Vehicle Sales

VW sees 'banner year' for certified-used sales

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

Volkswagen division's certified used-vehicle sales rose 17 percent last month to 7,675. It was the brand's best certified used-vehicle sales for a January and the beginning of a "banner year," said Michael Ashton, VW's senior manager of CPO and used-vehicle operations....
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Black Book's Beggs to retire April 1

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Ricky Beggs, senior vice president and editorial director for Black Book, will retire April 1, the company said today....
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Nissan needs more supply to hit U.S. goal

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

Nissan's growth in U.S. sales and market share will force it to squeeze more vehicles out of its North American factories or find factory space in Asia. Without added supply, the automaker's target of 10 percent U.S. market share will be hard to reach, says Jose Munoz, Nissan North America chairman....
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Taurus 101: It's a sales ranking, not a class

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

Ford rocked the auto world 30 years ago, and became a player again in the U.S. midsize sedan wars, when it replaced the slow-selling LTD with the pleasingly aerodynamic, front-wheel-drive Taurus. But the old magic is gone. The Taurus has fallen on hard times, along with the entire large sedan segment....
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The numbers tell the story: Toyota's back

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

Some questioned whether Toyota could re-create its glory days after the one-two punch of unintended acceleration and earthquake/tsunami in the early part of this decade. Of course, it has....
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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's European car sales rise nearly 10% in January

Feb. 12, 2015 11:16 CET

Ford said vehicle sales in its 20 core European markets rose 9.8 percent in January, outpacing a 6.5 percent gain for the overall region. Ford's growth was driven by strong demand for the latest Mondeo, its compact and subcompact SUVs, and the Fiesta....
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VW sees tough year after Europe, China slip in January

Feb. 11, 2015 11:50 CET

VW brand is bracing for a challenging year after reporting that vehicle sales fell for a fourth straight month in January. VW was hit last month by shrinking demand in Europe and China....
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Honda shines in Best Cars for the Money awards

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

Honda claimed nearly a third of US News & World Report's 2015 Best Cars for the Money awards, leading a pack of mostly import winners....
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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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Renault-Nissan posts record 2014 sales but fails to gain ground on Ghosn's No. 3 goal

Feb. 10, 2015 11:02 CET

Renault-Nissan increased combined global vehicle sales by 2.5 percent to 8.47 million last year, but the alliance is no closer to CEO Carlos Ghosn's goal of becoming one of the world's top three automakers....
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Russian car sales may fall up to 35% in 2015, PwC says

Feb. 9, 2015 11:55 CET

Russian new-car sales are expected to decline by 25 percent to 35 percent this year as a weakening ruble and a sharply declining economy hit demand, accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said. Sales fell 24 percent in January....
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Nissan operating profit nearly doubles on U.S. sales surge, weak yen

4:04 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015

Nissan's operating profit nearly doubled in its latest financial quarter, fueled by a favorable exchange rate and robust sales in North America....
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Look down the list for the real brand battles

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

The five top-selling vehicle brands in the U.S. make for a stable bunch. It's Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Nissan and Honda -- the Fab Five. But in the bottom half of the top 10, there's a lot of volatility....
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YANG JIAN

BLOG: Qoros should ditch Europe ambitions and focus on China

5:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015

China's Qoros is embarking upon an ambitious plan to reinvent itself as a global automaker with a new CEO, Phil Murtaugh, a former boss of GM China, and a lineup of new vehicles. But with limited resources and rising debts, the automaker would do better to focus on its home market....
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U.S. dealers sold record average 921 vehicles in 2014

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015

The average number of new-vehicles sales per dealership last year marked the third consecutive year of improvement, surging nearly 50 units to reach a record 921 units sold per store, according to a study by Urban Science....
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Bentley sees slowdown on economic uncertainties

Feb. 5, 2015 18:11 CET

Bentley's vehicle sales this year likely will be lower than last year, said Kevin Rose, the brand's sales and marketing chief, as economic uncertainties and the slump in oil prices leave consumers more cautious about luxury purchases....
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Mazda profits dinged by lower-margin models, higher taxes

6:26 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015

A higher tax bill and a sales mix of richer in lower-margin models undercut profits at Mazda in the October-December quarter, despite rising global volume....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ford, Opel, Renault step up battle for No. 2 in Europe

Feb. 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault and Opel/Vauxhall will step up their efforts this year to replace Ford as Europe's No. 2 brand by vehicle sales with major product pushes. Ford fought off both rivals last year but Renault's volume increased 9 percent, while Opel's sales were up 7 percent, both outpacing Ford's 5 percent gain....
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German car sales rise as Europe rebound continues

Feb. 3, 2015 14:30 CET

New-car sales in Germany rose 3 percent in January, adding to signs that the European rebound is continuing. The rise follows sales growth last month in France, Italy and Spain....
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Trucks propel Detroit 3 to gains in Canada; Toyota sets Jan. record

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

The top auto companies sold more vehicles in Canada last month than a year ago, according to industry data released on Tuesday, with Chrysler Canada leading the pack as the top-selling carmaker for January....
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Mercedes takes early luxury lead, resurgent Lexus jumps to No. 2

3:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

Mercedes-Benz opened 2015 with a record January to take an early lead in the US luxury race, but a surging Lexus is nipping at its heels. 2014's luxury champ, BMW, finds itself in third place after the first month....
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AutoNation's Q4 profits rise on strong gains in all segments

7:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

AutoNation's fourth-quarter net income rose 7 percent to $117 million, powered by strong year-end vehicle sales and improvements in all business categories. Adjusted for one-time events, the company's earnings rose 15 percent....
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Global sales will hit 88.6 million in 2015, pushed by U.S. and China, IHS predicts

6:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Global automotive sales for 2015 could hit 88.6 million vehicles, a 2.4 percent increase from 2014 that would continue a five-year growth streak, IHS Automotive said today....
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French car sales rise 6% in Jan. as foreign brands gain

Feb. 2, 2015 10:42 CET

French car sales rose 6 percent in January, halting a three-month decline. Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota and Nissan outperformed domestic carmakers Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen....
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