotion, evidence that it’s not a profit-damaging blowout sale, CFO Bob Shanks said today.... Read More »

European car sales rise 3% in Oct.

Nov. 17, 2015 08:58 CET

VW Group limited the effect of its emissions scandal in October with its European sales declining by just 0.8 percent in a total market where volume rose by 2.7 percent.... Read More »

U.S. sales will peak in 2016 as pent-up demand begins to ease, predicts NADA chief economist

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Pent-up demand for new vehicles in the U.S., having propelled sales upward each year starting in 2010, will begin to ease over the next few years, the chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association said.... Read More »

Unlikely hitch for VW dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Two months into the emissions cheating scandal that has sullied the Volkswagen brand, dealers are running into an unexpected challenge: They don't have enough vehicles to sell.... Read More »

Nissan sees Titan filling a niche for pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Nissan hopes for a small but respectable piece of the full-size truck market as it prepares to launch a long-delayed second generation of its Titan.... Read More »

Fiat 500X: Where's the halo?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Fiat's 500X, the perky subcompact crossover that arrived in U.S. dealerships six months ago, has been selling well but has done little to help the beleaguered brand overall -- as it was counted on to do.... Read More »

Inventory is tight for this time of year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Automakers and dealers started November with lean stocks after booming October auto sales. U.S. inventories normally jump between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1 as automakers stock up for the brisk year-end selling season.... Read More »

Luxury sales race goes from ho-hum to a humdinger

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Let's be honest, last year's luxury-brand sales race was a snooze compared with the bare-knuckled brawls we were getting used to. But this year's sprint to the finish looks to be much more exciting than in 2014.... Read More »