en-usVince Bond Jr. Feed Can tamer TrueCar be true to itself?Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTUnder Chip Perry, TrueCar is not a different company, but it's a very different brand, casting itself more clearly as the friend of the auto dealer. TrueCar's Perry: 'We embraced the need to change'Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTDo consumers want the lowest price or a fair price? TrueCar is betting on a fair price. Mazda picks up a German accentMon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTWhile Mazda can't pass itself off as a luxury brand, the mix of quality, handling and design have proved potent enough to draw upscale consumers who drive German cruisers. Course correction for Genesis' 'misguided missile'Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTIs Hyundai's Genesis a make or a 'model?' The question is at the heart of the lingering confusion surrounding the luxury brand's retail strategy. HONDA: Slow sales for several key vehicles Tue, 1 May 2018 15:07:40 ESTAmerican Honda's U.S. sales fell 9.2 percent in April due to the slower performance of key models such as the Accord, Civic and CR-V. HYUNDAI/KIA: Hyundai, Kia and Genesis all dropTue, 1 May 2018 16:08:20 ESTHyundai Motor America's U.S. sales were down 11 percent from the year-earlier period to 56,063 units. Genesis changes its mind on retail network -- againTue, 1 May 2018 13:11:32 ESTGenesis General Manager Erwin Raphael told Hyundai's dealer council last week that the opportunity to sell the brand would now be offered to all Hyundai dealers in the United States -- a complete shift from the brand's... A luxury roller-coaster rideMon, 30 Apr 2018 00:01:00 ESTHyundai's journey into luxury has been a bumpy, tortuous ride for its dealers, thanks to a strategy that was unclear from the start. Health scare motivates dealership to teach life-saving techniquesMon, 30 Apr 2018 00:01:00 ESTRyan Gremore, president of the O'Brien Auto Team, decided that if a medical emergency ever took place at one of his stores, staffers would have the tools and training to address it. Honda sweetens Accord leases, a littleMon, 23 Apr 2018 00:01:00 ESTThe discounted lease deal puts the Accord within striking distance of the Camry in strong lease markets such as California, Ohio and Florida. Mitsu COO sees alliance enabling big stridesMon, 16 Apr 2018 00:01:00 ESTTrevor Mann foresees the automaker flirting with the 300,000 mark as it introduces new products such as the Eclipse Cross and begins to roll out vehicles on platforms shared with Renault-Nissan around 2021. Ed Beadle Sun, 8 Apr 2018 00:01:00 ESTAge: 43Title: Senior manager of integrated marketing, Acura Division Ed RhodesSun, 8 Apr 2018 00:01:00 ESTAge: 37Title: Senior group manager of pricing and market analytics, Hyundai... Kia Motors America COO Michael Sprague leaving companyFri, 6 Apr 2018 11:14:53 ESTMichael Sprague, the former Ford executive who notched a steady series of promotions in nearly a decade at Kia Motors America, is leaving the Korean automaker. HONDA: Trucks, Civic continue to provide liftTue, 3 Apr 2018 16:41:19 ESTAmerican Honda posted a 3.8 percent rise in March U.S. sales behind strong truck demand and an assist from the Civic. HYUNDAI/KIA: Hyundai drops 11%, Kia up 2.5%Tue, 3 Apr 2018 15:31:45 ESTHyundai Motor America's March U.S. sales fell 11 percent from the year-earlier period. Acura RDX picks touch pad over touch screenMon, 2 Apr 2018 00:01:00 ESTAcura says the interface will make vehicle controls more intuitive and easier to use while driving. Kona EV highlights Hyundai's powertrain versatilityMon, 2 Apr 2018 00:01:00 ESTHyundai's new electric subcompact crossover has an estimated range of 250 miles on a charge. Hyundai tells Genesis castoffs: Don't lose hopeMon, 2 Apr 2018 00:01:00 ESTBrian Smith, COO of Hyundai Motor America, said it's likely that the Genesis brand will expand its store count in the future. Honda cuts back Accord output to reduce inventoryMon, 2 Apr 2018 00:01:00 ESTHonda may have built its best sedan ever in the 2018 Accord, but the automaker must face a tough reality: Sales are down and some in its vocal dealer network are sounding the alarm. Redesigned RDX crossover feeds optimism at AcuraMon, 2 Apr 2018 00:01:00 ESTBrand chief Jon Ikeda said the redesigned crossover can be marketed "from an emotional perspective," not based on "value and deals." How to sift through dealership dataMon, 2 Apr 2018 00:01:00 ESTSifting through all the data a dealership generates can be a monumental task, so some dealership groups are studying their data with a more tactical eye. Kia refreshes 2 models for 2019Wed, 28 Mar 2018 13:15:00 ESTKia is upgrading its lineup with a trio of vehicles that will replace models that are losing traction: the Optima sedan, Sedona minivan and the upmarket K900 sedan. Genesis adds halo with electric Essentia concept Wed, 28 Mar 2018 16:30:00 ESTGenesis, taking a page out of the playbook of Germany's luxury brands, is reimagining its "athletic elegance" styling with the electric Essentia concept, a bonafide halo car. Genesis G70 joins entry-level luxury sedan race -- with a manualWed, 28 Mar 2018 08:00:00 ESTThe sporty Genesis G70 joins the entry-level luxury sedan segment this summer, complete with a manual option for driving purists. Hyundai's Kona shares bracket with Spartans, bulldogsMon, 26 Mar 2018 00:01:00 ESTThe designers of Hyundai's Kona took inspiration from Spartan helmets when devising the brand's first cute ute. Accord's steward keeps a low profileMon, 26 Mar 2018 00:01:00 ESTSteve Rodriguez, the engineering project leader for the Accord, has been a staple at Honda's Marysville, Ohio, plant for nearly 30 years. Some people don't realize he's a boss. Hyundai dealers grapple with Genesis selection processSun, 25 Mar 2018 19:56:56 ESTThere's a contingent of Hyundai dealers who are upset that they won't be one of the 100 or so operations that get a stand-alone Genesis store as the fledgling luxury brand charts its path forward. Honda cuts U.S. Accord output as sales slip, supplies growSat, 24 Mar 2018 19:06:20 ESTHonda told dealers that production of the acclaimed 2018 Accord is being reduced at its Marysville, Ohio, assembly plant to combat inflated stockpiles and lower sales. Google Assistant improves dealership serviceSat, 24 Mar 2018 19:32:53 ESTNYC's Paragon Honda has tapped Assistant to help its customers schedule service appointments. New Acura RDX crossover creates buzz among dealersSat, 24 Mar 2018 09:41:04 ESTAcura's Jon Ikeda hopes to see a "big transition" in how consumers think and feel about the brand in 2018. The brand's completely reworked 2019 RDX crossover will be a huge driver of that potential shift. Tension surrounds Hyundai meetingFri, 23 Mar 2018 15:53:37 ESTThe good vibes from Hyundai's course correction in the truck market could be tempered by lingering frustration over Genesis. How to sift through dealership dataFri, 23 Mar 2018 17:59:06 ESTSifting through all the data a dealership generates can be a monumental task, so some dealership groups are studying their data with a more tactical eye. N.Y. dealer taps Google tech in fixed opsFri, 23 Mar 2018 13:06:13 ESTNew York dealer Brian Benstock is tapping Google technologies, including virtual helper Assistant, to drive service traffic and improve customers' experiences in service. Digital storefront firm Roadster expands platformFri, 23 Mar 2018 12:40:06 ESTRoadster, the California startup that created digital storefronts on dealer sites that allow consumers to buy vehicles online, is broadening the scale of its platform to dealer groups. HONDA: Strong lineup can help navigate bumpy roadFri, 23 Mar 2018 00:01:00 ESTBrian Benstock believes Honda's product lineup has what it takes to get the automaker through potentially bumpy times ahead. CDK launches open exchange for software developers Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:42:57 ESTCDK's new app store-like open development platform Fortellis aims to enable innovation and commercialization of software solutions. HYUNDAI: Dealers hope crossover push isn't too lateThu, 22 Mar 2018 00:01:00 ESTAndrew DiFeo says Hyundai Motor America's problems stem from one thing: overproduction of the wrong kinds of vehicles. DiFeo says Hyundai's lineup is starting to match consumer demand, and 2018 will be a critical year. ACURA: Dealers expect 'huge' success with new RDXWed, 21 Mar 2018 12:45:00 ESTThe revamped RDX will hit the market as the first Acura fully developed under an edgier design direction first relayed with the Precision Concept at the 2016 Detroit auto show. Feds reject CDK's purchase of Auto/Mate Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:27:36 ESTCDK Global's planned acquisition of Auto/Mate, a smaller provider of dealership management systems, has been blocked by the Federal Trade Commission. Product stars finally are aligning for HyundaiMon, 19 Mar 2018 00:01:00 ESTAndrew DiFeo, Hyundai's National Dealer Council chairman, says Hyundai's product lineup is finally starting to match up with consumer demand. Strong lineup seen as Honda's advantageMon, 19 Mar 2018 00:01:00 ESTDealer Brian Benstock says Honda is well-positioned to stem the tide even as the brand fights through a down period to start the year. Acura dealers excited to have edgier RDX fronting their lineupMon, 19 Mar 2018 00:01:00 ESTJack Hanania felt a sense of excitement around the Acura brand at the Detroit auto show this year that he hasn't experienced in years. Acclaimed 2018 Accords sit on the lotMon, 12 Mar 2018 00:01:00 ESTSome dealers say the redesigned Accord is Honda's most impressive car to date, but they're struggling to sell it #8212; and some have resorted to turning down shipments. Hyundai, Kia bringing back large crossoversMon, 5 Mar 2018 00:01:00 ESTHyundai and Kia are jumping back into the large crossover segment with two models recently spotted by spy photographers. Mitsubishi dealers see an ally in DiazMon, 5 Mar 2018 00:01:00 ESTFred Diaz is heading back home as incoming CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, ready to put his insider knowledge of Mitsubishi together with an understanding of the U.S. HONDA: Accord, Civic, CR-V skidThu, 1 Mar 2018 14:23:46 ESTAmerican Honda's U.S. sales fell 5 percent to 115,557 in February behind lower demand for its three most important vehicles: the Accord and Civic sedans and the CR-V crossover. HYUNDAI-KIA: Slump drags on but truck-car mix improvesThu, 1 Mar 2018 15:42:43 ESTHyundai Motor America couldn't keep pace with 2017's record-setting February as U.S. sales dropped 13 percent last month. Kia picks Canada chief to head U.S. unitThu, 1 Mar 2018 15:59:18 ESTKia Motors said SeugKyu (Sean) Yoon, its top executive in Canada, has been named CEO of Kia Motors America. Kia picks Canada chief to head U.S. unitThu, 1 Mar 2018 15:59:18 ESTKia Motors said SeugKyu (Sean) Yoon, its top executive in Canada, has been named CEO of Kia Motors America. Hyundai Santa Fe has premium feelMon, 26 Feb 2018 00:01:00 ESTHyundai says it made a special effort with the redesigned 2019 Santa Fe to satisfy crossover shoppers looking for a premium experience from mass-market brands. Our close call at the crosswalk in an autonomous HyundaiThu, 22 Feb 2018 16:09:55 ESTI figured the Nexo would recognize the pedestrians who were being picked up by its sensors and decelerate to a gradual stop. But that's not what happened. Hyundai's first U.S. diesel to be in next-gen Santa FeWed, 21 Feb 2018 20:00:00 ESTThe redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe will include the brand's first diesel offering in the United States as it continues to rework its car-heavy lineup. Genesis snub leaves some Hyundai dealers reelingMon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 ESTWhile elite-level Hyundai dealers in key markets have the chance to bid for Genesis franchises, other pockets of the dealer body are bitter over the tumultuous rollout of the luxury brand's retail network. Ford dealers gain access to AI tool for used-car salesMon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 ESTThe analytics tool from Vast helps dealers identify what makes a vehicle unique. Hyundai preps hybrid, plug-in hybrid Sonata Thu, 8 Feb 2018 11:30:00 ESTThe estimated fuel economy of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata SE variant is 39 mpg city/45 highway/42 combined, the automaker said. Why I was heartened -- not outraged -- by Ram's MLK Super Bowl adTue, 6 Feb 2018 14:50:10 ESTRam's use of Martin Luther King Jr.'s ode to service in its Super Bowl spot quickly drew public backlash. I take a different view. FCA ad blitz pays off in search traffic, but King ad stallsMon, 5 Feb 2018 16:25:30 ESTThe biggest winner for FCA was the Wrangler, which saw page visits soar on the heels of a Jurassic Park-themed spot and another ad that showed its ability to chew up harsh terrain. Complex sales picture decoded: So far, so goodMon, 5 Feb 2018 00:01:00 ESTA jumble of factors now in play could turn light-vehicle sales in any which direction. Is it time to kiss the good times hello? Elite Hyundai dealers ready to vie for GenesisMon, 5 Feb 2018 00:01:00 ESTGenesis is prepared to compensate Hyundai dealers who will be left out of its limited network of stand-alone stores. But some dealers don't want the compensation. They want Genesis. Hyundai leaves out the cars again in Super Bowl spotSun, 4 Feb 2018 18:30:00 ESTOnce again, Hyundai decided to park the cars for its marquee late-game spot, hoping to sell an idea that's bigger than the Kona subcompact crossover: hope in the face of cancer. FCA's 5 spots add power to muted Super Bowl lineupFri, 2 Feb 2018 16:24:57 ESTThe Super Bowl turned into a brand showcase for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. FCA's collection of five spots for the Jeep and Ram brands had it all: A stirring voiceover from Martin Luther King Jr. Five-spot Super Bowl for FCAFri, 2 Feb 2018 14:47:51 ESTFiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to air five Super Bowl spots -- sprinkled across all four quarters of the game -- touting the Jeep and Ram brands. HYUNDAI-KIA: Weaker car demand hurts results againThu, 1 Feb 2018 17:04:49 ESTHyundai-Kia's U.S. sales dropped 6.4 percent in January behind a 16 percent decline in car deliveries. Combined light-truck volume at Hyundai, Kia and Genesis rose 15 percent last month. HONDA: Weakness from Accord, CR-V, Ridgeline dent resultsThu, 1 Feb 2018 16:12:11 ESTAmerican Honda sales dipped 1.7 percent in January from the year-earlier period following weak results for the Accord, CR-V and Ridgeline. Autotrader revamps to prepare for digital retailingMon, 29 Jan 2018 17:39:58 ESTThe Autotrader shopping site is changing so that it can shepherd consumers through much of a deal online and save them time when they connect with dealers. Hyundai plans another live Super Bowl adMon, 29 Jan 2018 12:58:53 ESTHyundai's Super Bowl spot will again take shape on game day. The brand will highlight its Hyundai Hope on Wheels initiative and the 60-second spot will air in the fourth quarter. Schreyer, Stinger help cement Kia's new imageSun, 28 Jan 2018 00:01:00 ESTWith the Stinger sports sedan, Kia's head of design says, "we have the crown on the model range" and an influencer for the brand's bread-and-butter products. Mazda wants Skyactiv-X to go unnoticedSat, 27 Jan 2018 00:01:00 ESTThe innovative engine doesn't drive like a shaky science project. It feels perfectly normal, which is a breakthrough for the Mazda team. Elite-level Hyundai dealers get 1st crack at Genesis storesFri, 26 Jan 2018 18:12:05 ESTHyundai plans to give some of its 350 elite-level dealers the first chance to apply for standalone Genesis franchises. Hyundai keeps fuel cell crossover understatedMon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 ESTThe differences between the Nexo and Toyota's Mirai reflect the broader differences in design philosophies of the two brands, says Minchul Koo, head of exterior design for Hyundai Motor Co. Mazda's EVs won't lose their zoom, Moro saysMon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 ESTEven in an electrified age, Mazda's determination to build fun-to-drive vehicles won't change, said Masahiro Moro, CEO of Mazda North American Operations. Despite baggage, Insight name carries weightMon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 ESTThe third-generation Insight will stand outside Honda's Clarity subbrand of electrified vehicles and line up next to the Accord Hybrid. Honda to add CR-V production in Marysville, OhioMon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 ESTOne factor behind Honda's success, American Honda's CEO says, has been the ongoing effort to use its flexible production capabilities to fortify light-truck production in North America. RDX kicks off Acura's design evolutionMon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 ESTAcura said its daring Precision concept unveiled during the 2016 Detroit auto show pointed to a bolder future for the brand. That future, as it turned out, wasn't far off. Hyundai U.S. arm poised to get more say on productionSat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 ESTHyundai Motor Group is going through a restructuring that will shift more decision-making power to regional markets such as North America. Mazda sees Skyactiv-X as base for electrificationWed, 17 Jan 2018 15:03:13 ESTMazda's North American chief said Skyactiv-X will be an "important base engine to add electrification" to the Mazda lineup. Kia Forte gains fuel efficiency, polish for 2019Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:00:33 ESTDesign cues from Kia's Stinger sport sedan have made their way to the third-generation Kia Forte sedan and the compact car is receiving an engineering overhaul that improves fuel economy and powertrain refinement. Hyundai Veloster gets more muscularMon, 15 Jan 2018 12:15:00 ESTHyundai is reviving its Veloster hatchback for the 2019 model year with a new platform and the brand's first-ever N performance model for the U.S. market, along with a more muscular design akin to a sport coupe. Acura reboots RDX 'from ground up'Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:30:00 ESTThe third-generation RDX -- the first RDX styled, developed and engineered entirely in the U.S. -- is the crossover's most extensive redesign in more than a decade, and it will square off against a wave of new rivals. Civic is tops with minority buyersSun, 14 Jan 2018 22:00:00 ESTThe Honda Civic was the best-selling vehicle among ethnic consumers for the 2017 model year, the second consecutive year the brand has taken that title, IHS Markit and NAMAD said. Mitsubishi eager to prove its potentialSun, 14 Jan 2018 00:01:00 ESTThe Japanese brand, now forging ahead as part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, is ready to turn the page on a rough stretch with the help of the Outlander PHEV and Eclipse Cross. Honda steers Insight toward the mainstreamThu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 ESTThe third-generation Insight sheds the boxy rear end that distinguishes many hybrids and now bears the sleek design profile of the Honda Accord and Civic sedans. One analyst is already calling it the "anti-Prius." Kia plans sporty, Stingerlike overhaul for 3rd-gen Forte Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:06:58 ESTKia is redrawing the third-generation Forte compact sedan with a sporty, Stingerlike overhaul. Kia plans sporty, Stingerlike overhaul for 3rd-gen Forte Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:06:58 ESTKia is redrawing the third-generation Forte compact sedan #8212; the automaker's most popular vehicle in Canada in 2017 #8212; with a sporty, Stingerlike overhaul. Innovators shift FandI retailing to the WebMon, 8 Jan 2018 00:01:00 ESTDigital innovators Drive Motors, Roadster and AutoGravity are reshaping the way consumers shop for vehicle financing and FandI products. And they say dealers and lenders are poised to benefit. Hyundai hikes range of next fuel cell more than 30%Mon, 8 Jan 2018 18:00:00 ESTHyundai's next-generation fuel cell vehicle, the Nexo, will boost range more than 30 percent over its predecessor and will be built on a dedicated platform. Kia hints at electric Niro, readies autonomous pushMon, 8 Jan 2018 19:00:00 ESTKia is hinting at plans for an all-electric Niro with a range of 238 miles. The electric version would bring further diversity to the Niro subcompact crossover lineup. Mazda N.A. CFO Lievois gets expanded duties, including sales, service, marketingMon, 8 Jan 2018 15:53:00 ESTMazda North American Operations is expanding the duties of its finance chief, Jim Lievois, to include sales, service and marketing. Hyundai's next-gen fuel cell showcaseMon, 8 Jan 2018 00:01:00 ESTHyundai, which leapfrogged rivals Honda and Toyota in offering a hydrogen-powered vehicle to the American public in 2014, is ready for another leap: a next-generation fuel cell vehicle to be introduced on Monday at CES in... App predicts when dealers' used cars will sellSat, 6 Jan 2018 00:01:00 ESTAn app uses artificial intelligence to help dealers predict when a specific vehicle will sell, based on local market conditions, features and pricing. Kia preps EV concept for CESThu, 4 Jan 2018 15:27:08 ESTKia Motors will showcase an electric vehicle concept Monday during CES in Las Vegas. HYUNDAI/KIA: Slump continuesWed, 3 Jan 2018 17:46:01 ESTHyundai-Kia's 2017 U.S. sales dipped 10 percent to 1,275,223 vehicles, with December volume off 8.6 percent, as the company pared fleet shipments and battled the industrywide slump in car demand. MAZDA: Lower fleet shipments dent '17 resultsWed, 3 Jan 2018 15:12:04 ESTMazda sold 289,470 vehicles in the U.S. in 2017, a 2.8 percent decline from the year-earlier period, as the company dialed back on fleet sales. Big results, but at what cost? Mon, 25 Dec 2017 00:01:00 ESTDealership software giant CDK has produced some eye-popping numbers for investors, but its fast climb has alienated some customers, and antitrust lawsuits are piling up. CDK tool helps #1 Cochran streamline serviceMon, 25 Dec 2017 00:01:00 ESTThe service departments at #1 Cochran, a 24-store group in western Pennsylvania, used to have a software logjam. Dealers' optimism strongest in the SouthMon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 ESTDealers are positive about the next quarter, but that optimism varies widely by region, a Cox Automotive survey found. Toyota marketing key to multicultural appealMon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 ESTToyota has found a natural home amid the eye-popping styles and eclectic musical acts of Afropunk festivals. How vendors help dealerships maximize dataMon, 27 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTIn this QandA, John Griffin explains how Cox Automotive's performance managers will help dealerships interpret the data in their DMS and plot a course of action. How factory can help turn browsers into buyersSat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTA study points to a lack of coordination between automakers and retailers on presenting inventory, messaging, search engine marketing and website layouts.