Automotive News Retail News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 25 Feb 2018 06:00:00 EST Bigger Subaru sales, bigger office building http://www.autonews.com/article/20180225/OEM/180229922/subaru-camden-headquarters-move Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST There's more going on at Subaru of America than record sales. It's finally moving to a bigger building in Camden, N.J. Who's the world's best car salesman? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180225/RETAIL/180229862/whos-the-worlds-best-car-salesman Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Two supersalesmen, Joe Girard and Ali Reda, are contesting the title of most cars sold in a year. Here's a look at their stories and their selling styles. Uber's latest ambitions worry rivals http://www.autonews.com/article/20180225/MOBILITY/180229876/uber-ambitions-worry-rivals Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is spearheading an aggressive expansion into public transportation. Founder of Ford-owned Chariot out as CEO http://www.autonews.com/article/20180223/MOBILITY/180229899/ford-chariot-ceo-departs Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:07:07 EST Ali Vahabzadeh, who co-founded the Chariot shuttle service, will remain on its board of directors following an early February departure as CEO. Renault picks Sweden for first EV-only showroom http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180223/ANE/180219830/renault-picks-sweden-for-first-ev-only-showroom Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Renault chose Sweden, Europe's No. 3 market for electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles, for its first showroom dedicated to EVs First Shift: A break for Tesla faithful? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180223/VIDEO/302239993/first-shift-a-break-for-tesla-faithful Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:15:00 EST Break for Tesla faithful?; GM said to mull Korea wage freeze, extension of Canada production cuts; Nissan robotaxi test; Mini output in China?; Losing incentive for incentives. German court delays ruling on diesel ban to next week http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180222/ANE/180229947/german-court-delays-ruling-on-diesel-ban-to-next-week Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:06:06 EST A German court on Thursday delayed a ruling on whether major cities can ban heavily polluting diesel cars, which could hit the resale value of 15 million vehicles in Europe's largest market and force automakers to pay for costly modifications. Genesis supplants Audi atop Consumer Reports' latest brand rankings http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/RETAIL03/180229924/genesis-supplants-audi-consumer-reports-brand-rankings Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:22:37 EST Hyundai's upstart Genesis luxury brand supplanted Audi atop Consumer Reports' annual ranking of automotive brands. Subaru and Kia tied for the highest ranked mass-market brands. AutoNews Now: Lincoln's Galhotra named Ford N.A. chief http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/VIDEO/302229978/autonews-now-lincolns-galhotra-named-ford-n-a-chief Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:30:00 EST Lincoln's Galhotra to replace Nair as Ford N.A. chief; Consumer Reports names Genesis top brand; C-R's top 10 models; BMW, Takata settle suits; The Land Rover of mobile phones. Nobody wants to let Google win war for maps all over again http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/OEM06/180229968/google-war-for-maps-autonomous-cars Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:00:00 EST Google emerged years ago as the winner in digital maps by blanketing the globe with its street-mapping cars and software expertise that couldn't be matched. Nobody wants to let Google win again. Dallas' Park Place dealer group dives into subscription market http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/RETAIL/180229957/dallas-park-place-dives-into-subscription Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:26:54 EST The service offers unlimited vehicle switches and free pickup and delivery in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at no additional charge. Why sweet lease deals are going away http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180229960/why-sweet-lease-deals-are-going-away Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:00 EST A flood of off-lease vehicles, including SUVs and crossovers, and other factors will make it more difficult for automakers to offer tempting lease deals. Still putting off buying cyber insurance? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/BLOG13/180229964/still-putting-off-buying-cyber-insurance Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:00 EST Will cyber liability insurance become more widespread among dealerships? Considering the number of security breaches across many industries today, it should. Two-tone cars are back, helping the bottom line but also adding challenges http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180221/ANE/180209881/two-tone-cars-are-back-helping-the-bottom-line-but-also-adding Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Two-tone paint jobs are back with a distinct European flair. In the last few years about 20 models with the feature, largely with bodies and roofs in different colors, have hit showrooms across Europe with more to come. Toyota shows the Olympic athlete's journey http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/VIRALVIDEO/302219999/toyota-shows-the-olympic-athletes-journey Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST In the latest video to top our viral video charts, Toyota shows the journey from toddler to Olympic athlete. Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180220/ANE/180219831/tesla-model-s-outsells-german-luxury-flagships-in-europe Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla's Model S outsold the luxury flagships of Mercedes, BMW and Audi in Europe. NBA All-Star Weekend boosts Autotrader's new site http://www.autonews.com/article/20180220/RETAIL03/180229976/nba-all-stars-autotrader-marketing-website Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:29:29 EST Autotrader took advantage of its long-standing NBA sponsorship to promote its redesigned website and set a record in online traffic during All-Star Weekend. Net soars at ADESA's parent on tax gains http://www.autonews.com/article/20180220/RETAIL04/180229975/net-soars-at-adesas-parent-on-tax-gains Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:50:57 EST Net income at KAR Auction Services, ADESA's parent, soared in the fourth quarter because of a special gain related to the changes in federal corporate taxes. Why Aston Martin is mulling risky move into F1 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180220/ANE/180209792/why-aston-martin-is-mulling-risky-move-into-f1 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer envisions the automaker entering Formula One as an engine supplier by 2021. Dealerships partner with Costco to boost service, parts sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/RETAIL05/180219995/costco-dealer-service-discount Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Costco is working with new-vehicle dealerships to expand its members-only discount program beyond auto purchases to service and parts sales. More than 900 franchised dealerships are enrolled in the warehouse club's service and parts plan. Dodging a bad review, Subaru fell into awd country http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/OEM03/180219768/dodging-a-bad-review-subaru-fell-into-awd-country Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST In 1969, Consumer Reports gave the Subaru 360 a rare designation: "not acceptable." Oh, and the magazine also called it "the most unsafe car on the market." Lexus' new pricing math for hybrids http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/RETAIL01/180219776/lexus-new-hybrid-premium Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Lexus has quietly changed the math for the 2018 model year, significantly lowering the hybrid premium for its two most popular crossovers and rolling out a sporty new hybrid platform for its LC halo coupe and LS flagship sedan. Automakers fear potential drop in diesel values after German court ruling http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180219/ANE/180219746/automakers-fear-potential-drop-in-diesel-values-after-german-court Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:48:31 EST A court will decide later this week on whether German cities can ban heavily polluting cars, potentially wiping hundreds of millions of euros off the value of diesel cars on the country's roads. BMW store enlists wrap artists http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/RETAIL/180219806/bmw-store-enlists-wrap-artists Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST A Chicago BMW dealership uses art to increase accessory sales. Ford dealers gain access to artificial intelligence tool for used-car sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/RETAIL04/180219804/ford-dealers-ai-tool-used-car Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST The analytics tool from Vast helps dealers identify what makes a vehicle unique. Don't expect Nissan to ditch stair-steps http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/RETAIL07/180219808/dont-expect-nissan-to-ditch-stair-steps Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Just as car dealership sales personnel are offered incentives to increase business, Nissan has offered its dealers incentives to reach higher. And in recent years, they did and sales climbed. This is no time to get sloppy http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/RETAIL01/180219807/automakers-2018-sales-incentives Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST There is a great deal of uncertainty out there and it seems prudent to be conservative. Still, when the car business is bad, I am told, it is still pretty good. Month-end close in one day? Here's how. http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/RETAIL07/180219819/month-end-close-one-day Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST One giant dealership group manages to handle its month-end close in one day. Here's how. Battery-swapping for urban dwellers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/OEM05/180219816/battery-swapping-for-urban-dwellers Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST I agree with Keith Crain that the electric vehicle industry 'will need something that is not yet developed or commercialized.' Remote software updates help build dealer service business, suppliers say http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/RETAIL05/180219889/remote-software-dealer-service Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Automakers could use over-the-air software updates to prompt owners with customized messages directing them where to take their vehicles for service, suppliers say. Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180218/ANE/180219936/europes-luxury-compact-car-segment-forecast-to-decline-for-second Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives will cause sales in Europe's compact premium segment to fall for a second consecutive year, according to market forecasters. Lyft shops for drivers on used-car lots http://www.autonews.com/article/20180217/MOBILITY/180219802/lyft-shops-drivers-used-car Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Lyft wants to put drivers in cars they can afford, rather than having them take on expensive loans for new vehicles. Tesla delays, tax credit concerns spur sales of Chevy Bolts http://www.autonews.com/article/20180216/RETAIL/180219760/musk-tesla-model3-chevy-bolt-competition-tax-credit Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:13:08 EST Some potential buyers of Tesla's long-delayed Model 3 are concerned that they will miss out on federal tax breaks and are looking for alternatives such as the Chevy Bolt. Waymo wins Arizona's approval for first driverless ride-hailing service http://www.autonews.com/article/20180216/MOBILITY/180219757/google-waymo-driverless-cars-arizona Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:48:38 EST The first commercial ride-hailing service without human drivers has been approved in the United States. Google affiliate Waymo won a permit in January from the Arizona Department of Transportation. Ivanka Trump talks about lending issue with Pa. auto dealer http://www.autonews.com/article/20180216/RETAIL/180219774/ivanka-trump-dealer-pennsylvania-lending-politics Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:37:05 EST Do auto retailers befuddled by the Military Lending Act clarification now have the ear of the White House? Pennsylvania dealer Corina Straub Diehl thinks so. VW surges in mixed Q4 for European auto sector http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180216/ANE/180219935/vw-surges-in-mixed-q4-for-european-auto-sector Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST VW, Norwegian parts supplier Kongsberg and UK car retailer Vertu Motors were the best performers in terms of delivering value to their shareholders during the final quarter of 2017. The automotive sector as a whole, however, had mixed results. Faurecia profit rises 34% in 2017 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180216/ANE/180219788/faurecia-profit-rises-34-in-2017 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:30:34 EST Faurecia's net income in 2017 climbed 34 percent to 714.5 million euros ($896.4 million), as the supplier saw strong growth across all its main markets. Global auto sales poised to set record in 2018 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180215/RETAIL01/302159938/2018-global-auto-sales-prediction-record Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:49:20 EST Light-vehicle sales are on track to rise to a record of more than 97 million units globally this year, despite a second straight annual decline in North America, according to an LMC forecast. Subaru prices 3-row 2019 Ascent from $32,970 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180215/RETAIL/180219805/2019-subaru-ascent-pricing-sales-three-row Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:25:47 EST When the new Subaru Ascent reaches dealers this summer, it will be priced well below its competition in the three-row, all-wheel-drive crossover segment, while becoming the brand's most expensive crossover or wagon. Ballooning costs of parts drive car thefts http://www.autonews.com/article/20180215/RETAIL/180219798/car-parts-theft-aftermarket-service Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:22:57 EST When it comes to making a buck on the black market, a car in pieces -- not intact -- may yield bigger gains for car thieves nationwide. In-vehicle cameras desirable across marketplaces, Google report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180215/RETAIL03/180219800/google-auto-trend-cameras-desirable Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:07:39 EST Based on what they Google, Americans are looking for a variety of ways to secure their pets in transit while Germans focus on their audio and Japanese want more comfort. AutoNews Now: How Subaru found the key to U.S. market http://www.autonews.com/article/20180215/VIDEO/302159997/autonews-now-how-subaru-found-the-key-to-u-s-market Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:30:00 EST How Subaru found the key to U.S. market; Wrestler John Cena moves to quash Ford lawsuit; NHTSA stretched too thin?; Trump's GM Korea boast; Jeep ad riles fish fans. European sales rise 7% in January, boosted by SUVs http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180215/ANE/180219837/european-sales-rise-7-in-january-boosted-by-suvs Thu, 15 Feb 2018 02:44:41 EST Europe's new-car market opened the year with 7 percent sales growth in January. Almost all automakers posted gains, helped by booming sales of SUVs. John Cena seeks to dismiss Ford lawsuit for flipping 2017 GT supercar http://www.autonews.com/article/20180215/RETAIL03/180219827/gt-supercar-john-cena-ford-lawsuit-litigation Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:04:39 EST Professional wrestler-turned-actor John Cena filed a motion to dismiss Ford's lawsuit against him for flipping his 2017 Liquid Blue GT supercar. Lincoln serves up ads for redesigned Navigator starring Serena Williams http://www.autonews.com/article/20180215/RETAIL03/180219846/lincoln-serena-williams-navigator-ford-tennis Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:00:00 EST Lincoln has tapped tennis star Serena Williams to help sell the redesigned Navigator SUV in a social media ad campaign that launches Thursday. Lithia Q4 net surges on tax gains, record revenue http://www.autonews.com/article/20180214/RETAIL/180219849/lithia-q4-net-surges-on-tax-gains-record-revenue Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:29:29 EST Lithia Motors' fourth-quarter net income surged on special gains, particularly from tax-law changes, and record revenue. Fed rate hikes squeezing even the hottest automaker in the U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20180214/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180219891/fed-interest-rate-hike-subaru Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST The Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes are making it costlier for even the hottest automaker in the United States to sell cars. Renault follows Audi into the potentially lucrative e-sports world http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180214/BLOG15/180219902/renault-follows-audi-into-the-potentially-lucrative-e-sports-world Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Renault is following other major corporate sponsors, including Audi, into the potentially lucrative e-sports world, with the goal of selling more real cars to fans of racing- and auto-themed games. Ram's Viking-filled spot tops the charts http://www.autonews.com/article/20180214/VIRALVIDEO/302149999/rams-viking-filled-spot-tops-the-charts Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST One of FCA's five commercials from this year's Super Bowl topped our viral video chart this week. PSA says new Peugeot, Citroen and Opel vans will set benchmark for segment http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180213/ANE/180219909/psa-says-new-peugeot-citroen-and-opel-vans-will-set-benchmark-for Tue, 13 Feb 2018 04:54:19 EST PSA aims to boost its position in Europe's lucrative light van sector by launching three new models for its Peugeot, Citroen and Opel/Vauxhall brands.