Automotive News Automakers Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 24 Mar 2018 06:00:00 EST BMW hikes U.S. marketing outlays amid product push Sat, 24 Mar 2018 22:04:13 EST With more new and updated vehicles to launch this year, BMW is increasing its overall U.S. marketing outlays in 2018. John Krafcik says Waymo driverless tech could have avoided fatal Uber crash Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:40:33 EST John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, Google's self-driving car project, said Saturday the company has "a lot of confidence" its own self-driving vehicle technology could have detected the pedestrian who was struck and killed earlier this month by a... AutoNews Now: RDX launch critical, Acura dealers told Sat, 24 Mar 2018 06:45:00 EST At NADA: RDX launch must succeed, Acura dealers told; Nissan vows to ease up; Jeep pickup due date; Sonic resists upgrade demands; BMW skipping Detroit; Time Dealer of the Year. China's GAC draws dealer interest at NADA Show Sat, 24 Mar 2018 21:07:14 EST Although the booth for Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. was tucked away in a corner of the expo, a steady stream of visitors showed up to kick the tires of its vehicles and learn more about its recruitment of U.S. dealers for a retail launch next year. Mercedes dealer meeting: Subscriptioin pilot will launch in June Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:23:16 EST Mercedes-Benz USA confirmed to dealers Saturday that it would launch its U.S. subscription service pilot in two cities in June. Infiniti dealer meeting: Keep an eye on gross margins, dealers told Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:16:11 EST Infiniti will encourage dealers to go slow in selling the brand's soon-to-launch star product this year, the redesigned QX50 crossover. Honda cuts U.S. Accord output as sales slip, supplies grow Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:06:20 EST Honda told dealers that production of the acclaimed 2018 Accord is being reduced at its Marysville, Ohio, assembly plant to combat Kia: Customer care, product keys to profit Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:47:00 EST Focus on new product and customer satisfaction to improve profitability, Kia executives told dealers here on Saturday. Subaru dealer meeting: More retailers will sell 1,000 vehicles per year Sat, 24 Mar 2018 18:32:54 EST Subaru of America pledged to deliver the right product, in the right volume and strong marketing to help half of the dealer body sell at least 1,000 vehicles a year. Mini dealer meeting: Rising sales my lift dealer profits Sat, 24 Mar 2018 18:28:49 EST With a sales volume boost so far this year, Mini dealerships could improve profitability, executives told dealers. Lincoln plans suicide doors on the Continental sedan Sat, 24 Mar 2018 18:00:00 EST Lincoln plans to add suicide doors to a future version of the Continental sedan in a move that harks back to the nameplate's iconic past, dealers learned Saturday at the 2018 NADA show in Las Vegas. Profits a top goal for VW dealers as brand recovers Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:04:33 EST Profitability remains a key concern for Volkswagen dealers as they climb their way back from the diesel emissions crisis and the subsequent buyback and repair of hundreds of thousands of vehicles. Ford doubles co-op advertising money for dealers Sat, 24 Mar 2018 15:38:36 EST Ford told dealers at its annual make meeting at the 2018 NADA Show that, by June, they'd have roughly $270 million available annually in their advertising co-op, up from about $135 million today. Mazda dealers promised ad blitz in April Sat, 24 Mar 2018 09:36:48 EST Mazda will roll out a major advertising campaign to reposition the brand after talking with dealers who feel its marketing has been lackluster in recent months. New Acura RDX crossover creates buzz among dealers Sat, 24 Mar 2018 09:41:04 EST Acura's Jon Ikeda hopes to see a "big transition" in how consumers think and feel about the brand in 2018. The brand's completely reworked 2019 RDX crossover will be a huge driver of that potential shift. GM tops in customer loyalty for 3rd year Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST For the third year in a row, General Motors finished as the top automaker in IHS Markit's Automotive Loyalty Awards. A chat on the show floor Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:41:53 EST Subaru of America CEO Tom Doll, left, talks with 2017 NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli, center, and 2018 NADA Vice Chairman Charlie Gilchrist Friday at the Subaru exhibit. Subaru of America is working toward its 10th consecutive year of record U.S. GAC not only promoter of Chinese autos at NADA Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:38:13 EST Chinese automaker GAC has a large presence at the NADA Show, with several vehicles on hand and a team of representatives to talk with dealers interested in adding the brand.But GAC isn't the only Chinese brand here. Nissan slows factory output as U.S. demand ebbs, stockpiles grow Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:19:20 EST Nissan is slowing production at several North American assembly plants to keep the supply of vehicles on dealers' lots in check after being caught off guard by weaker consumer demand. Nissan says dealer profits a 2018 priority Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:59:54 EST Nissan vowed Friday to help stimulate dealer profits this year as it scales back its push for volume and market share. 6 Ford dealers honored for service to their communities Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:32:40 EST Ford has honored six dealers from around the globe for exceptional community service. Audi to tweak CPO program to boost dealer profitability Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:20:00 EST Audi in the next 60 days plans to tweak to its certified pre-owned vehicle program to help improve dealer profitability, Audi of America President Scott Keogh told Automotive News. 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback adds tech, drops iM tag Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:25:48 EST Toyota is adding a host of new technology and safety features to the redesigned 2019 Corolla hatchback , which will be introduced at the New York auto show this month. Wrangler pickup should be in dealerships by next April Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:29:55 EST Fiat Chrysler dealers learned in their make meeting Friday that the long anticipated Jeep Wrangler-based pickup the automaker is working on should be in showrooms by next April. Genesis tensions loom over Hyundai meeting Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:53:37 EST The good vibes from Hyundai's course correction in the truck market could be tempered by lingering frustration over Genesis. Nissan dealers will step up tablet selling Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:05:23 EST Nissan will expand its use of tablet-based selling this year, rolling out an app that guides customers through every step of the buying process. Elon Musk is today's Henry Ford -- that's bad Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:09:56 EST By reworking vehicles after they come off the line at its assembly plant at a dedicated remanufacturing facility, Tesla is taking automotive manufacturing back to dark ages. PSA studies low-cost stores Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:43:53 EST PSA thinks its dealers in the United States should spend less on building their retail stores when the French automaker returns to North America. Trump-signed federal spending bill includes $100 million for AV research Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:13:03 EST The omnibus spending bill signed by President Trump includes $100 million for randd and demonstration of autonomous vehicle technologies.. BMW pulls out of Detroit Auto Show Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:53:01 EST BMW is joining German rival Mercedes-Benz and pulling out of the North American International Auto Show. The decision comes as the Detroit Auto Dealers Association contemplates moving the show to October from January starting in 2020. Tesla Facebook page disappears Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:51:07 EST Elon Musk is hopping on the #DeleteFacebook bandwagon. Tesla's Facebook page is no longer available. Vauxhall said to plan to reduce showrooms by a third Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:14:25 EST Vauxhall plans to cut its dealership network by a third to about 200 outlets, a dealership group boss said. Nissan will introduce 8 new EVs Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:40:11 EST Nissan pledged to maintain its leadership in electric vehicles as it outlined plans to launch eight new EVs and hit annual sales of 1 million electrified vehicles by 2022. Opel's German workers demand investment from PSA Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:55:01 EST Opel's German workers demanded "constructive proposals" for investment decisions, rejecting demands from parent PSA for wage concessions. BMW, VW and Renault warn on new EU emissions-testing regime Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:50:09 EST BMW, VW and Renault warned that new EU emissions-testing procedures will impact production and profits. Skoda plans China-only, low-cost SUV Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:56:24 EST Skoda will launch a low-cost, China-only small SUV as part of its plan to double sales in its biggest single market by 2020. The model will be priced so it can compete with rivals built by China's domestic brands. EU largely wins WTO challenge against Russian duty on vans Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:15:53 EST The EU largely won a WTO appeal ruling in a dispute over Russia's anti-dumping duties on German and Italian light commercial vehicles. After Uber crash, Florida still welcomes free-range autonomous cars Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:46:41 EST Florida has been trying to lure self-driving cars for testing on public roads, shaping laws more lax than some other states. The fatal accident in Arizona likely won't change Florida's plan. ZF's EV, self-driving plans get boost from transmission sales Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:33:27 EST ZF said randd costs for electric- and autonomous-car technologies would remain high after it posted a 4.5 percent rise in earnings for 2017, boosted by transmission sales. BUICK-GMC: For dealers, profitability is the focus Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST Buick-GMC dealers' profitability is not only the top priority for the brand's new national dealer council chairman. It's the top three. AUDI: 'True partners' with dealers Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST Profitability has been the key issue for Audi dealers for years, but while pressure on new-vehicle sales margins remains, some of the stress of dealership profitability has eased thanks mainly to the work of an Audi National Dealer Council task... MAZDA: Positioned for sales growth, better profits Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST Mazda dealers in the U.S. are positioned to see sales growth and improved profits, dealer council chairman Jim Bagan said. Toyota dealers: We want products 'we know we can sell' Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST With Toyota aggressively realigning production to reflect the consumer shift toward light trucks, Toyota National Dealers' Advisory Council Chairman Mike White sees a strong year for the brand. Infiniti dealers: Big win seen from QX50 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST Infiniti is poised for a sales gain from the redesigned QX50 crossover, even as it works to keep inventories in check. BMW and its dealers: Rebuilding relationships Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST BMW of North America and its dealers are working this year to come up with compromises on several contested policies as the parties continue to work on rebuilding their relationship. VW dealers: New management responsive Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST The past year for Volkswagen dealers has seen at least some progress toward normalcy as the brand's sales recovered from the devastating impact of the automaker's diesel emissions scandal. Yet at the dealer level, VW struggles with profitability. HONDA: Strong lineup can help navigate bumpy road Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST Brian Benstock believes Honda's product lineup has what it takes to get the automaker through potentially bumpy times ahead. Safety groups say Congress has given self-driving companies too much leeway Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:42:48 EST With fierce global competition to capture the lead in the large burgeoning market for driverless vehicles, Congress appears willing to deliver conditions favorable to US-based businesses. BMW hires new creative ad agency in U.S. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:03:11 EST BMW appointed Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, which has handled advertising for Chevrolet, Saturn and most recently Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, as its lead creative ad agency in the U.S. VW's Seat will launch electric hatchback in 2020 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:46:22 EST VW Group's Seat brand will launch its first full-electric car in 2020 as part of its growth ambitions following its return to profitability.