Retail

Alfa's pitch will be luxury, Italian style

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

As he prepares the campaign to reintroduce Alfa Romeo to the United States, Fiat Chrysler marketing chief Olivier Francois says he may exploit the notion that shoppers have become tired of lookalike German luxury cars....
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Dealership employees, payrolls top prerecession levels

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

U.S. dealerships added to their employee count for the fifth year in a row last year, causing the average store's payroll to rise sharply above its pre-recession levels. The average wage of $55,000 per employee ranks as one of the highest of any retail trade....
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FCA puts the squeeze on dealer profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is squeezing U.S. dealerships’ profits by boosting vehicle invoice prices but not the corresponding sticker prices. The move is part of a larger effort by FCA US to increase profit margins, which trail those of Ford and General Motors....
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Ally change saves dealers big money

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The 4,200 dealerships that finance their vehicle inventory through Ally Financial are seeing savings from Ally's recent shift to peg interest rates to LIBOR rather than a prime-rate benchmark....
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Lackluster profits drive FCA's higher invoice prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The reason behind Fiat Chrysler's wholesale pricing action is simple: profits -- or the lack thereof....
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Chevy's Man U sponsorship scores from miles away

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The crowd mobbing the Chevrolet stand at this month's Seoul Motor Show highlights the oft-overlooked upside of the brand's controversial Manchester United sponsorship....
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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Max Jamiesson, left, and Nathen Hughes, center, of Salinas Toyota in Salinas, Calif., receive a 50-year award from Pete Carey, general manager of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s San Francisco region....
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De Niro starts the engines on Ferrari film

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Fans of Enzo Ferrari have waited a long time for a biopic of the great man. Now it appears they'll get their wish -- with Robert De Niro in the lead role....
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Google's top visionary to address engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Consider it a speech from the future. Ray Kurzweil, Google's director of engineering and renowned inventor, author and futurist, will be the keynote speaker at SAE International's World Congress in Detroit....
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BEST PRACTICES

Rural dealer becomes used-car powerhouse

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Small-town Schafer Chevrolet has turned the devastating loss of three new-car franchises into a used-car powerhouse....
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Freshened Fusion

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The Ford Fusion, due for a freshening next year as a 2017 model, gets a restyled rear end, as shown in this spy photo....
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VW says it could cut battery costs with single design

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Volkswagen's r&d boss says using a single type of lithium ion battery cell for all VW, Porsche, Audi and other group electrified vehicles could lead to a two-third reduction in what the automaker currently spends on the technology....
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Volkswagen mulls budget SUVs, minivans for China

April 19, 2015 11:13 CET

Volkswagen is exploring the possibility of developing budget SUVs and minivans in China to keep up with shifts in the market, its China chief executive, Jochem Heizmann, said. VW is considering a product family of low cost models, he said....
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BMW Group, inspired by Google Glass, tests experimental driving goggles

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

BMW Group, which thinks computerized headsets such as Google Glass could be the next big thing, has unveiled a prototype of goggles that turn the world into a digital display, making it easier to follow navigation directions and park in a BMW or Mini....
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Scion shifts ad model for iA, iM launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

In September, Toyota's Scion will launch the new iM hatchback and iA sedan with the most-expensive marketing campaign since the brand was launched in 2003. The effort reflects Toyota's admission that new products won't revive sales without a much more aggressive approach to promotion....
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THE SSR MVP

How an oddball Chevy transformed a Houston dealership

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

More than a decade after General Motors launched the Chevrolet SSR, most people still aren't sure what to make of the retro-styled, high-performance roadster pickup. Paul Peebles has managed to make a thriving business out of it....
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New Jeep Renegade ad campaign has an indie-rock youth vibe

8:00 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

In its new Renegade campaign, Jeep wanted up-and-coming artists to lay a soundtrack aimed at millennials instead of more established acts....
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VW Group sales rise 2% on Europe, China demand

April 17, 2015 12:25 CET

VW said group sales rose 2.3 percent in March to 968,300 vehicles, as gains in Western Europe and China helped offset declines in the U.S. and South America. The result extended first-quarter deliveries to a total of 2.49 million vehicles, a rise of 1.8 percent....
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VW, Metzler terminate talks to sell LeasePlan

April 16, 2015 18:56 CET

VW Group and private German bank Metzler have terminated talks to sell LeasePlan, a Dutch fleet-management company with 1.42 million vehicles spread across 32 countries. The deal was valued at about 3 billion euros, people familiar with the situation said....
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Frank Audette, longtime Detroit area Cadillac dealer, dead at 90

3:28 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Frank Audette, the creator of the Troy Motor Mall and founder of the former Audette Cadillac dealership in suburban Detroit, died April 10. He was 90....
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Chinese automakers are taking over the hottest SUV market

12:34 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

After years of losing out to foreign brands, China's automakers are winning in the world's hottest SUV market by employing a tried-and-tested strategy: offering them cheap....
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Chevy runs digital video ads in print

10:54 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Chevrolet has purchased a series of print ads to show off digital videos promoting the Colorado pickup....
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Toyota engineer doubts electric cars will spread even with rapid chargers

6:50 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Battery-powered electric vehicles don't have a practical future as a long-range alternative to conventional cars even if technological breakthroughs allow them to be charged quickly, a top Toyota engineer said today....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BorgWarner CEO welcomes electrification of the powertrain

April 16, 2015 06:15 CET

BorgWarner sees the electrification of the powertrain as a positive for the supplier despite its heavy reliance on sales of parts that EVs don't need, such as turbochargers and glow plugs, James Verrier, the company's CEO, explained to Automotive News Europe....
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GM launches software that flags recalled vehicles on dealer lots

1:54 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

General Motors is rolling out new software this month for dealerships to make it harder for them to mistakenly sell a new vehicle that's subject to a recall, without first performing the recall work as required....
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