Oct. 27, 2014, 10:43 AM
- Kelley Blue Book forecasts new-vehicle sales in the U.S. will increase 5.4% Y/Y to 1.27M units in October.
- The research firm warns that the ratio of incentive spending to ATP (average transaction price) is at the highest level in the industry since 2010.
- The compact SUV/crossover segment is expected to see the strongest growth rate during the month at 13.6%.
- KBB sales forecast by manufacturer: General Motors (NYSE:GM) +4.2% to 236K; Toyota (NYSE:TM) +5.9% to 179K; Ford (NYSE:F) -3.3% to 185K; Chrysler Automotive Group (NYSE:FCAU) +19.2% to 167K; Honda (NYSE:HMC) +4.8% to 114.5K; Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) +12.1% to 102K; Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) +6.1% to 99K; Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY) +2.9% to 46K.
Oct. 25, 2014, 9:27 PM
- The Transportation Department will conduct an internal review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in response to a series of recent safety failures, including this week's 7.8M vehicle recall, Reuters reports.
- The House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee is to hold an initial briefing with U.S. safety regulators next week to learn the details of the regional recalls affecting 10 automakers - Toyota (NYSE:TM), Honda (NYSE:HMC), Mazda (OTCPK:MZDAY), BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY), Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY), Mitsubishi (OTC:MMTOY), Subaru (OTCPK:FUJHY), Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU), Ford (NYSE:F) and General Motors (NYSE:GM).
- It was reported on Friday that the Obama administration will likely nominate a permanent chief of the NHTSA within two weeks.
Oct. 22, 2014, 2:35 AM
- The NHTSA has expanded its warning about faulty airbags made by Takata (OTCPK:TKTDY) to 6.1M U.S. vehicles.
- "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota (NYSE:TM), Honda (NYSE:HMC), Mazda (OTCPK:MZDAY), BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY), Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY), Mitsubishi (OTC:MMTOY), Subaru (OTCPK:FUJHY), Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU), Ford (NYSE:F) and General Motors (NYSE:GM) vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags," it said in a statement.
- The previous warning, issued on Monday, covered 4.7M vehicles.
- Update: Recall has been expanded to 7.8M vehicles.
Oct. 17, 2014, 7:40 AM
- Automobile registrations rose 6.4% to 1.235M vehicles in September, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
- A strong rate of growth was seen across European Union nations.
- The month included an extra selling day compared to a year ago.
- Sales growth by automaker: Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY) +6.7%, Peugeot (OTCPK:PEUGY) +9.8%, Fiat (NYSE:FCAU) +6.1%, General Motors (NYSE:GM) -5.9, Renault (OTC:RNSDF) +10.7, Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIF) +5.2%, Toyota (NYSE:TM) +0.4%, Ford (NYSE:F) +6.7%, BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY) -1.0%, Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) +16.9%, Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) +6.3%, Mazda (OTCPK:MZDAY) +26.4%, Subaru (OTCPK:FUJHY) +8.5%, Jaguar Land Rover (NYSE:TTM) +3.9%.
Oct. 16, 2014, 11:32 AM
- An American model has cracked the top ten in Japan's Car of the Year competition for the first time ever with the new Jeep Cherokee slotting in at number eight.
- Though the 2015 Mazda2 (OTCPK:MZDAY) landed the big trophy, the Cherokee's strong reception in Japan is in the words of Autoblog.com a "seriously big deal" for Fiat Chrysler Automotive (NYSE:FCAU).
Oct. 16, 2014, 8:10 AM
- Fiat Chrysler Automotive (NYSE:FCAU) recalls 900K vehicles in separate recall actions.
- The first broad recall of 470K cars and SUVs is tied to a problem with an amp alternator.
- The second recall of 437K Jeep Wranglers from the model years 2011 to 2013 is due to the risk of an electrical short in the power mirror.
Oct. 14, 2014, 9:32 AM
Oct. 13, 2014, 4:32 PM
- Fiat Chrysler Automotives (NYSE:FCAU) ended its first day on the NYSE down 0.9% from the opening price of shares.
- Secondary shares listed in Milan closed with a 4% gain.
- Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne talked up the automaker on the floor of the exchange during the day: "One of the Detroit Three is coming home."
- Automobile analysts see the bigger story as the ambitious plan of the company to boost vehicles by 60% to 7M per year by 2018. Many see Marchionne's goal as a bit too high.
Oct. 13, 2014, 9:49 AM
Oct. 12, 2014, 5:53 AM
- Fiat (OTCPK:FIATY, OTCPK:FIADF) confirms the execution of its merger deed with Chrysler at a ratio one Fiat share for one FCA share (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles).
- Shares will begin trading under the symbol FCAU tomorrow morning.
- Note: Seeking Alpha alert subscribers to FIATY and FIADF will be auto-subscribed to the new symbol FCAU.
Oct. 8, 2014, 1:53 PM
- The EPA says the fuel economy of 2013 models sold in the U.S. averaged 24.1 mpg, up half a mpg from the prior year's model.
- The modest 2.1% improvement is below the pace called for by some environmental groups and just a fraction of what would be needed to keep pace with the government's target for a 54.5 average mpg for the 2016 model year.
- A higher mix of SUV and truck sales offset technology gains by automakers.
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Oct. 8, 2014, 7:50 AM
- Fiat (OTCPK:FIATY) CEO Sergio Marchionne thinks there is room in the industry for a merger to create an automaker bigger than Toyota.
- Marchionne might be the man for the job after helping guiding the acquisition of Chrysler from Daimler and pushing Fiat through a complicated transaction to create Fiat Chrysler Automotive (NYSEARCA:FCA).
- Morningstar analyst Richard Hilgert agrees that the auto industry may see more M&A activity due to the needed economies of scale to compete.
- Automaker stocks: GM, F, TM, OTCPK:FIATY, HMC, OTCPK:NSANY, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTC:HYMLF, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTC:KIMTF, OTCPK:MMTOF, OTCPK:PEUGF, OTC:RNSDF, TTM, OTCPK:SZKMY.
Oct. 8, 2014, 4:28 AM
- Fiat (OTCPK:FIATY) CEO Sergio Marchionne plans to step down in 2018 following his completion of a five-year strategic plan of the automaker's merger with Chrysler.
- Marchionne has tripled Fiat’s revenue and operating profit since taking charge of the automaker in June 2004.
- With the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to take effect on Oct. 12, his last goal will be to boost net income fivefold to about €5B ($6.3B) in 2018.
Oct. 7, 2014, 3:22 AM
- Fiat (OTCPK:FIATY) says its merger with Chrysler will be effective as of Oct. 12 after creditors had not opposed the merger and the amount of money to be paid to shareholders that chose to sell their shares had not exceeded the €500M cap set by the company.
- Shares in the new holding Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will start trading on the NYSE on Oct. 13, under the symbol FCAU.
Oct. 6, 2014, 10:07 AM
Oct. 6, 2014, 7:24 AM
- Fiat Chrysler (OTCPK:FIATY) CEo Sergio Marchionne dropped some strong hints last week at the Paris auto show that the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will see some major changes.
- The exec indicated an all-aluminum frame for the popular Wrangler model is under consideration by the automaker.
- The change could see production shifted out of Toledo where 223K Wranglers are pumped out annually.
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