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Chevy ad escalates pickup war, puts steel vs. aluminum issue on the table

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Chevrolet is escalating the pickup wars with a social media campaign that takes a swipe at Ford's aluminum-body F-150. In an online commercial slated for possible TV play, focus group members are asked which cage they will use for refuge when a grizzly bear lumbers into the room: one made of aluminum or another made of high-strength steel....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Why Skoda's fast rise helps and hurts parent VW Group

July 6, 2015 06:15 CET

Skoda and VW brand are heading in opposite directions. Skoda's car sales rose to a record last year and its profit margin was 7 percent, far higher than VW's 2.5 percent. Now Skoda's success is attracting the wrong kind of attention at VW Group headquarters in Wolfsburg....
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Average fuel economy drops to 25.4 mpg in June

11:23 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. was down 0.1 mpg in June, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Mini, Lexus, BMW stores most-improved in responding to potential buyers

8:18 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Mini, Lexus and BMW dealerships achieved the industry's biggest improvements in building rapport with potential buyers, while Mercedes-Benz stores led the way for a seventh-consecutive year, according to a newly released study....
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Mercedes sales rise 19% in June on China, Europe demand

July 6, 2015 12:24 CET

Mercedes deliveries rose 19 percent in June as strong demand in China and Europe helped boost sales. Six-month deliveries rose a record 15 percent, the carmaker said....
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Mercedes will pass VW in Japan this year on surging luxury car sales

July 6, 2015 11:30 CET

Mercedes will likely pass Volkswagen this year to become the top-selling import brand in Japan for the first time in 16 years, underscoring the nation's surprising boom in demand for luxury cars....
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GM China growth outpaced by U.S. in first half

6:35 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

GM posted a slower pace of growth in China sales in the first half than in the U.S., as the economy slowed in its biggest market and local competitors flooded the market with cheaper SUV models....
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UK new-car sales rise 13% in June boosted by low finance deals

July 6, 2015 10:55 CET

UK new-car registrations in June increased 13 percent to 257,817. The increase meant that sales were up by 7 percent in the first six months to 1.37 million, which marked the best half-year performance on record....
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Fleet stats cloud sales picture

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

June brought another surge in U.S. new-vehicle sales, with Ford showing modest growth while General Motors was alone among major manufacturers in recording a decline. But a closer look reveals a more nuanced picture: In retail sales -- those to individual customers -- GM was up 6.8 percent last month, better than most other automakers. Ford, hurt by a short supply of F-150 pickups, actually suffered a decline in retail sales....
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BEST PRACTICES

Uber lifts Toyota dealership's marketing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota of Plano offers its best deals to Uber drivers, who make up about 6 percent of the store's new-car buyers and serve as evangelists for the Dallas-area dealership....
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Marketing test awaits Hyundai with NFL kickoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

A sponsorship of the NFL will give Hyundai a chance to elevate its stature in the U.S. market, but the company is still searching for its marketing quarterback....
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Financial aid for hydrogen infrastructure

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Japan's three biggest automakers plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells....
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Halftime score for U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

What was hot and not-so-hot in the U.S. light-vehicle market through June...
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NADA offers compliance help

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The Federal Trade Commissions's aggressive policing of dealers' advertising practices has won the attention of the National Automobile Dealers Association. In January, NADA published HYPERLINK "https://www.nada.org/CustomTemplates/DetailPressRelease.aspx?id=21474839236"A Dealer Guide to Federal Advertising Requirements, which provides dealers with examples of bad and good ads....
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What other deals will Kanye foresee?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

In his 2005 hit "Gold Digger," rapper Kanye West told a story of a football star whose onerous child-support payments force him to “win the Super Bowl and drive off in a Hyundai.” That's more likely to happen now that the onetime bargain brand has inked a four-year deal to replace General Motors as automotive sponsor of the National Football League....
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Google Maps will sound train whistle

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Google, responding to a call from the Federal Railroad Administration to help reduce the occurrence of train-vs.-car crashes, has agreed to work with the agency to pinpoint nearly every one of the nation's roughly 250,000 railroad grade crossings and integrate the data into the Google Maps smartphone app that many drivers routinely use for navigation, according to a New York Times report....
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By the numbers: $33,340

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The estimated average transaction price for new light vehicles in June was $33,340, according to Kelley Blue Book. That's up $821, or 2.5 percent, from a year earlier. Ford Motor Co. led the industry, KBB said, with a 4.6 percent rise. Nissan was close behind with a 4.5 percent increase....
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NICK BUNKLEY

A sales record not worth breaking

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's not the whole story. rather misleading. June 2015 was actually far better than June 2005. In June 2015, automakers were healthy and scrambling to keep up with demand for their most profitable vehicles. In June 2005, they were overflowing with inventory nobody wanted and desperate to get rid of it at any cost....
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Toyota claims top range for hydrogen-powered Mirai

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. said last week that its hydrogen-powered Mirai has a range of 312 miles between fueling stops, the most of any emissions-free car on the market, though finding a location for a fueling stop will be a challenge....
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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Dealers featured this week include Gordon Faulkner, dealer principal of Mercedes-Benz of Hilton Head in Bluffton, S.C.; Donald Bessette of Don Bessette Hyundai in Minot, N.D.; and Domingo Vara Jr., dealer principal at Vara Chevrolet in San Antonio....
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NASCAR, sponsors cool on Confederate flag, but fans still fly it

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

NASCAR's move to get rid of the controversial Confederate flag after the murder of 9 black worshippers in South Carolina comes as the racing circuit and track owners court major new corporate sponsors such as GM, Toyota and Microsoft....
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Cuba orders 719 cars from China's BYD for tourist rentals

11:14 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

The Cuban government ordered 719 cars from China's BYD Co. which it will rent out to tourists in a deal that is a bright spot for Chinese automakers facing a weak export market....
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Japanese cement comeback in China as Toyota posts record sales

3:19 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

Japanese automakers sold a record number of cars in China in the first six months of the year, cementing a comeback from anti-Japanese protests in 2012....
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Skoda may outsource non-core services

July 3, 2015 06:15 CET

Skoda says it is examining whether to outsource certain parts of its non-manufacturing business such as peripheral services, and has initiated negotiations with local unions over such a move....
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AutoNation's 9% June sales increase outpaces industry

10:12 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

AutoNation said today its U.S. new-vehicle sales rose 9 percent in June from a year earlier to 27,862, making it the retailer's best June since 2005....
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