Vehicle Sales

Mazda, Fuji Heavy post big quarterly profit gains on weak yen

6:49 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Mazda Motor and Subaru's parent company Fuji Heavy Industries today posted rosy second-quarter profit growth as a weak yen made their exports more lucrative....
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China's auto market growth may halve to 7% this year

Oct. 31, 2014 06:15 CET
Growth in China's auto market is forecast to halve to 7 percent this year, an industry body said, citing a slowing economy which weakened further in the third quarter....
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Lithia will continue rapid acquisition pace after DCH

9:08 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Lithia Motors will continue its rapid pace of acquisitions over the next year despite just closing a huge deal to buy DCH Auto Group, executives said today. Their remarks came as Lithia reported its third-quarter net income increased 11 percent to $34.5 million....
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AutoNation halts sales of used cars under Takata recalls

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
AutoNation has stopped selling used vehicles that are subject to the Takata airbag recalls and warnings. The action affects fewer than 400 cars, AutoNation said today....
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JAMIE LaREAU

Why the XC90 can't come soon enough for Volvo dealers

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Some Volvo dealers are expecting the brand’s image to blossom this spring with the arrival of its redesigned flagship crossover. And they can’t wait to see what image emerges....
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Surge of used cars stings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
A rising supply of used vehicles, particularly late-model cars and trucks coming off lease, already is hitting some companies in their pocket books. That supply -- and the number of companies affected - will continue to grow....
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EDITORIAL

Brace yourself for a flood of used vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Prices on used vehicles are falling and will keep falling as supplies of late-model used cars and trucks return to normal levels. We're seeing the end of a long drought of used vehicles caused by the recession. In 2009 and 2010, the number of new vehicles that were built and sold plummeted. Even fewer were leased back then because of the credit crunch that came with the slump....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Fla. dealers are upfront on pricing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
TrueCar's new bid to increase "transparency" in vehicle purchases is, in my view, nothing more than a marketing scheme for the misinformed and, frankly, distorts the image of the franchise system that I work in and for....
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M-B captive hikes online sales of off-lease cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
An enhancement to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' 24/7 online remarketing tool has helped the captive finance company boost online sales of off-lease vehicles to dealers....
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Hyundai's third-quarter profit falls 29% on firmer currency, sluggish sales

Oct. 23, 2014 11:15 CET
Hyundai posted a 29 percent decline in third-quarter net profit, the steepest drop in at least six quarters. The automaker was hit by slowing sales growth and a stronger local currency but expects earnings to bounce back in the fourth quarter....
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Mich. blocks Tesla's sales model by plugging loophole

2:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill today that effectively bars Tesla Motors' direct-sales model in the state. While Tesla's model was already prohibited in Michigan, the wording of its franchise law left an opening that the automaker could potentially exploit as it has in Massachusetts, where dealers unsuccessfully tried to stop it from operating a store there. That potential loophole is now closed....
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Chinese auto market growth will slow to 5% this year, group says

Oct. 21, 2014 11:34 CET
China's vehicle sales will likely rise just 5 percent in 2014 to 23 million, according to the country's main auto association, which revised its growth forecast downward for the second time this year....
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WHO WANTS HYBRIDS?

Falling gasoline prices make alternative-fuel vehicles a tougher sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
For a sign of the challenges in selling fuel efficiency as a virtue, Tanner Hulette need only look at the signs near his dealership advertising gasoline for $2.70 a gallon. Hulette, general manager of Mechanicsville Toyota near Richmond, Va., said he's seeing higher demand for pickups and SUVs, and less interest in the Prius hybrid....
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918 Spyder nearly sold out, Porsche says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Porsche's limited-run 918 Spyder is nearing sellout status. Production of the plug-in hybrid supercar's 918 promised units will end next July, and planned production is sold out through late March or early April, said Andre Oosthuizen, vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America Inc....
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CarMax's U-turn: A return to Web leads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Used-car powerhouse CarMax has begun posting vehicle inventory again on AutoTrader.com and Cars.com after a 16-month hiatus. The shift underscores the challenge that new-car leader AutoNation faces in its effort to rely less on third-party lead sites....
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Porsche expects to hit U.S. sales goal early

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Porsche will meet its goal of selling 50,000 vehicles in the U.S. in 2015 -- three years earlier than originally envisioned, says Andre Oosthuizen, the brand's top U.S. marketing executive. "We would foresee 2015 would definitely be the year to surpass that threshold."...
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Jeep first U.S. brand to crack Top 10 in Japan's Car of Year Award

9:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Jeep has made history by becoming the first brand from the United States to crack the top 10 in this country's Car of the Year Award. The honor came down this week for the Jeep Cherokee, which was tapped as one of the 10 Best Cars for 2014-15. It was a first for any American nameplate....
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THE GM RECALL

GM sued for $10 billion over losses on 27 million recalled cars

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
General Motors was hit with its biggest lawsuit so far over serial recalls, brought on behalf of drivers of 27 million vehicles seeking more than $10 billion in compensation for fallen car prices....
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GM's Q3 global vehicle sales up 2% on strong China, U.S. demand

10:43 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
General Motors' global sales rose 2 percent in the third quarter, driven by strong demand in the two largest auto markets in the world, China and the United States....
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Pickups defy fall in used-vehicle prices

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
In September, overall used-vehicle prices fell for the fifth month in a row, but prices of used pickups rose sharply. It’s all part of a healthy overall market, said Tom Webb, chief economist at auction giant Manheim....
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NADA economist doubts sales over 17 million will last

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
New light-vehicle sales will top 16 million units annually in the United States at least until 2018 but won't reach the heights some forecasters -- and automakers -- are anticipating, predicted Steven Szakaly, chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association....
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Tesla's trump card? Used cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Tesla is developing a program to sell the Model S secondhand in a bid to lower the cost of entry for the $71,070 sedan and unlock the earnings potential of Tesla's factory-owned retail network....
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Test offers off-lease Toyotas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Toyota Financial Services is testing a program that offers off-lease vehicles for sale to dealers outside its franchise network while the vehicles are still sitting on the lots of Toyota and Lexus dealers that accepted the vehicles....
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ANALYSIS

Fiat needs more than the 500 to revive core brand

Oct. 5, 2014 12:49 CET
The Fiat brand had little to display at the Paris auto show besides the 500X. Analysts are concerned that Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is neglecting the brand, which still accounts for a large chunk of sales....
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Volvo sales rise 9% in September

Oct. 3, 2014 15:12 CET
Volvo's global vehicle sales rose 9 percent in September on the back of growth in Europe, the United States and China....
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