Automotive News Retail News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:00:00 EST Audi picks former China boss to replace de Meo as sales chief Thu, 8 Oct 2015 05:42:23 EST Audi has picked its former China boss, Dietmar Voggenreiter, as its new sales and marketing chief to succeed Luca de Meo. During Voggenreiter's nearly nine years of leadership, Audi's China sales grew sevenfold to 579,000. Audi's global sales rise 7% despite diesel-emissions scandal Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:44:55 EST Audi's global sales rose nearly 7 percent last month despite the brand being caught up in a diesel emissions-rigging scandal that has rocked its parent, Volkswagen Group. France moves to end diesel tax breaks amid emissions scandal Thu, 8 Oct 2015 05:28:32 EST France plans to end tax breaks for diesel, ending the special status long enjoyed by the fuel in the wake of Volkswagen Group's emissions scandal. GM dangles special pricing to families of dealership staffers Wed, 7 Oct 2015 15:26:13 EST General Motors is looking to boost sales by offering steep discounts to a vast new buying pool: families of U.S. dealership employees. Ford of Europe boss bullish about brand's rebound Wed, 7 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST New Ford of Europe boss Jim Farley is bullish about the brand's chances of making a profit again soon despite a huge slump in Russia, where the automaker has invested heavily in products and plants. NADA's Fox sees progress on CFPB bill Wed, 7 Oct 2015 16:06:02 EST After discussions with legislators last week, Bill Fox, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, says he is confident that a bill to limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's auto lending guidance will pass. BMW bumps up X1 base price by $1,800 Wed, 7 Oct 2015 16:23:35 EST BMW is increasing the price of its redesigned base X1 crossover by about $1,800 and adding standard features. The X1 xDrive28i will start at $35,795 including shipping, BMW said today at a press event. S.C. dealerships, factories begin recovering from floods Wed, 7 Oct 2015 15:33:00 EST The rain has stopped, but South Carolina's dealerships and residents are still on alert and recovering from the massive floods that have wreaked havoc on much of the state. EPA to weigh VW gains from violations in setting penalties Wed, 7 Oct 2015 13:34:21 EST Just how much money VW made by cheating U.S.diesel emissions tests will be a factor in the penalties that will be assessed, according to the EPA. Ford, Neiman Marcus team up to offer 100 Mustang convertibles for holiday Wed, 7 Oct 2015 14:30:33 EST Ford Mustang enthusiasts on the nice list might be in luck this holiday season. The 2015 Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition Mustang convertible is among the fantasy gifts in the retailer's 2015 Christmas Book. UK car sales rise 9% on strong demand for diesel Tue, 6 Oct 2015 05:39:55 EST UK car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in September as demand for diesels and VW Group vehicles remained strong despite the automaker's emissions scandal. VW stops the music as diesel scandal buries culture of spending Tue, 6 Oct 2015 15:46:44 EST VW's lavish parties typically featured a surprise guest, from the Pet Shop Boys to Robbie Williams to Justin Timberlake. Now the music is about to stop. GM flexes engineering prowess with 2016 Chevy Volt, Colorado diesel Tue, 6 Oct 2015 11:45:00 EST GM is starting to flex its engineering muscles in just about every area of its business. Carfax, vAuto offer info on auction vehicles at a glance Tue, 6 Oct 2015 17:22:36 EST Carfax and vAuto have joined forces to offer dealers vehicle-history information on auction vehicles at a glance and with fewer online clicks. Jaguar Land Rover CEO Speth says brand's 'heart and the soul' will remain in the UK Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover is branching out of the UK with a factory in China and plans to build cars in Brazil and Slovakia. Another big change is Jaguar's addition of its first SUV. Chevy Traverse stars in parenting-themed comedy series on Yahoo Tue, 6 Oct 2015 14:57:59 EST Chevrolet launched a digital comedy series with Yahoo this week to pitch the 2016 Traverse to busy parents. Mercedes sales jump 16% in September on China demand Tue, 6 Oct 2015 06:38:50 EST Mercedes brand's global sales increased 16 percent in September, buoyed by a 53 percent jump in China deliveries. VW sued by West Virginia over clean diesel claims Tue, 6 Oct 2015 06:29:39 EST West Virginia is suing Volkswagen AG for deceiving car buyers after the EPA said last month that the company had installed software to hide that its diesel engines exceeded pollution standards. Chevrolet commits crimes against millennials Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST The show stealer is the return of Chevrolet's 'focus groups.' Fiat, Ford offer incentives to win sales from VW in Italy Mon, 5 Oct 2015 09:14:59 EST Fiat Chrysler and Ford are offering incentives in Italy to encourage owners of Volkswagen Group models that may be affected by the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal to buy new models from their brands -- but some dealers are skeptical... BMW car-sharing program quits San Francisco Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:58:28 EST DriveNow, the car-sharing program owned by BMW that allows drivers to rent electric cars by the minute, is pulling out of San Francisco, the only U.S. city in which it operates, the company said Monday. South Carolina dealers grapple with floods; BMW still producing Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:11:58 EST South Carolina auto dealers and BMW's U.S. plant are digging out and adjusting after more than 2 feet of rain have fallen over the last three days in some parts of the state, leading to catastrophic flooding. VW offers $2,000 loyalty bonus to avert defections Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:15:50 EST Volkswagen is offering a $2,000 incentive to prevent U.S. owners from abandoning the brand following its violation of diesel emissions tests. Average fuel economy of new cars dips 3rd time in 4 months Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:53:55 EST The average fuel economy of new U.S. light vehicles declined for the third time in four months in September, a University of Michigan report found. Iowa dealership group spots talent, teaches leadership Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST The McGrath Family of Dealerships' Emerging Leaders Program teaches talented non-management employees leadership skills, while assessing if they are capable of being part of management someday. Who's hot, who's not in 2015 Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Strong third-quarter demand for light vehicles benefited some brands more than others. 18 million selling rate comes with rising transaction prices Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST The U.S. auto industry's sizzling summer appears not to have quenched demand -- a sign that today's sales numbers are being achieved without many of the sins of the past. Cox, Dealertrack seek to reassure on prices Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Cox Automotive President Sandy Schwartz has heard dealers fret that, following Cox's $4 billion purchase of Dealertrack Technologies, the new entity will start jacking up prices. Don't worry, he says. Amid scandal, VW sales flat Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST In a broadly stronger market, Volkswagen of America saw roughly flat U.S. sales in September. Still, that was viewed as an accomplishment following a mid-month halt to its diesel vehicle sales and the resulting black eye to its brand image. Porsche boosts U.S. Macan supply Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST After buyers were kept waiting for six months or more during the Porsche Macan's first year on the market, the wait times are finally easing. Increased allocations to the U.S have cut the wait time to less than two months. Execs offer vision of TrueCar post Painter Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST As the Scott Painter era slowly fades, TrueCar is sketching a new vision of the online car-buying portal, one that's guided by a team of executives who admit TrueCar made mistakes in its quest for growth and who are keen to bridge the wide trust... 'Imported' could have been Ford's Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Chrysler's tag line 'Imported from Detroit' became immortal when Eminem prowled the streets of Detroit in a Chrysler 200, in a 2011 Super Bowl commercial. But in 1964, the same line was in consideration to market the Ford Mustang. Fiat pins hopes to pope: Nope Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST When Pope Francis climbed into the back seat of a black Fiat 500L on his first visit to the United States, interest in the diminutive, five-door family car appeared to surge. Germany wants your Bimmer Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST A Cox Automotive unit ships more used BMWs to Germany than any other overseas market. Here's a look at some of the peculiarities of the used-vehicle export business. Who gets the good review? Better bet on the salesperson Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Dealers who believe auto-retailing is a people business shouldn't be surprised to learn that when customers happy with their vehicle purchase pass along a good word, they're more likely to recommend the salesperson than the store. 'Fiata' ready for its close-up Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST An unmasked 2016 Fiat 124 Spider captured on a photo shoot in Southern California looks far more like its Mazda MX-5 Miata twin than the 124 Spider from back in the day. Mercedes aims to add dealerships judiciously Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz plans to add more dealerships to address unmet demand in growing markets. But it will stop in a couple of years once it gets to around 390 stores, up from 370 now. Dealers Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Dealers featured this week include the Chicago Automobile Trade Association; Bo Scott, dealer principal at Regal Nissan in Roswell, Ga.; and Mitchell Hall of Lawrence Hall Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Anson, Texas. Germany, France, Italy, Spain continue sales rebound Fri, 2 Oct 2015 08:09:04 EST The recovery in European car sales continued in September as registrations rose in Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Google's prototype car earned my trust, even when it stopped cold Fri, 2 Oct 2015 11:31:29 EST Google's latest self-driving car prototype left me with a warm, cuddly feeling of trust, even when it malfunctioned with me inside, slamming hard on the brakes and refusing to move. Ford ad campaign aims to lift car lineup in U.S. market hot for trucks Fri, 2 Oct 2015 12:52:40 EST Ford launched an ad campaign -- "By Design" -- for several cars to spotlight design and new technology in a U.S. market hot for trucks. Toyota readies biggest Tacoma campaign in decade amid truck battle Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota's Tacoma is about to get dirty as it fends off new competition in the midsize truck segment. Musk: Tesla Model X crossover debut stokes 'strong' demand for sedan Fri, 2 Oct 2015 16:04:09 EST Tesla Motors saw strong orders of the Model S sedan tied to the launch of its new crossover this week, relieving some concerns that the new model might siphon away sales of the sedan, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said Friday. Old Auto scandals create opening for New Auto Fri, 2 Oct 2015 15:23:08 EST Facing a rising tide of disruptors, Old Auto desperately needs to stop being its own worst enemy. AutoNation, buoyed by holiday deals, sees Sept. sales rise 21% Fri, 2 Oct 2015 13:29:05 EST AutoNation's U.S. new-vehicle sales increased 21 percent last month from a year earlier to 29,046 vehicles thanks in part to Labor Day holiday promotions. Subaru is still the hottest car company in the U.S. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:19:21 EST The U.S. auto business in 2015 is a Hollywood movie -- one big car chase and a happy ending. If there's a hero, it's scrappy little Subaru, the Japanese company best known as Fuji Heavy Industries. Autoliv ready to cut more staff in China as car sales stall Fri, 2 Oct 2015 08:47:23 EST Autoliv is ready to cut more jobs in China as the supplier reacts to a decline in light vehicle production in the market in the past few quarters. Volvo sales rise 2.4% as U.S. surge offsets China dip Fri, 2 Oct 2015 06:40:30 EST Volvo said global sales of its cars rose 2.4 percent in September as an 18 percent jump in U.S. deliveries helped offset a fifth straight month of decline in China, where sales were down 5.7 percent. PSA sees connectivity boosting customer loyalty Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST PSA wants its connectivity solutions to strengthen customer loyalty by being simple and seamless, but matching what they get from their consumer electronics will not be easy because that skill is not part of any automaker's DNA, the automaker's... U.S. sales rise 16% on double-digit gains at Detroit 3, Nissan, Toyota, Honda Thu, 1 Oct 2015 08:00:00 EST U.S. %]