Wednesday, July 26, 2017
For GM and Ford, home is where the profits are http://ift.tt/2vKWFtK America is increasingly where the earnings are for Detroit's biggest automakers. But that's a source of heartburn as U.S. sales stall after seven straight years of growth.
German conservative calls for phase-out of gasoline and diesel cars http://ift.tt/2uYKoE0 should soon start phasing out gasoline and diesel cars, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats said as Britain announced it would ban the sale of fossil-fuel cars starting in 2040.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Subaru sets modest price hike for '18 Impreza http://ift.tt/2uul1JP's fifth-generation Impreza is off to a strong start in the U.S. after a redesign last year, and the automaker isn't changing the starting price much for the 2018 model.
Tesla Model S regains top safety rating with software update, Consumer Reports says http://ift.tt/2vXAUpM provided an over-the-air update in July to its software on the Model S to include automatic emergency braking at highway speeds.
Like it or not, signs signal change for auto retail http://ift.tt/2vXddxR dealers need to prepare for a new way of selling as consumers may not desire car ownership in the future.
Tesla buyers antsy for Model 3 keys months after $1,000 deposit http://ift.tt/2ut8KVM of Tesla Model 3 reservation holders are in limbo, with deposits paid but little clarity about the status of their car -- when they'll get it or what they'll pay.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Toyota's hydrogen holdup means East Coasters miss out on Mirai http://ift.tt/2upN3WM, off to a slow start selling its car of the future on one U.S. coast, is struggling even to get started on the other.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Chevy Impala at risk as large sedans shrink into oblivion http://ift.tt/2tCyAIk Chevy Impala #8212; one of GM's longest-running and most-recognized names, a car that logged more than 1 million U.S. sales in 1965 #8212; appears unlikely to survive much longer.
Crossovers and SUVs fatten profit margins http://ift.tt/2tSSutK segments from subcompact to full-size, average transaction prices for SUVs and crossovers in the first half of 2017 ran well higher than similar-size sedans and hatchbacks, an analysis of Kelley Blue Book data shows.
Mercedes unveils its take on classic pickup http://ift.tt/2tT4A65 X class, Mercedes' first pickup, will hit dealerships in Germany starting in November and will then be rolled out to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in 2018 and Latin America the following year. There are no plans for the U.S.
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.