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Mexico car and truck sales -December and YTD
Mexico car and truck sales -December and YTD Sales - Domestic
Mexico Domestic Sales Dec. & YTD
Dec. Dec. Dec. 12 mos. 12 mos. 12 mos.
2013 2012 % change 2013 2012 % change
Chrysler trucks * 2,772 * 2,742 1% * 24,658 * 27,084 -9%
TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP * 2,772 * 2,742 1% * 24,658 *
Certified used-vehicle sales, March and YTD
Certified used-vehicle sales, March and YTD CPO Sales
U.S. Certified-used vehicle sales, March
Mar. Mar. 3 mos. 3 mos. Mar. 2013 3 mos. 3 mos.
2014 2013 2014 2013 % change share % change share
BMW division * 9,352 * 7,501 * 22,227 * 19,546 25% 4.5% 14% 4.0%
Mini * 775 *
GM asks U.S. judge to bar lawsuits for pre-bankruptcy recall claims
DETROIT -- General Motors said in a court filing that it will ask a U.S. bankruptcy judge to bar lawsuits related to its recall for faulty ignition switches, citing the terms of its 2009 bankruptcy. A deal reached as part of GM's emergence from bankruptcy in July 2009 made the automaker immune to
Citroen to debut flagship SUV to rival Audi Q3, BMW X1
Citroen will debut the DS 6WR, a production version of its admired Wild Rubis SUV concept, at the Beijing auto show on Sunday. The DS 6WR will go on sale in China by year end as the flagship of Citroen's DS upscale subbrand. It will compete against the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA, a Citroen ...
U.S. medium and heavy truck sales, March and YTD
U.S. medium and heavy truck sales, March and YTD
U.S. medium- & heavy-truck sales, March & 3 mos.
March 3 mos.
March March percent 3 mos. 3 mos. percent
2013 2012 change 2013 2012 change
Dodge Class 5* 944 486 94% 1,890 1,210 56%
Class 4 2,578 2,200 17 5,773 5,492 5
Class 5 3,042 3,312 –8 8,581
Audi to revive A3 hatch in U.S., sans gasoline
NEW YORK -- How confident is Audi that American car buyers will embrace diesel? So confident, it seems, that the German luxury brand has decided to bring back the five-door version of its A3 compact to the United States without offering customers an ordinary gasoline engine. Audi announced today,
Customers' luxury motivation turns to self-reward, execs say
NEW YORK -- The definition of luxury automotive brands, and the motivation of luxury-car shoppers, is changing from a look-at-me display of wealth to a self reward for achieving success. That was the conclusion of a panel of luxury-brand executives at the NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum here ...
Chevy enters small crossover segment with the Trax
NEW YORK -- Chevrolet is adding the Trax to its U.S. lineup, making it the latest brand to enter the budding market for petite crossovers. Chevrolet unveiled the 2015 Trax at an event tonight on the eve of the New York auto show. It is about 19 inches shorter than the Equinox and 7 inches shorter
Pro-Tesla bill appears dead in Arizona Senate
A bill that would have allowed electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc. to sell cars at its factory-owned showrooms in Arizona appears to be dead in the state's Senate. But Tesla vowed today to continue "re-engaging" the Legislature next year on the matter. The bill won't make it to the floor for a
MyFord Touch bugs are getting squashed, Hinrichs says
NEW YORK -- Ford Motor Co. has brought its problem-plagued MyFord Touch communications system up to exceed industry-average reliability -- and plans an upgrade to improve the system's capability, Ford executive Joe Hinrichs said today. "Rest assured, we're not sitting still in this space," Hinrichs
Ford of Europe sales rise 12% in March on German, UK demand
BERLIN (Reuters) -- Ford Motor Co. said European car sales increased 12 percent in March, the tenth straight monthly gain, as customers snapped up small vehicles and compact SUVs. Deliveries in the so-called Euro-20 markets, including all major countries plus the Baltic states, rose by 15,900 cars
GM will update dealers Wednesday on recall parts status
DETROIT -- General Motors told dealers that it will hold a Web conference on Wednesday to update them on the status of parts needed to repair millions of small cars recalled for faulty ignition switches, as well as the procedures to follow for the recall. This month, GM told dealers it would start
Defending Franchised Dealers (4/15/14)
NADA chair: Factory stores hurt competition, says dealers best during recalls; EV luxury; Tesla setback; BMW raises i3 output.
Bridgestone executives indicted for auto parts price fixing
CLEVELAND (Bloomberg) -- One current Bridgestone Corp. executive and two who formerly worked for the Japanese tire company have been indicted by a U.S. grand jury in Cleveland for allegedly conspiring to fix automotive-part prices. The charges stem from an ongoing U.S. Justice Department ...
Barra creates new GM engineering team to improve vehicle safety
NEW YORK -- General Motors, fighting to bolster its reputation amid a recall crisis, has created a team of engineers aimed at improving vehicle safety, CEO Mary Barra said today. Touting a "new way of developing vehicles," Barra said the new "global product integrity" team will "provide the highest
Economists: Global GDP growth on the rise, but BRICs disappoint
NEW YORK -- The global economy will do "fairly well" in the coming years, with the U.S. economy leading the way, while Europe "has turned a corner," a leading economist said. Speaking at the NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum here, Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS, said that global GDP ...
Mercedes dealers in U.S. could be overwhelmed by wave of off-lease vehicles, remarketing boss says
NEW YORK -- Mercedes-Benz USA expects its dealership network to be overwhelmed by a tsunami of off-lease vehicles at some point, forcing the brand increasingly to sell those vehicles through non-Mercedes dealers. "We're going to be having something like 200,000 units coming back at some point," ...
Hyundai, Toyota to debut mid-sized sedan rivals
Hyundai and Toyota have key product debuts during the New York auto show press days on Wednesday, April 16, and Thursday, April 17. In the mid-sized sedan segment, Hyundai will unveil its 2015 Sonata, while Toyota offers an unusually aggressive midcycle freshening of the Camry, the best-selling car
Where were Barra's PR, legal people?
To the Editor: The performance of General Motors CEO Mary Barra, a seasoned Fortune 500 executive, during her congressional testimony was amazing. Where were the basic human resources principles that would have prevented such an implosive performance? Where were her public relations and legal ...
Lincoln design director Wolff is quietly replaced
Lincoln has installed a new design director after quietly replacing Max Wolff. Wolff, hired from General Motors four years ago, remains at Lincoln, in charge of exterior design of the brand's models. David Woodhouse, who joined Ford in 1999 from GM to head Ford's former European luxury lines, is ...
'Inner frame' makes Fit stronger, less costly
LOS ANGELES -- In creating the 2015 Honda Fit's body-in-white, Honda engineers changed the manufacturing process to make the car lighter, stronger and less expensive. Unibody cars, or monocoques, have a traditional method of construction. The upper body, which has sheet metal skin attached to it,
CEO defends Audi's record for innovation
BMW and Mercedes-Benz get top marks for their technical prowess, but Audi chief Rupert Stadler says his company is keeping up with its German rivals, especially in areas such as lightweight construction, lighting and plug-in hybrids. He said Audi will be flexible about adapting the plug-in ...
JM Lexus drops middleman to speed sales
Jim Dunn, general manager at JM Lexus, believes that if it isn't broken, then break it and make it better. That philosophy led the Margate, Fla., dealership in March 2012 to replace its traditional salespeople with product specialists who help customers find the vehicles that best fit their needs.
Tesla, lawyer trade grenades in lemon-law suit
When life hands you lemon-law suits in Teslatown -- hey, forget lemonade; come out swinging. Tesla, whose survival depends upon people believing it can master a tricky technology, mounted a quick, spiky response to what Milwaukee lawyer Vince Megna said was the first lemon-law suit against the ...
With the new Honda Fit, engineering solutions once again take priority
SAN DIEGO -- If there is any question about whether smart engineering is on its way back at Honda Motor Co., one need look no further than the second-row "magic" seats of the 2015 Honda Fit. In an impressive display of packaging, not only does the second row give plenty of legroom and headroom for