Fleet

Germany may increase support for electric cars

June 16, 2015 10:56 CET

The German government is examining increased support to help bring 1 million electric cars onto the country's roads by the end of the decade. Unlike other European countries, Germany has so far refused to provide generous EV sales incentives....
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As selling rate soars, U.S. fleet sales slide

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Fleet volume didn't contribute much to those booming May auto sales....
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Despite Russian woes, Mitsubishi limits fleet sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2015

Russia's economic crisis is hurting Mitsubishi's U.S. factory, which relies on exports of the Outlander Sport, but Mitsubishi is refusing to use fleet sales as a solution....
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Toyota Motor Sales off 0.3%, despite big truck haul

4:00 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Toyota Motor Sales posted a 0.3 percent decline in May sales from a year earlier, as the continued strength of its light trucks failed to offset losses across nearly its entire car lineup. With demand for light trucks strong, Toyota is feeling the same inventory pinch as it did in April....
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Pickups, crossovers propel GM to 3% gain; car sales slide again

12:30 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

GM rode strong retail sales and surging demand for pickups and crossovers to a 3 percent U.S. sales gain in May, offsetting continued weakness in car deliveries. Total sales of 293,097 marked GM's strongest monthly result since August 2008. Sales to individual buyers rose 7 percent, while fleet deliveries fell 7.6 percent....
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Hyundai Group slips amid shift to big SUVs, crossovers

4:15 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Hyundai Motor Group reported a 3.8 percent decline in U.S. sales for May, driven by a significant decline at the Hyundai unit. The Hyundai brand is hurting with its sedan-heavy lineup as consumers gravitate toward SUVs and crossovers....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Subaru hot; Hyundai-Kia not; Ford's cozy spot

5:15 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

May was a great sales month for the U.S. auto industry, everything a marketer could ask for. Spectacular selling rate, strong pricing power, modest incentives and volume well above expectations....
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FCA sales up 4%, back over 200,000 vehicles

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Brisk demand for Jeep and the Chrysler 200 pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 4 percent in May. The automaker posted U.S. sales of 202,227, marking its 62nd consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains — and its first time over 200,000 vehicles since March 2007....
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Nissan falls short of 'phenomenal' year-earlier results

5:15 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Nissan-brand sales dropped by 1 percent in May, even as the Rogue and Murano crossovers attracted more buyers. The industry surge in crossover and SUV sales may have pulled some of Nissan's May floor traffic away from its sedans....
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Light trucks help Honda end 2-month skid

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

American Honda sales were up slightly for May, posting a 1.3 percent increase over May 2014. Standout sellers included the Honda Fit subcompact, Honda’s soon-to-be-replaced Pilot crossover, Acura’s all-new TLX sedan and its refreshed RDX crossover....
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Lower F-series volume dents Ford's tally

2:00 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Sales of the Ford F series fell to a three-month low in May, dropping nearly 10 percent from a year ago amid tight inventories and a decision not to join competitors in offering big Memorial Day discounts. Overall Ford sales fell 1.3 percent....
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Golf family helps VW break U.S. losing streak

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

The Volkswagen brand broke a three-month slump in U.S. sales with an 8.1 percent gain in May, while its luxury sibling Audi continued its hot streak to post its second-best U.S. sales month on record....
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4 fleet strategies yield similar April sales gains

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Four of the top seven automakers outperformed the U.S. light-vehicle market in April by almost exactly the same level while using wildly different fleet strategies....
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VW, Metzler terminate talks to sell LeasePlan

April 16, 2015 18:56 CET

VW Group and private German bank Metzler have terminated talks to sell LeasePlan, a Dutch fleet-management company with 1.42 million vehicles spread across 32 countries. The deal was valued at about 3 billion euros, people familiar with the situation said....
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Fleet sales drove market in March

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Retail sales typically are four times greater than fleet, so sales to commercial, government and daily rental buyers rarely reverse the overall market's momentum. But it happened in March because retail sales changed modestly from the year-earlier period while fleet changed a lot....
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Calif. recall bill would tighten used-car loopholes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

California lawmakers are considering potentially precedent-setting legislation designed to protect consumers from unknowingly buying used vehicles that have been recalled but not repaired....
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Fleet sales again outpace retail in Feb.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Fleet sales again rose faster than retail sales in February among the seven major automakers, continuing a surge that began in late 2014. Sales to fleets rose 7.6 percent from a year earlier, compared with a 4.2 percent increase in sales though dealerships....
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VW near deal to sell LeasePlan, sources say

March 15, 2015 13:34 CET

VW Group and German private bank Metzler are nearing an agreement to sell Dutch fleet-management company LeasePlan for about 3 billion euros ($3.16 billion) to a group led by private equity firm TDR Capital....
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Ford says F-150 fleet deliveries to quicken as 2nd plant comes on line

1:11 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Ford's launch of the redesigned, aluminum-intensive 2015 F-Series remains on track, and fleet customers will have their orders filled in greater numbers in the second quarter as production accelerates, a top executive said on Friday....
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Ram will expand lineup of CNG-powered trucks

1:11 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is expanding the availability of compressed natural gas on its heavy duty Ram pickup. The CNG-fueled truck, originally engineered for fleet operators, is available now only in a four-door crew cab, four-wheel-drive and long-bed model. This fall, the truck will be offered in a regular cab two-door body style with two-wheel drive and a long bed....
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GM's sales up 4.2% as trucks soar, cars dive

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Booming demand for General Motors' pickups and SUVs in February helped ease the sting of a 21 percent drop in car sales. Overall, GM sold 231,378 light vehicles last month, up 4.2 percent from a year earlier. Sales to individual buyers rose 1 percent while deliveries to fleet customers increased by 12 percent....
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EDITORIAL

A sweet fleet deal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

The victor of the next Postal Service fleet contract wins a ubiquitous showcase of its innovation, utility and durability for years to come. This is a deal that would be well worth the effort....
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Fleet sales rose faster than retail in January

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Fleet sales outpaced retail in January, rising 20 percent among major players compared with 13 percent for vehicles sold by dealers....
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Ford aims Vignale Mondeo at business buyers

Feb. 14, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford of Europe's Vignale upscale trim line, which will launch In September on the new Mondeo, will be aimed mainly at business customers. Ford is seeking to boost profit margins with Vignale and fend off competition in the midsize segment from BMW, Mercedes and Audi....
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SWEEPSTAKES IN THE MAIL

Postal Service's next-gen van carries a $6 billion prize

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015

Faced with rising maintenance costs for its aging fleet and needing extra cargo space to satisfy the desires of online shoppers, the US Postal Service is asking automakers to bid on a commercial van that would replace the boxy Long Life Vehicle and become the backbone of the service's delivery fleet starting in 2018. It could be one of the largest fleet purchases ever....
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