Vehicle Sales

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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FCA retains lead in Canada despite minivan shortage

2:09 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles led Canada in May sales with deliveries edging up by 119 vehicles from a year earlier to 31,617 cars and trucks, as a rise in Jeep and passenger car sales helped offset lower minivan sales....
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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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Hyundai humbled as investors abandon auto industry's darling

1:23 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Shares of Hyundai Motor tumbled 10 percent today to their lowest close since August 2010, making Hyundai the worst-performing stock among any major automaker in the past year....
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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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May U.S. sales rate forecast to rise to 17.3M

11:08 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

May is expected to produce the U.S. auto industry's best sales pace since last summer. Forecasts call for a seasonally adjusted, annualized selling rate of about 17.3 million, the highest level since August 2014 and second-highest for any month since January 2006....
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J.D. Power to buy NADA Used Car Guide

1:00 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

The National Automobile Dealers Association has agreed to sell an 82-year-old institution, its Used Car Guide business, to J.D. Power. The deal is expected to yield shared cost savings and lead to more comprehensive data and new products....
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European car sales rose nearly 7% in April as market recovers faster than expected

May 19, 2015 08:58 CET

European car sales rose for a 20th consecutive month in April, bolstered by a reviving economy and new models. Registrations increased 6.9 percent to 1.21 million vehicles, industry association ACEA said. Four-month sales jumped 8.1 percent to 4.85 million cars....
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SELF EXPRESSION

Sales staffers seek to brand themselves

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Auto salespeople increasingly are promoting themselves -- apart from their dealerships -- with personal websites, YouTube videos and social media pages as a way to sell vehicles now and down the road. It's a trend akin to one in the real-estate world, in which salespeople promote themselves rather than their agencies....
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How reviews can boost work force

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Dealers and salespeople have come to realize that the most impactful reviews, those that do the most to enhance the brand of the store or the salesperson, tell a story....
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N.C. dealer stays flexible to win Hispanic sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Summary: A North Carolina Nissan dealer builds a sales department to appeal to the growing local Hispanic market. Flexibility is a key to success....
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'LATINOS ARE THE FUTURE'

Sales to Hispanics outpacing the market

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Automakers are intensifying their pursuit of Hispanic car buyers in the U.S., and for one big reason: That's where the growth is. And in fact, Hispanic consumers could well be the auto industry's leading growth engine for the next 20 to 30 years....
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Far from Sun Belt, a warm welcome for Hispanics

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Hispanic buyers are not limited to the "smile states." A dealership in Minnesota is posting sales gains by understanding Hispanic culture....
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Hispanic buyers help lift Mitsubishi store from the brink of bankruptcy

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Mission Mitsubishi of San Antonio was selling barely 30 vehicles a month and on the verge of bankruptcy in 2011. Then its new owners embraced Hispanic marketing....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Why PSA chief Tavares is betting big on DS' long-term success

May 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Making a success of the DS brand is a big task facing PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares. PSA revived the DS badge for near-premium models five years ago, hoping its association with iconic Citroen DS cars would give the line instant appeal....
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VW brand sales fall 4.8% in April on weak China, Russia and Brazil

May 13, 2015 18:55 CET

Volkswagen brand vehicle sales fell 4.8 percent in April as lower volumes in China, Russia and South America continue to outweigh gains in Europe....
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ALAN BATEY, GM NORTH AMERICA PRESIDENT

GM remains bullish but choosing a long-term view

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

Alan Batey says he wants growth but insists that General Motors won't chase market share or get into incentive wars, as it did in the past. He's taking a long-term view as the automaker works to revitalize Chevrolet and Buick while accelerating the momentum of its upscale truck marque, GMC....
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Dutch plug-in hybrid boom set to end

May 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Automakers expect a sales boom in plug-in hybrid cars in the Netherlands will end next year as the government reduces a tax break for company car drivers. The tax break has helped to make the country Europe's biggest market for plug-ins....
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Tesla starts small with CPO program

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2015

Tesla is now selling CPO cars online in 11 US cities, marking the start of a used-car foray that could someday turn into a big money-maker. Tesla says it doesn't see used cars as a way to pad its margins, though that may change as used cars become a larger part of its business....
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PSA eyes re-entry to Iran's auto market, report says

May 8, 2015 15:17 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is in talks about a possible joint venture with Iranian carmaker Iran Khodro if sanctions against the Islamic Republic are lifted, a German magazine reported, citing Peugeot brand chief Maxime Picat....
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