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GM's Missed Warnings (3/10/14)
Documents show GM didn't grasp scope of ignition glitch, blamed drivers; saluting William Clay Ford Sr.; Honda, Acura exec shift.
Canada light-vehicle sales by nameplate, Feb. and YTD
Canada light-vehicle sales by model - Feb. and YTD Input
Canada Car and Light-Truck Sales, FEBRUARY & YTD
Feb. 2 mos.
Feb. Feb. percent 2 mos. 2 mos. percent
2014 2013 change 2014 2013 change
1 series (I) 0.0 * 250 - * 1 * 344 -100%
3 series (I) * 593 * 626 -5% * 967 *
Canada light-vehicle sales by make, Feb. and YTD
Canada light-vehicle sales by make, Feb. and YTD Feb. 2014
Canada sales by make, FEBRUARY 2013
(ranked by total
U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on Mar. 1
U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on Mar. 1 Inventory
U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on March 1
Inventory 1-Mar 1-Feb
Units 2014 2014
BMW div. car (I) * 29,500 * 54 * 68
BMW div. trk. (D/I) * 12,000 * 32 * 38
Total BMW div. (D/I) * 41,500 * 45 *
Like EVs, self-guided cars need infrastructure
firstname.lastname@example.org GENEVA -- Autonomous driving features have become an industry obsession, judging by the buzz about them at Geneva's auto show For some executives, though, there's an uneasy memory of a few years ago, when electric vehicles had the buzz factor. Automakers can build self-driving
A crushing loss: School's out for vintage Vipers
It's a sight almost too painful for sports car aficionados to view: a large backhoe crashing down on a perfectly good classic Dodge Viper and crushing the life out of it. But that's what's happening to 93 Vipers Chrysler donated to vocational schools across the country. Chrysler, which retains ...
Obituaries: John Hall
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- John Hall, who worked for Ford Motor Co. for 31 years, died March 1. He was 87. Hall joined Ford as a sales agent, was an assistant sales manager or district sales manager in several U.S. markets and spent several years in South Africa.
Ford of Europe works its way back
GENEVA -- After Ford of Europe completes its current round of plant closings, it will bring manufacturing to 80 percent of capacity -- a prerequisite to profits, COO Barb Samardzich says. The moves will put Ford in a position to attain "the profitability that we were targeting in Europe," she said.
Opel maps comeback as Chevy's shadow lifts
GENEVA -- For the past few years, General Motors executives have fought a valiant battle in Europe on Opel's behalf: insisting that the brand was a premium marque above mainstream Chevrolet, while fending off persistent rumors of Opel's sale or demise. That battle is over. Opel is back to being ...
Inside Mazda's Salamanca factory
Within four months, Nissan, Honda and Mazda have opened assembly plants in Mexico. andnbsp; Mazda3s on display at a local Mazda dealership in Mexico Mazda's new Salamanca, Mexico, plant had its official opening on Feb. 27. The factory is the latest in a string of assembly plants opened in Mexico by
CEO: Chase's top job is 'serve the dealers'
Thasunda Duckett can light up a room, even one filled with buttoned-down bankers and auto lenders. She did it in January at the American Financial Services Association Vehicle Finance Conference in New Orleans, where, as a panel discussion member, she had the audience laughing and applauding. ...
BMW, M-B reduce number of architectures
GENEVA -- BMW and Mercedes-Benz are reducing their number of vehicle architectures to speed development and cut costs. BMW and Mini will use only two architectures -- one for front-wheel drive and another for rear-wheel drive -- said Herbert Diess, board member for randd. Today, the two brands use
ELR 'Poolside' spot is refreshing
To the Editor: I have seen the Cadillac ELR "Poolside" commercial and read the March 2 story about it ("Cadillac clears the air on 'Poolside,'" autonews.com). Successful brands are meaningful, different and salient, and their advertising should be, too. The ELR commercial hits on all three, in my
Chrysler will stay in Canada for now
DETROIT -- Chrysler Group's decision last week to withdraw its request for almost $640 million (U.S. ) in government assistance from Canada and pay for renovations itself means minivan production will stay in Windsor, Ontario, for now. Reid Bigland, the company's head of Canadian operations, said
Audi A3 gatherings target young, hip bacon lovers
Audi is planning blowout parties April 3 in New York and Los Angeles to mark the launch of the Audi A3, and it wants all of its dealers to throw their own get-togethers that night, either in-house or off-site. Just don't expect cocktail wieners and classic rock. In a 64-page directive to dealers ...
Dealers, captives battle in statehouses
A battle is heating up in several state capitals as dealer associations face off against carmakers and their captive finance companies over proposed state laws governing the sale of FandI products such as extended service contracts and guaranteed asset protection. "We're essentially interested in
GM Financial, Ally swap corporate profiles
A new and much bigger GM Financial is emerging this year -- a global, mostly prime-risk auto lender that looks a lot like the old GMAC captive finance company. In a mirror image of sorts, a new Ally Financial is emerging this year, too. The new Ally is smaller and its auto finance and insurance ...
Is your dealership one of the best?
This year for the third time, Automotive News is conducting a program to determine the 100 Best Dealerships To Work For in the United States and Canada. In a few weeks, though, the time for registering will be past, and so will your opportunity to take part. This has been an exciting project for ...
Tier 3 emissions standards: Costs must be shared
New EPA regulations unveiled last week will go a long way toward improving U.S. air quality. The EPA's Tier 3 rules both tighten vehicle emission standards and require refiners to reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline by two-thirds. The rules take effect in 2017 and will affect the 2018-25 model
Mopar shops increase accessory sales, profits
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Most Jeeps come off the assembly line here and queue up for the delivery trip to dealerships. But a growing number of Wranglers, Cherokees and Grand Cherokees -- along with some Dodge Durangos -- now take a detour on their way to the showroom floor. Tens of thousands of Chrysler ...
Old repair bill is a powerful tool for FandI team
When the air conditioning compressor in LeAnna Cowan's car failed in the Las Vegas heat, the $1,250 repair bill wasn't a hardship. Cowan, the finance director at Team Ford-Lincoln, had a service contract that covered the bill. That broken compressor bill is still paying dividends years later. It's
Dealer Census - 2013
Dealer Census - 2013
A decade of
Total change from Year-to-year
light-vehicle previous percent
Jan. 1 dealerships year change
2014 17,875 115 1%
2013 17,760 –98 –1%
2012 17,858 205 1%
2011 17,653 –955 –5%
2010 18,607 –1,846 –9%
2009 20,453 –1,008 –5%
2008 21,461 –300
Japanese automakers march into Mexico, set up export base
SALAMANCA, Mexico -- When three-tiered car haulers packed with Mazda3s pulled out of the dusty rail yard here last month, they did more than mark Mazda Motor Corp.'s return to North American manufacturing after pulling the plug on Michigan production in 2012. They represented the latest volley in a
The early warnings that GM missed
DETROIT andmdash; Ten years ago, two General Motors engineers reported that the ignition switch on the Saturn Ion was so flimsy and so low on the steering column that the driver's knee could easily bump the key and turn off the car. "This is a basic design flaw and should be corrected if we want ...
Caddy spot sparks praise, draws scorn
C adillac's "Poolside" commercial, starring a middle-aged rich guy bragging about America's work-hard ethos, was positioned right on the fault lines of America's great cultural divide. And the cheers and jeers are making national news. In the spot, a poster boy for American exceptionalism, and the