Automotive News Retail News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 1 Apr 2015 06:00:00 EST BMW wins March luxury sales title; Lexus takes 2nd http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/RETAIL/150409952/bmw-wins-march-luxury-sales-title-lexus-takes-2nd Wed, 1 Apr 2015 16:08:59 EST The BMW brand topped the U.S. luxury market in March, while Lexus fended off Mercedes-Benz for second place. FCA, Toyota, Hyundai rise as industry ekes out another advance http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/RETAIL/150409987/fca-toyota-hyundai-rise-as-industry-ekes-out-another-advance Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:30:00 EST U.S. auto sales rose for the 13th-straight month in March as the industry rode improving weather and strong truck sales to a slim advance despite declines by some major players. Musk's April 1 tweet touts a 'Model W' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/OEM02/150409940/musks-april-1-tweet-touts-a-model-w Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:45:55 EST Tesla Motors is coming out with a new product, and it's not a car. Or so Tesla CEO Elon Musk told his Twitter followers on April 1. IHS buys digital car-shopping behavior tracker Dataium http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/RETAIL03/150409946/ihs-buys-digital-car-shopping-behavior-tracker-dataium Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:19:00 EST Data and consulting powerhouse IHS Inc. has purchased the assets of Dataium, a small company that can see shopping behavior on dealer and carmaker websites to direct and measure the performance of ad and marketing campaigns. Toyota wants a Scion purchase to feel more like buying an IPad http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/RETAIL/150409990/toyota-wants-a-scion-purchase-to-feel-more-like-buying-an-ipad Wed, 1 Apr 2015 06:46:01 EST Toyota wants buying a Scion car to feel more like ordering an iPad and less like the current four-hour ordeal. Mazda plans online orders to smooth Miata launch http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/RETAIL/150339960/mazda-plans-online-orders-to-smooth-miata-launch Wed, 1 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Before the redesigned Mazda MX-5 Miata arrives on U.S. shores this summer, fans of the diminutive Japanese sports car will be able to preorder a car in any color they like -- as long as that color is red. March's thin win: No dip, less zip http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/BLOG06/150409947/marchs-thin-win-no-dip-less-zip Wed, 1 Apr 2015 16:56:29 EST Hey, look at a smokin' hot marketplace snatch another victory. Most forecasters expected March U.S. auto sales to fall a bit, but some last-minute fancy footwork pushed the industry back into plus territory by a half percent. Canadian sales edge higher http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/RETAIL/150409950/canadian-sales-edge-higher Wed, 1 Apr 2015 16:17:00 EST Canadian auto sales rose in March from a year earlier, industry data showed today, even as several major manufacturers, including General Motors and Toyota, reported declines. FCA moves up 1.7% in March, extends streak to 5 full years http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/RETAIL/150409966/fca-moves-up-1-7-in-march-extends-streak-to-5-full-years Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:18:31 EST Fiat Chrysler rode strong demand for Jeeps and a sales push for the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart sedans to pull out a 1.7 percent sales gain in March. The increase means the automaker extended its streak of monthly sales increases to five full years. Why last fall's Camry revamp is paying off for Toyota http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/BLOG06/150409965/why-last-falls-camry-revamp-is-paying-off-for-toyota Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:28:06 EST Toyota gave the Camry a major revamp last fall and Senior Vice President Bob Carter says it is boosting sales and pulling in younger buyers. Rough month for Accord hampers Honda http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/RETAIL/150409959/rough-month-for-accord-hampers-honda Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:46:10 EST Between the coming introduction of the HR-V and redesign of the Pilot, Honda has no shortage of fresh crossovers on the horizon. It could have used them in showrooms this March, when a weak month for the Accord sedan sent the Japanese automaker's U. GM pickup, SUV sales strong, but car sales fall http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/RETAIL/150409973/gm-pickup-suv-sales-strong-but-car-sales-fall Wed, 1 Apr 2015 12:21:24 EST Pickup truck and SUV sales shouldered the load again for General Motors in March, while car sales stalled. The carmaker posted a 2.4 percent sales dip in March vs. the year-ago March. Malibu? Not the biggest splash at Chevy this week http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/BLOG06/150409961/malibu-not-the-biggest-splash-at-chevy-this-week Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:34:18 EST The major Chevy ad campaign that rolls out starting today is more important than any single vehicle, including the retooled 2016 Malibu. Here's why. Toyota defies March doldrums on Corolla, RAV4 deals http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/RETAIL/150409960/toyota-defies-march-doldrums-on-corolla-rav4-deals Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:36:23 EST Toyota offered big discounts in March for its spring promotion, helping it reach a 4.9 percent increase in U.S. sales from the year-earlier level, even as rivals General Motors, Ford, Honda and Nissan posted weaker results. Nissan's sales slip 2.7 percent, still top Honda's http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/RETAIL01/150409963/nissans-sales-slip-2-7-percent-still-top-hondas Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:17:22 EST Nissan North America slipped 2.7 percent in its March U.S. sales, but it nonetheless outsold American Honda for the third straight month. Nissan and Infiniti brand sales totaled 145,085 vehicles in March. With F-150 supply tight, Ford sales drop 3.5% in March http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/RETAIL/150409964/with-f-150-supply-tight-ford-sales-drop-3-5-in-march Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:04:06 EST With stocks of the 2015 aluminum-body F-150 pickup still tight as the company ramps up production at its Kansas City Assembly Plant, Ford sales dropped 3.5 percent in March. Next-generation Audi R8 will star in new 'Avengers' film http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/RETAIL03/150409972/next-generation-audi-r8-will-star-in-new-avengers-film Wed, 1 Apr 2015 12:28:27 EST Audi connoisseur Tony Stark will stay loyal to the brand in the upcoming superhero movie Avengers: Age of Ultron. France, Italy, Spain sales growth in March encourages European recovery hopes http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150401/ANE/150409994/france-italy-spain-sales-growth-in-march-encourages-european Wed, 1 Apr 2015 06:12:41 EST New-car registrations rose in France, Italy and Spain last month, adding to signs that the European auto market is recovering. NYC aims to remove dealers as middlemen on used-car loans http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/150339947/nyc-aims-to-remove-dealers-as-middlemen-on-used-car-loans Wed, 1 Apr 2015 11:00:00 EST The City of New York is campaigning to remove dealer reserve from used-vehicle financing. And it's enlisting lenders' help to do it. Cox's Schwartz urges 3 dealer changes http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/BLOG06/304019999/coxs-schwartz-urges-3-dealer-changes Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:15:00 EST Sandy Schwartz has been campaigning this year with a stump speech that drives home a simple message: Dealers have to change the way they do business, and today's good times represent an opening to do so. Ford grappling with premature demands for $400k GT supercar http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM04/150339950/ford-grappling-with-premature-demands-for-400k-gt-supercar Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:40:26 EST Ford has a problem, though not necessarily the worst kind: Too many people want to pay about $400,000 for its upcoming GT supercar. Mini pulls the pranks and N.Y. stand -- for now http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/BLOG06/303319997/mini-pulls-the-pranks-and-n-y-stand-for-now Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:45:00 EST Mini has been a fixture at the New York auto show since the brand was relaunched in the United States in 2002. But don't look for the British marque this year. Ally touts dealership camaraderie in new ad campaign http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/RETAIL03/150339954/ally-touts-dealership-camaraderie-in-new-ad-campaign Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:44:46 EST Ally Financial is touting the camaraderie it has with dealerships in a new ad campaign that puts an emphasis on storytelling. Bidding goodbye to Black Book's Beggs http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/BLOG06/150339955/bidding-goodbye-to-black-books-beggs Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:34:01 EST After 34 years at Black Book, Ricky Beggs is retiring on April 1. That such a fixture of the used-car world would retire seems like an April Fools' joke. But it's not; he's really retiring. Low oil prices drive bullish forecasts for U.S. sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/RETAIL01/150339964/low-oil-prices-drive-bullish-forecasts-for-u-s-sales Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:42:24 EST The US auto industry appears to be firmly in the fast lane, at least for the next two years. Why Jeep should have its own performance division http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/BLOG06/303319995/why-jeep-should-have-its-own-performance-division Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:30:00 EST Is there an American brand that could set up a division for high-performance and factory-made, very limited-production custom vehicles and charge enough to make it profitable? NADA expects interest rates to hold through summer, boosting sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/RETAIL01/150339977/nada-expects-interest-rates-to-hold-through-summer-boosting-sales Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:21:37 EST The National Automobile Dealers Association predicts the Federal Reserve will hold off on raising interest rates through the summer, giving vehicle sales a boost that can offset slow economic growth in the start of the year. Mini's new-ish ad push http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/VIRALVIDEO/303319998/minis-new-ish-ad-push Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST While Mini's campaign is new, we've seen variations of it before. Fired Honda store FandI staffer wins new whistleblower trial http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/LEGALFILE/303309989/fired-honda-store-fi-staffer-wins-new-whistleblower-trial Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST A former Honda dealership employee in Florida who was fired after notifying the store's corporate parent of suspected fraudulent FandI and warranty practices at his workplace has won the opportunity to retry his whistleblower lawsuit. Ex-dealership staffers face prison http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL07/303309969/ex-dealership-staffers-face-prison Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Several former sales staffers at a Birmingham, Ala., Nissan store face federal prison time as part of a federal crackdown on fraudulent practices in car dealerships. Consumers cry out for better dealership experience http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL/150339985/consumers-cry-out-for-better-dealership-experience Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:00:00 EST Nearly nine in 10 consumers say they wouldn't buy a car without test driving it first. Care about new-car sales? Keep an eye on CPO sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/BLOG06/150339991/care-about-new-car-sales-keep-an-eye-on-cpo-sales Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:53:30 EST Can the robust CPO market handle the rising tide of used-vehicle supply? That's one of the critical questions facing everyone in the used-car market -- and the new-car market, too. Base 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to start at $25,735 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL/150339993/base-2016-mazda-mx-5-miata-to-start-at-25735 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:07:17 EST The new Mazda MX-5 Miata will start at $25,735. That's a price bump of $1,125 over the outgoing 2014 model. Prices include $820 shipping. Automotive News wins Grand Neal Award for GM recall reports http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL03/303309973/automotive-news-wins-grand-neal-award-for-gm-recall-reports Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has won the Grand Neal Award for its coverage of the General Motors ignition-switch recall crisis. New Chevy ads elevate 'focus groups' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL03/303309975/new-chevy-ads-elevate-focus-groups Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet this week will roll out a major advertising campaign, doubling down on the spoofy "focus group" imagery it has used in its rollout of the Colorado pickup. FCA dealers strain to deliver 5-year winning streak http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL01/303309967/fca-dealers-strain-to-deliver-5-year-winning-streak Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler will achieve five full years of U.S. monthly sales gains #8212; if it can post an increase for March. The streak has been propelled by daunting sales goals set for each dealership. Back to 2007 market share, but with one big difference http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL01/303309963/back-to-2007-market-share-but-with-one-big-difference Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST When its string of consecutive monthly year-over-year sales gains began in April 2010, what is now Fiat Chrysler was, literally, a different company. Big year shapes up for Jeep's global expansion http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM/303309965/big-year-shapes-up-for-jeeps-global-expansion Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST With the first Italian-made Jeep, the Renegade subcompact SUV, rolling into U.S. dealerships this month, brand head Mike Manley says global expansion will continue this year, with new plants in Brazil and China. Cadillac needs to change its tone http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL03/150329864/cadillac-needs-to-change-its-tone Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST In reference to Richard Truett's observations about Cadillac, I am dismayed by the humble (defeatist) tone in the latest marketing effort ("De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to reconstruct Cadillac's image," March 2). LG Chem exec: Tesla's gigafactory to cut EV costs http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM10/303309992/lg-chem-exec-teslas-gigafactory-to-cut-ev-costs Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Tesla Motors' "gigafactory," a huge battery plant under construction in Nevada, could help suppliers of lithium ion batteries for autos finally turn a profit, says Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc. Revamp of CPO program pays off for Fiat Chrysler http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL04/303309993/revamp-of-cpo-program-pays-off-for-fiat-chrysler Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler's retooled certified used-vehicle program is paying off, said Eric Swanson, FCA US senior manager of certified pre-owned vehicle sales. 'Apple way' inspires Seattle dealer http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL07/303309997/apple-way-inspires-seattle-dealer Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Brad Miller, who owns Honda and Toyota stores in booming downtown Seattle, knows the traditional way of selling cars. And he knows he doesn't like it. Sonic to expand initiative piece by piece http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL/303309996/sonic-to-expand-initiative-piece-by-piece Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Sonic Automotive Inc.'s rollout of its customer experience initiative to stores in the Charlotte, N.C., area came slower than expected, in part due to a malfunctioning website. Leases to get more expensive, ALG says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150328/RETAIL04/303309994/leases-to-get-more-expensive-alg-says Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Low-cost monthly auto leases will become more expensive over the next couple of years, predicts ALG President Larry Dominique. Manheim invests in vehicle inspection company http://www.autonews.com/article/20150327/RETAIL04/150329852/manheim-invests-in-vehicle-inspection-company Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:17:10 EST Manheim invested in Alliance Inspection Management, a vehicle inspection and software company, and the two companies have formed a 'strategic alliance' to develop inspection technologies that will lead to a more consistent inspection... Land Rover to consolidate advertising work with agency Spark44 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150327/RETAIL03/150329867/land-rover-to-consolidate-advertising-work-with-agency-spark44 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EST Land Rover is shifting its global strategic and creative ad accounts to Spark44, the same agency that handles sister brand Jaguar. Spark44 is jointly owned by its management and Jaguar Land Rover. Yes, millennials want to see a car dealer, Edmunds says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150327/RETAIL03/150329876/yes-millennials-want-to-see-a-car-dealer-edmunds-says Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EST Millennials may love their phones, but they don't use them to make all of their car buying decisions, Edmunds.com says in a new report. Dodge monkeys around with CGI in new ads http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/RETAIL03/150329881/dodge-monkeys-around-with-cgi-in-new-ads Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:06:52 EST Enforcing Dodge Law is serious business. So the brand turned to muscle car enthusiast Richard Rawlings of Discovery Channel's 'Fast N' Loud' to restore order in an ad campaign that launched this month. Acura targets millennials in musical social campaign for ILX http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/RETAIL03/150329879/acura-targets-millennials-in-musical-social-campaign-for-ilx Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:29:56 EST Acura is appealing to the musical tastes of millennials in a new social media campaign that expresses the energy of the sporty ILX sedan through sound. Tesla advances in effort to expand in Ga., fails to gain entry to W.Va. http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/RETAIL/150329882/tesla-advances-in-effort-to-expand-in-ga-fails-to-gain-entry-to-w-va Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:30:00 EST A bill before Georgia's governor would let Tesla add to its stores there, while West Virginia has rejected a proposal that would have allowed Tesla to sell directly to consumers in the state. %]