Retail

Detroit 3 grapple with slower sales growth

12:15 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2015

Detroit's automakers, on track for their best sales year since 2006, may want to brace themselves for rockier times ahead. Auto executives say the industry is as healthy as it's been since being restructured in 2009. But judging by the recent stock performance of GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, investors have a less robust view....
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'NEVER ON SUNDAY'

The battle over Sunday sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2015

In Illinois, Texas and New Jersey, lawmakers who want to allow Sunday sales face vehement opposition from dealers. Sunday sales, dealers argue, are too hard to conduct with banks closed, and make hiring and keeping quality workers difficult....
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VW's Seat brand bets on SUVs for profitability

May 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Seat is mulling a family of SUVs as it seeks to boost volume and become sustainably profitable. The brand's first SUV, a compact, will go on sale next year. At the Geneva auto show last month Seat previewed the 20V20 concept, a midsize SUV that could go on sale by 2020....
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VOLKSWAGEN'S RETAIL CHALLENGE

VW refuses to cut brand's U.S. prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015

Even while benefiting from a weak euro, Volkswagen Group won't try to boost the VW brand's market share in the United States by cutting prices. VW's brand sales in the US have fallen 7.5 percent so far this year....
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APRIL U.S. AUTO SALES

Light trucks drive industry to 4.6% gain

8:30 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales, fueled by demand for light trucks, rose 4.6 percent in April as every automaker but Honda recorded an increase. The industry stretched its streak of advances from the year-earlier month to 14, yet the total was weaker than analysts' forecasts....
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Ram debuts 2 new ads during Kentucky Derby

3:57 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Ram debuted two TV ads that highlight female leaders and breaking away from the pack during the Kentucky Derby Saturday....
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Hyundai, Kia hold the line on volume

3:00 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Hyundai and Kia U.S. sales held flat in April as the Korean brands dipped into their pocketbooks to offer bigger incentives on cars....
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Benz overtakes BMW in U.S. luxury race

3:33 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Luxury auto sales are outpacing U.S. industry gains as BMW and Mercedes-Benz lure buyers from mainstream brands with lower-priced models. In April, Mercedes pulled ahead of BMW to take the luxury-brand lead....
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Honda slips 1.8% on weaker Accord sales

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

For the second straight month, a big decline in Honda Accord deliveries dragged down the automaker's U.S. monthly sales results....
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Toyota posts gain, needs more trucks

5:30 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Toyota will adjust production in the coming months to boost tight light-truck supplies after strong demand for pickups, crossovers and SUVs offset slumping car sales last month. The automaker had an April sales gain of just 1.8 percent -- its smallest increase since September....
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Tesla unveils batteries for homes, businesses

6:26 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a suite of batteries to store electricity for homes, businesses and utilities, saying a greener power grid furthers the company's mission to provide pollution-free energy....
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Crossovers push GM to 5.9% increase

2:30 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

General Motors' April sales rose 5.9 percent, as booming crossover demand offset continued weakness in GM's car lines. GM's retail sales rose 5.3 percent while deliveries to fleet customers climbed 7.6 percent, for a total of 269,056 units. GM said its commercial sales, or deliveries to business customers, were the highest since March 2008....
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Ford snaps 2-month skid, gains share

1:45 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

The Ford brand set an April record for U.S. sales of utility vehicles as Ford gained market share for only the third time in the past 16 months. It also was the automaker's first year-over-year increase since January....
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Lotus sees profit after cost cuts, U.S. relaunch

May 1, 2015 06:15 CET

UK sports car maker Lotus will be profitable again by 2017 after years of losing money, CEO Jean-Marc Gales said. The company has moved to cut costs and improve its lineup and plans a relaunch in the U.S. market....
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Subaru streak hits 41 months

2:45 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Subaru of America said April was its 41st consecutive month of growth, with sales up 18 percent from the year-ago month....
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FCA up 5.8% on Jeep, Chrysler 200, Ram

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Strong Jeep and Chrysler 200 sales pushed Fiat Chrysler's U.S. deliveries up 5.8 percent in April. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported U.S. sales of 189,027 units, its 61st consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: April like a dry day at harvest time - no time to sit back

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Solid. Profitable. Gratifying. And yeah, a bit boring of a sales month. Yet another month of just-fine-thanks....
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GM tops rivals in Canada

3:24 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

General Motors jumped to the top of the Canadian sales rankings for April as it sold 15 percent more cars and trucks than a year earlier, the company said today, winning a crown usually held by its rivals....
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AMY WILSON

BLOG: Family takes Dave Smith name forward

1:58 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Ken Smith wants his dad’s name to live on. And it’s about to, in a much bigger way....
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Crossovers propel Nissan Motor to April record

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Nissan Motor Corp. rode its freshened lineup of Nissan and Infiniti utilities and crossovers to total U.S. sales of 109,848 vehicles, an increase of 5.7 percent an April record....
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ANE's May e-magazine goes live Monday

May 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, May 4. This month's edition looks at what European automakers plan to do to keep winning in China despite the normalization of the market's growth....
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Marchionne's talk of industry mergers seen as 'panic'

April 30, 2015 10:59 CET

CEO Sergio Marchionne has been talking for months about merging Fiat Chrysler with a rival automaker, a sign that he's panicking at how much sales are growing while profit margins are dropping, some industry observers say....
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Continental Q1 profit rises 5% on Europe rebound

April 30, 2015 11:39 CET

Continental's first-quarter profit rose 5 percent to about 1 billion euros ($1.11 billion) as auto sales in Europe increased....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Which approach to autonomous driving will win?

3:57 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

When it comes to autonomous driving technology, the basic question boils down to whether to go all in or install it in limited doses....
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Cadillac prices CTS-V about $10K below rivals

3:35 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

Cadillac said today that its track-ready 2016 CTS-V sedan will start at $83,995 when it goes on sale in late summer....
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