Sunday, July 23, 2017
Opel defends inclusion of employee leases in sales data http://ift.tt/2vMYgOT defended the inclusion in its sales data of cars pre-registered by the company and leased by company workers, retirees and their families.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Private-equity firm GPB Capital thrives under the radar http://ift.tt/2vMzSgd Capital, a private-equity group, has quietly grown to 66 dealerships. Now they're ready to start talking about who they are and how they operate.
Friday, July 21, 2017
GM puts the brakes on portions of headquarters project http://ift.tt/2twZjpo has mothballed plans for one of the more eye-catching portions of its 120,000-square-foot addition and renovation of its world headquarters, the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
UAW, GM 'talking' about impact of slumping car sales on U.S. jobs http://ift.tt/2tLq30H president of the UAW expressed concern about the impact of weak U.S. car sales at GM on auto plants and jobs.
UAW 'talking' to GM about impact of car sales slump on U.S. jobs http://ift.tt/2vofra7 president of the UAW expressed concern about the impact of slumping U.S. car sales at General Motors on auto plants and jobs.
First Shift: Volvo to invest in sibling Lynk and CO http://ift.tt/2udFLFq to invest in sibling Lynk and CO; Audi in hot water over ad; Judge allows VW bondholder suit to proceed; NAFTA talks to begin mid-August; Next Nissan Leaf to sport 'e-Pedal.'
Chrysler will only tout minivan's electric plug in California http://ift.tt/2ubwzzV Chrysler has taken a curious approach to marketing the only minivan in the U.S. that can run on a rechargeable battery: just call the Pacifica model a hybrid, and leave out the plug-in part.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
BMW moves deeper into Silicon Valley with Shift investment http://ift.tt/2uAtaNs's venture capital fund poured $38 million in a Silicon Valley online used-car startup focused on younger buyers, the company said Wednesday.
Advocates for blind join U.S. push for autonomous cars http://ift.tt/2teYUnu Lewis was behind the wheel of his Ford Mustang convertible on a sunny Atlanta day in 1988, when he nearly hit a pedestrian who appeared in a crosswalk ahead of him, seemingly out of nowhere.
Carvana brings online used-car sales to Detroit http://ift.tt/2uyEWbb used-vehicle retailer Carvana is opening up shop in Detroit, its 32nd U.S. market, vowing to relieve consumers of the need to spend time at dealerships.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Audi made an ad in China comparing a wife to a used car -- it's not going over well http://ift.tt/2u5gHyJ an Audi commercial from China, a mother-in-law interrupts a wedding ceremony to inspect the bride, checking whether she's up to standard. The scene was used in an ad promoting used Audis.
Lincoln MKX set for 'mesh' face-lift http://ift.tt/2u6EhfY years after the second-generation MKX debuted, the premium midsize crossover will undergo a freshening for the 2018 model year that resembles the face of Lincoln's latest cars and light trucks.
BMW names new ad agency in Canada as U.S. review looms http://ift.tt/2uEcHs4 Group's FCB has been named agency of record for BMW in Canada, months before the luxury automaker is expected to launch a U.S. review.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Chrysler Pacifica cruises down Sesame Street in new partnership http://ift.tt/2tjyh57 Chrysler brand's lineup of family-friendly vehicles will be cruising down "Sesame Street" as part of a new sponsorship deal with the show.
Renault says vehicle sales rose 10% to first-half record http://ift.tt/2tZW4Fz posted record vehicle sales for the first half as a sustained product offensive lifted global deliveries by 10.4 percent - with a well-timed China SUV launch and renewed push into Iran both contributing.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
The cost of 'out with the old' http://ift.tt/2u05Wxs heavy manufacturing, you don't just dump all those machines and foundries and everything associated with an engine program. So what happens to all that money invested in internal combustion engines?
HALL OF FAME: August Fruehauf helped create trucking industry http://ift.tt/2u0q178 1914, Detroit blacksmith and carriage maker August Fruehauf was given a challenge that led to the creation of a new industry.
Other states join N.Y. in attack on dealership performance ratings http://ift.tt/2tZTvlj year after a New York dealership won a court battle over GM's use of sales-effectiveness ratings, the ruling's impact is still reverberating across the country.
Land Rover South Dade tries to set mood with custom scent http://ift.tt/2tZXb6L's something in the air at Land Rover South Dade: A custom-made scent that sets an upscale mood for shoppers.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
Asia's new car hubs fueled by rising incomes, low ownership http://ift.tt/2uk62Tq get a taste of Southeast Asia's burgeoning 600 million-strong consumer base and what it means for economic growth, take a look at the car industry.
First Shift: Jag E-Pace flips its way into SUV market http://ift.tt/2tQLvVg E-Pace flips its way into SUV market - literally; FCA recalls 1.33M vehicles, Honda recalls 1.15M Accords; Mazda puts Japanese twist on Hispanic-market ads; More spectrum for safety.
VW will replace Mercedes as German soccer team sponsor http://ift.tt/2uh87zD is replacing Mercedes as the main sponsor of Germany's national soccer team. VW has signed a five-year contract starting in January 2019.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Hyundai marketing chief defends NFL deal http://ift.tt/2ueDNWl Automotive News article "Hyundai's False Start" published in the July 10 issue did not provide a balanced look at Hyundai's NFL partnership. Our marketing strategy has evolved for the modern shopper.
Mazda targets Hispanics #8230; in Japanese? http://ift.tt/2uWDXif is tripling its investment in Hispanic marketing, but the automaker is speaking as much Japanese as Spanish as it kicks off the effort targeting the key demographic.
Robotaxis' vomit problem -- nobody cleans up the mess http://ift.tt/2sTLtck GM, Uber and others mulling a foray into robotaxis, the bill for cleaning up riders' messes in their self-driving vehicles could be in the tens of millions of dollars annually.
KC Crain named president of Automotive News' parent company http://ift.tt/2uUr5JJ Crain, group publisher of Automotive News, has been named president of parent Crain Communications after a change in the company's family ownership structure.
PSA's Europe, China sales decline offset by Iran http://ift.tt/2uUh0fB said first-half sales dipped in Europe and continued to plunge in China, although the carmaker's formal return to the Iranian market kept its global numbers in positive territory, with a 2.3 percent overall sales gain.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Mercedes widens global sales lead over BMW http://ift.tt/2tJSvmO' registrations rose 11 percent to 209,309 in June as demand for the new E class and the German automaker's SUVs helped widen its global luxury-car sales lead over BMW in the first half of the year.
Auto financing via smartphone is smart move http://ift.tt/2uRpCDV have long been able to check their credit and get preapproved for financing through a dealership or lender website, but getting approved on-the-go through mobile devices may become many consumers' first choice when considering an auto loan.
Portfolio Group scoops up Finance Concepts, looks for more purchase targets http://ift.tt/2uRyYj3 Group's acquisition of Finance Concepts last month may be its latest move in a wider acquisition strategy.
Mercedes widens lead over BMW on demand for E class, SUVs http://ift.tt/2uikL1y' registrations rose 11 percent to 209,309 in June as demand for the new E class and the German automaker's SUVs helped widen its global luxury-car sales lead over BMW in the first half of the year.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Automakers gambling on new automotive ecosystem http://ift.tt/2tGFfzE auto industry is betting billions of dollars in a global game of roulette involving connected, autonomous, shared and electric vehicles, with clear winners and losers.
Detroit auto show extends contract at Cobo Center through 2025 http://ift.tt/2taWjKp Center has locked in the Detroit auto show for the next eight years. The two parties signed a contract that will keep the auto show at the Detroit riverfront event space through 2025.