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AutoNation's 9% June sales increase outpaces industry

10:12 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

AutoNation said today its U.S. new-vehicle sales rose 9 percent in June from a year earlier to 27,862, making it the retailer's best June since 2005.... Read More »

NHTSA sees FCA penalties over recall, safety shortcomings

4:14 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expected to face penalties by NHTSA for violating auto safety laws over its handling of recalls under federal scrutiny. NHTSA officials used a roughly three-hour hearing Thursday to detail and spotlight FCA's safety and recall shortcomings.... Read More »

Truck, luxury car demand drive record June sales in Canada

1:38 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

A healthy appetite for trucks and luxury cars pushed auto sales in Canada to a record high for June, according to data released on Thursday.... Read More »

FCA outsells Ford on retail side for first time? Not so fast

1:30 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

June wasn't the first month that Fiat Chrysler outsold its bigger rival Ford on a retail basis in the U.S. In fact, it's happened at least twice before, says FCA -- once in November 2006, and again during one of the most tumultuous months for the industry in recent history, February 2009.... Read More »

BMW begins tests of fuel-cell car developed with Toyota

6:45 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

BMW will test a vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells -- developed with Toyota -- for the first time on public roads this month as the German automaker looks to expand clean-car offerings after rolling out the battery-powered i3 in 2013.... Read More »

Hellcats star in new Dodge image campaign

10:07 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Dodge is launching an ad campaign this weekend starring the Hellcat trims of the Challenger and Charger, along with the Viper GTS. The production, titled “Predators,” has 30- and 90-second cuts and uses the Phil Collins hit “In the Air Tonight” as a surprisingly mellow backdrop while the roaring cars tear up Miami streets.... Read More »

Toyota prices 'Model AA' shares at top range

9:50 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Toyota set the price for its "Model AA" class shares at the top of its range, as retail investors flocked to the $4 billion issue the world's biggest automaker hopes will secure its longer-term shareholders.... Read More »

Tesla vehicle sales rise 52% in Q2

7:54 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Tesla Motors beat its car-sales forecast for the second consecutive quarter with a 52 percent surge in the three months through June.... Read More »

Honda posts 4.2% U.S. gain in June

4:30 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Sales at American Honda rose 4.2 percent in June, thanks to robust Honda truck volume and a strong performance by Acura's sedans, a rare bright spot among cars across an industry riding a wave of light-truck sales.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Look out! Still water ahead

4:30 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

June was another good sales month. We’ve had a good first half, and a great six-year run-up. But expect to start seeing some separation among competitors.... Read More »

Strong truck volume helps Toyota offset weak car demand

3:30 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Toyota Motor Sales, boosted by strong light-truck volume, rebounded from a sales decline in May to post a 4.1 percent jump in June deliveries.... Read More »

Nissan drops Pathfinder hybrid

7:00 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Nissan has quietly discontinued the hybrid version of Pathfinder crossover as U.S. consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups.... Read More »

Rogue fires up Nissan sales

2:30 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Nissan Division posted a June sales record, gaining 13 percent over last year, thanks to big demand for its Rogue compact crossover. The brand is now looking for more production volume for the model -- which is already coming from three factories.... Read More »

Hyundai ekes out a June record – by 95 cars

3:45 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

By the skin of its teeth, Hyundai Motor America kept U.S. sales on an upward trajectory in June even as its parent company, Hyundai Motor Co., reported a third straight month of falling global sales.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Should driverless cars make life-or-death decisions?

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

The gearheads have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident.... Read More »

Google starts road tests of new self-driving car prototypes

2:26 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Google said it had started testing the latest prototypes of its self-driving cars on Mountain View, Calif., roads, with safety drivers aboard.... Read More »

Takata president makes public apology for airbag deaths

6:17 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Takata President Shigehisa Takada made a public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's airbags dating back more than a decade. Takada, 49, bowed and apologized at a press briefing in Tokyo after the company's annual shareholders meeting today.... Read More »

REMEMBER THE TITANS

Nissan renames Nashville's NFL stadium

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Nissan North America has won naming rights for its hometown NFL stadium in Nashville where the Tennessee Titans play. The name “Nissan Stadium” will go above the field on a highly visible landmark in downtown Nashville, a region where Nissan employs more than 10,000 people.... Read More »

Subaru recalls 72,000 vehicles in U.S. for possible brake failure

8:56 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Subaru is recalling 72,000 newer-model vehicles in the U.S. because the automatic pre-collision braking part of the driver-assist system could fail, increasing the risk of a crash, according to documents posted online by federal safety regulators.... Read More »

FCA to recall 164,000 Jeep Cherokees

1:46 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is launching a voluntary recall of about 164,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs globally to install shields that protect the power liftgate control components from moisture.... Read More »

GM to take $600 million Q2 charge

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

General Motors said it will incur a $600 million charge on its second-quarter net profits because of a change in the way it values Venezuelan currency.... Read More »

GM readies wireless downloads of new features

12:11 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

GM is preparing to roll out vehicle technology that allows new features to be downloaded wirelessly, the company's head of global product development says. Under the new electrical architecture, called "Global B," much of a vehicle's computer power will migrate to the mobile internet, or cloud.... Read More »

Chevy makes next Cruze longer, lower, lighter

7:00 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Cruze will be lighter, larger and packed with connected-car technology and safety features, a bid by Chevy to solidify its status as a top small-car contender.... Read More »

VIDEO: How dealer Bill Perkins turned failure into a mission

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

After a short run with his first dealership, Bill Perkins vowed to someday help others get into the business – if he got a second chance. Thanks to a valued mentor, he got that chance. Perkins now runs two stores anchored in his own principles: inspiring young people, being part of the community, taking an interest in employees’ lives, and creating a culture where people want to succeed.... Read More »

La. exec sentenced to 11-year prison term for $1.2M ad fraud of dealerships

4:03 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

A politically connected media firm owner who billed Louisiana dealerships for fictitious advertising that cost them more than $1.2 million was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison Wednesday, the Department of Justice said.... Read More »

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