Rebates and incentives

Norway to review EV subsidies as sales soar

April 21, 2015 14:29 CET

Norway is reviewing its subsidies for electric vehicles after generous government incentives made the country the biggest user of EVs in the world, hurting state revenues, the finance ministry said....
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Ford's stair-step workout for dealers

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

As its U.S. market share slides, Ford Motor Co. has dug up one of the old-school, sales-boosting tricks it had seemingly buried: stair-step incentives. The move comes as other automakers swear off stair-steps and dealers criticize such a strategy as profit-eroding, confusing and ineffective long term....
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California's 'green' rebates come under attack

6:45 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

California's incentives to purchase EVs are under attack as data shows most of the money goes to consumers who earn twice the national average yet collect cash rebates on Tesla's luxury models....
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J.D. Power, MarketShare alliance to help automakers balance marketing, incentive spending

3:04 pm U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

J.D. Power and marketing analytics company MarketShare have teamed up to help automotive sales and marketing executives find the right balance of spending on marketing campaigns and incentives....
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Russia boosts auto industry aid to $424 million

March 23, 2015 17:24 CET

Russia plans to spend more than 25 billion rubles ($424 million) in state funds to support its ailing auto industry, increasing the amount of aid it allocated last week....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why March 30-31 might be the greatest two days of deals at FCA dealerships

3:52 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31, probably will be the most advantageous days of the foreseeable future for US consumers to buy a new Fiat Chrysler vehicle. Why? Because of the "Iron Man" sales streak....
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Spain new-car sales rise 26% in February

March 2, 2015 14:00 CET

New-car sales rose 26 percent in Spain last month, the 18th consecutive month of growth, a car manufacturers' group said. Registrations have been boosted by a government subsidy program....
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GM faces roadblocks in rebuilding Cadillac brand

8:35 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

GM CEO Mary Barra's strategy of rebuilding the Cadillac brand has run into twin roadblocks: the carmaker can't persuade enough American sedan buyers to switch from foreign competitors such as BMW or Mercedes, and it can't make enough of its Escalade SUVs to satisfy domestic demand....
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GM trucks, fleet drive 18% gain; pricing jumps

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

Big demand for trucks and a spike in deliveries to fleet customers sent General Motors' January sales up 18 percent from a year ago, the company's best start to a year since 2008....
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Spanish car sales jump 28% for 17th month of growth

Feb. 2, 2015 12:09 CET

New-car sales in Spain rose 28 percent in January, the 17th consecutive month of growth. Car registrations have been boosted by a government subsidy program that helps consumers scrap old models for new vehicles....
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Renault will increase dealer rebates in China

Jan. 30, 2015 11:32 CET

Renault will give its China dealers more rebates and moderate sales targets as demand cools. Sales growth of passenger vehicles in China will probably slow to 8 percent this year from 10 percent in 2014, according to an industry association....
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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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Tesla seeks solutions in 'fragmented' Europe

Jan. 9, 2015 06:01 CET

Tesla expects Europe to play a big part in its bid to hit production targets by the end of 2015, but the region presents unique challenges, as the electric carmaker's global sales boss, Jerome Guillen, explained to Automotive News Europe....
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DECEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES

FCA, GM, Toyota, Subaru drive market to 11% gain

6:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Led by double-digit sales increases at Fiat Chrysler, GM, Hyundai-Kia, Toyota and Subaru, the auto industry closed out a stellar 2014 with a blockbuster December as consumers took advantage of year-end deals, lower fuel prices and an improving economy. Light-vehicle sales rose 11 percent in December -- slightly above forecasts -- and 6 percent to 16.53 million for the year. The annualized pace of sales hit 16.92 million units, the third-fastest sales rate of the year....
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Ford loses ground in 2014 with F-150 changeover

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

Ford Motor reported its first year-over-year U.S. sales increase in four months, but it was one of only a few automakers to post a decline for all of 2014....
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GM reaps booming truck, crossover sales for best December since 2007

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

GM rode surging demand for trucks and a 20-percent-off promotion to a 19 percent jump in U.S. sales last month, its strongest December since 2007....
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2014 finishes strong with 'plenty of room for upside'

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Tempting incentives and clearer roads pulled U.S. consumers into dealerships for a big December to close another strong sales year. Automakers sold 1.5 million light vehicles last month, up 11 percent. The seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate was 16.92 million, the third best month of the year behind August and November....
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American Honda inches higher, thanks to Acura

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

American Honda Motor Co. notched another slim sales gain for December, riding heavily on crossovers and the Acura brand....
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Audi surges to another record year; VW stalls

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Audi of America posted its fifth-straight annual sales record in 2014, while sibling brand Volkswagen took a step back in its quest to reach annual U.S. volume of 800,000 vehicles by 2018....
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FCA rides truck wave to advance 20% in December

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Record Jeep and Ram sales pushed FCA US up 20 percent last month to its best December sales since 2004....
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Lexus' record month helps Toyota to 13% gain

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said sales rose 13 percent to 215,057 units last month, as the automaker's light trucks set a December record, the Lexus division posted its best month ever and demand for the Corolla compact surged 34 percent....
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Subaru breaks 500,000 sales mark in U.S.

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Subaru of America sales topped 500,000 vehicles for the first time and set a sixth consecutive sales record for the high-flying brand....
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Nissan drives small nameplates to record sales

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Big volume increases among Nissan’s smaller nameplates -- the Sentra, Versa, Rogue and Frontier pickup -- led the brand to a record U.S. sales year in 2014....
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U.S. sales forecast to rise 10% in Dec. on deals, falling gas prices

11:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2014

Forecasters say U.S. new-vehicle sales likely jumped 10 percent in December, bringing the total for 2014 to 16.5 million, beating even the most optimistic projections from early in the year. The month was filled with good reasons for consumers to buy a new car or truck: big discounts, very little snow and gasoline prices falling like a rock....
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Russia will extend car purchase incentive plan

Dec. 3, 2014 10:29 CET

Russia will earmark 10 billion rubles (150 million euros) in 2015 to extend a scrappage program for new vehicle purchases. Russia car sales have been hit by a frail economy struggling under Western sanctions and a weakening ruble....
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