Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Nissans crowding rental lots carry risk as U.S. sales slow http://ift.tt/2rE7QWq's decision to boost deliveries to fleet companies carries risk, both to the Japanese automaker and to struggling rental-car giants Hertz and Avis Budget Group.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Uber fires Levandowski for failing to cooperate with Waymo lawsuit http://ift.tt/2r8ACgh's inability to cooperate with Uber's legal team to defend the company against a Waymo's lawsuit led to his termination. Waymo is suing Uber over lidar designs it claimed were stolen from the company.
Panasonic's auto business is the real driving force http://ift.tt/2rBCe3I, indelibly associated with televisions, audio equipment and microwave ovens, now makes more money from auto parts than home appliances.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Will Facebook be the next big thing in online used-car ads? http://ift.tt/2s5iuCB has the potential to be a major force in used-car sales with a new feature called Marketplace, which eases concerns about dealing with strangers.
Subaru 'pretty confident' of another U.S. sales record http://ift.tt/2s5ufZH of America President Tom Doll wants Subaru's younger employees to realize that one day setting sales records might not be this easy.
Learning curve but not tech lectures for Odyssey owners http://ift.tt/2s5Avk4 isn't planning on having sales consultants run through a full technology training session with buyers of the 2018 Odyssey.
Public dealership groups still see potential in used vehicles http://ift.tt/2s5qVOa traded dealership groups are proceeding with used-only store plans in the face of declining new-vehicle sales, despite shrinking first-quarter used profits.
Lithia Hyundai of Reno scrutinizes ad traffic for bots http://ift.tt/2s5lrTE a dealership pays vendors to generate clicks on its advertising, every dollar spent on a click that came from a bot and not a human is a wasted dollar.
Mini offers dealers bonuses for more used-car sales http://ift.tt/2s5wDj6 executives want the brand's U.S. dealerships to pursue used-car sales with more vigor, so they're offering bonuses to dealerships that hit used-volume targets.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Waymo hunt for smoking gun turns to Uber acquisition report http://ift.tt/2rpK3JF's legal battle with Uber ratcheted up this week over a confidential report commissioned by the ride-hailing company.
Tesla's Model X missing out on America's voracious hunger for SUVs, crossovers http://ift.tt/2qjj42m Tesla's Model S has been a hit and thousands lined up to order the upcoming Model 3 sedan, the Model X crossover hasn't met the CEO's expectations.
Electric cars will become cheaper than gasoline models within a decade http://ift.tt/2qmOr89 powered cars will soon be cheaper to buy than conventional gasoline ones, offering immediate savings to drivers, new research shows.
EVs seen as cheaper than gasoline models within a decade http://ift.tt/2r3qiV8 cars will soon be cheaper to buy than conventional gasoline ones, new research shows. Batteries currently account for about half the cost of EVs, and their prices will fall by about 77 percent between 2016 and 2030, a Bloomberg study says.
Trump blasts German automakers' U.S. sales and threatens barriers http://ift.tt/2r3p8co Trump criticized German automakers for selling too many vehicles in the U.S. in a meeting with EU officials, Der Spiegel said. "We're going to stop that," he was quoted as saying by the magazine.
Trump blasts German carmakers' U.S. sales and threatens barriers http://ift.tt/2rGls2S carmakers found themselves at the receiving end of renewed attacks by President Donald Trump, who reportedly chided them for selling too many vehicles in the United States, contributing to a lopsided German trade surplus that's hurting the U.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Off-lease vehicles could send U.S. sales tumbling, analyst warns http://ift.tt/2qgM4aR incoming "tsunami" of off-lease vehicles could send annual U.S. new-vehicle sales tumbling as low as 13 million by 2021, according to one Wall Street analyst.
May U.S. auto sales projected to rise -- slightly http://ift.tt/2qTelCX. new-vehicle sales are expected to rise very slightly in May from a year ago, narrowly snapping the industry's streak of four consecutive monthly declines.
Chevy extends marketing deal with Detroit Red Wings at new arena http://ift.tt/2rkTBpf extended its sponsorship contract with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, the company said Thursday, becoming the official vehicle of Detroit's new Little Caesars Arena.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
VW's soccer sponsorship under threat http://ift.tt/2rRK3PE's expensively assembled soccer team, VfL Wolfsburg, faces relegation from Germany's Bundesliga for the first time in 20 years, a move that could lead the automaker to reduce sponsorship as it grapples with its emissions crisis.
Tesla gets partial credit from Consumer Reports for auto-braking update #8203; http://ift.tt/2qVf8Uz has earned back half the points it lost in Consumer Reports' vehicle rankings after deploying automatic emergency braking to its recently built EVs.
VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief http://ift.tt/2qbhz66 Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its core VW brand, a source familiar with the matter told Automotive News Europe.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Dodge puts a price tag on 2018 Challenger SRT Demon http://ift.tt/2rNR8AG your pocketbooks ready. After lots of speculation, pricing on the Dodge Demon will start at $86,090 with the destination charge and a gas guzzler tax.
Study says drivers don't trust Uber to build self-driving cars http://ift.tt/2rx7OPx are less likely to view ride-hailing companies as reliable autonomous-vehicle manufacturers, according to a global study published by Inrix.
Jaguar Land Rover profit margin improves on China, U.S. demand http://ift.tt/2rMh2Vp Land Rover's profit margin widened to 14.5 percent in its latest quarter on strong demand for SUVs in major markets including China and the U.S.
Jaguar Land Rover's Q4 sales rise 16% to record high http://ift.tt/2qRXIGh Land Rover reported a 16 percent rise in fourth-quarter sales to a record 604,009 vehicles on demand for the Jaguar F-Pace and the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Smart prices 2017 electric 2-seat coupe from $24,550 http://ift.tt/2rJL9wy it goes to an all-electric strategy, Smart USA is dropping the price of its redesigned 2017 Smart Electric Drive coupe by $1,200 when it goes on sale this summer.
VW's soccer sponsorship in limbo as automaker cuts costs http://ift.tt/2qMhPYB's expensively assembled soccer team VfL Wolfsburg face relegation from Germany's Bundesliga for the first time in 20 years, a move that could lead the automaker to curb sponsorship as it grapples with its emissions crisis.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Penske, Crain and the obsession that unites them http://ift.tt/2rGNys0 a young man, Penske did well enough to be named Driver of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 1961. But Penske soon would make a decision that would change his life.
Dealer delivers sports cars, style and speed http://ift.tt/2rGMW5N Hayim offers more than ultraluxury and sports cars at his Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale in Florida and Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island in Plainview, N.Y.
Tasca family lives the 'win on Sunday' philosophy http://ift.tt/2rGWzBB Tasca family of auto dealers claims its founder conceived the slogan "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday." It neatly sums up the business case for why dealers and automakers race.