en-usVince Bond Jr. Feed 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. Facebook updates ad features to convert mobile shoppersThu, 16 Nov 2017 11:00:00 ESTFacebook has updated two of the platform's ad tools to better serve the auto industry in its quest to reach mobile shoppers. Facebook updates ad features to convert mobile shoppersThu, 16 Nov 2017 11:00:00 ESTFacebook has updated two of the platform's ad tools to better serve the auto industry in its quest to reach mobile shoppers. Chevy celebrates its 'Legends'Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTThe program began at the State Fair of Texas in September 2016 and, after drawing a quick following, was expanded nationally. Nissan's 'Star Wars' sequelSat, 11 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTFor the latest Star Wars tie-in, dealers had a challenge for Nissan's marketing brass: How could they spread the fervor across the Nissan lineup? CDK demands commitment from dealersMon, 6 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTIn October, stores using CDK Global's dealership management systems on month-to-month arrangements found out they had little time to make a big decision: Sign multiyear contracts with CDK or quickly find a new provider. How Facebook diversifies talentMon, 6 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTThe social media giant is forming partnerships to broaden access to tech skills, while ensuring that recruiters present hiring managers with diverse candidate pools, says Stephanie Latham, Facebook's director of U.S. Car sales to ethnic buyers fallMon, 6 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTEthnic consumers were the leading drivers of new-vehicle sales growth during the industry's post-recession rebound, but that momentum has come to a halt in 2017. Video calls help forge customer tiesMon, 6 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTJeff Wyler Automotive dealerships use FaceTime and Facebook Live to reach out to consumers, instead of waiting for them to visit the showroom. Nissan's next ad campaign enlists 'The Last Jedi'Thu, 2 Nov 2017 15:07:30 ESTNissan has another marketing collaboration with Lucasfilm for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, following the success of its tie-ins with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. CDK's Flynn named president; Karp to leave software giant Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:40:35 ESTDaniel Flynn will replace Robert Karp as president of CDK North America in a move that continues a leadership overhaul of the dealership management system provider. GM leads in minority dealer gainsSat, 28 Oct 2017 00:01:00 ESTIn terms of adding minority dealers, GM paced the U.S. industry last year with 17 net additions. It wants to top that this year. Jesse Jackson ready to go to Germany to discuss BMW boycottFri, 27 Oct 2017 16:14:32 ESTCivil rights leader Jesse Jackson, who called for a boycott of BMW over a lack of diversity in its dealer body, said he is willing to go to Germany to meet BMW executives. New DealerSocket CEO: 'We're not changing the strategy'Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:16:27 ESTIn this QandA, DealerSocket's new CEO talks about goals, online retailing and the possibility of offering a dealership management system for franchised dealerships. Penske Automotive's Q3 net income rises 7.9% on acquisitionsWed, 25 Oct 2017 12:59:15 ESTAcquisitions helped boost Penske Automotive's net 7.9 percent in the third quarter. A new focus on used vehicles led to more sales of them than new ones. CDK, Reynolds sued over alleged anti-competitive actionsMon, 23 Oct 2017 15:39:50 ESTTeterboro Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram has sued Reynolds and CDK, saying the software giants' anti-competitive behavior has driven up costs at the dealership. BMW boycott sought by Jesse Jackson Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:25:50 ESTCivil rights leader Jesse Jackson is calling for a boycott of BMW products because of a lack of diversity among its dealer body. Dealer Don Flow: We must retool retailMon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:00 ESTDealers can reshape auto retailing by embracing new business models and developing value propositions that meet the needs of today's consumers, says Don Flow, CEO of Flow Automotive Cos. Motorcars Honda named Cox Leader in SustainabilityThu, 12 Oct 2017 22:00:00 ESTMotorcars Honda was presented with Cox Automotive's Leader in Sustainability Award during Automotive News' 100 Best Dealerships To Work For event. Plan ahead to help daughters become dealersTue, 10 Oct 2017 00:01:00 ESTIn this QandA, the head of GM's Women's Retail Network, which operates in the United States, Canada and Germany, discusses father-to-daughter dealership succession issues and more. Plan ahead to help daughters become dealersMon, 9 Oct 2017 00:01:00 ESTIn this QandA, the head of GM's Women's Retail Network discusses father-to-daughter dealership succession issues and more. Virtual drives let buyers try features they usually don'tMon, 9 Oct 2017 00:01:00 ESTDealerships are using virtual reality test-drive videos, and augmented reality, to add flair to shoppers' mundane task of vehicle research. Ready or not, the 6-second ad is hereMon, 9 Oct 2017 00:01:00 ESTWho needs a 30-second spot when you can get your point across in six seconds? Some dealers are beginning to experiment with the concept. The bumper ad: Gone in 6 secondsMon, 9 Oct 2017 00:01:00 ESTWho needs a 30-second spot when you can get your point across in six seconds? Some dealers are beginning to experiment with the concept. CDK Global, CarGurus partner to promote dealer inventory Wed, 4 Oct 2017 19:53:20 ESTUnder a new partnership, dealerships using CDK Global websites will gain inventory exposure on shopping site CarGurus, with the ability to funnel personalized ads to consumers who previously visited the platform. Dealers complain of vendor overloadMon, 2 Oct 2017 00:01:00 ESTDealers on a panel at the Digital Dealer Conference and Expo told vendors how to pitch their products more effectively #8212; and what pitch pitfalls to avoid. How to make videos that stand outMon, 2 Oct 2017 00:01:00 ESTGoogle and Facebook executives at the Digital Dealer Conference and Expo offered a variety of tips to dealerships looking to use videos to market to consumers. How auto dealers can make videos that stand outMon, 2 Oct 2017 00:01:00 ESTBefore dealerships invest in TV campaigns, they should consider testing video ideas on less costly digital platforms, such as YouTube and Facebook, to see how consumers respond, experts say. New dealer confidence index edges upMon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 ESTDealers expect the auto market will remain strong in the near term, but profitability is constrained by market conditions and competition, a new survey found. Marketing the digital storefrontMon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 ESTDealerships that have adopted online purchase tools have also altered their marketing strategies to promote the shopping experience. How best to use Google? Now, there's a playbookMon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 ESTDealers and their ad agencies have been asking Google for more transparency and guidance as they work to keep pace with the tech giant's growing portfolio of marketing tools. Google is responding. Touting credit options? Mail alone won't cut it, Experian saysWed, 13 Sep 2017 11:27:57 ESTHaving a cohesive marketing strategy across multiple platforms is critical for lenders and dealers looking to push captivating loan offers to consumers, Experian's Bill Butler says. Succession questions hang over minority dealersMon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 ESTWith many minority dealers nearing retirement and inexperienced at succession planning, ensuring their heirs can take over is about more than just carrying on the family legacy. Irma forces dealerships, ports to closeMon, 11 Sep 2017 11:42:46 ESTTropical storm Irma swung further west than expected but still hammered the auto industry in the Southeast, cutting power and closing ports. Some Florida dealers plan to reopen Tuesday. Marines provide dealer training groundMon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 ESTBlake Salinas says the Marine Corps looks out for its own and develops them, and he aims to do the same for staffers at his family's Ford dealership. After Harvey deluge, a sales surgeMon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 ESTAs Florida dealers prepared for Hurricane Irma late last week, battered stores in southeast Texas shifted to super-selling mode. Dealer's daughter found her way back to carsMon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 ESTKarmala Sutton's father didn't force her into the family business, instead letting her fall in love with the idea on her own. AutoNation shutters 35 Florida stores as Hurricane Irma approachesThu, 7 Sep 2017 14:11:24 ESTAutoNation is among multiple retailers, auction houses and distributors bracing for Hurricane Irma's impact across South Florida this weekend. When disaster strikes, experience helpsMon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 ESTBig auto retail groups are counting on well-honed disaster protocols and risk-management efforts to get their stores and their employees through the worst of Harvey. DMS access holds key to recoveryMon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 ESTDealers who lose access to their computers can be stymied in their efforts to recover. There are contingencies in place. Group 1's Houston-area stores reopenWed, 30 Aug 2017 16:22:57 ESTDealerships in the Houston area began to reopen on Wednesday after Hurricane Harvey, led by all but two of Group 1's 28 stores there. AutoNation's 18 stores and seven collision centers in Houston will reopen Thursday. Roadster's big catch: Longo ToyotaMon, 21 Aug 2017 00:01:00 ESTLongo Toyota has signed on to use Roadster's digital storefront. Consumers can complete transactions online and have vehicles delivered to them.