Automotive News Retail News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 10 Dec 2016 06:00:00 EST Honda Europe counts on Civic to help end sales drought Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST After nearly a decade of falling or stagnant demand, Honda is on track to increase European sales in 2016. Honda's top executive for the region, Jean-Marc Streng, shared the automaker's future plans with Automotive News Europe. Phila. dealer donations provide relief from the cold Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Since 2008, the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation has delivered 265,252 winter coats to needy children in greater Philadelphia. Participating dealers donate one new coat per car sold in September. Volkswagen Group leads automotive spending on advertising Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:56:02 EST Volkswagen Group led automotive spending on Advertising Age's 2016 list of the top 100 advertisement spenders worldwide. Average U.S. fuel economy holds steady in November Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:56:00 EST The average fuel economy for new cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. remained unchanged in November as an increasing number of light trucks were sold in comparison to cars, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute said today. Mercedes will become 2016's biggest luxury automaker, Zetsche says Fri, 9 Dec 2016 04:06:04 EST Mercedes will become the biggest and most profitable luxury carmaker this year, CEO Dieter Zetsche said. Achieving the target would put the brand back on top for the first time since 2005 when it lost the sales crown to BMW. Plan to build Audi cars in second China joint venture sparks dealer protests Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST China's SAIC is sticking with its plan to jointly build Audi vehicles with VW Group despite protests from Audi's dealers in China, according to a media report. Russia sales rise nearly 1%; first increase in 2 years Thu, 8 Dec 2016 05:53:19 EST New-car sales in Russia rose nearly 1 percent in November, the first monthly rise in the market since December 2014, helped by government incentives. Adjusted for selling days, volume fell 4 percent. Citroen CEO explains why French brand will offer an 'SUV with a twist' Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Linda Jackson has pushed to reinvent Citroen since taking the brand's helm two years ago. 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia priced in U.S. starting at $38,990 Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:07:16 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said pricing for the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan will start at $38,990, including shipping. First Shift: Safest vehicles on U.S. roads Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:30:00 EST Safest vehicles on U.S. roads: Nine Toyota products awarded, headlights hold back some contenders; Trump's pick to head EPA; Used-car prices fall; Honda confirms China plant; Beepi merger. German supplier Brose breaks ground on China plant to supply VW, Volvo, JLR Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST German supplier Brose started construction on a factory in Taicang in east China's Jiangsu province to supply carmakers in the region including Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen Group, Volvo and Geely. UK market may fall 8% next year on Brexit, Germany's VDA says Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST German automakers are taking a bleak view of next year's UK auto market, forecasting that demand will swing to an 8 percent drop from a modest gain this year as Britain's decision to quit the EU starts to impact the economy. Incentives, excess new-car inventory, put a drag on used vehicle values Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:13:42 EST An increase in new-car incentives and 'channel stuffing' -- excess new-vehicle inventory on dealers' lots -- caused used-vehicle prices to slip 1 percent in November, according to one closely watched used-vehicle price index released... 'Mystery device' helps thieves steal cars with push-button ignitions Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:27:52 EST The National Insurance Crime Bureau today said it obtained and tested a so-called 'mystery device' that can allow a thief to break into a vehicle without leaving behind any of the traditional pieces of evidence such as broken glass. Beepi merges with mobile car-buying platform co-founded by Scott Painter Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:10:23 EST Beepi Inc., an online used-vehicle marketplace, has merged with, an upcoming mobile car-buying platform founded by former TrueCar CEO Scott Painter and two other industry veterans. AutoNews Now: Opening the door to car theft Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:00:00 EST 'Mystery' device opens door to car theft; Dodge plans AWD Challenger; BMW's 'Valley of Tears'; More tests for '17 F-150; Extended-cab Nissan Titan spied; 'Cars 3' at car show. Ford's futurist foreshadows consumer trends to watch in 2017 Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:03:54 EST As the in-house futurist at Ford, Sheryl Connelly's job is to predict the future -- not necessarily about driving or cars, but about how consumer behavior is changing. Porsche campaign continues to be a winner Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:00:00 EST Porsche's dramatic look back at its most recent racing season remained on top of our weekly viral video charts. S. Korea to slap VW with record fine, pursue execs over emissions ads Wed, 7 Dec 2016 03:25:27 EST South Korea will file criminal complaints against five former and current executives at VW Group's local unit and fine the automaker a record $32 million for false advertising on vehicle emissions. Ford conducts additional tests on 2017 F-150 and Raptor 10-speed transmissions Tue, 6 Dec 2016 17:22:45 EST Ford's 2017 F-150 and Raptor trucks with a new 10-speed transmission began arriving on some dealer lots last month, but the automaker said it is holding some models for additional testing as part of its normal launch ramp-up. AutoNation's about-face draws fire from 2 Senate Democrats Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:42:18 EST A duo of Senate Democrats who've introduced legislation aimed at preventing the sale of used vehicles with unrepaired safety recalls blasted AutoNation Inc.'s reversal of its 16-month ban on the sale of such vehicles at its dealerships. Chevrolet midsize crossover spotted Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:00:00 EST GM has been spotted testing a vehicle that could be Chevrolet's upcoming midsize crossover planned to slot between the Equinox and Traverse. Infiniti global sales on track for record year, chief says Tue, 6 Dec 2016 07:07:44 EST Infiniti will likely end 2016 with record sales well beyond the 215,000 vehicles it sold worldwide last year, the Japanese brand's global chief said. Germany's VDA expects quicker acceptance of EVs Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Germany's auto industry expects car buyers to embrace electric vehicles much sooner than it first believed as charging infrastructure improves and costs come down, making the technology more accessible to a broader audience. Daimler may build EVs in China to boost Mercedes sales Tue, 6 Dec 2016 04:33:15 EST Daimler may start producing batteries and Mercedes EVs in China as part of a drive to manufacture more products locally and to boost growing sales in the world's biggest market. Autonomous features ripe for misunderstanding Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST So what could go wrong with car salespeople demonstrating semiautonomous technology to customers new to self-driving vehicles? In some cases, plenty. And it's emerging as a concern. Dodge considers return to NASCAR Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:03:29 EST Dodge wants to get back into NASCAR, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Sunday. "Yes I'd love to," he said. "I talked to Jim France (executive vice-president of NASCAR) about this just last night." Dealer Teddy Morse on his 'trial by fire' Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST After his father's death in July, Teddy Morse, 41, took over his family's dealership group, founded by his grandfather in 1963. Mazda looks to next-gen CX-5 for a lift Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Mazda Motor Corp. CEO Masamichi Kogai, fighting sliding sales and a tougher U.S. auto market, is banking on an ambitious next-generation product plan to lift the boutique Japanese brand above its mass-market competitors. BMW sees battery costs weighing on EVs Mon, 5 Dec 2016 07:52:18 EST BMW sees no quick way to boost profit from electric cars, with battery capacity and cost set to weigh on EV development for the foreseeable future. Tesla opens gallery in Michigan mall Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Tesla Motors Inc. has set up shop in Michigan. After filing a lawsuit in federal court in September contesting the state's direct-to-consumer sales ban, the electric-vehicle maker on Thursday, Dec. VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:27:41 EST VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief operating officer. Henrich launched Daimler's Car2Go and is one of the leading figures in car-sharing services. UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases Mon, 5 Dec 2016 05:36:27 EST UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for record sales in 2016, although demand from retail customers fell and sales are expected to drop by 5 percent next year. BMW's ride-hailing project takes on Uber with autonomous cars Mon, 5 Dec 2016 03:44:31 EST BMW will test autonomous vehicles in Germany as it seeks to keep up with ride-hailing firms such as Uber. The automaker will test self-driving functions in Munich before expanding the project to other cities. Panasonic in final talks to buy headlight maker ZKW, report says Mon, 5 Dec 2016 04:12:32 EST Panasonic is in the final stages of talks to buy Austrian automotive headlight maker ZKW Group for up to $1 billion, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, the Nikkei business daily reported today. Incentives keep market running at record pace Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST After three consecutive declines, automakers managed in November to make the largest year-over-year U.S. sales gain since February, but it took a big jump in incentives to make that happen. Accountant resolves key used-car conflict Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST An inherent tension exists at most franchised dealerships between fixed operations and used-car sales. But at one large North Carolina dealership, that long-standing and bitter conflict has been amicably resolved -- by the accountant. Penske to expand used-car stores Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Penske Automotive Group has launched its own line of standalone used-car stores with the planned purchase of CarSense, which owns five used-only stores in the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and southern New Jersey. Ford could owe store a decade of spiffs Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor could owe a Maine dealership, Darling's Ford, millions of dollars in damages after failing to provide proper notice of a change in an incentive program more than 10 years ago. Chinese cars could shake up European sales Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Chinese automakers failed to establish themselves in Europe in the past because of outdated designs and technology. Honda views its CR-V and sedans as equals Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda is riding high on the crossover trend, with a CR-V that has been one of the nation's most popular utility vehicles and a redesigned version queued up to go on sale this month. EVs could take an OPEC-sized bite out of oil demand, study finds Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:32:58 EST A boom in electric vehicles made by the likes of Tesla and General Motors could erode as much as 10 percent of global gasoline demand by 2035, according to the oil industry consultant Wood Mackenzie. German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high Fri, 2 Dec 2016 06:23:48 EST German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their strongest growth in six years, the VDA industry association said. Ford CEO sees &'pressure&' on business without softer mpg rules Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:44:46 EST Ford plans to lobby President-elect Donald Trump to soften U.S. and state fuel-economy rules that hurt profits by forcing automakers to build more electric cars and hybrids than are warranted by customer demand. Texas auto auction company acquired by Capital Partners for XLerate Group Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:30:21 EST Huron Capital Partners, a Detroit investment group, has acquired a Texas-based auto auction for one of its portfolio companies, the Indianapolis-based XLerate Group, which runs online and onsite auto auctions. MEXICO: Sales surge 23%, break Nov. record Fri, 2 Dec 2016 06:52:36 EST Sales of cars and light trucks set new records in Mexico for November and for the year to date as strong automaker financing overcame rising interest rates and a weaker peso. Rental company demand boosts Spain sales Fri, 2 Dec 2016 04:37:48 EST Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car rental companies. Italian sales jump 8% on business demand Fri, 2 Dec 2016 04:14:10 EST Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax breaks ending in December. China slaps 10% tax on supercars to curb luxury Thu, 1 Dec 2016 03:54:17 EST China is introducing a 10 percent tax on cars such as Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Bentley Bentayga and Aston Martin DB9 in a bid to combat conspicuous consumption and promote more fuel-efficient vehicles. U.S. sales rebound, climb 3.6%; SAAR remains strong at 17.83 million Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:15:00 EST After three straight monthly dips, U.S. light-vehicle sales in November rose 3.6 percent from a year earlier, helped by more generous deals and strong truck demand. Ford, Honda, Nissan, Toyota and GM posted gains.