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Inventories stay high, but days-supply levels drop

Strong sales in March dropped industrywide days-supply levels at the beginning of April, but total inventory levels remain high.

VW's new way to sell Jetta: More car, less money

With the new Jetta, Volkswagen is moving away from the brand's traditional premium pricing in the compact sedan segment.

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FCA: Record Jeep volume drives 14% advance

FCA US snapped an 18-month losing streak with March U.S. sales increasing 14 percent to 216,063 cars and light trucks behind the strength of a 45 percent gain in Jeep deliveries.

VW: Volkswagen brand up 18%; Audi streak hits 101

Volkswagen brand sales rose 18 percent to 32,548 on growing strength of the brand's lineup of crossovers.

Who can make business case for VW pickup? Women.

Female buyers may be the key to success if Volkswagen decides to build its pickup concept.

Wrangler-based pickup to hit FCA dealerships by next April

The long-awaited Wrangler-based pickup will go into production this year and should be in FCA US dealerships by April 2019, FCA dealers learned during their make meeting at the NADA Show.

Volkswagen dealers 'don't want to be second-rate' in U.S.

Volkswagen dealers continue to struggle with profitability as they climb back from the diesel emissions crisis and the subsequent buyback and repair of hundreds of thousands of vehicles.

VW dips toe in pickup waters with unibody Tanoak

Volkswagen doesn't have formal plans to build the Atlas Tanoak concept pickup unveiled Wednesday in New York, but is using it to gauge potential consumer interest.

There's a hidden message in VW's MQB-based pickup concept

Bringing an MQB-based small unibody pickup to the US market would never be enough on its own for VW to gain 3 percentage points of market share. But it could help.

VW Atlas Cross Sport packs high-tech hybrid powertrain

The concept version of a five-seat VW Atlas debuting at the New York auto show features an innovative plug-in hybrid system capable of an estimated 26 miles of range under battery power.

Audi super streak -- all 100 months

As industry milestones go, this one is borderline unbelievable — 100 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains. Who does that?

VW's Woebcken: 'There is no winner with protectionism'

VW of America's CEO took an unambiguous stand against protectionist trade policies being put forth by the Trump administration and said he personally lobbied on the subject just three weeks ago.

Auto ownership, Lutz says, 'is part of American dream'

New NADA Chairman Wes Lutz assures the convention that technological advances will not shake consumer desire to own a car.

Profits a top goal for VW dealers as brand recovers

Profitability remains a key concern for Volkswagen dealers as they climb their way back from the diesel emissions crisis and the subsequent buyback and repair of hundreds of thousands of vehicles.

Scarpelli offers high praise for dealer lobbying

Outgoing NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli said dealers can be proud of their lobbying efforts over the last year, which protected the affordability of the automobile and the profitability of auto dealerships in a tumultuous...

Jeep Wrangler pickup should be in stores by April 2019, dealers hear

Fiat Chrysler dealers learned in their make meeting Friday that the long anticipated Jeep Wrangler-based pickup the automaker is working on should be in showrooms by next April.

AUDI: 'True partners' with dealers

Profitability has been the key issue for Audi dealers for years, but while pressure on new-vehicle sales margins remains, some of the stress of dealership profitability has eased thanks mainly to the work of an Audi National...

VW: New management responsive to dealers

The past year for Volkswagen dealers has seen at least some progress toward normalcy as the brand's sales recovered from the devastating impact of the automaker's diesel emissions scandal.

FCA envisions turning small Detroit plant into museum for car collection

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will transform a small former assembly plant in Detroit where the Dodge Viper was hand built into a new home for its sprawling automobile collection.

FCA: Product shift creates opportunities for dealers

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' U.S. dealership network is going through a transition as it prepares for a sudden influx of pickups and utility vehicles.

Volkswagen to build new 5-seat Atlas in Chattanooga next year

Volkswagen plans to invest $340 million to bring a third vehicle to its assembly plant in Chattanooga -- a five-seat version of its large Atlas crossover.

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