Automotive News Retail News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:00:00 EST Tesla says it will roll out Uber-style ride services program Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:59:18 EST Tesla Motors is planning to roll out a ride services program and will announce details next year, the luxury electric vehicle maker said on its website, a service first outlined by CEO Elon Musk in his master plan in July. Group 1's Q3 net falls 22% on soft energy, UK markets Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:16:31 EST Group 1 Automotive's net income fell 22 percent in the third quarter to $35.4 million, hurt by sales weakness in energy-dependent markets and soft sales in the U.K. following the Brexit vote to leave the European Union. Toyota to sponsor USA Today's new virtual reality show Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:22:18 EST Toyota is testing a new type of advertising by running the first commercial designed to be viewed within USA Today's new virtual reality program. Subaru prices redesigned 2017 Impreza $100 above outgoing car Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 EST Subaru, in a sign of ongoing weakness in the U.S. car market, is pricing the redesigned 2017 Impreza sedan and five-door just $100 above the outgoing 2016 model, despite a larger footprint and additional safety and communications equipment. Lithia&'s Q3 net rises 25 percent on broad revenue gains Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:49:55 EST Lithia's third-quarter net income rose 25 percent from a year earlier to $54 million, as revenue rose 8.9 percent to a third-quarter record $2.27 billion, the company said today. Dutch prosecutors settle bribery case with Pon Automotive Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:12:33 EST Dutch prosecutors have settled a corruption investigation into Pon Automotive, a leading car importer in the Netherlands, $13 million. Google, automakers object to California rules for self-driving cars Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:09:28 EST Google and automakers objected to California proposals to set new, mandatory rules for testing self-driving cars in the state, which industry officials said could hobble their efforts in the home to much of self-driving vehicle testing and... BMW Films is coming back -- but does it matter? Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:40:21 EST When BMW Films debuted in 2001, YouTube didn't exist, Mark Zuckerberg was 17 years old and tweeting is what birds did. So why should people care that the luxury automaker is bringing BMW Films back next week after a 14-year absence? AutoNews Now: Toyota takes prize in truck loyalty Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:45:00 EST Toyota tops in pickup owner loyalty - study; Lear CEO: Why suppliers see need for speed; Wagoneer peek, Wrangler recall; Hurricane help from Nissan; Restoring Honda's first U.S. car. Hair-pulling, kicking and broken glass: Audi ad takes inspiration from election season Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Audi's 'Duel' campaign, which makes light of the political season, returned to the top spot this week with 3,076,299 views. Online auto shopping plummeted during hurricane, study says Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:38:00 EST Vehicle online-shopping traffic plummeted nearly 60 percent in coastal cities such as Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., the weekend Hurricane Matthew traveled up the East Coast, research from Jumpstart Automotive Media shows. First Shift: Ghosn to chair Mitsubishi, too? Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:30:00 EST Ghosn to chair Mitsubishi, too?; It's Volkswagen versus Audi in China; Nearly two-year wait for Tesla Model 3; Toyota's autonomous-car vision: A teammate behind the wheel. VW suppliers keen to avoid disputes despite price squeeze Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:12:59 EST Volkswagen suppliers seem keen to avoid more disputes with the company even as they face growing pressure from the automaker to accept price cuts in the wake of its diesel-emissions scandal. Infiniti mulls first EV with eye on China Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:17:55 EST Infiniti is mulling when to introduce a pure electric vehicle to its lineup and says the model will be designed with the Chinese market in mind. LG Chem expects GM to sell over 30,000 Bolts next year Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:13:00 EST LG Chem, a battery supplier for General Motors' upcoming Bolt electric vehicle, said today it expected the automaker to sell more than 30,000 of the cars next year. Moving target: Dealer welcomes newcomers to town Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Lake Norman Infiniti in Cornelius, N.C., uses a service that sends coupons to folks who move into the area, successfully building ties to newcomers. PSA aims to double used-car sales to 800,000 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:55:38 EST PSA is creating a used-car business unit and buying a stake in a French online retailer as it seeks to double its second-hand car sales to 800,000 within five years. Ford to suspend F-150, compact crossover output as retail demand dips Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:50:52 EST In a fresh sign of pressure on U.S. automakers, Ford will shut down production of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck for a week at a Kansas City assembly plant. Market plateau elevates role of fleet sales Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST How to raise your U.S. market share in 2016? It's simple -- you have to turbocharge fleet sales. In fact, that may be the only way in an increasingly competitive market that has hit a plateau after six years of growth. AutoNews Now: Setting a course for U.S. shores Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:45:00 EST Overseas automakers set a course for U.S. shores; Benz spy shots; Mini's EV plans; Tesla partners with Panasonic, delays product reveal; Why Toyota's not rushing to ride-sharing. How Apple scaled back titanic plan to take on Detroit Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:50:48 EST Apple has dramatically scaled back its automotive ambitions, leading to hundreds of job cuts and a new direction that, for now, no longer includes building its own car, people familiar with the project told Bloomberg. Cue the '18 Mercedes E-class coupe Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz will follow up its high-tech 2017 E-class sedan with a redesigned coupe next year. They're coming to America -- someday Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Think the U.S. market is competitive now? With sales at historic highs, a number of overseas makers are seeking to set up shop in a landscape known to be hostile to newcomers. Honda skips the fanfare for redesigned CR-V Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda had plenty to crow about with the redesigned CR-V. But it opted against a long introduction, for fear of diminishing interest in the popular outgoing model. JLR has its eyes on virtual reality Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover sees a major role for virtual reality technology as it redesigns its dealerships and sales process, its top North American executive said. Diesel, manual to be options on Cruze hatchback Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet is adding a diesel engine and an optional manual transmission to the just launched Cruze hatchback in a further effort to woo Volkswagen diesel owners affected by VW's emissions scandal. Customers want direct sales Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Customers want to be able to buy directly from manufacturers. Stocks larger than normal on Oct. 1 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers started October with larger-than-normal vehicle stocks after U.S. light-vehicle sales fell 0.7 percent in September. Lincoln brass is smiling again Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Lincoln's effort to claw its way back onto customers' shopping lists is as much about customers' experiences with their vehicles as the vehicles themselves. How the Prius rebounded in Mexico Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota had high hopes when it brought the Prius to Mexico in 2010. After an initial flop, those hopes are finally being realized, thanks to a lower price and shrewd marketing. Europe could be leader in EVs, lobby group says Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Europe is "well placed" to take a leading position in electrified vehicles, a green transport group said. Acura still waiting for NSX's halo effect Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Acura has long hoped that having a 573-hp awd hybrid supercar might help put an exclamation point on the rest of the brand's performance chops and, in turn, sell more vehicles. That hasn't happened yet. Chase hikes reserves for auto loan losses 'for the right reasons' Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:10:22 EST Analysts raised concerns about an increase in reserves for future auto loan losses at Chase Auto Finance, but the bank said the increase mostly reflects bigger loan and lease volume, and not any particular increase in risk, even as the U.S. AutoNews Now: Toyota on taking talent to Texas Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:00:00 EST How Toyota's retaining talent in Texas move; Cadillac tightens race with Acura; GM expands Maven to San Francisco; Pacifica Hybrid's high honor; VW raises green with pink Beetle. Europe car sales grow 7% but VW fails to end share decline Fri, 14 Oct 2016 03:03:51 EST New-car sales in Europe grew by 7.3 percent last month with most major automakers except PSA Group gaining volume. VW Group, hit by its diesel-emissions scandal, continued to lose market share. Automakers forced back to bigger engines in new emissions era Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:23:06 EST Tougher European car-emissions tests being introduced in the wake of the Volkswagen Group scandal are about to bring surprising consequences: bigger engines. VW Group's global sales rise 7% in Sept. boosted by China, Europe Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:58:45 EST VW Group said its global sales rose 7.1 percent increase last month, boosted by China and Europe demand, in the biggest rise since its diesel-emissions scandal broke a year ago. German brands ready to conquer China's EV market Fri, 14 Oct 2016 06:46:51 EST When deciding which automakers will dominate China's fast-growing EV market, it's tempting to say domestic brands. But after a visit to the Paris auto show this year, I now believe German automakers are the likely winners. Renault to unveil Alpine sports car before year-end Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Renault will unveil the production version of its Alpine Vision sports car by the end of the year, reviving a nameplate that was popular in the 1960s. Maven, GM's car-sharing play, expands to San Francisco Fri, 14 Oct 2016 06:15:55 EST GM's car-sharing program Maven, the auto giant's latest foray into alternative transportation services, expanded into San Francisco, marking its ninth market since launching in January. Volvo owner Geely prepares launch of new car brand Fri, 14 Oct 2016 03:48:36 EST Chinese automaker Geely is set to launch a new car brand - Lynk and Co - on Oct. 20 using a platform developed with Volvo, sources said. The brand's cars are expected to go on sale first in China and later in Europe and the U.S. Mercedes extends luxury sales lead over BMW Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:40:18 EST Mercedes extended its lead in a race with BMW for the luxury-car sales crown, as a series of new models position it to overtake its rival for the first time in a decade. France will end diesel-gasoline tax gap for companies' car fleets Thu, 13 Oct 2016 05:56:41 EST France will offer companies the same tax credit for gasoline cars as for diesel cars, removing a key incentive that has boosted sales of diesel models. Employee satisfaction takes precedence at Capitol Chevrolet-Cadillac of Salem Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Scott Casebeer unapologetically makes clear, even during meetings held within earshot of customers, that employee satisfaction takes precedence over everything else. Casebeer owns Capitol Chevrolet-Cadillac, of Salem, Ore., which is No. Dealer brag boards tout employees who go the extra mile Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST At some dealerships, a customer feedback board is another way to show appreciation to employees. Capitol Subaru of Salem Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealer Daimler to rein in investments after EVs prompt surge Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:48:52 EST Daimler will scale back investments in plants, equipment and new technology from a peak this year stemming in part from its creation of the EQ electric-car subbrand, amid a push to maintain profitability. Daimler on 'very good track' to hit 2016 profit goal, Zetsche says Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:00:52 EST Daimler expects to hit targets for a small increase in earnings this year, CEO Dieter Zetsche said, counting on profitable growth at its Mercedes unit. Market your F&I department! Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:30:00 EST Dealerships need to market their FandI departments. Dealerships promote their deals on vehicles; why not their deals on financing? Lawyer warns lenders on illegal repos Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Auto lenders better take note of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, says one lawyer.