Automotive News Retail News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:00:00 EST GM claims mural is an 'architectural work' in copyright infringement case http://www.autonews.com/article/20180718/RETAIL03/180719773/gm-claims-mural-is-an-architectural-work-in-copyright-infringement Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:38:38 EST GM, fighting a lawsuit claiming it unlawfully used an outdoor mural in its advertising, contends that since the mural is painted on an "architectural work," the automaker cannot be held liable for copyright infringement. Tesla drivers in Germany told to return $4,650 subsidy http://www.autonews.com/article/20180718/COPY01/307189981/tesla-musk-drivers-germany-subsidy Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:49:25 EST Hundreds of German Tesla Model S drivers have been ordered to pay back a 4,000-euro ($4,650) EV subsidy after a government agency deemed their luxury cars too expensive to qualify for the program. Hyundai launches digital showroom on Amazon http://www.autonews.com/article/20180718/RETAIL03/180719787/hyundai-launches-digital-showroom-on-amazon Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:00:00 EST Hyundai has launched a digital showroom on the Amazon Vehicles research hub, the first automaker to create such a page on the massive shopping site. 2019 Ford Edge ST will start at $43,350, top out at $52,000 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180718/RETAIL/180719778/ford-edge-crossover-pricing-sport-trim Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:12:30 EST Ford's upcoming 2019 Edge ST -- the automaker's first crossover to carry a performance badge -- will cost about $1,500 more than the outgoing Edge Sport trim it replaces. Chevy enters viral video list with 'New Couple' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180718/VIRALVIDEO/307199999/chevy-real-people-not-actors-viral-video Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet edges its way onto our viral video chart this week at No. 9 with "New Couple," the latest in its series of "real people, not actors" commercials. First Shift: Musk apologizes to diver he called pedophile http://www.autonews.com/article/20180718/VIDEO/307189984/first-shift-musk-apologizes-to-diver-he-called-pedophile Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:00:00 EST Musk apologizes to diver he called pedophile; Graffiti artist suing GM; PSA eyeing 15 U.S. states; Sonic profit warning; Tesla owners told to return subsidy; Subscription skeptics. Tesla drivers in Germany told to return $4,650 subsidy http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180718/ANE/180719789/tesla-drivers-in-germany-told-to-return-4650-subsidy Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:49:25 EST Hundreds of Tesla Model S drivers in Germany have been ordered to pay back a 4,000-euro ($4,650) electric-vehicle subsidy after a government agency deemed their luxury cars too expensive to qualify for the program. Sonic warns of earnings hit on 'lower' BMW, Honda spiffs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180717/RETAIL07/180719793/sonic-warns-of-earnings-hit-on-lower-bmw-honda-spiffs Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:41:56 EST The country's fifth-largest dealership group said lower manufacturer-to-dealer incentives will dampen second-quarter and full-year profits, with continued margin pressure expected on Honda and BMW sales in the third quarter. AutoGravity CEO Andy Hinrichs departs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180717/RETAIL/180719807/autogravity-ceo-andy-hinrichs-departs Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:26:31 EST AutoGravity co-founder and CEO Andy Hinrichs has left the company to pursue other opportunities. He will be replaced by Alex Mallmann, former head of Mercedes-Benz Auto Finance China. European electric-car sales growth slowed in first half http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180717/ANE/180719810/european-electric-car-sales-growth-slowed-in-first-half Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:00:52 EST Sales growth of electric cars slowed across the EU's major markets during the first half because of limited driving ranges and a patchy charging network. Japanese automakers set for European sales boost from trade pact http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180717/ANE/180719814/japanese-automakers-set-for-european-sales-boost-from-trade-pact Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:49:56 EST Japanese automakers could increase their sales to Europe after the EU and Japan signed a trade pact that will remove European tariffs of 10 percent on imported cars. Subaru's redesigned '20 Legacy spotted http://www.autonews.com/article/20180717/OEM04/180719808/subaru-legacy-spy-photos-redesigned Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:19:41 EST The redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy is poised to be the next model designed and engineered off the brand's new global platform. Mobiliti acquires subscription service Condor Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20180717/RETAIL07/180719818/mobiliti-acquisition-subscription-dealers Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:51:56 EST In a push to expand its subscription offerings as it makes its foray into Michigan, app-based Mobiliti has acquired subscription service Condor Detroit. Jeep, Volvo, VW among winners as SUVs boost European demand http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180717/ANE/180719825/jeep-volvo-vw-among-winners-as-suvs-boost-european-demand Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:43:30 EST Europe's continuing boom in SUV/crossover sales boosted registrations in June despite slumping demand in the UK, where uncertainty over Brexit is hitting consumer confidence. Citroen aims to lure SUV fans with cozy C5 Aircross http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180717/ANE/180719836/citroen-aims-to-lure-suv-fans-with-cozy-c5-aircross Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Citroen aims to make the C5 Aircross stand out in Europe's crowded compact SUV sector by emphasizing the vehicle's driver and passenger comfort. U.S. online travel giant invests $500 million in China's Didi http://www.autonews.com/article/20180717/MOBILITY/180719820/didi-gets-500-million-investement-booking Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:23:16 EST Chinese ride-hailing app Didi has received a $500 million investment from U.S. travel firm Booking Holdings, in a boost for its aggressive plan to enter new markets outside of China. GM discontinues Chevrolet City Express van http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL/180719831/chevy-discontinues-city-express-van Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:28:48 EST General Motors has dropped the Chevrolet City Express, a small work van, which the automaker has marketed under a partnership with Nissan since 2014. Ford's Fusion nameplate will outlive sedan http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/OEM03/180719851/fusion-nameplate-will-outlive-sedan Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Despite plans to kill the Fusion midsize sedan in the U.S. next year, the automaker will keep the Fusion name alive. Just not as a sedan. UK market 'stabilizing' despite sales falling nearly 4% on diesel plunge http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180716/ANE/180719838/uk-market-stabilizing-despite-sales-falling-nearly-4-on-diesel-plunge Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:48:18 EST UK registrations fell 3.5 percent in June as demand for diesels plunged. VW Group's Seat had the biggest rise among brands, followed by BMW. Losers included Nissan, Dacia, Fiat, Renault, Ford and Vauxhall. Subaru's big ambitions clouded by tariff threat http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL01/180719855/subaru-midterm-plan-tariff Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Subaru has big plans for growth in the U.S. market #8212; as long as Trump's tariffs don't get in the way. Suspected fraud at China's BYD entangles London soccer club Arsenal http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180716/ANE/180719835/suspected-fraud-at-chinas-byd-entangles-london-soccer-club-arsenal Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:26:21 EST BYD, China's biggest maker of new-energy vehicles, asked police to investigate a person who allegedly posed as an employee and signed unauthorized marketing contracts in the company's name. Ford F series will have a record sales year in 2018 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL01/180719854/f-series-record-sales-2018 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Thanks to a blistering first-half pace, Ford Motor Co. might sell more big pickups in the U.S. this year than it ever has, shattering a 14-year-old record set at the height of the housing boom. Trump tariff costs likely to be spread out by automakers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL/180719837/trump-tariffs-car-prices-predicts Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:31:51 EST Automakers with domestic plants will seek to minimize the impact of potential U.S. tariffs on imported vehicles and auto parts by spreading the extra costs across their entire U.S. fleets, not just vehicles shipped from overseas. Renault raises outlook after first-half sales increase 10% http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180716/ANE/180719841/renault-raises-outlook-after-first-half-sales-increase-10 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 05:46:36 EST Renault increased vehicle sales by nearly 10 percent in the first half, helped by rebounding markets in Russia and South America, and solid demand in Europe. Birchwood Auto Group asks key customer survey question http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL07/180719872/manitoba-birchwood-auto-group-survey Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Manitoba's Birchwood Auto Group believes that extremely pithy customer surveys generate more insight into clients' experiences than longer, traditional ones. Genesis G70 debut nears while retail network sorts itself out http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL/180719856/genesis-g70-debut-retail-network Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Uncertainty has been a common theme around the dapper Genesis G70's U.S. launch #8212; not because of the product itself, but rather the retail infrastructure surrounding it. Tata Motor's Nano, dubbed the world's cheapest car, near end of its run http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL/180719861/india-tata-nano-lakh Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Tata Motor's Nano, dubbed the world's cheapest car, has all but died in India, with lessons for automakers on frugal engineering. Forecast predicts increase in U.S. aftermarket parts sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/OEM10/180719881/aftermarket-forecast-parts-sales Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST A forecast for two aftermarket trade groups predicts aftermarket parts sales will hit $327 billion in 2021, a $41 billion dollar increase over 2017 levels. New-vehicle inventories up slightly, below 2017 numbers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL01/180719869/new-vehicle-invetories-july Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The industry started July with an estimated 3,961,800 unsold vehicles on-hand in the U.S., a 69-day supply. No need for pessimism: U.S. new vehicle sales still strong http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL01/180719905/u-s-new-vehicle-sales-forecast Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Caution about the outlook for U.S. new-vehicle sales may be warranted, but overall conditions remain sound. Let's not worry ourselves into a slump. Uber rival Gett mulls sale of ride-sharing startup Juno, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180715/MOBILITY/307159995/uber-rival-gett-mulls-sale-of-ride-sharing-startup-juno-report-says Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Gett, the ride-hailing app that competes with Uber, is weighing an exit from the United States, just over a year after spending $200 million to enter the market. McLaren announces hefty pricetag for new 600LT http://www.autonews.com/article/20180715/RETAIL/180719848/mclaren-600lt-supercar-price Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The 600LT, billed as the lightest, most powerful and quickest road-legal Sports Series McLaren, debuted at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England. GM leads in adding minority dealerships http://www.autonews.com/article/20180715/RETAIL/180719852/gm-minority-dealerships-appointments Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST GM topped the industry in minority dealer appointments in 2017, but is seeking more candidates for certain regional markets such as the north-central region. Auto subscriptions dismissed as a 'rich person's toy' in Edmunds analysis http://www.autonews.com/article/20180714/RETAIL01/180719871/car-subscriptions-edmunds-analysis-lease Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Several automakers are experimenting with subscription services, but Edmunds says the math doesn't work out for consumers. Graphic shows declining cars, rising light trucks in the United States http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180713/COPY/307069990/graphic-declining-cars-rising-light-trucks-in-the-united-states Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Automakers are on pace to sell about 5.3 million cars this year, which would be the fewest since 1958. Here are graphic illustrations of how light-truck popularity in the United States is eating away at new-car sales. AutoNews Now: To drive or not to drive: Millennials weigh in http://www.autonews.com/article/20180713/VIDEO/307139976/autonews-now-to-drive-or-not-to-drive-millennials-weigh-in Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:00:00 EST To drive or not to drive: Millennials weigh in; Widow of UAW exec sentenced in corruption probe; Volvo's quality quest; Nissan gets its Kicks in ad; Pininfarina teases EV. Nissan worked backwards to create the first ad for Kicks http://www.autonews.com/article/20180713/RETAIL03/180719879/nissan-worked-backwards-to-create-the-first-ad-for-kicks Fri, 13 Jul 2018 06:22:29 EST When creating the first American ad for the Kicks crossover, Nissan and ad agency TBWA ChiatDay New York did not start with a script -- they went straight to the soundtrack. VW T-Cross: Too small for North America http://www.autonews.com/article/20180713/RETAIL01/180719873/vw-t-cross-too-small-for-north-america Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:48:04 EST It's not coming to the U.S. or Canada, but Volkswagen hopes its T-Cross small crossover will appeal to young families in urban areas almost everywhere else in the world. First Shift: Dealerships fall short on window sticker rule http://www.autonews.com/article/20180713/VIDEO/307139975/first-shift-dealerships-fall-short-on-window-sticker-rule Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:00:00 EST Dealerships fall short on window sticker rule; Too soon to regulate AVs, official says; McLaren's hybrid push; New generation of electric race cars; Saudi woman's Mustang dream car. Mercedes plans more pop-up stores to entice new buyers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180713/COPY/307139999/mercedes-pop-up-store-retailers Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Mercedes wants to give U.S. consumers a no-pressure shopping environment where they can simply see what a Mercedes is. Auto shoppers in the United States favor trucks more and more http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180713/COPY/307069992/car-sales-60-year-low-pace Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Just five years ago, U.S. vehicle sales were evenly split: 50 percent cars and 50 percent light trucks. Now, trucks outsell cars by a ratio of more than 2-to-1, and there's no sign of a car rebound anytime soon. Opel names Brunet as new finance chief http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180713/ANE/180719946/opel-names-brunet-as-new-finance-chief Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Opel has appointed Frederic Brunet as its new chief financial officer, replacing Phillipe de Rovira, who has moved to parent PSA Group as head of finance. Audi team trains German cars to speak American http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180712/COPY/307069991/audi-homologation-team-american Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Audi has learned that consumer expectations in America differ widely from those in the rest of the world. Here's what the brand does before launching a new vehicle. Some dealers struggling to comply with used-vehicle rule, FTC says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180712/RETAIL04/180719889/some-dealers-struggling-to-comply-with-used-vehicle-rule-ftc-says Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:41:48 EST Just 14 of 94 dealerships inspected by the Federal Trade Commission and local partners in 20 cities from April through June had proper buyers guides displayed on all used vehicles' windshields. Discovering what automakers don't know about moving people http://www.autonews.com/article/20180712/OEM06/307129997/discovering-what-automakers-dont-know-about-moving-people Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Automakers rushing to embrace car-sharing, in which sedans and crossovers are more of a service than a product, are getting feedback of all types: buggy apps that crash or time out, dirty cars that smell like smoke, and vehicles that don't unlock... PSA posts 38% sales gain on Opel/Vauxhall addition http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180712/ANE/180719907/psa-posts-38-sales-gain-on-opel-vauxhall-addition Thu, 12 Jul 2018 02:10:19 EST PSA's global vehicle deliveries increased 38 percent in the first half largely because of last year's acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall. Excluding the former GM brands, PSA's sales rose a more modest 1.9 percent. Ford Fusion name will be given to future Subaru Outback rival, reports say http://www.autonews.com/article/20180711/OEM04/180719932/ford-fusion-wagon-name-subaru-outback-rival Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:48:23 EST While Ford's slow-selling Fusion sedan will fade into history, the name is expected to live on in a sport wagon being developed to challenge Subaru's popular Outback, people familiar with the automaker's plans told Bloomberg. World's cheapest car -- the Nano -- goes up in smoke http://www.autonews.com/article/20180711/GLOBAL02/180719949/nano-worlds-cheapest-car-dead-tata-india Wed, 11 Jul 2018 07:59:54 EST A moment of silence, please, for the world's cheapest car, which has all but died in India. It was almost 10 years old. Goodwood turns up the heat on traditional auto shows http://www.autonews.com/article/20180711/BLOG06/307119963/goodwood-turns-up-the-heat-on-traditional-auto-shows Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The Goodwood Festival of Speed has an edge that traditional auto shows in Paris, Detroit and Geneva struggle to match. Italian union plots FCA strike for spending on Ronaldo http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180711/COPY/307129998/italian-union-plots-fca-strike-for-spending-on-ronaldo Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:19:52 EST A small union has called a strike at Fiat Chrysler's plant in Melfi, Italy, to protest against the huge sums of money spent by the Juventus soccer club to sign up star player Cristiano Ronaldo.