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Samsung vies for $20 billion in auto business
To reach Level 3 autonomous driving, Samsung believes manufacturers will have to install sensors, electronics and software worth $2,500 in new content per vehicle.
technology  selfdriving 
5 days ago
Meunier takes Infiniti role
Meunier has been promoted to a newly created post at Infiniti: global division vice president, with responsibility for global marketing and sales at the luxury brand. The changes take effect immediately.
nissanc  infiniti 
5 days ago
Reviews of the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali
Here are some takeaways from Terrain Denali reviews from the automotive press.
gm  gmc  pipeline 
5 days ago
GM clutches tech units despite hype of $30 billion spinoff
The automaker is moving faster than its foes because it has the capability to engineer, develop and manufacture vehicles using advanced software under one roof, President Dan Ammann said Tuesday. GM shares have been rising as analysts led by Deutsche Bank’s Rod Lache have issued bullish reports about its burgeoning mobility businesses.
gm  technology 
5 days ago
Lexus re-evaluating partnership with Weinstein Co.
Lexus, Toyota's luxury brand, is a sponsor of the reality TV show "Project Runway," which has been produced by Weinstein Co.

"Lexus does not condone any acts of sexual harassment, assault or discrimination. In light of recent allegations involving Harvey Weinstein, we are currently evaluating our partnership with The Weinstein Company, but have nothing to announce at this time," Lexus said in a statement.
toyotac  lexus  brand  content 
5 days ago
Trucks Gain Ground as Family Haulers, Edmunds Analysis Shows | Edmunds
Edmunds analysts say the upswing in popularity, which could give large trucks their biggest market share since 2007, is due in part to the increased practicality of pickups for daily family-hauling duties. Even base-model trucks now come with many of the comfort and convenience features found in passenger cars, and pickups can be outfitted to rival even some of the most upscale luxury sedans. And so far in 2017, crew-cab models, which offer the convenience of four full-size doors and a full back seat, account for 74.4 percent of all retail truck registrations, up more than 10 percent from five years ago.
5 days ago
2018 Buick Enclave First Drive | Edmunds
Three-row crossovers have become one of the hottest segments in the industry, yet there aren't many that bridge the mainstream and luxury gap successfully. Buick intends to do just that with the fully redesigned 2018 Enclave.

More sophisticated than its blue-collar Chevrolet Traverse counterpart and roomier than the smaller GMC Acadia, the Enclave finds open middle ground for buyers seeking a fancy family SUV without the premium that comes with a luxury badge.
gm  buick  pipeline 
5 days ago
First Drive: 2018 Volvo V90 R-Design |
Volvo has worked hard to set itself apart from its competitors such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz and has largely succeeded with its interiors, which are luxurious and comfortable but also warm and inviting and nowhere near as austere as those of its German rivals. The materials, such as open-pore wood accents and Napa leather, create an environment capable of soothing nerves even in terrible traffic.
volvo  pipeline 
5 days ago
Nissan Targets Younger Truck Drivers With a Goofy Ad Featuring Mini-Dude 'Horses' - Video - Creativity Online
An ad by TBWA/Chiat/Day, directed by Traktor at Rattling Stick, sees a truck driver whose vehicle breaks down in the mud confronted by malevolent mini-dude "lazy horses" inside his hood. They're on strike until he sings them a song about "pretty ponies" and does a dance, too. Then, along comes another guy in a Titan, who has much more reliable "horsepower" and helps get him moving again.
nissan  nissanc  brand  content 
5 days ago
Jeep Cherokee Latitude purchase comes with free Amazon Echo Dot | Mobile Marketer
For companies like Amazon, integrating digital assistant tech into cars ensures more people are interacting with the artificial intelligence, making it smarter over time and also providing more data that can be applied to the e-commerce giant's various other areas of business. The Cherokee partnership also doubles as a promotion for its Echo Dot devices and services like Amazon Music, which offers streaming access to millions of songs. Amazon is the de facto leader in smart home speakers but Google is aggressively pursuing the space as well, so promotions like this help Amazon shore up its role. 
fca  jeep  technology  infotainment 
5 days ago
brandchannel: Shopper Assurance: 5 Questions With Hyundai USA CMO Dean Evans
The pitch to customers: “We’ve simplified every step of the process to help make buying your new car as enjoyable as driving it.” It’s launching in Miami, Orlando, Dallas and Houston and will roll out to all U.S. Hyundai dealers early next year.
hkc  hyundai  retail 
5 days ago
2018 BMW X3 First Drive | Edmunds
It might not look like it, but this X3 is entirely new. Put it next to last year's model and you'll see a big difference on each body panel. You might see the shape of the larger X5 in its profile, but you might not notice the change in size. The new X3 is 2 inches longer and slightly wider, increases that return small improvements to front head-, legroom and shoulder room. All of it designed to make this compact SUV even more competitive in a rapidly expanding segment.
bmw  bmwc  pipeline 
5 days ago
Toyota Launches “Start Your Impossible” Global Corporate Initiative | Toyota USA Newsroom
Toyota believes that mobility goes beyond cars; it is about overcoming challenges and making dreams come true. The “Start Your Impossible” initiative reflects these values and highlights the company’s goal to provide freedom of mobility for all.  “We want to share this thinking with all stakeholders, including consumers, so that we can approach this challenge together,” said Toyota President, Akio Toyoda.
toyotac  brand  content 
5 days ago
Sam’s Club, Ford & TrueCar launch exclusive sales event for warehouse members | Auto Remarketing
Through the Sam’s Club Auto Buying Program, qualifying members can receive an exclusive $500 Bonus Cash incentive on qualifying 2017 and 2018 Ford models up to January 2.
fordc  truecar  retail 
5 days ago
This Dark Audi Ad Uses Clowns to Advertise Safety Tech - The Drive
Audi is touting its modern safety technology as “clown proof” in the creepiest possible way. The 90-second ad below shows us several clowns, all of whom are terrible drivers, driving silly vehicles. These clowns come close to getting into accidents with new Audis (never the Audi’s fault, of course) but accidents are prevented thanks to the German brand’s safety technology. The ad is to the tune of a dark, melancholy cover of "Send in the Clowns" by Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan. This weird song was originally performed by Judy Collins in 1975.
vwc  audi  brand  content 
5 days ago
Infiniti QX50 replacement coming this spring, but QX70 is still undecided | Autoweek
Infiniti sales have been rising in both the U.S. and globally. U.S. sales totaled 113,714 through September, up 18 percent from a year ago.
nissanc  infiniti  pipeline 
5 days ago
2019 Audi A8 First Drive | Edmunds
After nine years on the market, the Audi A8 received a full redesign for 2019. It still has a classic Audi look, yet there are obvious changes, such as the prominent trapezoidal grille up front, accentuated by crisp and angular LED headlights. Out back, fantastically complicated taillights make for a sophisticated and fantastically sleek and luminescent display. Despite all the new details, the 2019 Audi A8 still looks stately and mature rather than bloated or overly complicated.
vwc  audi  pipeline 
5 days ago
Dan Mohnke - Nissan - Nissan Online Newsroom
Dan Mohnke is senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan Division U.S. Mohnke has overall responsibility for the Nissan brand in the U.S., including sales, marketing communications, model line brand management, parts and service, product planning, trucks and light commercial vehicles, customer quality and dealer network development functions. He reports to José Muñoz, chief performance officer, Nissan Motor Company, Ltd.; and chairman, Nissan North America.
nissanc  nissan 
5 days ago
Calling Teen Filmmakers: Toyota and Discovery Launch Safe Driving PSA Challenge | Toyota USA Newsroom
Now in its sixth year, the challenge, sponsored by Discovery Education, invites teens to submit an original 30-60 second Public Service Announcement for 9-12 grade students about safe driving habits.  The grand prize includes $15,000 cash and the opportunity to work with a Discovery film crew to re-shoot the entry video into a TV-ready PSA. Teens can register and submit their entries today through February 28, 2018 at
toyotac  brand  content 
5 days ago
Automotive penicillin: Hyundai discovers ideal targeting audience
By driving more shopping actions online, they actually pushed fewer shoppers to the dealership.
hkc  hyundai  retail 
5 days ago
INFINITI introduces new Amazon Alexa Skills for vehicle voice control | Auto Remarketing
INFINITI drivers in the U.S. can now control vehicle features such as unlocking, locking, remote-start and more using newly integrated Amazon Alexa Skills designed to interact with their vehicles, the company announced Tuesday.
nissanc  infiniti  technology  infotainment 
5 days ago
GM, Cruise Get First Crack at NYC Autonomous Testing |
GM, which paid $1 billion for San Francisco-based Cruise in late 2016, will use a fleet of autonomous Chevy Bolts to conduct the real-world testing in Manhattan — the first company to gain approval to do so.
gm  technology  selfdriving 
5 days ago
Volkswagen Takes a Trip Back to the 1960s in Nostalgic Ad Saluting Its Free-Spirited Owners – Adweek
“To be honest, that issue wasn’t a topic of conversation or motivation for this spot,” he says. “As a brand, we’ve recovered from the sales perspective, and what I want to do with the brand is to remind people why they loved it. This era, and what it captures, plays a big part about why people love our brand. We want to become more relevant and desirable in this market, and tapping into our heritage is just one lever on what we can pull from.”
vwc  volkswagen  brand  content 
5 days ago
Toyota aims to rev up sedan fans with music
The broadcast effort is Toyota's biggest in just over two years, said Ed Laukes, Toyota's marketing vice president. The broader Camry campaign includes more than 7 billion impressions across cinema, digital, social media, radio, print and out-of-home advertising.

"The goal of the launch campaign starring the all-new 2018 Camry is to tap into drivers' emotions and the sensations they will feel when seeing and driving the vehicle," Laukes wrote Automotive News in an email.
toyota  toyotac  brand  content 
11 days ago
Ready or not, the 6-second ad is here
Dealers adjust to quick messaging in digital age
brand  content  retail 
11 days ago
Waymo launches U.S. ad campaign to promote driverless car safety
The company said on Monday that it was teaming up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Safety Council, and the Federation for Blind Children in a campaign called "Let's Talk Self-Driving."
waymo  technology  selfdriving  brand  content 
11 days ago
Porsche Conducts a ‘High Speed Orchestra’ to Show Off Its New Sound System – Adweek
Rather than its driving features, the new “High Speed Orchestra” spot by German agency Grabarz & Partner touts the performance of Porsche’s Burmester High-End Surround Sound-System.

To do so, the ad imagines an orchestra performing a perennial favorite, “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” suite. Only, the musicians find themselves flying all over the place mid-performance, receiving no explanation from a confused conductor.
porsche  brand  content 
11 days ago
Propagate Is About to Let Twitter Users in on #WhatsHappening – Adweek
And Toyota Motor North America national media manager Nancy Inouye said, “Toyota is excited to be the presenting sponsor of #WhatsHappening. Just as Toyota’s guests appreciate innovation and entertainment, #WhatsHappening explores compelling and cutting-edge content on Twitter, and we look forward to bringing this to a worldwide audience together.”
toyota  toyotac  brand  content 
11 days ago
STEAM Education Delivered to Your Door: Ford Launches New Initiative to Engage Youth to Think Like an Engineer | Ford Media Center
As part of Ford Motor Company’s commitment to STEAM education, the company is teaming up with Academics in a Box – designers of the award-winning Groovy Lab in a Box product line – to deliver an education kit right to a student’s doorstep.
ford  fordc  brand  content 
11 days ago
Infotainment Systems on Par With Cell Phones for Distracted Driving |
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report suggesting that the latest infotainment systems in new vehicle promote distracted driving behaviors and on a scale greater than cell phones.
11 days ago
Jeep Camapign Features Pop Artist Halsey 10/06/2017
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' latest national ad campaign features the pop artist Halsey being a renegade. The "Release your Renegade" campaign highlights Halsey and several other emerging artists — Molly Kate Kestner, Uri Grey and Chloe Nixon — as they talk about their personal journeys. The ads promote FCA's hot-selling Renegade compact SUV. The campaign broke Thursday on TV and online.
fca  jeep  brand  content 
11 days ago
Lincoln Hosts First Listen Preview Event at New Experience Center in Dallas
- The new Lincoln Experience Center in Dallas is part of the brand's increased focus on effortless client ownership and services and showcase the latest lineup of vehicles like the all-new Navigator
fordc  lincoln 
11 days ago
Watch the Newest TV Ads From Nissan, Taco Bell and More | Media - AdAge
Nissan: Red Frisbee
Premiered on: College Football Countdown, ESPN
Nissan data for the last 30 days
Impressions: 1,403,722,366 (5% of industry)
Est. TV Spend: $22,498,965 (4% of industry)
Attention Score: 80.97
Attention Index: 64 (36% more interruptions than avg.)
nissan  nissanc  brand  content 
11 days ago
Mercedes-Benz weaves 'Justice League' stories into Instagram comics | Mobile Marketer
Six digital comic stories focused on the private lives of the film's characters were created with DC's Custom Creative Studio to be released exclusively on Mercedes-Benz's Instagram channels. The first will debut on Oct. 20, quickly followed by the remaining stories.
daimler  mbusa  brand  content 
11 days ago
First Drive: 2018 Kia Stinger GT |
But will the Stinger attract an audience?
For now, Kia is more likely to attract buyers who’d love to move up to one of those high-line brands but can’t justify the steep price tag. And with a base price of $31,900 for the 2.0T, and a starting price of under $39,000 for the GT – plus $895 for delivery – the 2018 Stinger is a real bargain. Even fully loaded with everything from optional Napa leather to all-wheel-drive you’d be hard pressed to break $50,000 – around what the BMW 440i Grand Coupe starts at.
hkc  kia  pipeline 
11 days ago
2018 Toyota Corolla iM Matches Fun with Practicality | Toyota USA Newsroom
Return of the Corolla Hatch with Sporty, Versatile 5-Door Design
Sophisticated Chassis with Double-Wishbone Style Multi-Link Rear Suspension
Standard Toyota Safety Sense C (TSS-C)
Premium-Feel Interior
Mono-Spec Pricing for Exceptional Value
6-Speed Manual or Advanced CVTi-S with 7-Step Shifting
toyota  toyotac  pipeline 
11 days ago
2018 Toyota 4Runner is the Diehard, Rugged SUV with a Comfortable Side | Toyota USA Newsroom
New Wilderness Package and TRD Enhancement Package
Full-capability SUV with Body-On-Frame Construction
TRD Off-Road and Off-Road Premium Grades for Added Capability
270-hp V6 and 5,000-lb. Towing Capacity
Available Toyota Entune Multimedia Systems
toyotac  toyota  pipeline 
11 days ago
Lexus Sponsors Web Series Aimed At Multicultural Millennials 10/10/2017
Lexus is sponsoring “I Turn My Camera On,” a web series on featuring actor and photographer Lance Gross aimed at multicultural Millennials.

Created with Macro Digital Studio, the 10-episode digital series explores Gross’s world and his famous crew. The series features Omari Hardwick, Kelly Rowland and her husband Tim Weatherspoon, King Bach, Keke Palmer and Simone Missick. 
toyotac  lexus  brand  content 
11 days ago
2018 Buick Enclave Avenir: We drive Buick's luxurious new SUV
Buick’s redesigned big crossover adds tech and a 9-speed automatic to its good looks
gm  buick  pipeline 
11 days ago
Jumpstart enters new advertising partnership with | Auto Remarketing
Jumpstart Automotive Media has a new exclusive advertising partnership with, the company announced Tuesday.

The auto research website utilizes over 42 million data points and records to provide consumers with automotive research information and content on U.S. vehicles.
media  retail 
11 days ago
Chrysler Brand Launches California-specific Multimedia Marketing Campaign for Chrysler Pacifica
Brand makes case for the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid minivan as the "Official Family Vehicle for California," campaign lobbying efforts are made by the California state animal (the grizzly bear), bird (valley quail), reptile (desert tortoise) and rock (serpentine)
360-degree marketing campaign includes broadcast, print, radio digital, social and out-of-home, including billboards across state of California
fca  brand  content  chrysler 
11 days ago
Hyundai Tries to Modernize Car Buying in the Amazon Era | CMO Strategy - AdAge
Hyundai in particular takes a long time to complete a sale.
"We are one of the dead-last brands with longest sales transaction times," says Dean Evans, chief marketing officer at Hyundai Motor America. "We don't like that."
The new program also comes as Hyundai struggles to make sales gains. Hyundai's sales were down 15.1% for the first nine months of the year, according to Automotive News.
hkc  hyundai  finance  retail 
11 days ago
Hyundai Aims to Transform Car Shopping With Online Program | Edmunds
The Hyundai Shopper Assurance program is kicking off today in Miami, Orlando, Dallas and Houston, and will roll out nationwide early in 2018. Its features include transparent pricing, flexible test drives, a streamlined purchase process and the three-day money-back guarantee, Hyundai said.

Participating dealership websites will post vehicle-specific pricing, minus incentives and dealer discounts, so shoppers will know the exact cost of the model in which they're interested. Potential customers can then schedule a test drive by phone, online or via a smartphone app. Test drives can begin at the shopper's home, if desired. Hyundai said that those who opt to purchase a vehicle will spend less time at the dealership through the program's online component, which allows customers to apply for financing, get credit approval, figure out payments, and value their trade-in from their own computer or other device.
hkc  hyundai  finance  retail 
11 days ago
Drivers Now Can “Subscribe” For Access to Up to 22 Different Porsche Models |
German maker joins growing list of automakers experimenting with new purchase, ownership models.
porsche  finance 
11 days ago
Watch the Newest Ads on TV From McDonald's, Xbox, VW | Media - AdAge
Volkswagen: Road Trip
Premiered on: 7 Little Johnstons, TLC
Volkswagen data for the last 30 days
Impressions: 1,284,407,562 (4% of industry)
Est. TV Spend: $24,612,308 (4% of industry)
Attention Score: 91.45
Attention Index: 131 (31% fewer interruptions than avg.)
vwc  brand  content  volkswagen 
11 days ago
How VW’s New Ad Changes the Rules Simply by Not Idealizing the World – Adweek
The question for VW (or any marketer treading this territory) becomes: Does exploring a family’s problems make an ad relatable and forge thus a stronger connection with the viewer? Or is it, even if it’s well made, just depressing and a turn-off?
vwc  volkswagen  brand  content 
11 days ago
How Auto Brands Can Rev Up Engagement With 360 Media – Adweek
Between June and December 2016, Audi, Buick, Chevrolet, Dodge, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Toyota and Volkswagen posted 35 pieces of content with 360 media. This plummeted to 17 between January and August of this year.

This prompts the questions: Should auto brands bother with 360 content? What’s the return on investment?
media  brand  content 
11 days ago
FORD: Hurricane replacements help end skid
Ford's sales last month rose 8.9 percent behind strong sales of its F-150 pickups. The automaker's retail sales rose 4.4 percent, while fleet sales jumped 25 percent.
ford  fordc  sales 
18 days ago
U.S. sales rise for first gain of year; SAAR soars to 18.58 million
Strong truck demand, deals boost Toyota, GM, Nissan, Ford volume
18 days ago
VW/AUDI: Crossovers lift VW 33%; Audi up, too
Volkswagen said it sold 4,095 units of the new Atlas crossover, which went on sale in spring, and sold 3,075 copies of its redesigned 2018 three-row Tiguan, which debuted in August. Sales of the Golf SportWagen doubled last month, allowing Golf-family sales to climb 24 percent over a year ago. Jetta sales rose sharply in September, climbing 45 percent, while Passat sales fell 27 percent.

Meanwhile, sales for the Audi premium brand rose 9.6 percent last month to 19,308 on strong showings from its Q5 and Q7 crossovers. It was the brand's 81st consecutive month of record sales in the U.S. Strong increases from three models drove the month at Audi. Sales of the A5 sedan more than tripled in September, while Q7 sales rose by 43 percent and Q5 crossover sales rose by 16 percent.
sales  vwc 
18 days ago
FCA: Another decline as fleets fall
The company said it had 174,266 sales last month, marking 13 straight months of U.S. sales declines. FCA's retail sales were up 0.3 percent for the month, while fleet dropped to 16 percent of its total sales in September.

Each of the automaker's core brands suffered setbacks in September, with only the fledgling Alfa Romeo brand seeing its sales increase on the addition of two new models.
fca  sales 
18 days ago
GM: Up 12%, thanks to Chevy trucks
The automaker on Tuesday reported light-vehicle sales of 279,397 cars and trucks, up 12 percent from a year ago -- its best September since 2008 and its largest year-over-year increase since 16 percent in October 2015.

GM's growth was driven by a 39 percent increase in crossover sales and a 10 percent uptick in trucks including pickups, vans and SUVs, while car sales declined 8 percent.
gm  sales 
18 days ago
GM to combine Asian, Latin American operations as it ramps up electric
General Motors said on Tuesday it will combine operations outside of China and North America into a new organization based in Detroit, further scaling back its presence in money-losing markets as it ramps up spending on electric vehicles.

GM said the Detroit automaker will combine the leadership of its International region, which includes Southeast Asia, India and Oceania, with its South America region, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The new company will be led by Barry Engle, currently GM executive vice president and president of GM South America.
18 days ago
TOYOTA: Trucks, Camry fuel gain
The Toyota division (including the defunct Scion brand) sold 17 percent more vehicles than in September of last year, and Lexus was up 1.5 percent for a combined increase of 15 percent, the company said. There was one additional selling day in September of this year compared with last year.
toyotac  toyota  lexus  sales 
18 days ago
NISSAN: Sentra strategy pays off
Nissan Division sales totaled 127,187 for the month, compared with 116,384 a year earlier, with strong gains on both the car and light-truck side of the product ledger.

Infiniti delivered a 12 percent increase in vehicle sales for the month, led by three of its crossovers -- the QX30, QX50 and QX60.

The brand recorded 12,745 sales in September, compared to 11,413 a year ago.
nissan  nissanc  infiniti  sales 
18 days ago
HONDA: A September high behind light trucks
The automaker's U.S. sales rose 6.8 percent to 142,722 vehicles; American Honda deliveries are now up just 0.3 percent on the year to 1,231,603 vehicles.

U.S. sales at the Acura division edged up 1 percent to 12,946 vehicles but brand volume is off 4.7 percent for the year to 114,126.
honda  hondac  acura  sales 
18 days ago
HYUNDAI-KIA: Kia car sales bright spot amid overall slide
Sales at the two automakers dropped 5.5 percent in September to 109,475 units; the brands are down 10 percent on the year to 969,670.
hkc  hyundai  kia  genesis  sales 
18 days ago
LUXURY: Leader Mercedes slips; Lexus closes in on BMW
U.S. sales of luxury vehicles rebounded in September after Hurricane Harvey and inventory shortages hurt August sales. Overall luxury sales rose 4.9 percent last month to 174,504 vehicles. The luxury market continued to underperform the overall industry, which posted a 6.3 percent boost for total U.S. light-vehicle sales last month. All luxury brands posted sales gains in September with the exception of Mercedes.
toyotac  lexus  daimler  mbusa  bmwc  bmw  sales 
18 days ago
SUBARU: Streak rolls on
Subaru of America eked out a 0.4 percent U.S. sales increase to produce the automaker's best September ever.

Subaru sold 55,120 vehicles last month, good enough to clear the previous September record of 54,918 sales set last year.
subaru  sales 
18 days ago
PSA launches mobility venture 'Free2Move' in U.S.
The French vehicle manufacturer launched its mobility services platform, Free2Move. The app connects car-sharing, ride-hailing, bike-sharing, public transit and other transportation services, allowing customers to plan short and medium-distance trips from one app.

The automaker, which makes Peugeots and Citroens, announced in April that former TrueCar and Nissan exec Larry Dominique would lead the company's re-entry into the North American market. 
psa  peugeot  technology  carsharing  mobility 
18 days ago
CDK Global, CarGurus partner to promote dealer inventory
Dealerships using CDK Global websites will gain inventory exposure on shopping site CarGurus, while being able to funnel personalized ads to consumers who previously visited the platform thanks to a new collaboration between the two companies.
media  retail 
18 days ago
Cadillac Shifts Marketing Exec To Head Vehicle Subscription Service 10/03/2017
Melody Lee, director of brand marketing at General Motors’ Cadillac division since September 2012, is taking on a new role, as global director of Book by Cadillac.
gm  cadillac 
18 days ago
2018 Honda Accord first drive: We review Honda's best bread-n-butter sedan ever
Honda's bread-and-butter sedan is still evolving, and it's more complete than ever
honda  hondac  pipeline 
18 days ago
Toyota's future: Lots of trucks and SUVs
Q&A with Toyota's Ed Laukes shows the company will follow the market into pickups and SUVs
toyota  toyotac  pipeline 
18 days ago
Hankook Tire Reveals Top Destinations for Autumn Adventures
As fall foliage is expected to peak across the U.S. in early October, Americans voted the Great Smoky Mountains as the best destination for a fall road trip, according to the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index. Over one-third of Americans (35 percent) rated this mountain range, which rises above the Tennessee-North Carolina border, as the ideal place to drive to this season.
hankook  tires  brand  content 
18 days ago
Mazda Reports September Sales
Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported total September U.S. sales of 25,738 vehicles, representing an increase of 3.4 percent versus September of last year.
mazda  sales 
18 days ago
Hyundai Energizes the 2017 SEMA Show with Rockstar Energy Moab Extreme Off-roader Santa Fe Sport
Hyundai has released its first tuner concept for the 2017 SEMA show: the Rockstar Energy Moab Extreme Off-roader Santa Fe Sport Concept. Rockstar designed the concept to be able to withstand the ultimate demands of extreme off-roading in Moab, Utah, considered one of the world's most challenging off-road regions.
hkc  hyundai  autoshow 
18 days ago
Ford’s Future: Evolving to Become Most Trusted Mobility Company, Designing Smart Vehicles for a Smart World | Ford Media Center
Ford initiates aggressive “fitness” push, re-basing revenue growth assumptions and attacking costs, while redesigning company operations for long-term success

Capital will be allocated to regions, products and services with highest potential for growth and return; product shift calls for more trucks and SUVs, fewer passenger cars

Ford is accelerating work on smart, connected vehicles, including AVs and EVs and digital services to thrive in emerging transportation operating system
18 days ago
Tesla produced just 260 Model 3 EVs in the third quarter of 2017 due to manufacturing 'bottlenecks'
Model S and X deliveries rose third-quarter 2017, but Model 3 production lagged
18 days ago
U.S. New Vehicles Sales Rebound in September |
Compact crossovers selling big as hurricane ravaged areas recover.
18 days ago
Porsche Reports September 2017 Sales of 5,059 Units
Year-over-year retail deliveries are up 12.9 percent. Year-to-date growth for 2017 has risen to 2.5 percent.
porsche  sales 
18 days ago
AutoNation and the City of Fort Lauderdale Kick Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the
Through its Drive Pink Initiative, AutoNation has raised more than $11 Million to fund cancer related charities. When the initiative first launched in 2015, Mr. Jackson & Mayor Seiler united to "paint a road" pink as a symbolic gesture of support. Last year, AutoNation took the relationship a step further, by partnering with the City of Fort Lauderdale Fire Department to provide "Real Heroes Drive Pink' Shirts" to all first responders. And this year, the giant ribbon will stand as a visual reminder of the importance of raising awareness and funding for the cause.
autonation  retail  brand  content 
18 days ago
Automakers are pushing for electric cars sooner than you'd think
Since most major automakers have at least outlined plans for electrification, we've compiled a list of  where they stand on EVs and when we can expect to see the new cars out on the road. 
technology  electric 
18 days ago
KBB: September’s Avg. New-Vehicle Price Up $144 From a Year Ago - Top News - DP's Office - Top News - Auto Dealer Today
The firm estimated the average new-vehicle price to be $34,861, up $144 from a year ago but flat with August. The year-over-year uptick, however, reflected slowing demand for new vehicles, Kelley Blue Book analysts said.

“Despite pullbacks in vehicle production this year, incentives are still rising and averaging nearly 11% of transaction prices,” said Kelley Blue Book analyst Tim Fleming. “In addition, with average prices nearly $35,000, we expect new-car affordability to continue to be a challenge, especially as more consumers stretch their loan terms out to 84 months to keep payments down.”
trends  finance 
18 days ago
NADA Elects Michigan Dealer as 2018 Chairman | Dealer content from WardsAuto
Lutz, president of Extreme Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram in Jackson, MI, says he will carry forth the NADA mission of advocating new-car dealer concerns in the industry, legislative and regulatory affairs arenas. He also encourages dealers to adapt to retailing challenges ahead.
finance  retail 
18 days ago
Leaner, Faster, More High-Tech, Ford CEO Hackett Outlines His Vision of the Future |
“We are shifting funds from cars to trucks,” he explained, “and not worrying about fuel (prices) impacting that move because of the way we’re thinking about propulsion.”
fordc  technology  electric 
18 days ago
Harvey and Irma Recovery One Month Later: IHS Markit Assesses Supply Chain and Recovery Dynamics | IHS Online Newsroom
Impact on automotive industry:

“In regards to new light vehicle sales, auto dealers in the areas affected by Harvey and Irma will realize a surge of replacement demand, which will boost overall U.S. sales levels through the first quarter of 2018,” said Chris Hopson, principal analyst - automotive for IHS Markit.

The Houston Designated Market Area (DMA), according to IHS Markit new light vehicle registration data, is the 10th largest in the U.S. (January–July 2017), with approximately 215,000 new vehicles registered and a 2.1 percent share of total U.S. light-vehicle registrations so far this year.
Incoming sales data for September reflects a very strong surge in light vehicle demand levels within the Houston DMA, although light vehicle demand in Florida appears to be recovering at a slower pace.
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September Picks Up and So Did Pickups: Automotive Design & Production
September auto sales were reported yesterday. Things were, over all, robust for most companies. Part of the reason was that hurricane Harvey took out about 500,000 cars and Irma another 200,000.
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