Automotive News Retail News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:00:00 EST How Cox bought Dealertrack Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST In a wide-ranging interview, Cox Automotive President Sandy Schwartz offered this peak at Cox Enterprises' $4.5 billion purchase of Dealertrack in 2015. Sources: FCA found sales were inflated Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST An internal review ordered in mid-2015 by top Fiat Chrysler FCA US executives uncovered thousands of vehicle sales reported by FCA brands for which there was no actual buyer, according to two company sources. Ford plans to install Apple CarPlay, Android Auto in entire 2017 lineup Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity on its full lineup of 2017 vehicles, marking the fastest rollout of the technology so far by an automaker in the U.S. Cox shifts into 'integration mode' after shopping spree Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Cox Automotive will be in 'integration mode for a couple of years,' after a string of acquisitions and company launches this decade, President Sandy Schwartz said. First Shift: '17 Fords to get Apple, Android Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST '17 Fords to get Apple, Android; Sources: FCA sales-reporting practices uncovered in 2015 review; GM rethinks India spending; VW tries new way to name crossover; Rosekind's plea. Mobile app brings online-dating mentality to car shopping Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST A new app allows shoppers to swipe through images of new and used vehicles gathered from more than 29,000 dealership sites across the U.S. Dealer, CFPB exec face off over loan pricing Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST A Texas dealer and the CFPB's head of fair-lending enforcement held a lively discussion of why and how dealerships charge for arranging auto financing at the annual National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers conference. GM minority dealer expansion comes with caveat Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST GM laid out an aggressive plan at the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers conference to add 10 minority-owned dealerships per year, net, to its retail network for the next five years. Nissan, Toyota vie for the hearts of Texans Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST To grow in the U.S., Nissan needs more of Texas. But Dallas is about to become Toyota Town. A buff new Buick Enclave Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Spy photos suggest the Buick Enclave will become more muscular when the brand's biggest crossover is redesigned. Nissan declares its 'year of the truck' Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan has declared this as its 'year of the truck,' with fresh changes coming for the Titan, Armada, Pathfinder and Rogue. FCA salutes Jeep Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST A unique Jeep Wrangler rolled down the assembly line in Toledo, Ohio, on July 15, looking like a combat zone "jeep" of the distant past. Hyundai to roll out next-gen fuel cell in '18 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Hyundai will use the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea to showcase a new next-generation fuel cell vehicle. Fuel economy report shows just what the industry can do Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Last week's draft report on the auto industry agreement on fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions provides a helpful reminder of what happens when automakers and regulators have the courage to question their assumptions. Toyota CPO surge boosts sales industrywide Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Industrywide first-half CPO sales grew 4 percent, according to data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center. Toyota division helped to lift the total, as its CPO sales climbed 15 percent. Store expects its used-car leasing to grow Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealer Wes Lutz took used-vehicle leasing into his own hands. He offers his customers leases on late-model used cars and trucks that, in some cases, can cut payments in half compared with purchasing a new vehicle of the same make and model. No auctions for this used-car manager Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST A pre-owned sales manager at a Buick-GMC dealership in Ohio pays staffers $200 when they find the vehicles he wants. Judge allows dealership discrimination suit to proceed Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST A lawsuit alleges that a former new-car manager made "racially inappropriate comments every day" towards an African-American car salesman. Mazda diesel still in the plans, CEO says Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST While diesel-powered Mazdas haven't made a U.S. debut yet, the automaker still plans on offering them stateside. She&'s driving GM in a new direction Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Julia Steyn, who is leading GM's various experiments in vehicle sharing and transportation services under the Maven brand, says she's encouraged by the early results. How dealerships can fix 'underselling' right away Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:00:00 EST Dealerships that suffer from 'underselling' can take a few steps to quickly improve their sales performance, says the head of a mystery-shopping consultancy. VW will halt sales of most vehicles in S. Korea amid emissions probe Fri, 22 Jul 2016 05:31:57 EST Volkswagen will suspend sales of most of its vehicle models in South Korea, as pressure builds on the automaker over its falsified emissions tests. PSA plant blames two-day stoppage on Brexit vote Fri, 22 Jul 2016 05:12:25 EST PSA blamed the UK's referendum vote to leave the EU for a decision to suspend production for two days at its Poissy plant near Paris. The automaker said the measure was "just in case" the June decision significantly affects its sales. Mini campaign will defy labels during Olympics Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:00:00 EST Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields has dealt with a bevy of labels in her life. Shields -- who captured a gold medal during the London games in 2012 -- is one of eight current and former U.S. GM reports first quarterly profit in Europe since 2011 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EST GM reported its first quarterly profit in Europe in five years on Thursday, but the automaker warned that currency and market disruptions caused by the UK's decision to quit the EU could slash $400 million from second-half results in the region. First Shift: GM posts $2.9 billion profit Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST GM posts $2.9 billion profit; Musk's 'master plan' takes Tesla beyond EVs, batteries; Rosekind: U.S. still bullish on autonomous cars; Daimler, Volvo profits; Chevy's product pipeline. Mercedes' second-quarter profit drops on Takata airbag recall Thu, 21 Jul 2016 04:11:42 EST Daimler reported weaker profit from its Mercedes Cars unit in the second quarter because of the cost of refreshing its lineup and one-time charges related to recalling cars with faulty Takata airbags. The unit's profit margin dropped to 6. Volvo eyes record year as profit triples in first half Thu, 21 Jul 2016 04:43:26 EST Volvo is confident of reaching record sales and earnings for the full year after it reported half-year operating earnings rose to 5.59 billion Swedish crowns ($649.8 million) up from 1.66 billion in the same period last year. Zetsche says he does not see Brexit impacting vehicle demand Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:12:54 EST Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said he did not expect the UK's decision to leave the EU to have any effect on demand for vehicles. Metaldyne Performance Group to consolidate 8 brands Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:39:10 EST Powertrain components supplier Metaldyne Performance Group will consolidate its eight brands following a merger nearly two years ago. All brands will fall under the MPG moniker. AutoNews Now: VW taking another financial hit Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Double hit on VW: As cost of scandal rises, 'deep' cover-up alleged; FCA compliance czar; Report: Benz, Ferrari recalls needed; Honda, Buick, Jag spy shots; Look son, no hands! BMW N.A. retains Interpublic's UM for media work Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:19:05 EST Interpublic Group's UM has retained BMW's North American media planning and buying account after a review. The agency has also picked up media planning for BMW-owned Mini, after previously handling buying. VW diesel scandal costs rise to 18B euros as new provision hits earnings Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:56:34 EST VW made additional provisions for costs associated with its diesel scandal as the company announced that first-half earnings rose 7 percent to 7.5 billion euros ($8.25 billion). VW set aside another 2.2 billion euros to help cover U.S. legal risks. Used-vehicle leasing can be risky, economist says Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:45:00 EST Used-vehicle leasing can help manage the flow of off-lease vehicles, but moving a vehicle's residual risk from a new-car lease contract to a used-car lease contract is risky business, Cox Automotive's chief economist says. Hyundai dealers in China seek up to $135 million in compensation Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:11:19 EST A group of Hyundai dealers in China is seeking 800 million-900 million yuan ($120 million-135 million) in compensation from the South Korean automaker, saying Hyundai has cut the flow of models it exports to them, resulting in dealership losses and... Why we shouldn't let the VW scandal kill diesel powertrains Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:45:00 EST Volkswagen's travails aside, modern diesel engines such as Fiat Chrysler's 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 still deserve a seat at the main table of automakers' fuel economy strategies. Tesla Motors changes web address to Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:23:10 EST Tesla Motors has changed its internet address from to, hinting at a possible company name change as part of CEO Elon Musk's latest and still undisclosed "master plan." Mazda pushes craftsmanship in top viral video campaign Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST To hammer home the point of craftsmanship, the spot shows leather being stitched together on a steering wheel while wood grain is being carved as viewers get a glimpse of the CX-9's interior. Automaker financing unleashes Mexico sales Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST When banks and finance companies say no, cash-poor Mexican consumers turn to a traditional form of credit known as autofinanciamiento, or "self financing." Fiat Chrysler sales reporting practices subject of U.S. probe Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:45:00 EST FCA US, which has chalked up 75 straight months of U.S. sales gains, is facing a coordinated federal probe into its sales reporting practices. AutoNews Now: FBI, SEC probe FCA sales reporting Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST FBI, SEC probe FCA sales reporting; U.S. likely to miss 54.5 mpg goal; Delays at Saleen rile Mustang dealers; Ford executive shuffle; Germany mulls black boxes for auto-piloted cars. A Benz for back roads Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Prototypes of Mercedes-Benz's E-class All-Terrain wagon have been caught testing on public roads. The new variant, based on the E-class Estate, will give Mercedes a rival to the Audi Allroad and Volvo Cross Country. Jaguar's big crossover Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Spy photos signal that Jaguar is far along in developing a crossover larger than the compact F-Pace that went on sale in late spring. The so-called J-Pace is expected to go on sale in 2019. Uber logs 2 billion rides 6 months after hitting first billion Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:35:09 EST Uber has completed more than 2 billion trips on its app, a milestone that arrives just weeks after the ride service added another $4.7 billion to its war chest. First Shift: Steep hike in CAFE fines Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST NHTSA plans steep hike in CAFE fines; Update coming to Tesla's Autopilot?; GM pickup truck incentives more than double; Redesigned Enclave, next-gen Regal in Buick pipeline. Saleen under siege Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST A large Ford dealership in Texas is suing Saleen Automotive, alleging fraud and breach of contract, and another dealership says it's having similar problems getting the customizer to deliver a supercharged Mustang that was promised and paid for long... GM alters dealer ratings after court setback Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors is modifying its criteria for how it holds dealers accountable for their sales performance -- at least in New York state -- after a court ruling there that shot down GM's preferred formula for rating dealers' effectiveness. Family dealer convenes a 'G5' summit Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST For a 103-year-old family-operated dealership group, developing a succession plan ranks high on the to-do list. Steady Audi hits 80 months of sales gains Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Audi's run of year-on-year sales increases reached a remarkable 80 months in June. Infiniti impresses mystery shoppers Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Infiniti stores outperformed all brands in a study on prospect satisfaction, while Tesla lagged all brands.