Automotive News Retail News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 EST AutoNews Now: GM's plan for 1,500 U.S. jobs Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:15:00 EST GM to create or retain 1,500 U.S. jobs, shift axle work from Mexico; Ford reveals freshened Mustang; GM shows LEGO Batmobile; Ex-manager sues FCA; Analyst: Plan now for downturn. Jaguar testing smaller E-Pace crossover Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:00:00 EST With the F-Pace crossover flying off Jaguar dealers' lots, it only makes sense for the British automaker to add a smaller, more affordable utility vehicle to its lineup. VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A class and SUVs from all brands steal market share from the volume players in Europe's third-largest segment. Renault reports record 2016 sales, expects further growth Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:35:53 EST Renault Group sales rose 13 percent in 2016 to a record 3.18 million vehicles thanks to growth in Europe and in overseas markets such as India and Iran as the automaker expects more progress this year. Europe car sales rise nearly 7% to 9-year high in 2016 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:14:54 EST European car sales rose 6.5 percent to 15.1 million in 2016 -- a nine-year high -- as demand was driven by growth across the region's key markets. December registrations were up 3.2 percent. Honda's Mendel criticizes ultralong loans Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST American Honda chief John Mendel decries the industry's drift toward ultra-long loan periods for car buyers as hurting the overall industry and suppressing new car turnover. Forecasts call for mostly sunny '17 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The boom times will continue. Most forecasters see another 17 million-plus new-vehicle U.S. sales year. But there are wild cards. Cars matter after all Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Their volumes may be declining, but sedans -- along with their coupe and hatchback cousins -- still sell by the millions each year and will continue to do so for years. Lexus execs see holes in the lineup Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Lexus sees possibilities for expanding its lineup. Among them, a subcompact crossover, a three-row crossover, a broader range of F-badged performance cars and even possibly a Tesla-fighting all-electric entry. Sonic, Beepi leaders will share sales insights Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Scott Smith and Owen Savir will share their retailing insights at the Automotive News Retail Forum on Jan. 26 in New Orleans. Subaru 'not done yet' with sales surge Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Subaru is targeting a 9 percent sales surge in 2017 for a ninth straight year of record U.S. results, despite a plateauing overall market. Dealer's post-Katrina relief effort keeps growing Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST When Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans in 2005 and left three of Troy Duhon's car dealerships completely under water, it changed the way he did business. Automakers, NASCAR surprise Mandel in Autoweek Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Longtime Autoweek publisher Dutch Mandel took his own personal checkered flag at the end of 2016. Toyota's Hollis: Don't count out midsize sedans yet Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Midsize cars were among the biggest sales losers last year as customers flocked instead to crossovers and other light trucks. Automakers manage to keep stocks under control Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST U.S. automakers and dealers had a 63-day supply of unsold light vehicles on Jan. 1, up two days from the same time a year before but below the 65-day average for that date over the past 24 years. Nissan's Munoz: U.S. gets priority in new global role Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST With sales records stacking up for Nissan in the U.S. market, Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz wants to keep his eyes on local affairs - even though he now has a critical job to do around the world. NADA's Welch: Seize the political opportunity Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The National Automobile Dealers Association is eager to push a Republican-led government to reduce regulations and keep new-car sales humming. 'Tinkering' gets results at Waymo Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, formerly known as Google's self-driving car project, said the company's vertically integrated self-driving platform was born when Google engineers "began tinkering." New Chevy ad features Lego Batman with 'real people' Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:00:00 EST Chevy's "Real People, Not Actors" focus group campaign just took on a new task: Giving a psychological assessment of Batman, Lego-style. Why automakers must respect the spirit of cooperation at auto shows Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:36:13 EST Inside baseball? Or Ford's slap at the spirit of cooperation that holds big auto shows together? Families don't want downsized cars Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:39:05 EST Perhaps the shift to crossovers, SUVs and pickups has less to do with gas prices and more to do with cars becoming unsuitable to the American family's lifestyle, a reader writes. Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST New-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent to 1.42 million last year but automakers predict the country's four-year slump will end in 2017. EPA locks in 2025 fuel efficiency rules Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:59:49 EST EPA chief Gina McCarthy finalized a determination that the landmark fuel efficiency rules instituted by President Barack Obama should be locked in through 2025, a bid to maintain a key part of his administration's climate legacy. U.S. fuel economy inched lower in December, report says Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:20:29 EST The average fuel economy of new cars and light trucks sold in the United States in December was 24.9 mpg, down 0.1 mpg from November, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute said in its report this week. First Shift: Imagining a hybrid Ford future Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:15:00 EST Imagining a hybrid Ford future; Takata expected to plead guilty in $1B U.S. settlement, Ford, Toyota expand recalls; Civic homecoming; Warning for VW execs; Buick Super Bowl plans. Tesla unveils pricing structure for supercharging stations Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:23:47 EST Tesla Motors said it will charge new customers fees to use its Supercharging stations if they exceed an annual limit, detailing its price structure to help pay for the expansion of its network of stations. Gulf States Toyota connects TV ads to dealer visits Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:04:50 EST In June and July, 652,000 households in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas saw at least twice as many TV ads promoting summertime deals on the Toyota Camry as others in the region. First Shift: An 'interesting' time at Ford Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:45:00 EST An 'interesting' time at Ford; Honda's Mendel sounds alarm on long loans, fleet sales, spiffs; Uber view on autonomy; Border-tax idea called 'troubling.' Renault expects 30% production boost for Clio in Slovenia Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:17:34 EST Renault's Slovenian unit will create 340 new jobs by the end of this month as it expects production of a face-lifted Clio model, which begins in March at the plant, to help boost annual output by 30 percent. Buick back for the big game Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:41:04 EST Buick, General Motors' fastest-growing U.S. brand in 2016, plans to advertise in the Super Bowl for a second consecutive year as it prepares to introduce three more new vehicles. Analyst sees later peak, but 'limited upside' for auto sales Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:03:59 EST Automakers should begin preparing for a market downturn even as new-vehicle sales rise to 18 million units by 2018, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst John Murphy said. Honda's Mendel warns against rising incentives, fleet sales as market peaks Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:27:38 EST U.S. auto sales might have hit another record last year, but the soaring volume is a double-edged sword for squeezed retailers trying to move the metal. Auto finance forecast: Mostly sunny with a few dark clouds Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:30:00 EST The forecast for auto finance in 2017 is mostly sunny. Nissan highlights safety features with 'Star Wars' campaign Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST In the latest new spot to top our weekly viral video charts, Nissan takes inspiration from a galaxy far, far away. PSA sales rise 6% in 2016 on European recovery, Iran Wed, 11 Jan 2017 03:46:49 EST PSA's global deliveries rose by nearly 6 percent last year, propelled by a European market recovery and strong sales of Peugeot cars in Iran. China and southeast Asia was a problem region for the automaker with sales falling 16 percent. Rising used-vehicle supply seen pushing prices down in 2017 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:19:22 EST Used-vehicle prices could this year as the number of off-lease and other used vehicles is slated to increase, said Tom Webb, Cox Automotive's chief economist. GM wins IHS Markit's 'Loyalty to Manufacturer' award Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:00:00 EST General Motors took home the top prize in IHS Markit's Loyalty Awards for the second consecutive year, earning the 'Overall Loyalty to Manufacturer' title for the 2016 model year. How Waymo decided to go driverless Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:22:17 EST John Krafcik, head of what used to be Google's self-driving project, said the company's approach to automation was determined after observing how drivers responded to advanced driver assist technologies. VW posts record 2016 sales despite diesel-cheat crisis Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:55:02 EST VW Group's global sales, including its Audi and Porsche brands, jumped 3.8 percent last year to a record 10.3 million as higher demand in China and Europe offset declines in the U.S. and South America. NADA'S Welch tells automakers to end 'unfair' incentive programs Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:00:00 EST National Automobile Dealers Association CEO Peter Welch called on automakers to end 'unfair' incentive programs and get parts to dealers faster to repair recalled vehicles. AutoNews Now: Chinese concept crossover, sporty VW Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:15:00 EST In Detroit: A Chinese concept crossover and a sportier VW Atlas; Volvo's long-distance delivery; Waymo's way of slashing costs; How Mercedes beat BMW?; Biden visits Chevy. First Shift: A keener Camry, a techy Odyssey Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:45:00 EST In Detroit: A keener Camry, a techier Odyssey; Nissan offers sporty spin on Rogue and a preview of future sedans; BMW 5 series slims down for 7th generation | Where cars meet 'Cars.' Despite global duties, Munoz stays focused on U.S. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:13:23 EST Jose Munoz's latest promotion gave Nissan's North America chairman the additional job of chief performance officer, giving him responsibility for every market in the world. Lightning McQueen, Shinola watch bar, simulators among cool stuff at Detroit show Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:36:07 EST If you're even mildly into cars, for getting to work in an eco-friendly way or just cruising the boulevard in style, the Detroit auto show is a vast and dizzying array of automotive sights, sounds, steel, glass, and rubber. AutoMobili-D serves as bellwether for new mobility technology Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:00:09 EST The auto industry, as technology makes transportation more accessible, is drawing new entrants to the market with pie-in-the-sky plans to save the world. Mercedes jumps back into the Super Bowl Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:10:50 EST Mercedes-Benz, which has been an intermittent Super Bowl advertiser in recent years, is jumping back into the game. Jeep on track to hit 2018 sales target of 1.9 million Tue, 10 Jan 2017 04:05:43 EST Jeep chief Mike Manley said the brand is on track to meet a previously announced 2018 global sales target of 1.9 million vehicles. BMW to sit out Super Bowl for second straight year Mon, 9 Jan 2017 20:09:14 EST BMW is not running a Super Bowl spot for the second year in a row, the brand confirmed today. The brand last ran an ad in the 2015 game to tout the electric i3. Mercedes takes luxury sales crown from BMW Mon, 9 Jan 2017 13:38:36 EST BMW lost its crown as the world's biggest luxury-car brand to Mercedes, ending its reign after more than a decade amid a cluttered lineup of aging models. Chevy's Cruze diesel may get EPA 50 mpg highway rating Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:00:00 EST The upcoming Chevrolet Cruze diesel sedan and hatchback could be the first nonhybrid cars sold in the U.S. since the late 1980s to get an EPA highway rating of 50 mpg or more, GM officials say.