Automotive News Retail News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 2 Jul 2015 06:00:00 EST Honda posts 4.2% U.S. gain in June Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:30:00 EST Sales at American Honda rose 4.2 percent in June, thanks to robust Honda truck volume and a strong performance by Acura's sedans, a rare bright spot among cars across an industry riding a wave of light-truck sales. Look out! Still water ahead Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:30:00 EST June was another good sales month. We've had a good first half, and a great six-year run-up. But expect to start seeing some separation among competitors. VW rides hot Golf, Audi to 2nd straight monthly gain Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:00:00 EST The red-hot Golf lineup drove Volkswagen of America to its second-straight monthly U.S. sales gain in June. Ford expects second-half rally for F series as inventory builds Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:00:00 EST Ford posted a 1.5 percent increase in U.S. light-vehicle sales last month, even as F-series deliveries declined to the lowest level since January. Strong truck volume helps Toyota offset weak car demand Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:30:00 EST Toyota Motor Sales, boosted by strong light-truck volume, rebounded from a sales decline in May to post a 4.1 percent jump in June deliveries. FCA tops Ford in retail sales for first time, reports say Wed, 1 Jul 2015 13:04:06 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' retail sales in the U.S. topped Ford Motor Co.'s in June, the first month that's happened, CNBC and Bloomberg reported. Trucks drive sales up 3.9%; SAAR hits 17.16 million Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:30:00 EST U.S. light-vehicle sales, fueled by strong truck volume at Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota, rose 3.9 percent last month as the industry continued to climb toward one of its biggest sales years ever. FCA up 8.2% on strong Jeep, Chrysler 200 sales Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:00:00 EST The Jeep brand and the Chrysler 200 both helped push Fiat Chrysler's June sales up 8.2 percent, the automaker's best sales for the month of June since 2006. Rogue fires up Nissan sales Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:30:00 EST Nissan Division posted a June sales record, gaining 13 percent over last year, thanks to big demand for its Rogue compact crossover. The brand is now looking for more production volume for the model -- which is already coming from three factories. GM tally dented by pullback in fleet business Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:00:00 EST A steep drop in sales to rental companies in June magnified General Motors' weak car sales, which sank 15 percent through the first half of the year. Hyundai ekes out a June record #8211; by 95 cars Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:45:00 EST By the skin of its teeth, Hyundai Motor America kept U.S. sales on an upward trajectory in June even as its parent company, Hyundai Motor Co., reported a third straight month of falling global sales. BMW slips past Mercedes with record June for U.S. luxury lead Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:21:58 EST BMW took the lead over Mercedes-Benz in U.S. luxury-auto sales at the halfway point this year with its best-ever June. J.D. Power completes NADA car guide purchase Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:37:26 EST J.D. Power completed its acquisition of NADA's Used Car Guide today after receiving approval from U.S. regulators. Michigan Chevy store wins dispute with customer over $10,000 down payment Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:00:00 EST A Detroit-area Chevy dealership is entitled to the $10,000 down payment it failed to collect from a vehicle buyer, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled. Japanese automakers to subsidize hydrogen station operating costs Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:25:59 EST Toyota, Nissan and Honda plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells. Spanish new-car sales jump 24% as scrappage program boosts demand Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:31:18 EST Spanish new-car sales rose 24 percent in June as a government-backed subsidy scheme continued to boost demand. In the first six months, sales increased 22 percent. French car sales rise 15% in June on extra working days Wed, 1 Jul 2015 05:14:07 EST French new-car sales increased 15 percent in June as two extra working days helped to lift registrations to the biggest monthly gain in four years. Hyundai global sales fall for third straight month Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:41:50 EST Hyundai's sales fell for a third straight month, dragged down by a slump in overseas deliveries as unfavorable currency exchange rates undermine its ability to compete against Japanese automakers. Newer Audi, BMW, Subaru models use lots of oil, Consumer Reports survey finds Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:10:45 EST Newer models from Audi, BMW and Subaru are burning a lot of oil between routine oil changes, according to a consumer survey from Consumer Reports. Toyota Mirai rated at U.S. range of 312 miles Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:00:18 EST Toyota says its high-stakes hydrogen car will have a U.S. rating of 312 miles between refueling stops, farther than the Tesla Model S. Lexus is living in the future Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST A 37-second tease of a long-dreamed-about technology: the hoverboard. Two Las Vegas dealerships settle deceptive advertising charges Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:47:26 EST Two Las Vegas car dealerships have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they used deceptive advertising. Hyundai ad agency swaps CEOs; top marketer leaves Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:45:00 EST Hyundai's ad agency, Innocean, has executed a changing of the guard that sources described as an attempt to strengthen ties with Hyundai. Car-sharing plan cuts owner costs Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. is entering the car-sharing market with a program that will cut Ford Credit customers' vehicle costs by enabling them to rent out their cars. The pilot program, Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing, invites 26,000 select Ford Motor Credit Co. Bill Ford to receive award from Steven Spielberg Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:15:00 EST Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford will receive the Ambassador for Humanity Award from the USC Shoah Foundation at the organization's gala on Sept. 10. Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg will present Ford with the award. Hyundai snags NFL sponsorship, replacing GM Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:00:00 EST Hyundai and the NFL jointly announced a four-year sponsorship deal today as the Korean automaker continued its push into sports marketing. Toyota uses geography-targeted Snapchat ads Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:33:11 EST Toyota is driving "Let's Go Places" to some new digital venues that are decidedly local. NYC dealership must provide documents for non-English speakers Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST As part of a settlement with the New York attorney general's office, a New York City dealership group must begin providing translations of sales documents to customers who negotiate their vehicle purchases in languages other than English. Bosch positions for electrification growth Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST German supplier Robert Bosch and Japanese battery partner GS Yuasa are 'on a good path' toward developing a lithium ion battery that costs half as much as today's batteries but has twice the energy density, a top Bosch executive said. Mini gets serious with the new Clubman Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Mini will take a more serious tone in marketing for the new Clubman, which it is aiming at premium compact buyers. No seat unturned in flood-damage search Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Since torrential downpours hit Houston in late May, Bob Sluss has been extra vigilant about leaving no stone - or seat - unturned when appraising used vehicles. CarMax makes big plans for smaller markets Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST CarMax Inc. plans to expand its reach by opening smaller stores in smaller markets, said CEO Tom Folliard. He said the used-vehicle powerhouse has identified at least 80 markets that will support stores that are downsized from typical CarMax outlets. Dealer Wise goes the extra mile(s) for buyers Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Let's say you're shopping at one of the Randy Wise Automotive stores in this area, and you decide to check out a vehicle from a different brand at another dealership owned by the group. Well, just sit tight. Self-driving cars already have ethics Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Car companies aren't usually involved in philosophic debates, but right now they're facing a big, thorny question: how the self-driving cars of the future will decide who will live and who will die. U.S. auto sales remain robust in June Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:32:03 EST U.S. auto sales have shown no signs of weakening this month after a blowout performance in May, with forecasters projecting an industrywide gain of about 5 percent to close out the best spring in a decade. Colorado, Canyon target 'best' marketing claim Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:00:00 EST Soon, Chevrolet and GMC will gain a coveted marketing claim: Best fuel economy of any pickup. Former Ford ad exec Gerry Donnelly dies at 67 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:47:46 EST Gerry Donnelly, a longtime advertising executive for the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands, died Saturday, June 13, in Florida. He was 67. McLaren boosts profit threefold on China sales Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:51:52 EST McLaren said its 2014 pretax profit rose threefold, helped by rising sales in China. McLaren sold 1,649 cars in 2014, but expects to increase annual production to 4,000 by 2017 as it adds new entry-level models to its lineup. Automakers slam French decision on clean diesels Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:15:00 EST Sales of diesel cars in France may fall after the government excluded diesel engines from the cleanest classification of vehicle pollution. Aston Martin collaborates with ad giant WPP Fri, 26 Jun 2015 03:00:00 EST Aston Martin is collaborating with advertising giant WPP on the automaker's global marketing communications in a step toward a formal working partnership next year, the British luxury automaker said today. Delphi, Google deny report saying self-driving cars nearly collided Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:00:03 EST Delphi Automotive and Google denied a report by Reuters that their self-driving prototype cars had a close call on a Silicon Valley street earlier this week. Should driverless cars make life-or-death decisions? Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:31:47 EST The gearheads have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident. Google starts road tests of new self-driving car prototypes Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:26:47 EST Google said it had started testing the latest prototypes of its self-driving cars on Mountain View, Calif., roads, with safety drivers aboard. Nissan renames Nashville's NFL stadium Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:00:00 EST Nissan North America has won naming rights for its hometown NFL stadium in Nashville where the Tennessee Titans play. Rolls-Royce's China sales drop on luxury crackdown Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:39:37 EST Rolls-Royce sales are being hit by a "cool wind blowing in China," said the executive in charge of the ultraluxury brand, as the nation's wealthy pull back from ostentatious purchases amid a government crackdown on conspicuous consumption. Ford Credit car-sharing plan aims to cut ownership costs Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:15:00 EST Ford is entering the car-sharing market with a program that will cut Ford Credit customers' vehicle costs by enabling them to rent out their cars. Nissan acquires naming rights to Nashville's NFL stadium Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:15:00 EST Nissan has acquired the naming rights for the NFL stadium in its North American home town, where the Tennessee Titans play, according to sources familiar with the plan. Ford enters car-sharing, electric bike markets in mobility push Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:30:00 EST Ford is getting into the car-sharing and electric bike businesses as part of CEO Mark Fields' effort to transform the automaker into a more holistic provider of transportation options. Fiat Chrysler could win merger partner with Alfa Romeo revival Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:10:14 EST The Alfa Romeo Giulia will be the lynchpin of the brand's turnaround plan and potentially an opportunity to attract a cash-rich merger partner for Alfa parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. VW plans subcompact sedan for India to help build market share Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:20:41 EST Volkswagen is betting that the launch of a subcompact sedan in India will help it build on its small market share in the market. The new car comes with equipment usually reserved for high-end models, such as dual airbags and automatic gear shift. %]