Automotive News Retail News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:00:00 EST How Toyota used Nascar to sway loyal American car buyers Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:45:30 EST For years Toyota has been marketing itself to the Nascar audience as an increasingly American company -- and Nascar fans are growing more receptive. Car payment holidays hurt consumers, lender warns Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:00:00 EST Consumer auto payment holidays aren't all they're cracked up to be. Though it can be a helpful bit of cash in the short-term, it will hurt borrowers financially in the long run, subprime lender Prestige Financial warns. Easy does it when selling FandI products Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:00:00 EST Dealers, when selling FandI products, don't count pressuring the customer as an effective sales technique. Too much pressure to buy FandI products leads to slightly lower close rates. Ford touts 'backup trailer assist' function in new F-150 ads Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:17:17 EST Comedian Denis Leary is crowing about something new in Ford F-150 ads: technology that is meant to make backing up a trailer easier. U.S. auto sales could break November record, two forecasts say Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:04:33 EST This month -- powered by Black Friday sales and a strengthening economy -- could be the best November ever for U.S. auto sales, according to forecasts from TrueCar and Edmunds. Spain to extend car subsidy scheme to mid-2016 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:47:49 EST The Spanish government, facing an election next month, plans to extend a car purchase subsidy scheme that has massively boosted sales until the middle of next year, a source at the Industry Ministry said. Audi's race to the top; Nissan channels Tarantino Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi pits an RS 7 in a test for the best against ... an elevator. Tesla offers less powerful Model X for $80,000 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:00:00 EST Tesla plans 90D and 70D variants of the Model X crossover, the latter of which will include a 70 kilowatt-hour battery pack and a sticker price of $80,000, plus a $1,200 shipping charge. Reuss: More GM diesels coming in cars, trucks Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors will move forward with diesel engines in cars and light trucks despite the potential chilling effect from Volkswagen's emissions scandal, GM's product chief said. VW sinks, Detroit 3 rise in buy-sell reports Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The value of a Volkswagen dealership, already dismal due to low sales in the U.S., has plummeted further following the diesel-emissions scandal, said two buy-sell advisory firms' reports released last week. Lincoln's mission: 'Core segments first' Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST In 2016, Lincoln will have a new face, its most powerful car ever, a revived Continental and a chance to top 100,000 U.S. sales for the first time since 2008. What it apparently won't have, at least anytime soon, is a rear-wheel-drive sports car. Nissan accuses store owned by ex-dealer council chair of fraud Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan is suing a California dealership and several of its employees, alleging that they filed 3.74 million in improper warranty claims. GM turns to KBB website for targeted incentives Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors is using Kelley Blue Book's website to offer consumers targeted incentives, the latest sign that carmakers are keen to integrate their marketing efforts with third-party lead providers. Dealer's retirement shows trend Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST A Michigan deal exemplifies a trend in the buy-sell market. Penske sticks with luxury with N.J. buy Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Penske Automotive Group has made another strategic acquisition, staying with premium luxury franchises, by buying New Jersey's Schneider Nelson Auto Group. The purchase covers stores selling Audi, Porsche, Jaguar and Land Rover. Used prices forecast to soften, not dive Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The pool of used vehicles will grow in 2016, causing prices to soften but not 'fall from a cliff,' predicts an analyst. There was a real Art to 1960s Pontiac ads Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST It wasn't just raw horsepower and eye-catching styling that fueled the demand for Pontiac's classic 1960's 'wide track' muscle cars such as the GTO, Firebird and Grand Prix. Volvo on fast track to 100,000 sales target Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Volvo Cars of North America, on track for its first annual U.S. Why Toyota offers 2 battery choices in next Prius Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota is offering two battery choices in the upcoming fourth-generation Prius. The hybrid's chief engineer says that's because the lithium ion battery is lighter and will be used in heavier, upper-trim cars packed with add-ons. New message to shoppers: Caddy Escalade is refined Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac will launch a broad advertising campaign for the Escalade in time for the holiday shopping season, the first significant marketing effort behind the big SUV since the current design went on sale more than 18 months ago. Fat margins can fund greener cars Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The auto industry must focus on making more sustainable vehicles, but the long current sales boom can pay for the green research. Dealers Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Dealers featured this week include Garson Rice, dealer principal of Rice Toyota in Greensboro, N.C.; and JP Miller, president of Paul Miller Mazda in Lexington, Ky. Fiat Chrysler launches 3 youth-targeted ads during American Music Awards Sun, 22 Nov 2015 23:30:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in another high-profile advertising move, launched three spots during Sunday night's broadcast of the American Music Awards on ABC. Industry execs see era of slower sales growth in China Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:34:20 EST Executives gathered last week at the Guangzhou auto show were unanimous in their view that the days of exponential growth are over, underscoring how a sharp economic slowdown has tempered expectations in the world's largest car market. FCA expands no-cost college nationwide Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:00:00 EST Starting Monday, Nov. 23, Fiat Chrysler dealers nationwide can offer a no-cost college education to employees and their spouses and children -- a perk aimed at attracting top-tier talent to work at FCA stores. Titan gives Nissan dealers work-truck cred Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan's U.S. dealers are undergoing training again to sell a big truck as output of the redesigned Nissan Titan begins in Mississippi. Land Rover Defender to end long, storied run Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Production of the iconic Land Rover Defender will end early next year. The utilitarian workhorse has remained virtually unchanged during almost seven decades of production and it is unclear whether Land Rover will seek to replace it. M-B advertising named most effective among luxury brands Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:40:30 EST Mercedes-Benz's slogan is, 'The best or nothing.' When it comes to its advertising, a TV and video analytics company agrees. Cox moves dealers to from VinSolutions Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:26:48 EST Dealers using the VinSolutions website will be transitioned to, Cox Automotive said today. GM, Army to test Chevrolet Colorado fuel cell Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:00:00 EST The Chevrolet Colorado pickup has been selected by the U.S. Army to test a General Motors-designed hydrogen powered fuel cell powertrain. Ford CFO says 'Friends' promo not costly Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:24:05 EST Ford's incentive spending declined slightly in the first few weeks of its year-end 'Friends and Neighbors' promotion, evidence that it's not a profit-damaging blowout sale, CFO Bob Shanks said today. Scion keeps it weird in new iM, iA ads Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:02:20 EST Scion's 'Weird, Right?' ad campaign for the iM hatchback and iA compact sedan is back for another round of weirdness. New DARCARS CEO starts shopping Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:55:40 EST DARCARS Automotive Group is in talks with several U.S. dealerships about possible acquisitions after completing its first store purchase since John Darvish Jr., son of the founder, took over as CEO last year. Legendary automotive artist Art Fitzpatrick dies at 96 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:24:08 EST Art Fitzpatrick, one half of the team that created some of the most eye-catching advertising artwork for General Motors from 1959 to 1971, passed away this week in Carlsbad, Calif., at age 96. BMW confident X1, 7 series will drive N.A. sales growth in 2016 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:51:29 EST BMW is confident its U.S. sales will continue expanding in 2016 even as the overall market reaches a phase of little or no growth, says Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW North America. Cadillac to launch holiday ad campaign for Escalade Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:05:45 EST Cadillac will launch a broad advertising campaign for the Escalade in time for the holiday shopping season, the first significant marketing effort behind the big SUV since the current design went on sale more than 18 months ago. Porsche lawyers say actor Paul Walker to blame for his death in crash Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:08:18 EST Lawyers for German automaker Porsche said actor Paul Walker was responsible for his own death in a crash of a Porsche sports car, in response to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Walker's daughter, court documents showed. Judge grants N.J. store arbitration in suit alleging bait and switch Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:45:00 EST According to court documents in a dissatisfied customer's lawsuit over a used-vehicle purchase, a federal judge in Philadelphia ruled the arbitration agreements she signed are enforceable and, siding with the N.J. 2016 Chevy Cruze will start at $17,495 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:45:16 EST Pricing for Chevrolet's lighter, larger, next-generation Chevrolet Cruze will begin at $17,495. European car sales rise 3% in Oct. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 02:58:02 EST VW Group limited the effect of its emissions scandal in October with its European sales declining by just 0.8 percent in a total market where volume rose by 2.7 percent. Jaguar XE base price will be $35,895 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:00:00 EST Jaguar will offer its all-new 2017 XE with one diesel and two gasoline engines and standard rear-wheel drive when the compact sedan goes on sale late this spring. U.S. sales will peak in 2016 as pent-up demand begins to ease, predicts NADA chief economist Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:00:17 EST Pent-up demand for new vehicles in the U.S., having propelled sales upward each year starting in 2010, will begin to ease over the next few years, the chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association said. Penske buys N.J.-based dealership group Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:46:32 EST Penske Automotive Group Inc. has bought the Schneider Nelson Auto Group in a deal expected to generate annual revenue of about $175 million. Porsche takes to track for 'Don't text and drive' Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST In the spot, new at No. 2 on our list, driver Mark Webber hits the asphalt in a Porsche 911. Ford expects SUVs to become 40% of U.S. market by 2020 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:23:41 EST Baby boomers emptying the nest and their adult offspring starting families are driving demand for sport utility vehicles, which will account for two in five new auto sales in the U.S. by 2020, according to Ford. Buick eagerly awaits fresh product Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Buick is finally about to get some fresh sheet metal to go along with that catchy advertising jingle. Kia greenlights Niro in green-car rush Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:10:01 EST Kia, shedding light on its longstanding plans for a dedicated hybrid family, plans to take on the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt with a 'hybrid utility vehicle' called the Niro. Unlikely hitch for VW dealers Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Two months into the emissions cheating scandal that has sullied the Volkswagen brand, dealers are running into an unexpected challenge: They don't have enough vehicles to sell. Nissan sees Titan filling a niche for pickups Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan hopes for a small but respectable piece of the full-size truck market as it prepares to launch a long-delayed second generation of its Titan. Huey Lewis to headline Detroit show's charity preview Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:01:59 EST Huey Lewis and the News will perform following the Detroit auto show's annual Charity Preview on Jan. 15 at Cobo Center in Detroit, show organizers said today. %]