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Toyota to embrace online car shopping

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Toyota plans to unveil its own version of Scion's Pure Process Plus online transaction system within the next six to 12 months....
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Hot July thins inventory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

U.S. light vehicle inventory is a bit leaner than it was a month earlier after July's surprisingly strong auto sales pace. The Aug. 1 inventory is down 174,100 units from July 1 to 3,415,100....
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Fleet buyers eased off in July

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Consumers really did overachieve on those unexpectedly robust July auto sales, because many fleet buyers took the month off....
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Auto sector takes hit in Q2

Aug. 14, 2015 06:01 CET

As European stock markets retreated in the second three months of this year automakers and suppliers relinquished some of the strong gains they had recorded in shareholder value in the first quarter. The latest Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices reveal that the value of automakers in Q2 fell 6.5 percent while the value of their suppliers dipped 0.5 percent....
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Nissan supplies campus car-sharing program

11:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Nissan will begin supplying cars to college students for $5 an hour through a campus car-sharing venture by Enterprise Rent-A-Car....
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Mazda fears capacity constraints for new CX-3

Aug. 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Mazda executives believe the CX-3's responsive handling, distinctive design and segment-first equipment will make it tough to keep up with expected demand in Europe....
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JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: Sales legend rings up with advice on cars, marriage, cars

10:03 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

From 1966-77, Joe Girard won the annual title as the world's No. 1 car salesman. He retired from selling cars at age 49 and launched a career as a speaker and writer. Today, at 86, Girard is still a speaker....
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Spain's 2015 sales forecast to top 1 million

Aug. 13, 2015 06:01 CET

New-car sales in Spain are forecast to increase by 23 percent this year to top 1 million for the first time in five years as the country's economic recovery takes hold....
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U.S. dealership throughput poised for new record in '15, study says

2:39 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2015

The average number of new-vehicle sales per dealership in the U.S. is trending toward another record in 2015 at a projected 945 units per store based on an annualized U.S. sales rate of 17.1 million vehicles, according to a study released today by Urban Science....
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BMW sales rise 5.6% as Europe offsets China slump

Aug. 12, 2015 12:35 CET

BMW Group said on Wednesday that deliveries of its Mini, BMW and Rolls-Royce cars rose 5.6 percent to 173,195 in July to a new record as demand in Europe offset falling sales in China and the U.S....
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China auto sales slump to 17-month low despite price cuts

6:58 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Chinese consumers bought the fewest passenger vehicles in 17 months in July, extending a slump in the world's largest auto market as deeper discounts failed to revive demand....
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Russian car sales slump eases on gov't incentives

Aug. 10, 2015 23:59 CET

Russian car sales dropped at the slowest pace since their slump resumed in January as the government used subsidies and other incentives to counter falling consumption....
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New Fiat 500, Italy's rebound poised to boost minicars

Aug. 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Italy's economic rebound and the arrival of the refreshed Fiat 500 will help pull European minicar sales out of a slump that caused the segment to drop to a five-year low in 2014, analysts predict....
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Galloping toward a big sales finish

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

As the industry awaits a wave of new and updated product, July's U.S. sales performance is lifting hopes that 2015 could near the industry's all-time sales record....
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Lexus: 'Dealers set the price, and that's the price'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Lexus will take on one of the car business's most troublesome traditions next year -- haggling with customers over vehicle prices -- as the brand enlists dealer volunteers and allows them to set their own firm prices....
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Crossover sales still cruising ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

The big sales story of 2015? Well, it hasn't changed much. It's the big changeover to crossovers....
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June's EV leader? Guess again

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Battery maker-turned-automaker BYD of China says it led the industry in global electric-vehicle sales in June....
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July's secret sauce? There's 'Nothing bad happening'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Why did U.S. auto sales flourish in July? “There's nothing really special about July except there's really nothing bad happening," said AlixPartners' Mark Wakefield....
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European H1 sales growth tops predictions, but Greece causes concern

Aug. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Europe's first-half vehicle sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 8.2 percent, a gain that was double even the most optimistic full-year forecast made by analysts at the end of 2014. There are questions marks, however, on whether the upward trend will continue as instability resulting from the Greek crisis could start to affect vehicle sales as early as this month....
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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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Honda's $16,000 coupe sells out in Japan after first production run

4:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Honda has sold out all 8,600 of its new roadsters slated for production this year and is fully booked through June. The only problem: four in five buyers of the $16,000 sports car are over 40....
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Western Europe car sales rise 9%, boosted by Germany, Italy, Spain

Aug. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Western European new-car sales jumped 8.8 percent in July, boosted by higher demand in Germany and recovering Italian and Spanish markets, analysts LMC Automotive said. LMC raised its full-year forecast for the region....
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AvtoVAZ CEO Andersson foresees sales surge from key Lada debuts

Aug. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Former General Motors purchasing chief Bo Andersson faced a massive task when he was hired to turn around AvtoVAZ, Russia's automotive giant, two years ago. Despite the challenge of a slumping Russian market, Andersson is bullish about the future of the company that builds Lada cars....
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Lexus leans on leases as U.S. luxury race tightens

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2015

Lexus is relying more on leasing than BMW and Mercedes-Benz as it challenges the German brands for the lead in U.S. sales of luxury vehicle sales. About 62 percent of Lexus vehicles have been leased this year, compared with about half for BMW and Mercedes, according to Edmunds.com data....
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Citroen CEO Jackson explains how quirky C4 Cactus is changing brand's 'spirit'

Aug. 6, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen has sold 90,000 C4 Cactus models since its debut last year. CEO Linda Jackson explained to Automotive News Europe how she wants to channel the quirky compact hatchback's success into the rest of the brand's lineup....
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