Automotive News Retail News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 24 May 2016 06:00:00 EST VW's financing arm targets big growth in used-car market http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160524/ANE/160529957/vws-financing-arm-targets-big-growth-in-used-car-market Tue, 24 May 2016 08:56:10 EST Volkswagen's financing arm is targeting growth in the used-car market as the unit believes development opportunities in the new-car market are slowing and now plans to offer the same mix of financing products for used cars as it does for new cars. MG will start GS crossover sales in UK in second half http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160524/ANE/160519898/mg-will-start-gs-crossover-sales-in-uk-in-second-half Tue, 24 May 2016 00:01:00 EST China's SAIC Motor will launch sales of the locally built MG GS compact crossover in the UK in the second half. What if distracted walkers had emergency warning systems? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160524/VIRALVIDEO/305249996/what-if-distracted-walkers-had-emergency-warning-systems Tue, 24 May 2016 00:01:00 EST In a new campaign, Nissan is using collisions among those with the habit of looking down at their smartphones while walking to highlight its safety technology. NADA seeks allies to oppose FTC survey http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/RETAIL07/305239971/nada-seeks-allies-to-oppose-ftc-survey Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The National Automobile Dealers Association is lining up allies for a fight with the Federal Trade Commission over a proposed survey of consumers regarding their experiences trading in, buying and financing vehicles at dealerships. North Carolina denies Tesla a dealership license http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM05/160529963/north-carolina-denies-tesla-a-dealership-license Mon, 23 May 2016 16:49:25 EST North Carolina denied Tesla Motors' bid to attain a second dealership license in the state, saying the automaker must go through a third-party dealership group. Feds flash their badges on auto data http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM06/305239950/feds-flash-their-badges-on-auto-data Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST On Feb. 12, some of the auto industry's leading cybersecurity experts gathered at a sprawling FBI complex to meet with an elite digital SWAT team called the Operational Technology Division. Connectivity for mom-and-pop fleets http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM06/305239951/connectivity-for-mom-and-pop-fleets Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors wants to attract mom-and-pop operators with what it bills as the first integrated, hardware-free tool for small businesses to manage their fleets. TALK FROM THE TOP with Alan Batey: GM isn't sweating share losses http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM08/305239992/talk-from-the-top-with-alan-batey-gm-isnt-sweating-share-losses Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST GM's sliding market share doesn't faze Alan Batey, who says the company is finally focused on profitable growth and brand building, rather than chasing volume through daily rental sales or overproduction. Tesla, eyeing summer vacationers, to open Hamptons, Cape Cod stores http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM05/160529970/tesla-eyeing-summer-vacationers-to-open-hamptons-cape-cod-stores Mon, 23 May 2016 10:29:55 EST Tesla Motors, preparing for the Memorial Day holiday and a surge in summer travel in two of the nation's most well-known vacation spots, plans to open stores in the Hamptons and Cape Cod on Friday. Penske rolls out online shopping across U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/RETAIL01/305239985/penske-rolls-out-online-shopping-across-u-s Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Penske Automotive Group's Preferred Purchase online shopping tool will be available on all 115 of its U.S. dealerships' websites by month end. Audi, BMW, Mercedes lead in user-friendly connectivity, study shows http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160523/ANE/160529979/audi-bmw-mercedes-lead-in-user-friendly-connectivity-study-shows Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Audi, BMW and Mercedes lead other automakers in offering easy-to-use connected features, a study shows, but more needs to be done to make customers aware of the technology so they don't choose Apple and Google for their Internet-enabled navigation... Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160523/ANE/160519896/cadillac-europes-chief-to-lead-the-brand-in-china Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, effective June 1. Zuchowski to dealers: Get with the times http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/RETAIL07/305239957/zuchowski-to-dealers-get-with-the-times Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski is sounding a call to his dealers that their way of doing business must change - fast. Contests boost benefits of just showing up http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/RETAIL07/305239982/contests-boost-benefits-of-just-showing-up Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Victorville Motors, a Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram dealership in Southern California, created a car-giveaway contest to encourage perfect attendance among students at local high schools. GM's Batey puts faith in numbers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM02/305239974/gms-batey-puts-faith-in-numbers Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Chat with General Motors' Alan Batey, and you'd hardly suspect that GM has given up more market share this year than any major automaker. That's because the North America chief sees plenty of other numbers he likes. The pace car? What else but a Chevrolet http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM02/305239962/the-pace-car-what-else-but-a-chevrolet Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST It has been a long time since anything other than a Chevrolet or General Motors vehicle was the official pace car of the Indy 500 - 1996 to be exact. As it turns out, in-store is on par with online http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/RETAIL07/305239959/as-it-turns-out-in-store-is-on-par-with-online Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Consultants have warned dealerships that customers' in-store experience has to match the online one and that too often, they don't. A new survey shows that, in fact, they do. Driving Indy's pace car is an honor and a huge responsibility http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/RETAIL03/305239969/driving-indys-pace-car-is-an-honor-and-a-huge-responsibility Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST In those heart-thumping first trips around the track -- and later when caution flags are out -- the pace car is in command of the Indy 500. It's a terrific responsibility and an honor for the driver and for the make and model of car. Can PSA be most efficient carmaker? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM/305239978/can-psa-be-most-efficient-carmaker Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Under PSA Group's Push to Pass plan, the automaker aims "to become the world's most efficient carmaker," CEO Carlos Tavares says. Google positions updated Android as a standard for cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM06/305239984/google-positions-updated-android-as-a-standard-for-cars Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Google introduced an updated version of the Android operating system that it promises will work easily with key in-car features such as climate control, radio and digital instrument clusters. Next Audi A8 takes cues from Prologue concepts http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM04/305239976/next-audi-a8-takes-cues-from-prologue-concepts Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST A prototype of Audi's next-generation A8 flagship spotted by spy photographer in Europe shows how design elements from the brand's Prologue series of concept cars will be adopted for production vehicles. Eagles work in concert for Fiat ad shoot http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/RETAIL03/305239988/eagles-work-in-concert-for-fiat-ad-shoot Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST To grab dramatic footage aerial footage of the Fiat 124 roadster, ad agency FCB Chicago used a trio of eagles with small Sony Action Cams attached to them, and tried to steer clear of crows. Dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/RETAIL07/305169763/dealers Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Members of the Crouse family at Crouse Ford Sales in Taneytown, Md., received a 75-year award from Ford Motor Co. Pictured, from left, are Tom Crouse, Ken Crouse, Mike Crouse and David Crouse. Supercharging a Facebook marketing drive http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/RETAIL03/305239989/supercharging-a-facebook-marketing-drive Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Quirky outreach can be fun and memorable for consumers, but Jack Ingram Nissan's aim went beyond entertainment. Packing heat? That's cool with some Texas dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160522/RETAIL07/305239967/packing-heat-thats-cool-with-some-texas-dealers Sun, 22 May 2016 00:01:00 EST On Jan. 1, it became legal in Texas to openly carry a handgun if the person has a license and the property owner does not display a sign banning the practice. The Google alum polishing GM's Maven car-sharing brand http://www.autonews.com/article/20160520/OEM02/160529991/the-google-alum-polishing-gms-maven-car-sharing-brand Fri, 20 May 2016 08:26:06 EST Zafar Razzacki's resume -- which includes a stint at Google and a few tech startups -- screams Silicon Valley, not Detroit. ATandT adds connected-car plans, launches first ad campaign aimed at consumers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160520/OEM06/160529984/att-adds-connected-car-plans-launches-first-ad-campaign-aimed-at Fri, 20 May 2016 15:00:00 EST ATandT has added Volkswagen and Infiniti to its wireless connected-car program and is introducing a new connected-car data plan for existing tablet or smartphone customers with unlimited plans. First Shift: May U.S. sales drop predicted http://www.autonews.com/article/20160520/VIDEO/305209952/first-shift-may-u-s-sales-drop-predicted Fri, 20 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Power, LMC predict drop in May U.S. sales; FCA chided for no-show; Daimler sets aside recall funds; Legal spat ends at newly acquired GM venture; Toyota exec's forecast frustration. Auto sector stumbles in Q1 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160520/ANE/160519946/auto-sector-stumbles-in-q1 Fri, 20 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The European auto industry began 2016 on a low note, with sharp falls in shareholder value for all automakers, all retailers and most partsmakers. Volvo's China sales chief Fu Qiang resigns http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160520/ANE/160529996/volvos-china-sales-chief-fu-qiang-resigns Fri, 20 May 2016 05:03:04 EST Volvo's China sales chief, Fu Qiang, has resigned "for personal reasons." The automaker hasn't said who will replace Fu in its largest single market. AutoNews Now: UAW chief decries Mexico moves http://www.autonews.com/article/20160519/VIDEO/305199954/autonews-now-uaw-chief-decries-mexico-moves Thu, 19 May 2016 00:01:00 EST UAW chief: Mexico investments 'about cheap labor'; Self-driving Bolts; GM expands ride-share service; Jeep output snag; Cadillac kills ELR; Mopar expansion; Google patents a sticky safety feature. U.S. auto sales to fall 5.7% in May, LMC and Power say http://www.autonews.com/article/20160519/RETAIL01/160519842/u-s-auto-sales-to-fall-5-7-in-may-lmc-and-power-say Thu, 19 May 2016 15:05:17 EST The days of lofty year-over-year increases in monthly U.S. auto sales may be reaching an end. Forecasters J.D. Power and LMC Automotive say U.S. deliveries of new light vehicles will slide 5. GM expands car-sharing service Maven to Boston, Chicago, D.C. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160519/OEM/160519850/gm-expands-car-sharing-service-maven-to-boston-chicago-d-c Thu, 19 May 2016 11:46:10 EST General Motors is expanding its car-sharing service Maven to Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C., nearly four months after the service was launched. EPA sets modest hike in renewable fuel use for 2017 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160519/OEM/160519853/epa-sets-modest-hike-in-renewable-fuel-use-for-2017 Thu, 19 May 2016 06:13:03 EST U.S. regulators proposed a modest increase in the amount of corn-based ethanol and biofuels that fuel producers must mix into diesel and gasoline in 2017. Google positions updated Android as a standard for cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20160518/OEM06/160519883/google-positions-updated-android-as-a-standard-for-cars Wed, 18 May 2016 12:00:00 EST In a play to persuade automakers to run cars on its Android operating system, Google is introducing an updated version of Android that it promises will work easily with key in-car features such as climate control, AM/FM radio and digital instrument... AutoNews Now: Android gets more car-friendly http://www.autonews.com/article/20160518/VIDEO/305189912/autonews-now-android-gets-more-car-friendly Wed, 18 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Android gets more car-friendly; Volvo takes youth turn; U.S. probes patent complaint against VW; FCA recalls Wrangler, Fiat 500; Cadillac CTS, Audi A8 spy shots; EV owner sues BMW German gov't approves EV and plug-in hybrid incentives http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160518/ANE/160519874/german-govt-approves-ev-and-plug-in-hybrid-incentives Wed, 18 May 2016 05:57:55 EST The German cabinet approved incentives to boost demand for electric cars. EV buyers will receive a 4,000-euro subsidy while those choosing plug-in hybrid cars will receive 3,000 euros. Nissan investment excites Mitsubishi's U.S. dealer council chairman http://www.autonews.com/article/20160517/RETAIL/160519893/nissan-investment-excites-mitsubishis-u-s-dealer-council-chairman Tue, 17 May 2016 06:28:52 EST The chairman of Mitsubishi Motors' U.S. national dealer council's advisory board said he sees new life for the brand after Nissan's $2.2 billion stake. U.S. residuals predicted to drop 4.2 percentage points, Black Book says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160517/RETAIL04/160519886/u-s-residuals-predicted-to-drop-4-2-percentage-points-black-book-says Tue, 17 May 2016 15:24:13 EST Black Book predicts a drop of 4.2 percentage points in used-vehicle residual values over the next three years. New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. in May and June will retain about 47. AutoNews Now: Dealer sees new hope for Mitsu http://www.autonews.com/article/20160517/VIDEO/305179948/autonews-now-dealer-sees-new-hope-for-mitsu Tue, 17 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealer chief sees new hope for Mitsubishi; Ghosn pay proves provocative; Opel denies allegations; Sporty Kia spied; Google vet turns to self-driving big rigs; Ford makes like a tree. Audi's next A8 reveals Prologue concept cues http://www.autonews.com/article/20160517/OEM04/160519903/audis-next-a8-reveals-prologue-concept-cues Tue, 17 May 2016 11:00:00 EST Spy photographers have caught Audi putting its next-generation A8 flagship sedan through the paces on public roads in Europe ahead of its release next year. Renault Kwid scores zero stars in Indian crash tests http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160517/ANE/160519891/renault-kwid-scores-zero-stars-in-indian-crash-tests Tue, 17 May 2016 07:08:07 EST For the second time since its introduction in India last year, Renault's Kwid crossover scored zero stars for adult passenger protection in the country, a leading auto safety group said. First Shift: Deeper MPG problem for GM? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160517/VIDEO/305179947/first-shift-deeper-mpg-problem-for-gm Tue, 17 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Deeper MPG problem for GM?; Exec changes at Nissan; Tesla seeks answers after worker's injury; Tearing down walls at Volvo; Fiat high, Subaru low; Chinese automaker's Detroit plan. Nissan taps Mayra Gonzalez for trailblazing role http://www.autonews.com/article/20160517/OEM02/160519900/nissan-taps-mayra-gonzalez-for-trailblazing-role Tue, 17 May 2016 04:19:38 EST Nissan has promoted Mayra Gonzalez, the automaker's sales boss in Mexico, to president of the unit, making her the first woman to lead a Nissan Group country operation. Conti powertrain boss confident about meeting EU's tougher emissions limits http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160517/ANE/160509885/conti-powertrain-boss-confident-about-meeting-eus-tougher-emissions Tue, 17 May 2016 00:01:00 EST VW Group's admission to cheating emissions tests means that regulators plan stricter testing, but that doesn't worry Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila. A boy and his mom http://www.autonews.com/article/20160517/VIRALVIDEO/305249998/a-boy-and-his-mom Tue, 17 May 2016 00:01:00 EST A boy touts his adventurous mother in a new Infiniti QX60 spot that debuts on our viral video list this week. CDK signs up Hendrick group http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/RETAIL07/305169943/cdk-signs-up-hendrick-group Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The Hendrick Automotive Group's 102 dealerships are migrating to CDK Global's dealership management system, switching from Reynolds and Reynolds. China's GAC to return to Detroit auto show ahead of U.S. sales launch http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/RETAIL03/160519905/chinas-gac-to-return-to-detroit-auto-show-ahead-of-u-s-sales-launch Mon, 16 May 2016 15:16:40 EST Guangzhou Automobile Group plans to return to the Detroit auto show in 2017 after a one-year hiatus. The state-owned Chinese automaker, which hopes to launch U.S. sales in the next few years, plans to exhibit on the main show floor. For Lamborghini dealer, Instagram clicks http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/RETAIL07/305169955/for-lamborghini-dealer-instagram-clicks Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Brett David, CEO of Prestige Imports Lamborghini in North Miami Beach, Fla., primarily uses social media such as Instagram to promote the muscular, aggressive-looking exotic cars he sells. Mercedes signals flexibility on dealer training http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/RETAIL07/305169924/mercedes-signals-flexibility-on-dealer-training Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST In response to dealer pushback, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler is working on a plan to shift dealership leadership training from West Point to regional sites across the country.