en-usVince Bond Jr. Feed Dan O'BrienMon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTTook control of a store that averaged 25 new-vehicle sales per month last year and turned it into a leading Kia store with 137 new Kia vehicles sold Genesis G70 debut nears with retail network still sorting itself outMon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTUncertainty has been a common theme around the dapper Genesis G70's U.S. launch #8212; not because of the product itself, but rather the retail infrastructure surrounding it. Trevor GileMon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTDiversified business portfolio to find revenue streams outside car business. Store certified by BP Global as the first "carbon neutral" dealership in the world CDK to acquire ELEAD1ONE Sun, 15 Jul 2018 18:21:37 ESTDealership software giant CDK Global struck a deal to acquire ELEAD1ONE, a provider of customer relationship management, service and marketing solutions. GM leads in adding minority dealershipsSun, 15 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTGM topped the industry in minority dealer appointments in 2017, but is seeking more candidates for certain regional markets such as the north-central region. HYUNDAI/KIA: Expanded crossover lineup provides liftTue, 3 Jul 2018 16:40:52 ESTCombined U.S. sales at Hyundai and Kia rose 9 percent to 120,623 in June, helped by healthy demand for expanded crossover lineups. HONDA: Trucks propel a June highTue, 3 Jul 2018 17:21:07 ESTAmerican Honda's U.S. sales jumped 4.8 percent in June on strong light-truck demand. The CR-V, Pilot and redesigned 2019 Acura RDX, which went on sale last month, all had record months. Hyundai readies 3-row Palisade crossoverTue, 3 Jul 2018 12:00:11 ESTHyundai's big-bodied answer to the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse has been spotted again by a spy photographer in Arizona. Hyundai's Veloster ready for its close-upSun, 1 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTThe diminutive Hyundai Veloster gets more than a cameo in superhero flick Ant-Man and the Wasp, which hits U.S. theaters Friday. Hyundai captive pilots subscription payment planWed, 27 Jun 2018 10:59:33 ESTHyundai Motor Finance is piloting a subscription payment option in Ohio that packages a special lease price, auto insurance and vehicle maintenance. Honda readies Pilot plug-in hybrid Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:45:00 ESTHonda is planning a plug-in hybrid version of the Pilot crossover, new images from spy photographers indicate. It will be the fourth electrified vehicle in the Honda lineup after the Accord, Clarity and Insight. Honda sharpens aim for redesigned Insight, prices it below $30,000 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:55:21 ESTHonda must find a patch of real estate in the marketplace where the Insight doesn't cannibalize Honda's Accord Hybrid or Clarity plug-in hybrid. Honda Canada said Monday the Insight starts at $29,645, including delivery. Automotive advertisers steer around new social media scrutinySun, 24 Jun 2018 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive advertisers are sidestepping the potential pothole of Facebook's shift in third-party data policies. Hyundai's tiny little superheroMon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 ESTHyundai executives hope the 2019 Veloster will serve not only as an attention-grabber, but also as a steppingstone to other Hyundai models as the lifestyles of its buyers change. Honda sharpens its aim for redesigned InsightMon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 ESTHonda must find a patch of real estate in the marketplace where the Insight doesn't cannibalize Honda's Accord Hybrid or Clarity plug-in hybrid, and where it can compete effectively against the Prius and challengers from... After cute hamsters, Kia turns to cute kidsMon, 11 Jun 2018 00:01:00 ESTSaad Chehab, who joined Kia Motors America in May 2017 as vice president of marketing communications, said the brand needed the fresh look for its summer sales campaign. Acura rocks out, cranks the volume with ad campaign for 2019 RDX Wed, 6 Jun 2018 07:00:00 ESTAcura is introducing the redesigned 2019 RDX crossover with an energetic TV spot, "Launch," during the NBA Finals. AMERICAN HONDA'S HENIO ARCANGELI: Touting dealer connectionsMon, 4 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST"There are a lot of things we're working on to continue to improve our relationship," says Henio Arcangeli, six months into his stint at American Honda. MITSUBISHI NORTH AMERICA'S FRED DIAZ: Retailers see promise in allianceMon, 4 Jun 2018 00:01:00 ESTIn years past, the company sometimes found it hard to fill open points, Diaz told Automotive News in wide-ranging interview, but now there's competition among prospects for some points. Mitsubishi's Diaz looks ahead to brand repair jobMon, 4 Jun 2018 00:01:00 ESTFred Diaz said he believes the company will need a more disciplined incentive strategy as well as greater attention to quality. Mitsubishi ponders a midsize pickupMon, 4 Jun 2018 00:01:00 ESTNothing has been confirmed, but new Mitsubishi Motors North America CEO Fred Diaz says the company is looking into bringing a midsize pickup to the U.S. HYUNDAI-KIA: Losing streak ends Fri, 1 Jun 2018 14:58:25 ESTHyundai-Kia, behind an expanded crossover lineup, snapped a 17-month streak of U.S. sales declines with a 5.9 percent advance in May light-vehicle deliveries. HONDA: Trucks outshine cars Fri, 1 Jun 2018 16:51:53 ESTAmerican Honda's strong utility vehicle performance pushed it to a 3.1 percent U.S. sales increase in May. Kia Motors America names Michael Cole COO Tue, 29 May 2018 14:30:17 ESTKia Motors America has handed the COO reins to Michael Cole, who manned the same position for its European operation since November 2012. How 'God's Plan' worked out for AcuraMon, 28 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTThe big giveaway in rapper Drake's heart-tugging video was going to be a Honda Civic. Acura's Ikeda recalls when marketing went adriftSat, 26 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTIn a quest to establish itself in a world that grew to include Lexus and Infiniti, the chief of Acura says the brand went down a "wandering road" where it lost touch with its roots. 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.