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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:15:00 EST

Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more popular in Europe than sedan and wagon versions of the Mercedes E class and BMW 5 series.



How factory can help turn browsers into buyers

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

A study points to a lack of coordination between automakers and retailers on presenting inventory, messaging, search engine marketing and website layouts.



Waymo gives clues to its business plan for tomorrow

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The first fully self-driving cars will be in ride-hailing fleets, which Waymo says will lead to learning more about the tech and how consumers use it.



Ford dropping C-Max in U.S.

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Ford's decision ends a six-year run for a once-promising nameplate doomed by sluggish electrified vehicle demand and overstated mileage claims.



Kia prices Stinger sport sedan from $32,800

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:41:48 EST

Kia is adopting competitive pricing on the rwd Stinger to help establish a foothold in the competitive compact luxury sport sedan market.



VW earmarks $12 billion to develop, build China EVs

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:58:01 EST

VW Group plans to spend 10 billion euros ($11.8 billion) by 2025 to develop and manufacture all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as it seeks to comply with stringent new rules in China.



VW taps Brazil growth with sedan to challenge Fiat, GM

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:24:38 EST

VW is launching the new Virtus sedan to tap Brazil's highest-volume segment as part of a recovery plan that analysts said will help it regain ground on rivals GM and Fiat Chrysler in South America's largest car market.



Facebook updates ad features to convert mobile shoppers

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:00:00 EST

Facebook has updated two of the platform's ad tools to better serve the auto industry in its quest to reach mobile shoppers.



Renault, Toyota lead 6% European sales gain

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:37:55 EST

European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in October, with Renault, Toyota and VW Group's Seat brand leading the gains among volume automakers.



FCA to offer split, dual-function tailgate on Ram 1500, spy photos reveal

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:21:40 EST

Spy photographers have caught confirmation that at least some versions of the next-generation Ram 1500 pickup will have a new dual-function tailgate, capable of dropping down or opening up french door style.



Dealers crucial for vehicle purchase, J.D. Power study finds

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:44:56 EST

Online tools may make it easier for consumers to shop for vehicles and products at home, but interacting with a salesperson is a key component of high customer sales satisfaction, a J.D. Power study finds.



Opel puts dealer network under scrutiny

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:17:14 EST

Opel plans to change the incentive system used by its European dealers to promote sales of higher-priced vehicles. The plan includes introducing a new top trim line called Ultimate.



Kia highlights access to Malaria treatment

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 EST

In the latest video to join our viral video chart, Hyundai brings out the big guns: Kids.



Why there might be hope for millennials renting cars

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:06:39 EST

I rented a car for the first time and it wasn't bad, perhaps signaling hope that millennials will use rental cars.



Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:05:11 EST

Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been appointed president of the automaker's European operations.



Volvo pulls ads from Hannity show amid Moore sex scandal coverage

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:47:46 EST

Swedish automaker Volvo Car USA has pulled advertising from Sean Hannity's Fox News show, the automaker confirmed on Twitter Monday night.



BMW dumps coal for cow pies in pledge for 100% renewable power

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:01 EST

BMW's plan to switch exclusively to green electricity finds it tapping some unusual power sources -- including a South African biomass plant that runs on cow dung and chicken droppings.



Global vehicle sales will decline as ride-hailing services boom, study says

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 03:34:52 EST

Annual vehicle sales in the U.S., Europe, China and India will decline to 54 million in 2040 from 67 million, an IHS Markit study said.



Ghosn's Renault plan downgrades Europe, counts on Russia, China

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has laid out a relatively conservative strategy that counts on volume growth in international markets while reducing the automaker's reliance on Europe to drive profits until 2022.



Software startup helps maintain shared vehicles

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:00:00 EST

Stratim, a fleet management software startup, is looking to meet the anticipated need for timely vehicle service and maintenance as transportation moves from private ownership to shared mobility.



Ride-hailing boom will mean decades of slow growth for automakers

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 03:54:30 EST

Ride-hailing companies like Uber will see demand boom between now and 2040, hobbling global auto sales growth, according to a new study.



Product sales drive growth in FandI profit for 4 publics

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Four of the six public new-car retailers boosted FandI gross profit per vehicle in the third quarter, while the other two posted declines.



Ford, Lincoln captives top consumer financing satisfaction study -- again

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:32:56 EST

Lincoln Automotive Financial Services and Ford Motor Credit have locked in another year atop the rankings of J.D. Power's annual Consumer Financing Satisfaction Study.



FandI process shares computer screens with customers to build trust

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

At Schomp Automotive Group, customer-facing software smooths a one-person, one-price, one-hour car-buying process.



Chevy celebrates its 'Truck Legends' in centennial campaign

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The program began at the State Fair of Texas in September 2016 and, after drawing a quick following, was expanded nationally.



AutoNews Now: Price-fixing payouts for dealers

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Price-fixing payouts for dealers; 'Book by Cadillac' expands; Slowdown in CPO sales; Ford, Lincoln captives capture top ratings; Geely's flying-car buy; CarMax makes tasty offer.



Ford's Marakby says computing power key to self-driving success

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:03:49 EST

Sherif Marakby, the head of Ford's electrified and self-driving vehicle development, said one challenge in developing autonomous vehicles is getting enough computing power to support them.



Tesla Model 3 depositors staying put as wait in line lengthens

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:26:41 EST

Even as Tesla struggles with manufacturing bottlenecks for its new Model 3 and pushes back production targets by at least a quarter, many reservation holders aren't budging.



Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:56:48 EST

PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 35 percent last month. But reassuring words from PSA CEO Carlos Tavares and the arrival of two new SUVs will likely ensure Vauxhall's survival.



Challenges loom for Opel recovery plan

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 03:57:13 EST

Opel's plan to return to profit has similar goals to PSA's recovery road map. But Opel may have a hard time bouncing back as it faces weak demand in key markets and the high costs of funding new technologies.



Nissan softens its targets through '22

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa is steering away from the aggressive numerical goals of his predecessor, Carlos Ghosn, and toward more fuzzy ones. In the key U.S. market, the softening of hard targets could spell some relief for dealers.



Fleets offer window into EV economics

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Adding electric power to work vehicles could help pave the way to broader acceptance of plug-in vehicles among the general public.



Safety first for next auction group leader

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

NAAA's board is expected to vote on mandatory safety standards for auction members at this month's annual convention, changing how buyers can act in the lane.



AutoNation, Waymo and a 6-year courtship

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Waymo's mission to develop a fully autonomous vehicle, without a human backup, was a significant draw for AutoNation.



Demand helps stocks normalize

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Storm replacement sales in September and October helped automakers trim inventory to normal levels for the first time since winter.



Toyota's profits rise despite a softer U.S.

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Toyota sounded the alarm about deteriorating conditions in the U.S. even as it logged increased quarterly profits and lifted its full-year earnings outlook.



Sliding wholesale hurts at Subaru

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Subaru is on pace for a ninth-straight year of record retail sales in the U.S., but sliding wholesale volume is denting the Japanese company's profitability.



Buick-GMC won't change what's working

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Phil Brook started leading the brands' marketing in April amid a product blitz, including Buick's Avenir subbrand, and a restructuring of its agency business.



Nissan seeks to spread 'Star Wars' stardust across lineup

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

For the latest Star Wars tie-in, dealers had a challenge for Nissan's marketing brass: How could they spread the fervor across the Nissan lineup?



Lexus acquires naming rights to Detroit velodrome

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:51:13 EST

Toyota's Lexus brand is acquiring the naming rights to a new $4 million indoor sports complex in Detroit with a 545-foot cycling velodrome.



Hertz has profitable role to play in ride-hailing, CEO says

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:34:20 EST

The rental-car business isn't dead and working with ride-hailing companies will actually offset any market share lost to them, the CEO of Hertz says.



Mahindra considers selling SsangYong vehicles in U.S.

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:59:37 EST

Mahindra is considering introducing vehicles made by its South Korean subsidiary in the U.S., according to Managing Director Pawan Goenka.



BMW loses appeal against fine for blocking shipments to Switzerland

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:57:07 EST

BMW has lost an appeal in Switzerland against a fine imposed after it banned Swiss customers from buying its cars elsewhere in Europe where they are 20 to 25 percent cheaper.



PSA fails to benefit from Chinese love of French brands, seeks reboot with SUVs

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

PSA is betting that bigger, better vehicles -- such as the DS7 Crossback SUV and Citroen C5 Aircross -- will bolster margins and improve China sales, which fell by almost half in the first nine months.



Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 05:13:50 EST

Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 percent.



Jaguar Land Rover boosts Tata's quarterly profit

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 04:59:07 EST

Jaguar Land Rover, which helped propel Indian parent Tata Motors to its biggest profit jump in six quarters, will roll out more products next year to boost sales and profit as demand slows in key markets.



BMW, Mercedes, Porsche face fines over breach of S. Korea emissions rules

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 05:52:08 EST

South Korea plans to impose a combined fine of 70.3 billion won ($63.1 million) on BMW, Mercedes and Porsche, citing violation of emissions rules.



VW names agency exec Zabel to head U.S. marketing

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 16:35:08 EST

Volkswagen of America named a California advertising agency executive as vice president of marketing. Jim Zabel, managing director of Omni Advertising in Los Angeles and a former account manager for the Hyundai and Honda brands, will start Nov. 27.



Opel turnaround plan will seek to end years of losses under GM

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 08:40:43 EST

Opel's first business plan under its new French owners, PSA, will set out how the German automaker will reach profitability that has eluded the former GM division since 1999.



Humvee maker AM General sues Activision over 'Call of Duty' video game series

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 10:59:49 EST

The maker of Humvee military vehicles filed a lawsuit accusing Activision Blizzard of reaping billions of dollars by incorporating its trademarks without permission in its flagship "Call of Duty" video game franchise.