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Sonic is most-improved in Q4 F&I revenue

11:22 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
Sonic Automotive Inc. posted the biggest increase in average F&I revenue per vehicle in the fourth quarter among the six public new-car retail groups, the tallies, completed today, show.... Read More »

 

GM cutting production at 2 plants as car inventory mounts, sources say

11:12 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
General Motors is trimming production at two of its car plants amid mounting dealer inventories, an effort to reduce stocks of the Chevrolet Sonic and Camaro, Buick Regal and other models.... Read More »

 

Lexus wins 4th straight J.D. Power dependability title; Buick rises to No. 2

10:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
Toyota's Lexus claimed its fourth consecutive title as most-dependable automotive brand after three years of ownership while corporate sibling Scion jumped to ninth place from 22nd a year earlier, J.D. Power and Associates said today. Buick came in at No. 2, rising three spots from last year.... Read More »

 

Santander Consumer USA to pay $9.35 million settlement over military repos

3:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
Santander Consumer USA will pay at least $9.35 million to resolve charges that it improperly repossessed the cars of members of the military, the U.S. Department of Justice said today.... Read More »

 

U.S. auto sales roar toward strongest February since 2002

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
U.S. auto sales are on pace for the best February since 2002, forecasters say, even as relentless snow slowed demand in the Northeast. February is expected to mark the 12th consecutive month of year-over-year gains for the industry. Analysts said sales have been minimally affected by rising gasoline prices and a work stoppage at West Coast ports that could reduce March inventories of some vehicles imported from Asia.... Read More »

 

Lithia Q4 net income jumps 50% as it makes acquisitions top priority

9:38 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
Strong sales across all divisions and the integration of its purchase last year of DCH Auto Group pushed Lithia Motors' net income up 50 percent during the fourth quarter.... Read More »

 

Consumer Portfolio gains volume; retraining continues after FTC action

10:57 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
Subprime auto lender Consumer Portfolio Services reported strong volume growth in the fourth quarter and for all of 2014, despite a run-in with the Federal Trade Commission last year.... Read More »

 

Lender groups want answers from the CFPB

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
A letter sent last week by the American Financial Services Association and other trade associations to Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was aimed at prodding the CFPB to publicly respond to a study AFSA commissioned last year.... Read More »

 

Reports of growing auto loan delinquencies are overblown, credit bureaus say

10:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
Despite media notions that U.S. auto loan delinquencies are accelerating, they are in fact trending flat, credit reporting bureaus Equifax and Experian Automotive said last week.
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Blazing-fast McLaren 675LT to debut in Geneva

9:20 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
British sports car manufacturer McLaren Automotive plans to introduce the 675LT at next week’s Geneva auto show. The sleek coupe can top 120 mph in a faster amount of time than many normal cars can get to 60 mph.... Read More »

 

Magna cuts sales forecast on weak Europe demand, approves stock split

7:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. cut its revenue forecast for 2015, hurt by weak demand from Europe.... Read More »

 

Toyota says union pay demand 'impossible' because costs would jump

6:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
Toyota rebuffed the largest wage increase proposal from its union since 1998, saying the raise would lift costs by about $168 million.... Read More »

 

JPMorgan says U.S. examining racial disparities on car loans

11:03 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
JPMorgan Chase, the largest US bank, said it’s in talks with the Department of Justice about possible racial disparities in markups that auto dealers charged on loans.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to rebuild Caddy's image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
An open letter to Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen: Fixing Cadillac will be the biggest challenge of your career, a far larger task, even, than breathing new life into Audi. My brother is a perfect example why.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover 'is indeed looking' at N.A. plant, Tata says

11:16 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover is "indeed looking at North America as a location for another plant," said the chairman emeritus of owner Tata. His statement marks official confirmation of the British luxury maker's factory hunt.... Read More »

 

Tata plans image lift for ultracheap Nano

6:43 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
Tata Motors, producer of the car conceived as the world's cheapest, is rethinking the “cheap” part of it. The Indian automaker believes its Nano, which went on sale in 2009 with a price tag of about $2,500, may have been too inexpensive for its own good.... Read More »

 

Auto loan securitization probed by U.S., states

4:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
The Justice Department and state authorities are looking into the securitization of auto loans for possible fraud as part of an effort to seek out emerging areas of abuse, Acting Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said.... Read More »

 

Buffett, Soros boost stakes in GM, report says

8:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2015
Warren Buffett and George Soros, the billionaires making headlines with moves to invest in auto retail, have boosted their stakes in General Motors, The Wall Street Journal reported.... Read More »

 

Ex-GM CEO Akerson cautions Apple on trials of making cars

6:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2015
Dan Akerson, retired CEO of GM, said Apple should steer clear of the business of making cars, though a push into automobile electronics would be a better move for the iPhone maker.... Read More »

 

Cadillac launches brand-building ad for Oscars night

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2015
Cadillac will debut its new advertising direction during the Oscars broadcast Sunday with a contemplative commercial that quotes from a Teddy Roosevelt speech, anchored by the tag line "Dare Greatly."... Read More »

 

Volvo touts redesigned XC90 as rebirth of the brand

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2015
Volvo is targeting U.S. sales of 28,800 in a full year for the redesigned XC90 crossover that goes on sale in May. Volvo is heralding the crossover -- with new Scandinavian styling, a roomier interior and semiautonomous driving and safety features -- as the rebirth of the Swedish brand.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

GM Financial-Chevy lease exclusivity seems likely

11:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2015
There wasn't much doubt, but General Motors disclosed for the first time in an SEC filing that it is considering plans to throw all Chevrolet lease incentives to GM Financial instead of sharing them among GM Financial, Ally Financial and U.S. Bank.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Buyers make big bets on dealerships in a seller's world

9:55 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2015
You know it is a seller's market when the seller can dictate all the shots, and I mean all the shots. I was speaking to a buy-sell adviser this week, who shared an unsolicited anecdote because this adviser was so awe struck by it.... Read More »

 

Family owners of Ferrari say they will not sell stake

10:36 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2015
Piero Ferrari, son of the eponymous luxury sports car company's founder Enzo Ferrari, said today he had no intention to sell the 10 percent stake his family owns in the company.... Read More »

 

Japanese auto workers demand raises as profits approach $34 billion

7:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2015
Japan's auto workers are asking their employers for a bigger share of their projected 4 trillion yen ($33.6 billion) in annual profit in the form of a raise for the next fiscal year.... Read More »

 

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