Rebates and incentives

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Connecticut offers EV rebates to jolt sales

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

In May, Connecticut became the first state to offer cash-on-the-hood rebates to customers who buy EVs or plug-in hybrids, such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt or and Ford C-Max Energi....
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Tesla alters first sales incentive after Va. cracks down

4:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Virginia regulators have taken issue with Tesla Motors' new Model S referral program, prompting the maker of luxury electric cars to change the program in that state....
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JULY U.S. SALES

Sales rise 5.3% on hardy crossover, truck volume

8:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

U.S. light-vehicles sales -- fueled by healthy truck demand and gains at most major automakers -- rose 5.3 percent in July, helping the industry begin the second half of 2015 on a strong note. Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., GM, Fiat Chrysler and Hyundai-Kia all had gains between 5 percent and 8 percent while Subaru scored its sixth double-digit advance of the year....
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Lexus, with summer deals, grabs monthly luxury crown over Mercedes, BMW

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Lexus scored its first monthly win this year in U.S. luxury-vehicle deliveries, riding an annual summer sales push and the new NX crossover past German rivals....
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Nissan, Honda outpace the market on crossovers, sedans

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

American Honda Motor Co. and Nissan North America both showed solid sales growth in July, thanks to brisk sales of small crossovers, midsize sedans and luxury cars, data released today show....
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Weak car, Scion results offset strong truck deliveries at Toyota

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. reported flat sales in July as a big win for its Lexus brand and strong truck sales were offset by weak performances by its top sellers on the car side, the Camry and Corolla, and at Scion....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: July's secret sauce? 'Nothing bad happening'

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Why did auto sales flourish in July? “Nothing bad happening,” which as it happens, is my favorite explanation this month....
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Mazda slips 7.1% as little minivan is phased out

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Mazda's U.S. sales fell 7.1 percent last month to 27,157 units, largely because of a phase-out of the six-seat Mazda5....
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Ford rises 5% on crossovers, higher F-150 spiffs

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

The Ford F-series pickup achieved its first year-over-year sales increase since January as Ford Motor Co. posted an overall U.S. sales gain of 5 percent last month, to 222,014 vehicles, figures released today show....
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Audi's crossovers and Golf family boost VW group

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

Surging crossover demand propelled Audi to another monthly U.S. sales record while the Golf lineup continued to stoke demand at the Volkswagen brand in July....
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Pickups, retail sales power GM's 6.4% gain

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

General Motors' U.S. July sales rose 6.4 percent on strong retail volume, including a 28 percent surge in deliveries of its profitable full-size pickups....
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FCA advances 6.2% as Jeep juggernaut rolls on

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

Jeep’s 23 percent sales increase in July powered Fiat Chrysler to a 6.2 percent gain in the U.S. Deliveries at Chrysler and Ram were also up for the month, but Dodge and Fiat volume fell....
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Audi will give aid to China dealers, report says

July 20, 2015 11:19 CET

Audi will provide 1.2 billion yuan ($193 million) in financial aid to its dealers in China, according to sources, as demand for luxury vehicles slows in its largest market. Audi's China sales slipped 5.8 percent last month....
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Ford dangles $10K discounts on aluminum F-150

6:34 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Ford has begun offering discounts that can exceed $10,000 on its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup, which has been losing sales and market share this year as the automaker works to build inventory on dealer lots....
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Jaguar Land Rover lowers China sales target

July 14, 2015 13:02 CET

Jaguar Land Rover cut its sales targets and prices in China amid slowing demand in the world's largest auto market. The UK automaker gets about a quarter of its sales from China....
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Chrysler sees midsize car incentive war

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

Shrinking sales in the 16-vehicle midsize car segment -- which includes the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion -- are forcing manufacturers into a profit-eroding incentive war, even on redesigned models, the head of the Chrysler brand says....
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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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JUNE U.S. AUTO SALES

Trucks drive sales up 3.9%; SAAR hits 17.16 million

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

U.S. light-vehicle sales, fueled by strong truck volume at Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota, rose 3.9 percent last month as the industry continued to climb toward one of its biggest sales years ever. The seasonally adjusted sales rate came in at 17.16 million, slightly below forecasts, and down from May's 17.78 million rate but higher than the 16.91 million pace set in June 2014....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Look out! Still water ahead

4:30 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

June was another good sales month. We’ve had a good first half, and a great six-year run-up. But expect to start seeing some separation among competitors....
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GM tally dented by pullback in fleet business

11:00 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

A steep drop in sales to rental companies in June magnified General Motors' weak car sales, which sank 15 percent through the first half of the year....
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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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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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