Vehicle Sales

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

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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GM adds cheaper base models to tempt cross-shoppers

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
General Motors has added a new base model to several high-volume nameplates, cutting their starting sticker prices by $1,500 to $2,500. The current versions of the nameplates all are approaching the end of their life cycles....
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NADA's economist: No 17 million. Here's why

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Steven Szakaly, chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association, reiterated his forecast of 16.9 million U.S. light-vehicle sales in 2015 at the NADA convention in San Francisco....
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Ford predicts big '15 gains after '14 earnings drop

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Ford Motor Co. last week said it expects a "breakthrough year" ahead after its earnings fell by $4 billion in 2014 amid a flurry of vehicle launches....
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Ford's 2014 profit fell 56 percent amid new-product blitz

7:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Ford posted a drop in fourth-quarter profit and said earnings fell 56 percent in 2014 as it introduced 24 vehicles worldwide while US market share declined. CFO Bob Shanks predicted "a lot of strong growth numbers from Ford in 2015."...
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JIM HENRY

Auto lenders cite discipline with U.S. sales booming

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
“Discipline” was the watchword for auto lenders in panel discussions and interviews in and around the National Automobile Dealers Association convention....
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Exec: Enterprise holds steady on program cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Unlike its two closest competitors, Hertz Corp. and Avis Budget Group Inc., Enterprise Holdings is not increasing the percentage of its 2015 fleet filled by program cars, vehicles for which the automaker takes responsibility for remarketing, said the executive in charge of the company's vehicle acquisitions....
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Used-vehicle prices finish 2014 strong

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Greater volumes of off-lease, retired rental and other used vehicles returned to the market last year, but overall values of used vehicles closed 2014 with prices in December registering year-over-year increases....
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Service lanes can become source of used-car inventory

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Brian Benstock has found that his own service department is the best place to shop for used vehicles. When the general manager of Paragon Honda in Woodside, N.Y. needs a used car or truck of a certain model year, color and trim level, he searches his database and invites owners of those vehicles into his service department. He offers them discounts on maintenance work....
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Toyota may lose global sales lead to VW without new China strategy

Jan. 22, 2015 11:11 CET
Toyota remained the best-selling automaker worldwide in 2014 ahead of VW and GM, but the company may lose the sales crown this year as it falls behind in China, where rivals are expanding fast....
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Toyota keeps top spot despite strong VW challenge

2:16 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Toyota defended its crown as the world's biggest automaker in 2014, keeping a slim lead over Volkswagen. But Toyota forecast sales to slump 1 percent in the current calendar year, on the back of slowing demand in Japan and emerging markets....
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JIM HENRY

The lesson of the pizza delivery man

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Here’s a lesson for dealerships that run security cameras in the F&I office and elsewhere: Treat all store visitors well....
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Mazda looks to lift loyalty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Mazda Motor Corp. hopes that quick midcycle makeovers and the addition of a compact crossover will lift the marque's brand loyalty rating closer to the industry average....
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