Retail

Hyundai, Kia notch records on Santa Fe, Soul

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Facing stock market turmoil and an unfriendly calendar, Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia still set monthly U.S. sales records in August on strong demand for crossovers. Hyundai reported selling 72,012 vehicles for the month, a 2.9 percent increase, as Kia claimed 58,897 units sold, up 7.7 percent....
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AUGUST U.S. SALES

Sales edge down but SAAR soars to 17.81 million

8:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales slipped 0.7 percent, far better than projections of a 3.3 percent dip, to 1.505 million in August as consumers shrugged off volatile stock prices and continued to splurge. The annualized pace of sales soared to 17.81 million, the highest rate since July 2005 and the strongest month of the 6-year recovery....
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Canada sales rise 2.2% in August

12:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Light vehicle sales in Canada grew 2.2 percent in August to 175,512 vehicles, according to the monthly Desrosiers market snapshot report. Car sales plunged 9 percent during the month to 64,622 vehicles while truck sales surged 10 percent to 110,890 vehicles, Desrosiers said....
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Lexus grabs second straight monthly U.S. sales win, narrows gap with BMW

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Lexus sold the most luxury vehicles in the U.S. in August, riding a wave of demand for its new crossover to a second straight monthly win and narrowing the gap with BMW. Sales rose 2.1 percent from a year earlier to 33,487, including 4,448 of the new $34,480 NX SUV....
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Ford's U.S. retail volume best since '06

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Ford Motor Co. had its best retail-sales month since March 2006 in August, selling 183,467 vehicles in the U.S. Ford posted its highest F-series number of the year and gains of at least 20 percent for five crossover and SUV nameplates....
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Toyota, Honda suffer from weak car deliveries

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

The declines in small and midsize car sales finally caught up to both Toyota and Honda in August. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. reported its August sales fell 8.8 percent from a year earlier to 224,381 vehicles, while American Honda Motor Co.'s sales dropped 6.9 percent to 155,491. Both companies suffered big declines in cars that negated increases in some light trucks....
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Weak Nissan, strong Infiniti results leaves Nissan N.A. off slightly

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Nissan North America reported a slight drop in U.S. sales in August, as lower car sales offset strong performances by the Rogue crossover, the Altima sedan and the Infiniti luxury brand. Still, Nissan’s year-to-date sales have now exceeded 1 million vehicles, the first time the company has crossed that mark just eight months into the year....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Why the momentum could last

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Auto marketers are still standing back from the edge of 2009’s pit of despair, though maybe some leaned in a bit last month....
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Land Rover to roll out two diesels in October

12:56 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Land Rover expects its first U.S. diesel vehicles will account for up to 20 percent of sales for the two SUVs powered by the new-generation engines. The Range Rover Td6 and Range Rover Sport Td6 go on sale in October and will cost about $1,500 more than the gasoline V-6 models....
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VW's run ends with 8.1% drop; Audi's hot streak continues

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Audi of America posted its best August ever, while Volkswagen of America was unable to sustain its brief growth spurt. After posting higher U.S. sales in May, June and July, VW backtracked with an 8.1 percent decline last month. However, the 32,332 vehicles VW sold in August represented its best monthly U.S. sales total of 2015....
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GM slips as fleet pullback continues

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

GM's U.S. sales slipped less than 1 percent in August, as the second straight monthly drop in fleet sales offset rising demand from individual buyers. GM sold 270,480 vehicles last month, down 0.7 percent from a year earlier. GM said retail sales rose 6 percent. Fleet deliveries dropped 24 percent, amid a 38 percent decrease in rental-car sales....
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Hyundai's U.S. sales chief Pradzinski departs abruptly

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Bob Pradzinski, the No. 2 sales executive at Hyundai Motor America behind CEO Dave Zuchowski, has left the company, Hyundai said today. There was no immediate word on a successor for that post. Pradzinski, 55, was a 26-year Hyundai veteran....
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Record Jeep, Ram pickup demand push FCA up 1.7%

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Record Jeep and Ram pickup volume pushed Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales up 1.7 percent in August, offsetting stiff drops at the Dodge and Chrysler brands. The automaker reported sales in the U.S. of 201,672. It's the second month this year, after May, that deliveries topped 200,000, and FCA's 65th consecutive month of year over year sales gains....
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Tesla names new Germany chief amid slow sales

Sept. 1, 2015 06:01 CET

Tesla named a new top executive in Germany, where the U.S. electric car maker is struggling to gain a foothold....
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French new-car sales rise 10% percent on extra selling day

Sept. 1, 2015 11:05 CET

French new-car sales rose 9.7 percent in August, traditionally a slow holiday month, boosted by an extra selling day. All major brands increased sales except Toyota and Ford....
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Spain's car sales jump 23% in 24th consecutive month of growth

Sept. 1, 2015 12:36 CET

Spanish new-car sales rose 23 percent in August in the best result for the month since 2009 and the 24th consecutive month of growth as the market benefits from a government-backed subsidy program....
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Top Renault exec sees European rebound continuing in second half

Sept. 1, 2015 11:23 CET

Renault's Chief Competitive Officer, Thierry Bollore, expects Europe's rebound to continue as the region's economy improves and drivers replace aging vehicles. Bollore discussed this outlook and the challenges facing Renault with Automotive News Europe....
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Racketeering case against M-B store fails

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

A Texas Mercedes-Benz store that stopped selling factory parts to a repair shop whose owner testified against it in a lawsuit has beaten an allegation of civil racketeering by the shop and its owner....
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Updated Smart ForTwo convertible is due next summer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The convertible version of the redesigned Smart ForTwo will debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the U.S. early next summer....
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Porsche dealers looking to leverage posh new Atlanta experience center

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Porsche dealerships are hosting events at and sending customers to the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta. That's exactly the kind of dealer buy-in Porsche's U.S. chief Detlev von Platen was seeking when he proposed the $100 million project....
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Mazda rolls out store redesign

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

A suburban Seattle store is the first store to adopt Mazda's first new dealership design in 12 years, a black-and-white motif called Retail Evolution. Mazda expects to finish six stores by the end of 2015 and break ground on five more, with roughly 75 projects to follow in 2016....
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PHOTO ESSAY

Getting the luxury treatment at Porsche's Experience Center

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Porsche employees moved into the company's new $100 million U.S. headquarters in Atlanta in January. The integrated Porsche Experience Center, a test track and other attractions, were unveiled in early May. Now U.S. dealers are using the facility to entertain clients....
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China faces an added threat down the road: Capacity glut

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The news coming out of China right now is bad, and chances are, it’s going to get worse....
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Doesn't a Miata price frenzy come standard?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

There's general agreement among the automotive cognoscenti that the redesigned, lightweight 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best model in the iconic roadster's 26-year history. But that isn't translating into a price-ballooning frenzy....
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Automakers' high tech collects dust

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

According to J.D. Power's first Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report, at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners never have used 16 of the 33 technology features measured....
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