Retail

Nissan teases Super Bowl ad; full reveal will wait until big game

11:23 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Nissan is using a dreary Harry Chapin song as the backdrop for its Super Bowl ad, but the overall message won't be seen until the game on Sunday. The automaker unveiled a 10-second teaser today featuring Chapin's song “Cat's in the Cradle.”...
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JIM HENRY

Auto lenders cite discipline with U.S. sales booming

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
“Discipline” was the watchword for auto lenders in panel discussions and interviews in and around the National Automobile Dealers Association convention....
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Auto sales forecast calls for a hot January

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
Forecasters say U.S. auto sales have begun 2015 much stronger than 2014, when a deep freeze kept shoppers away from many dealerships in much of the country. General Motors is expected to post nearly a 20 percent increase, with the other Detroit 3 automakers also on track for double-digit gains....
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Kia returns to Super Bowl for 6th consecutive year

6:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
Kia's 2015 Super Bowl commercial will star Pierce Brosnan parodying his role as James Bond....
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Renault poised for big boost from new SUV

Jan. 27, 2015 06:01 CET
Renault's new Kadjar will become a top-seller in Europe's key compact SUV segment, according to a forecast. The French automaker needs a boost after its Koleos flopped in a fast-growing niche dominated by alliance partner Nissan's Qashqai....
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TrueCar: App can 'hypertarget' consumers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Online car-buying service TrueCar said the mobile app it will release this year will enable dealers and automakers to collect an unprecedented amount of information on customers....
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EJECTING CD PLAYERS

Hyundai's new infotainment strategy: Leveraging smartphone apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Over the next few years, Hyundai plans to remove CD players from mainstream cars such as the Elantra and Sonata as it rolls out an infotainment system called Display Audio that's built around Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto interfaces....
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THE CAT COMES BACK

Jaguar expects record rewards from huge investments in products and plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Jaguar appears poised to have a record 2015 and to keep increasing global sales to well more than 200,000 this decade as a massive investment in products, plants and underpinnings starts to pay dividends, executives and analysts say....
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Mercedes debuts Super Bowl ad on 'Ellen' show

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Mercedes-Benz premiered its Super Bowl ad for the AMG GT sports car -- an edgy take on the fabled tortoise vs. hare race -- on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”...
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BMW Super Bowl ad compares i3 with early Internet

10:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
In BMW's Super Bowl spot, the brand is casting its electric i3 hatchback as an ahead-of-its-time concoction that needs some explaining -- just like the Internet back in 1994. BMW debuted the 60-second ad today -- its first Super Bowl ad in four years -- on NBC's “Today.” It will run during the first quarter....
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VW reaches pact with China dealers

Jan. 26, 2015 11:24 CET
VW says it has reached an agreement with its dealers in China and pledged to continue setting reasonable sales targets to ensure a financially sound distribution network as demand in the world's biggest auto market slows....
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How VW veered off target

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Competition has heated up, the Jetta and Passat have cooled off, and with back-to-back yearly declines, VW has missed out on a key boom period in US auto sales -- a sore spot with dealers who made big bets on sustained sales growth....
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SHAREHOLDER VALUE REPORT

Retailers set the pace in shareholder return for 2014

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Publicly traded U.S.-based auto retailers continued to build shareholder value in 2014, while global automakers and suppliers returned to earth....
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Family feud disrupts DARCARS

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Tamara Darvish, a well-known face of the DARCARS dealership group, filed a lawsuit against her father, John Darvish Sr., and the company he founded. The suit will have a ripple effect on the chain’s 22 dealerships, experts say. Such conflicts usually worry manufacturers, too....
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For Infiniti Q50, 'we need to give it some love' in ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Infiniti's new global ad agency will help "re-stimulate" the brand's volume leader, the Q50 sedan, this spring, nearly two years after its U.S. launch....
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Super Bowl advertisers hype their messages early and often

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Building an elaborate pregame hype machine reflects a growing trend among Super Bowl advertisers: To get the most bang for the buck from the biggest advertising event of the year, use social media early and often -- emphasis on "early."...
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Exec: Enterprise holds steady on program cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Unlike its two closest competitors, Hertz Corp. and Avis Budget Group Inc., Enterprise Holdings is not increasing the percentage of its 2015 fleet filled by program cars, vehicles for which the automaker takes responsibility for remarketing, said the executive in charge of the company's vehicle acquisitions....
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As the new year begins, Sonic goes shopping

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Sonic Automotive Inc. plans to buy more dealerships in 2015 than the four it bought last year....
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Ford again wins customer-loyalty title

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Ford Motor Co. retained the crown in the 2014 model year for most-loyal customers, while Maserati won top honors for conquests, according to the IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards....
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Dealers see another good year in 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Dealers expect 2015 to be another good year, though perhaps not quite as good as 2014....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Just think of the money you save

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
From $4-$5 a gallon to $2-$3 is good news for every driver and the auto industry....
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Used-vehicle prices finish 2014 strong

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Greater volumes of off-lease, retired rental and other used vehicles returned to the market last year, but overall values of used vehicles closed 2014 with prices in December registering year-over-year increases....
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Sales staff certification gets a new twist

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
FCA US wants better performing dealerships with lower sales staff turnover and top-notch experts who reach out to potential customers....
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2 DMS newcomers fight the odds for customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Two relative newcomers to dealer management system software are trying to get traction in an industry dominated by well-established giants CDK Global and Reynolds and Reynolds....
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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Dealers featured this week include Matthew Welch, dealer at Auburn Volkswagen in Auburn, Wash.; Kirt Frye, dealer principal at Sunnyside Toyota in North Olmsted, Ohio; Ray Catena, president of Ray Catena Infiniti of Edison in Edison, N.J.; and Pat Prostrollo, president, and Nick Prostrollo, vice president at Chrysler and Dodge at Prostrollo Motors in Madison, S.D....
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