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Last Build Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:00:00 EST

 



Jeep's sales decline dents Marchionne's ambitions for key brand

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:56:47 EST

Jeep's global vehicle sales fell 1 percent to less than 1.4 million last year and the brand is likely to miss its 2 million target this year, denting Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's ambition to make the SUV brand a global powerhouse.



VW expects 4% growth in China market

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:24:50 EST

VW Group expects China's passenger car market to rise around 4 percent this year, with its own vehicle sales growing at a similar pace, partly due to its continued emphasis on SUVs.



Subaru sticks with dog-friendly ad campaign

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:45:34 EST

Subaru of America is sticking to its dog-friendly formula with its "Dog Tested. Dog Approved" ad campaign.



Waymo names Atlanta as next test city

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:42:29 EST

Waymo, Google's self-driving car affiliate, said it has chosen metro Atlanta as the next location to test its autonomous minivans.



Hyundai teases Super Bowl ad

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:17:10 EST

Hyundai is vowing to surprise millions of people on Super Bowl Sunday. But it's not above a little teasing, first.



Lexus looks to ride 'Black Panther' movie back to luxury lead

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:31:58 EST

In the upcoming "Black Panther" blockbuster, the superhero surfs through a city clinging to the roof of his Lexus LC 500. The brand hopes that cameo helps end a drought as US luxury sales leader.



Mercedes, BMW wade into subscriptions

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

The German rivals are joining the list of luxury automakers exploring subscription models as they try to figure out the future of car ownership #8211; and whether such plans will be profitable over time.



BMW looks for crossovers for U.S.

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

New and redesigned crossovers should get BMW's U.S. sales growing again in 2018, BMW Group finance chief Nicolas Peter said.



Infiniti quietly builds QX50 in Mexico

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Infiniti is keeping a low profile as it launches the redesigned QX50 crossover, even though it is the brand's most significant new vehicle in years.



BMW's 2nd place? It was a surprise!

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

BMW's second place finish in the 2017 U.S. luxury sales race came as a surprise to BMW of North America CEO Bernhard Kuhnt.



Mercedes tries gaming events, pop-up stories

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Mercedes-Benz is tapping gaming events and pop-up shops to find new customers as it prepares for business to move increasingly online and to new types of vehicles.



VW vows to not squander opportunities in the U.S.

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Hinrich Woebcken said VW's U.S. recovery from the depths of the diesel crisis has been possible in large part because the North American region is able to exercise some autonomy from corporate headquarters in Germany.



Japanese brands zoom in China as U.S. cools

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Japan-brand sales in China are booming -- and helping them offset the slowdown in the U.S.



Experts expect strong 2018 vehicle sales

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Rising interest rates and tightening credit are reasons for concern, but shouldn't cause new-vehicle sales to tumble, speakers at the Automotive News World Congress said.



Turo bets Vegas tourists will drive rental program

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Globally, the peer-to-peer car rental program has 4 million customers.



Sedan glut forces VW to ease up production

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Volkswagen is tapping the brakes on production of its compact and midsize sedans to deal with a glut as consumers veer toward crossovers and SUVs.



'Good return' expected for dealers with Chevy Silverado 4500HD/5500HD

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

General Motors plans to expand its dealer network for medium-duty commercial vehicles this year from 240 to about 400 with the introduction of Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD trucks.



PETA auto show protest, aimed at FCA, is misdirected

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans to protest FCA at the Detroit auto show for something one of its dealers is doing: sponsoring a long-time dog-sled race in Alaska.



Renault strives to keep Zoe competitive in growing EV market

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Renault's Zoe has been Europe's top-selling EV for three years in a row, but the automaker is anticipating that the competition will get much tougher, and quickly.



Subaru aims to get serious about micro sales in world's biggest market

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Subaru has a growing sense of urgency to get serious about China, where the brand is barely treading water.



Hyundai Motor America poised to get more say on production

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Hyundai Motor Group is going through a restructuring that will shift more decision-making power to regional markets such as North America.



PSA increases van production in Portugal

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:49:19 EST

PSA will add a third production team at its plant in Mangualde, Portugal, in response to increased demand for the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner vans.



Lithium makers for EV batteries get a dedicated hedge fund

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:19:41 EST

Will Smith, a former partner at Michael Hintze's investment firm CQS UK, is starting a hedge fund that will bet on companies that could gain from the expected boom in electric cars.



Ford may export to Europe from Russia

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Ford's Russian factories are busy now that the market is recovering but the company may still export vehicles to Europe from its local joint venture.



Lexus, Infiniti test ways to fight BMW, Mercedes, Audi

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:17:34 EST

Lexus and Infiniti are testing ways to regain momentum against German luxury automakers with concepts that present connectivity and self-driving technologies.



Peugeot's decision to give 3008 and 5008 SUV styling pays off

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Peugeot's decision to replace its 3008 and 5008 minivans with more crossover-oriented versions has paid off handsomely. The two models easily outsold their predecessors in 2017, helping the brand's global sales to jump 10 percent last year.



PSA to tap GM expertise in return to U.S.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:37:47 EST

France's PSA Group has found a bonus benefit in engineers from its newly acquired Opel unit. The former GM employees are helping make PSA products compliant with United States regulations,



Audi outsells BMW, Mercedes in China's luxury race

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:41:55 EST

Audi is still China's top luxury vehicle seller after outselling both BMW and Daimler in the world's biggest market.



Buick's Avenir subbrand expected to grow across lineup

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:39:10 EST

Buick's Avenir subbrand is poised to grow across the marque's lineup of cars and crossovers. Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC, said expanding Avenir is a way for Buick to better compete.



Renault-Nissan claims to be biggest global automaker despite rival VW's record sales

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:15:57 EST

Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn said the alliance is now the world's leading automaker by unit sales despite rival VW Group delivering a record 10.7 million vehicles in 2017.



VW Group reports record 2017 global sales

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:22:05 EST

VW Group's global deliveries rose 4.3 percent to 10.7 million last year as the recovering markets of Russia and Brazil helped to offset weak demand in western Europe.



PSA to electrify global product lineup by 2025

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:38:26 EST

French automaker PSA plans to bring electrified options to its full car and light-truck lineup by 2025, joining other automakers in pledging to widely deploy partial or fully electric powertrains to lower emissions, CEO Carlos Tavares said Wednesday.



Waymo chief pops up at Detroit show with Chrysler Pacifica tester

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:52 EST

Even though self-driving-car company and Google spinoff Waymo didn't make any news in Detroit this week, CEO John Krafcik showed up at Cobo Center in a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica.



Volvo leader Gustafsson recalls 'painful' meeting with irate dealers

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:26:23 EST

Four months into his new job, Volvo North America CEO Anders Gustafsson has already butted heads with dealers.



Cox sees strong 2018 auto sales

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:11:23 EST

Cox Automotive's chief economist sees strong 2018 auto sales, despite rising interest rates, but a shift toward used cars amid a torrent of off-lease vehicles.



Porsche's subscription plan draws new and younger customers

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:45:07 EST

The Porsche Passport subscription plan being piloted in Atlanta is bringing new and younger customers to the Porsche brand at rates beyond expectation.



Audi's Scott Keogh says electric apocalypse can be a bonanza

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:16:47 EST

Although not normally a contrarian, Audi of America President Scott Keogh says a coming age of electrified and autonomous connected cars won't be the end of the world for auto dealerships.



Mercedes plans more SUVs after compact models help expand luxury lead

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:10:24 EST

Mercedes will respond to growing demand for SUVs by expanding its lineup with more models, most likely in the fast-growing compact segment.



Fiat Chrysler will keep Jeep to help boost profits, Marchionne says

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:45:30 EST

Fiat Chrysler has no intention of breaking up the company or selling Jeep to a Chinese company because it is relying on the marque to drive future profits, CEO Sergio Marchionne said.



Mercedes-Benz expects 25 percent of its sales will happen online by 2022, sales chief Britta Seeger says

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:42:58 EST

Mercedes-Benz estimates that 25 percent of its new- and used-vehicle sales will be completed online by 2025, sales chief Britta Seeger says.



GM, Ford repeat as loyalty champions

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:30:00 EST

For a third year in a row, GM finished as the top manufacturer in IHS Markit's Loyalty Awards, while Ford extended its streak to eight years for customer loyalty to a specific make.



BMW's sporty X2 fills key gap in SUV lineup

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:20:01 EST

BMW's new X2 crossover will fill a key gap in the automaker's SUV lineup that accounts for a third of its worldwide sales.



Cadillac expects Project Pinnacle to lift brand to record global sales in 2018

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:13:53 EST

Project Pinnacle, Cadillac's overhaul of dealership operations, is working as designed and is expected to help the brand reach record global sales in 2018, according to Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.



VW's Woebcken credits U.S. rebound to regional autonomy

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:02:10 EST

Hinrich Woebcken said heeding its dealers with a product lineup and business model that catered more to U.S. tastes helped the automaker rebound in sales and market share in 2017.



AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson sees EVs, autonomous cars as pivotal chance

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:34:36 EST

The auto industry can slash pollution and fatalities through production of electric and autonomous vehicles, said AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson.



Rolls-Royce sales chief Knight leaves automaker

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:58:54 EST

Rolls-Royce said its sales and marketing director, Fintan Knight, has left the company to pursue other interests. The automaker has not yet announced a successor for the position.



Chevrolet ready for Winter Olympics but mum on Super Bowl

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:01:24 EST

Chevrolet will once again go for advertising gold at the Winter Olympic Games, but it won't tip its hand on the Super Bowl.



VW brand 2017 sales hit 6.23 million as China offsets Europe diesel backlash

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

VW brand reported record sales last year as China, its biggest market by far, offset falling demand for its vehicles in Europe, where a backlash against diesels hit demand.



AutoNation expects to save millions after Trump tax cuts

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:30:00 EST

AutoNation expects to save as much as $100 million in 2018 because of the tax overhaul. It will use much of its savings to invest in employee training and benefits.



SUVs help PSA to 15% growth in 2017 vehicle sales

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:34:09 EST

PSA's global sales rose 15 percent to 3.63 million last year, driven by new SUVs and crossovers and the acquisition of Opel from GM.