Vehicle Sales

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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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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Audi's car sales rise to monthly record as U.S. surge offsets weaker Europe, China

April 13, 2015 12:30 CET

Audi said its vehicle sales increased 4.4 percent in March to 177,950, the highest level for any month in the carmaker's history, as surging volume in the U.S. offset a slowing Europe and China and a decline in Russia....
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Nissan expects Leaf sales to hit 50,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Nissan CEO Ghosn thinks selling 50,000 Leafs should not be a problem -- even with first-quarter sales down 21 percent. The key to EV growth will be more public charging, he says....
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Fleet sales drove market in March

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Retail sales typically are four times greater than fleet, so sales to commercial, government and daily rental buyers rarely reverse the overall market's momentum. But it happened in March because retail sales changed modestly from the year-earlier period while fleet changed a lot....
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EDITORIAL

Time to prune, time to sow

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Automakers constantly search for new product niches, but it's a daunting process. Many product ideas never see the light of day....
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4 of 5 Rolls purchasers customize

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2015

Rolls-Royce buyers want their cars to stand out. About 80 percent of Rolls-Royce cars sold in the U.S. are now custom ordered....
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PSA CEO reveals the next steps in automaker's revival

April 7, 2015 06:15 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares discussed the challenges the automaker needs to overcome to complete its turnaround, including boosting scale, improving net pricing and giving customers options they really value....
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Porsche taps Cox unit to help manage off-lease portfolio

11:27 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Porsche Cars North America Inc. has tapped a Cox Automotive software platform company to help it manage its off-lease portfolio....
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Seminars tackle generation gap

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Generation Y is projected to account for 40 percent of new-car purchases within the next five years. In June, Automotive News will launch a series of national seminars that will outline strategies focused on generational issues....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Give customers one price upfront

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

I have been a sales consultant at a one-price store for more than 21 years. We went to one price in the fall of 1993 and haven't looked back. We had always been a low-pressure, easygoing dealership before one price, so it was a good fit....
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Jeep, Subaru keep rolling in March

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

FCA US eked out its 60th straight monthly sales gain in March, with a 1.7 percent increase to 197,261. But the Jeep brand, a big reason for FCA's successful run, is not only still streaking but still racking up big monthly percentage gains....
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CarMax will step up store-opening pace

3:46 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

CarMax said will open 13 to 16 new used-only stores each of the next three fiscal years, starting with the one that began March 1. That is up from the 10 to 15 stores a year it has opened since the recession....
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NEAL E. BOUDETTE

BLOG: Why Honda's Mendel doesn't care about Nissan

12:20 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

Nissan has outsold Honda in each of the last three months, but Honda's John Mendel isn't bothered by it. “I don't give a damn about Nissan,” the executive vice president of American Honda told reporters at a roundtable discussion after Honda unveiled a Civic coupe concept at the auto show here....
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France, Italy, Spain sales growth in March encourages European recovery hopes

April 1, 2015 12:12 CET

New-car registrations rose in France, Italy and Spain last month, adding to signs that the European auto market is recovering. France's auto industry body, the CCFA, raised its full-year forecast for the country to a 2 percent gain, close to many predictions for Europe as a whole....
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BMW wins March luxury sales title; Lexus takes 2nd

4:08 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

The BMW brand topped the U.S. luxury market in March, while Lexus fended off Mercedes-Benz for second place....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: March's thin win: No dip, less zip

4:56 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Hey, look at a smokin' hot marketplace snatch another victory. Most forecasters expected March U.S. auto sales to fall a bit, but some last-minute fancy footwork pushed the industry back into plus territory by a half percent....
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FCA moves up 1.7% in March, extends streak to 5 full years

1:18 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler rode strong demand for Jeeps and a sales push for the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart sedans to pull out a 1.7 percent sales gain in March. The increase means the automaker extended its streak of monthly sales increases to five full years....
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Rough month for Accord hampers Honda

2:46 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Between the coming introduction of the HR-V and redesign of the Pilot, Honda has no shortage of fresh crossovers on the horizon. It could have used them in showrooms this March, when a weak month for the Accord sedan sent the Japanese automaker's U.S. sales to a 5.3 percent decline....
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Toyota defies March doldrums on Corolla, RAV4 deals

2:36 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Toyota offered big discounts in March for its spring promotion, helping it reach a 4.9 percent increase in U.S. sales from the year-earlier level, even as rivals General Motors, Ford, Honda and Nissan posted weaker results....
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Nissan's sales slip 2.7 percent, still top Honda's

2:17 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Nissan North America slipped 2.7 percent in its March U.S. sales, but it nonetheless outsold American Honda for the third straight month. Nissan and Infiniti brand sales totaled 145,085 vehicles in March....
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ARLENA SAWYERS

BLOG: Bidding goodbye to Black Book's Beggs

2:34 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

After 34 years at Black Book, Ricky Beggs is retiring on April 1. That such a fixture of the used-car world would retire seems like an April Fools’ joke. But it’s not; he’s really retiring....
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Low oil prices drive bullish forecasts for U.S. sales

11:42 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

The US auto industry appears to be firmly in the fast lane, at least for the next two years. New-car sales are on track to expand for a sixth consecutive year in 2015 and face few major risks to the streak in 2016, economists said here today at the NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum....
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Consumers cry out for better dealership experience

7:00 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Nearly nine in 10 consumers say they wouldn't buy a car without test driving it first. But a substantial majority -- 70 percent -- would like to be able to test drive multiple vehicles across brands at a single location, without the pressure of a salesperson riding with them, a study of car-buying preferences found....
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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Care about new-car sales? Keep an eye on CPO sales

12:53 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Can the robust CPO market handle the rising tide of used-vehicle supply? That's one of the critical questions facing everyone in the used-car market -- and the new-car market, too....
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