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Global Light Vehicle Sales Drop in October

Global Light Vehicle (LV) sales fell 3.8% in year-on-year (YoY) terms in October, while the selling rate rose to 92.2 million units/year, from September’s 90.2 million units/year, according to consultancy LMC. Continue reading

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Ford F-Series and HISTORY Launch Six-Hours of ‘Truck Weekend in America.’ World’s Longest Commercial?

This first-of-its-kind collaboration appears to be a commercial – thus far unseen by AutoInformed – that highlights Ford’s truck legacy of “toughness, heritage and performance.”
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October Western European Passenger Car Sales Drop -7.3%

Given the persistence of falling sales in several key markets linked to WLTP-related disruptions, LMC now sees 2018 full-year growth of a mere 0.8%, a little lower than previously. In addition, with the prospects for economic growth now looking slightly weaker in some key markets, LMC have reduced the 2019 West European sales forecast in volume terms with YoY growth seen at, gulp. 0.9%. Continue reading

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Toyota 6 Month Financial Results – $11.29 Billion Net Income

Once again Toyota proved its operating prowess, which consistently place it in the running for the largest and mot profitable automaker in the world as it transforms itself into a mobility company to be reckoned with. Continue reading

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Used Vehicle Incentives Decrease for the First Time in Years

Whether this is a trend that will save consumers money, or just a blip is debatable and contingent on the U.S. economy and the stated – but not yet implemented – Federal Reserve desire to raise interest rates. Continue reading

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TravelCar Tech Platform now for Car Makers, Rental Companies

No prices were disclosed. The problem with such mobility solutions is that they are often very expensive. Continue reading

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Brexit Panic Takes Hold. Auto Industry Urges – Begs? – Negotiators to Avert the Business Killing Worst-Case Scenario

Automobile production plants – be they in the EU27 or the UK – receive and fit millions of parts into vehicles every day. All manufacturers rely on ‘just-in-time’ and ‘just-in-sequence’ delivery and production, without any delays or obstacles. These parts are in constant transit in trucks, arriving as and when they are needed. Continue reading

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EU September Passenger Car Sales Plummet

ACEA claims this should not come as a surprise, as the introduction of the new WLTP test at the beginning of last month caused an exceptional surge in registrations in August (+31.2%). As a result, most EU countries suffered double-digit losses in September, including the five major markets. Continue reading

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Marketing Wars – New Carfax Ad Campaign. Car Fox Restyled.

The new ads tell consumers – what else – that is the best place to shop for used cars and get the most accurate pricing information. The new-look Car Fox advises car shoppers on how to find great used cars online and prevent paying too much for them in new national TV ads from Carfax. Continue reading

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Gubagoo Announces Virtual Retailing for Auto Dealers to Sell Cars Through Facebook Marketplace

It’s claimed that in less than 30 minutes, customers can build a deal and get approved financing for a vehicle that a dealer has listed on Facebook Marketplace. The buying process is initiated when a person inquires about a vehicle they see on Marketplace by sending a message in Messenger. Once in the conversation, the customer can tap on the “Buy Online” button to calculate payments, value their trade-in, apply rebates, accessories and F&I products, and submit a credit application for online approval – all within Messenger. Continue reading

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Hyundai Indonesian Plant: Koreans Versus Dominant Japanese and Versus Looming Chinese Invasion Threat

“Despite having a presence in the Indonesian market for more than a decade, Hyundai’s local business has been relatively small, with sales of just 936 units in the first eight months of this year. The only vehicle currently assembled locally is the H-1 (Grand Starex) MPV. Hyundai’s other models sold in Indonesia – the Santa Fe, Tucson, i20 and i10 – are imported and therefore subject to import duties,” says LMC. Continue reading

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Ford Motor US Sales Reverse in September. Job Cuts Coming

Nonetheless, when you peer around the p.r. flak, Ford Motor Company’s September U.S. sales declined -11.2% on total sales of 197,404 vehicles (-2% year-to-date). The only semi-bright spot is that Ford brand SUV sales are running at a record pace this year through September. Expedition turned in a 27.4% gain on record transaction prices of $63,600 as customers opted for more high series Platinum SUVs. Ford and Lincoln cars were a total disaster – at 37,112 in September (-26.5% y-o-y), and 357,278 for 9 months, or -16.6%. No wonder that Ford is preparing to cut white collar jobs but it won’t say how many or when. Continue reading

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Q3 GM US Sales Dive -11% to 700,000 Vehicles

But it was more money on fewer vehicle sales. GM total sales plummeted -11% year over year. The third quarter light vehicle SAAR was 17.2 million units in 2017 and 16.9 million in 2018. Continue reading

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Western European Car Registrations Plummet -23%

September saw the downside to August’s pull-forward effect, as WLTP emissions regulations were widely implemented from 1 September. The transition to WLTP also led to the unavailability of some models that had not received approval under the new procedure. The fact that there was one fewer selling day in September 2018 than in September 2017 across the region did not help sales either. Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz Barely Bests BMW in September US Sales

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported September sales of 26,169 Mercedes-Benz models, a decrease of 9.8% from September 2017. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported best-ever month of 4,448 units (up 44.0%) and smart reported 98 units, bringing MBUSA to a grand total of 30,715 vehicles for the month. Continue reading

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