Sales

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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MARCH U.S. AUTO SALES

FCA, Toyota, Hyundai rise as industry ekes out another advance

8:30 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

U.S. auto sales rose for the 13th-straight month in March as the industry rode improving weather and strong truck sales to a slim advance despite declines by some major players....
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Toyota wants a Scion purchase to feel more like buying an IPad

6:46 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Toyota wants buying a Scion car to feel more like ordering an iPad and less like the current four-hour ordeal....
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Mazda plans online orders to smooth Miata launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Before the redesigned Mazda MX-5 Miata arrives on U.S. shores this summer, fans of the diminutive Japanese sports car will be able to preorder a car in any color they like -- as long as that color is red....
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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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Canadian sales edge higher

4:17 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Canadian auto sales rose in March from a year earlier, industry data showed today, even as several major manufacturers, including General Motors and Toyota, reported declines....
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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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NEAL E. BOUDETTE

BLOG: Why last fall's Camry revamp is paying off for Toyota

1:28 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Toyota gave the Camry a major revamp last fall and Senior Vice President Bob Carter says it is boosting sales and pulling in younger buyers....
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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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GM pickup, SUV sales strong, but car sales fall

12:21 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Pickup truck and SUV sales shouldered the load again for General Motors in March, while car sales stalled. The carmaker posted a 2.4 percent sales dip in March vs. the year-ago March....
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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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With F-150 supply tight, Ford sales drop 3.5% in March

2:04 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

With stocks of the 2015 aluminum-body F-150 pickup still tight as the company ramps up production at its Kansas City Assembly Plant, Ford sales dropped 3.5 percent in March....
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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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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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NADA expects interest rates to hold through summer, boosting sales

7:21 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

The National Automobile Dealers Association predicts the Federal Reserve will hold off on raising interest rates through the summer, giving vehicle sales a boost that can offset slow economic growth in the start of the year....
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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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FCA dealers strain to deliver 5-year winning streak

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Fiat Chrysler will achieve five full years of U.S. monthly sales gains — if it can post an increase for March. The streak has been propelled by daunting sales goals set for each dealership. For a typical mid-sized store, about $100,000 of net profit is in play each month....
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Big year shapes up for Jeep's global expansion

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

With the first Italian-made Jeep, the Renegade subcompact SUV, rolling into U.S. dealerships this month, brand head Mike Manley says global expansion will continue this year, with new plants in Brazil and China....
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Sonic to expand initiative piece by piece

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Sonic Automotive Inc.'s rollout of its customer experience initiative to stores in the Charlotte, N.C., area came slower than expected, in part due to a malfunctioning website. But One Sonic-One Experience is now live at all five Sonic stores in that pilot market, and market share against local same-brand dealerships is rising at three of them....
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Yes, millennials want to see a car dealer, Edmunds says

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Millennials may love their phones, but they don't use them to make all of their car buying decisions, Edmunds.com says in a new report. Contrary to popular belief, tech-loving millennials value meeting with dealers face-to-face and taking test drives as well, the findings show....
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Tesla advances in effort to expand in Ga., fails to gain entry to W.Va.

4:30 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

A bill before Georgia's governor would let Tesla add to its stores there, while West Virginia has rejected a proposal that would have allowed Tesla to sell directly to consumers in the state....
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U.S. auto sales poised for rare monthly decline

3:45 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

March could be just the sixth month since 2009 in which the U.S. auto industry posts a year-over-year sales decline, a sign the market is starting to flatten out after one of the longest stretches of growth ever. Given how close volumes are tracking with the same month a year ago, whether March results finish up or down will likely hinge on how many deliveries dealers can make between now through Tuesday....
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