Automotive News Retail News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:00:00 EST Maserati dealer sues factory, alleging padded sales Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:04:59 EST A Maserati dealer has sued Maserati North America, saying the auto company insisted the dealership misrepresent sales, reporting 2014 vehicle sales as much as quadruple what they actually were, and discriminated against dealers who refused to... AutoNation August sales drop 5% on calendar quirk Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:38:43 EST AutoNation's U.S. new-vehicle retail sales fell by 5 percent from a year prior to 31,032 vehicles in August, a decline driven largely by a drop in import sales and the Labor Day weekend falling completely in September this year. Average U.S. new-vehicle mpg falls in August Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:13:22 EST The average stated fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the United States fell in August and is down nearly 2 percent from the record high set a year ago, a University of Michigan report released today said. Nissan marketing exec Mohnke adds U.S. sales duties Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:50:33 EST Nissan North America's chief marketing officer Dan Mohnke will add U.S. sales to his responsibilities beginning today, the automaker said in a news release. Hyundai brings back Nissan's Hatami as U.S. sales chief Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EST Derrick Hatami, who left Hyundai last January to become U.S. sales chief at Nissan, will return to Hyundai to fill the company's new vacancy for a U.S. sales chief. Volvo sales rise 3% in August as U.S. demand offsets slowing China Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:38:05 EST Volvo's global car sales rose 3.2 percent in August as strong growth in the U.S. helped offset a continued slide in China, which has been hit by slowing growth and stock market turmoil. Opel will launch online retail banking in Germany Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:24:24 EST Opel will push into online retail banking in Germany and use consumer deposits to broaden the base of its financing operation. Sales edge down but SAAR soars to 17.81 million Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EST U.S. light-vehicle sales slipped 0.7 percent, far better than projections of a 3.3 percent dip, to 1.505 million in August as consumers shrugged off volatile stock prices and continued to splurge. The annualized pace of sales soared to 17. Land Rover to roll out two diesels in October Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:56:36 EST Land Rover expects its first U.S. diesel vehicles will account for up to 20 percent of sales for the two SUVs powered by the new-generation engines. GM slips as fleet pullback continues Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:30:00 EST GM's U.S. sales slipped less than 1 percent in August, as the second straight monthly drop in fleet sales offset rising demand from individual buyers. GM sold 270,480 vehicles last month, down 0.7 percent from a year earlier. Hyundai, Kia notch records on Santa Fe, Soul Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:15:00 EST Facing stock market turmoil and an unfriendly calendar, Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia still set monthly U.S. sales records in August on strong demand for crossovers. Hyundai reported selling 72,012 vehicles for the month, a 2. Canada sales rise 2.2% in August Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:13:07 EST Light vehicle sales in Canada grew 2.2 percent in August to 175,512 vehicles, according to the monthly Desrosiers market snapshot report. Lexus grabs second straight monthly U.S. sales win, narrows gap with BMW Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:16:45 EST Lexus sold the most luxury vehicles in the U.S. in August, riding a wave of demand for its new crossover to a second straight monthly win and narrowing the gap with BMW. Sales rose 2. Ford's U.S. retail volume best since '06 Tue, 1 Sep 2015 13:30:00 EST Ford Motor Co. had its best retail-sales month since March 2006 in August, selling 183,467 vehicles in the U.S. Ford posted its highest F-series number of the year and gains of at least 20 percent for five crossover and SUV nameplates. Toyota, Honda suffer from weak car deliveries Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:15:00 EST The declines in small and midsize car sales finally caught up to both Toyota and Honda in August. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. reported its August sales fell 8.8 percent from a year earlier to 224,381 vehicles, while American Honda Motor Co.' Weak Nissan, strong Infiniti results leaves Nissan N.A. off slightly Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:00:00 EST Nissan North America reported a slight drop in U.S. sales in August, as lower car sales offset strong performances by the Rogue crossover, the Altima sedan and the Infiniti luxury brand. Why the momentum could last Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:00:00 EST Auto marketers are still standing back from the edge of 2009's pit of despair, though maybe some leaned in a bit last month. VW's run ends with 8.1% drop; Audi's hot streak continues Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:45:00 EST Audi of America posted its best August ever, while Volkswagen of America was unable to sustain its brief growth spurt. After posting higher U.S. sales in May, June and July, VW backtracked with an 8.1 percent decline last month. Hyundai's U.S. sales chief Pradzinski departs abruptly Tue, 1 Sep 2015 13:09:08 EST Bob Pradzinski, the No. 2 sales executive at Hyundai Motor America behind CEO Dave Zuchowski, has left the company, Hyundai said today. There was no immediate word on a successor for that post. Pradzinski, 55, was a 26-year Hyundai veteran. Record Jeep, Ram pickup demand push FCA up 1.7% Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:15:00 EST Record Jeep and Ram pickup volume pushed Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales up 1.7 percent in August, offsetting stiff drops at the Dodge and Chrysler brands. The automaker reported sales in the U.S. of 201,672. Tesla names new Germany chief amid slow sales Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Tesla named a new top executive in Germany, where the U.S. electric car maker is struggling to gain a foothold. French new-car sales rise 10% percent on extra selling day Tue, 1 Sep 2015 05:05:47 EST French new-car sales rose 9.7 percent in August, traditionally a slow holiday month, boosted by an extra selling day. All major brands increased sales except Toyota and Ford. Spain's car sales jump 23% in 24th consecutive month of growth Tue, 1 Sep 2015 06:36:31 EST Spanish new-car sales rose 23 percent in August in the best result for the month since 2009 and the 24th consecutive month of growth as the market benefits from a government-backed subsidy program. Top Renault exec sees European rebound continuing in second half Tue, 1 Sep 2015 05:23:39 EST Renault's Chief Competitive Officer, Thierry Bollore, expects Europe's rebound to continue as the region's economy improves and drivers replace aging vehicles. Nissan's absurd new sport Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan takes its UEFA Champions League sponsorship to a whole new level in its latest spot. Racketeering case against M-B store fails Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST A Texas Mercedes-Benz store that stopped selling factory parts to a repair shop whose owner testified against it in a lawsuit has beaten an allegation of civil racketeering by the shop and its owner. Updated Smart ForTwo convertible is due next summer Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The convertible version of the redesigned Smart ForTwo will debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the U.S. early next summer. Porsche dealers looking to leverage posh new Atlanta experience center Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Porsche dealerships are hosting events at and sending customers to the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta. That's exactly the kind of dealer buy-in Porsche's U.S. chief Detlev von Platen was seeking when he proposed the $100 million project. Mazda rolls out store redesign Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST A suburban Seattle store is the first store to adopt Mazda's first new dealership design in 12 years, a black-and-white motif called Retail Evolution. Getting the luxury treatment at Porsche's Experience Center Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Porsche employees moved into the company's new $100 million U.S. headquarters in Atlanta in January. The integrated Porsche Experience Center, a test track and other attractions, were unveiled in early May. Now U.S. China faces an added threat down the road: Capacity glut Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The news coming out of China right now is bad, and chances are, it's going to get worse. Doesn't a Miata price frenzy come standard? Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST There's general agreement among the automotive cognoscenti that the redesigned, lightweight 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best model in the iconic roadster's 26-year history. But that isn't translating into a price-ballooning frenzy. Automakers' high tech collects dust Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST According to J.D. Power's first Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report, at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners never have used 16 of the 33 technology features measured. Enzo Ferrari's Hollywood horsepower Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST There's something irresistible about the life of Enzo Ferrari that continues to fascinate filmmakers. Dealers Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Dealers featured this week include Michael Kennedy at Kennedy Ford in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; Brian Kelly at Kelly Infiniti in Danvers, Mass.; and James Petty at Giant Chevrolet-Cadillac in Visalia, Calif. Chevrolet's next-gen Equinox gets sportier front end and lower profile Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The redesigned Chevrolet Equinox expected for the 2017 model year will sport a streamlined face and a lower, sleeker profile. Dealer: Color-coding cars makes shopping easier Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Orlando luxury dealer Peter Wilson has simplified used-vehicle retailing by grouping his inventory into clearly defined categories. Average used-vehicle price slips below $10,000 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The average wholesale used-vehicle price dips below $10,000 in July but demand for used vehicles, especially CPO, buoy prices compared to last year, according to ADESA. Instant online auctions save time, costs Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Need to price and sell a trade-in fast? Recently developed apps enables franchise dealers to get appraisals and purchase offers on their mobile devices or desktop computers for their used vehicles in an hour or less. . Citroen prepares new models with an eye on China Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Citroen is preparing a series of model launches to reverse a sales slump that threatens to hamper parent PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's recovery from near bankruptcy. Calif. dealers call Tesla referral deal illegal Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:11:34 EST A new referral program from Tesla Motors that offers discounts to buyers referred by a Tesla owner is drawing complaints from dealers in the electric-car manufacturer's home state of California. Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:43:33 EST German auto supplier Robert Bosch has bought Seeo, a California-based company that has developed next-generation lithium-ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars. Musk takes page from PayPal with Tesla Model S referral offer Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:06:15 EST Elon Musk reached back to his days at PayPal for Tesla's first-ever incentive offer. Anyone who orders a new Model S sedan before Oct. DS will challenge established premium brands Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST DS may be the youngest brand on the market but its product chief, Vincent Devos, believes the upscale marque can rival the best the luxury segment has to offer within two decades, as he explained to Automotive News Europe. Monthly payments, loan terms up in Q2, Experian says Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:49:32 EST The average monthly payment increased and new-vehicle loan terms grew during the second quarter as average U.S. transaction prices for new cars and light trucks rose, Experian Automotive reported. Tesla Model S breaks Consumer Reports' test scale Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:43:23 EST Tesla's high-performance Model S P85D scored a 103 on Consumer Reports' ratings scale meant to top out at 100, forcing the magazine to recalibrate its ratings. Sales may dip for first time in 19 months Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:00:00 EST Monthly U.S. auto sales are expected to fall for the first time in 19 months in August, but analysts say it's a blip caused by a later-than-usual Labor Day rather than a softening of consumer demand. China's luxury shoppers hit pause amid roiling markets Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:40:49 EST The rout in China stocks is posing another threat to the world's biggest car market, jeopardizing growth plans for companies from Volkswagen AG to General Motors. Global carmakers rework India plans Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:01:03 EST Leading global carmakers including VW, GM, Nissan and Renault are reviewing their plans in India as they seek to boost sales, avoid more cutbacks, and better compete against market leaders Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Mahindra. Loan terms for used vehicles grow as inventory becomes 'younger, pricier' Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:45:00 EST Loan terms on used cars and light trucks are ticking up as those vehicles, on average, become 'younger and pricier,' according to The average loan term on a used vehicle stretched to 66.2 months in the second quarter, up 1. %]