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  • Yesterday, 7:15 AM
    • UBS predicts the era of diesel passengers cars is slowly coming to an end as manufacturers adopt a higher mix of hybrid and electric powertrains.
    • The investment firm sees a drop of global diesel market share to 4% in 2025, from a current share of about 13.5%.
    • The development is seen as positive for Ford (NYSE:F), General Motors (NYSE:GM), Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY), Honda (NYSE:HMC), Toyota (NYSE:TM) and Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF). The slide in diesel market share will hurt Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU), BMW (OTCPK:BMWYY), Peugeot (OTCPK:PEUGF, OTCPK:PUGOY), Renault (OTC:RNSDF) and Volkswagen (OTCPK:VLKAY), warns UBS. European oil refinerers could also feel a neagtive impact.
    • Source: Bloomberg
    • Previously: EVs a long-term wildcard in the oil market (Dec. 3)
    | Yesterday, 7:15 AM | 45 Comments
  • Yesterday, 3:42 AM
    • At an unprecedented parliamentary hearing, Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong apologized for the conglomerate's involvement in South Korea's political scandal, but denied that the group paid bribes and said it was a victim of extortion.
    • Others business tycoons grilled during the session included the chiefs of Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) and Hanjin (OTC:HNJSF).
    • Previously: End is near for South Korea's Park (Dec. 06 2016)
    | Yesterday, 3:42 AM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Dec. 1, 1:34 PM
    • Kia (OTC:HYMLF) unit sales +15.3% to 52,504.
    • The Soul and Optima models were the volume leaders with both over 12K for the month.
    • TrueCar estimates on Kia: Average transaction price flat Y/Y to $24,029. Incentive spending +6% to $3,164.
    • YTD Kia sales +3.8% to 593,245 units.
    | Thu, Dec. 1, 1:34 PM
  • Thu, Dec. 1, 1:29 PM
    • Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) unit sales +4.1% to 62,507.
    • The Sonata and Elantra models were the volume leaders with both over 15K for the month.
    • TrueCar estimates on Hyundai: Average transaction price -3.3% Y/Y to $22,649. Incentive spending +13% to $2,468.
    • YTD Hyundai sales +2.1% to 712,700 units.
    | Thu, Dec. 1, 1:29 PM
  • Fri, Nov. 25, 9:46 AM
    • U.S. automobile sales are expected to increase 4.2% to a record 1.37M units in November, according to a forecast from Kelley Blue Book. The previous high for the month was 1.32M units.
    • This November includes two extra selling days than last year which provides an obvious boost. A high level of promotions around the Black Friday weekend is also seen as a sales driver.
    • KBB's forecast by automaker: General Motors (NYSE:GM) +8.6% to 249K, Toyota (NYSE:TM) +2.9% to 195K, Ford (NYSE:F) +0.1% to 187K, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) -4.5% to 168K, Honda (NYSE:HMC) +9.1% to 126K, Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) +8.3% to 116K, Hyundai-Kia (OTC:HYMLF) +7.0% to 113K, Subaru (OTCPK:FUJHY) +15.0% to 53K, Volkswagen (OTCPK:VLKAY) +5.5% to 47.5K.
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) isn't running up the volume quite yet to make the KBB list, but that is expected to change in 2017.
    | Fri, Nov. 25, 9:46 AM | 125 Comments
  • Fri, Nov. 18, 10:39 AM
    • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) are teaming up to sell cars online, according to Reuters. Consumers will still finalize their car purchases at a dealership.
    • The initiative will start off in Italy with the Fiat 500, Fiat Panda and Fiat 500L.
    • "The time has arrived to give consumers a new, more efficient and transparent way to choose a new vehicle," says Fiat's top exec in Italy.
    • Though the Fiat-Amazon tie-up isn't necessarily groundbreaking, it's still another crack in the dealership model that could have implications down the road.
    • Previously: Amazon launches automotive research portal, Amazon Vehicles (Aug. 25)
    | Fri, Nov. 18, 10:39 AM | 63 Comments
  • Thu, Nov. 17, 10:00 AM
    • Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) car registrations +4.8% to 39,787 units in October, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
    • Overall EU registrations -0.02% Y/Y to 1,104,506 units in October on broad gains on mixed results across nations. Registrations were up 9% in Italy and 4% in Spain, but fell almost 6% in Germany and were down 4% in France. YTD registrations are up 7.2% to 12.348502M.
    • Hyundai market share: 3.5% vs. 3.3% a year ago.
    • Hyundai YTD registrations +8.4%.
    • Results don't include the Kia brand.
    • EAMA release (.pdf)
    | Thu, Nov. 17, 10:00 AM
  • Wed, Nov. 16, 9:52 AM
    • The Los Angeles Auto Show is off and running this week, with technology companies stealing some of the early headlines.
    • Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) got the ball rolling with its huge acquisition of Harman (NYSE:HAR), while Amazon dazzled many by showcasing its connected-car Blue Link technology that uses the AI-heavy Alexa in Hyundai cars.
    • Ride sharing platforms are on display, led by BMW's Reach Now program which is a potential Uber (Private:UBER) X competitor.
    • Edmunds.com may have sent a bit of shock wave through the auto retailer sector by demonstrating its advanced messaging platform that uses Facebook Messenger to help direct buyers to cars.
    • Then there is Olli which is the first self-driving vehicle to use IBM (NYSE:IBM) Watson as its brains.
    • There are plenty of new models on display at the Staples Center - including the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Volkswagen e-Golf, Land Rover Discover, Porsche Panamera and Mazda CX-5. The first look at the Jaguar all-electric I-Pace SUV is one of the more talked about introductions.
    • The all-electric Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model X mobile design studio will also be making an appearance in LA. Expect some updates on both as the GM vs. Tesla war starts to get ratcheted up.
    | Wed, Nov. 16, 9:52 AM | 111 Comments
  • Mon, Nov. 14, 2:15 PM
    | Mon, Nov. 14, 2:15 PM | 91 Comments
  • Sun, Nov. 13, 9:40 AM
    • South Korean prosecutors have questioned the heads of some large conglomerates, including the chairman of Hyundai Motor (OTC:HYMLF), and plan to question the de factor head of Samsung Group in a probe over a political scandal involving President Park Geun-hye, according to Yonhap News Agency.
    • Pressure is mounting on Park to step down after hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched in the capital on Saturday to protest allegations that she let a friend meddle in state affairs.
    | Sun, Nov. 13, 9:40 AM
  • Wed, Nov. 9, 4:32 AM
    • The industry has been betting billions of dollars on globalized production and higher fuel efficiency, but Trump has been talking about moves to effectively reshore jobs to the U.S., while calling climate change into question.
    • Related stocks: TM -3.9%, F -1.1%, GM -0.4%, FCAU -0.4%, HMC, OTCPK:NSANY, OTCPK:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTC:HYMLF, OTCPK:BAMXF, TTM
    • #Election2016
    | Wed, Nov. 9, 4:32 AM | 101 Comments
  • Fri, Nov. 4, 7:33 AM
    • The WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index for vehicles sold in the U.S. in October increased 0.5% Y/Y to 25.1 mpg (9.4 L/100 km).
    • The slightly higher percentage of electrics and plug-in hybrids sold didn't offset the impact of a shift in mix to larger SUVs and trucks.
    • A separate measure of average fuel economy in the U.S. from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute shows an increase since 2014 in average mpg.
    • Back in 2012, the Obama Administration set a target fuel economy rating of 54.5 by 2025.
    • Related auto stocks: GM, F, TM, FCAU, HMC, OTCPK:NSANY, OTC:HYMLF.
    | Fri, Nov. 4, 7:33 AM | 21 Comments
  • Tue, Nov. 1, 1:20 PM
    • Kia Motors (OTC:HYMLF) unit sales -2.1% to 48,977.
    • Sales growth by model: Forte +57% to 8,013 units; Optima -31% to 9,974 units; Rio +16% to 1,826 units; Sorento -11% to 7,651 units.
    • YTD Kia sales +2.8% to 540,741 units.
    | Tue, Nov. 1, 1:20 PM
  • Wed, Oct. 26, 12:41 PM
    • TrueCar estimates new U.S. vehicles sales will fall 6.6% in October to 1.36M units.
    • The forecast doesn't adjust for the two fewer selling days in the period this year. Hurricane Matthew was also a negative factor on sales during the month.
    • Rather suddenly, one of the more common words in the automobile sector in relation to sales growth has been "plateau" or variations of the noun. "As retail demand plateaus automakers will be forced to make the critical decision to cut vehicle production or increase incentives,' notes TrueCar analyst Eric Lyman.
    • Incentive spending is forecast to increase 16% Y/Y during October.
    • TrueCar's sales forecasts by automaker are posted below.
    • BMW (OTCPK:BMWYY) -10.7% to 30K units, market share 2.2% vs. 2.1% last month.
    • Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIF) +0.1% to 32.5K units, market share 2.4% vs. 2.3% last month.
    • FCA (NYSE:FCAU) -11.0% to 175K units, market share 12.9% vs. 13.5% last month.
    • Ford (NYSE:F) -9.9% to 192K units, market share 14.1% vs. 14.2% last month.
    • General Motors (NYSE:GM) -8.9% to 239.5K units, market share 17.6% vs. 17.4% last month.
    • Honda (NYSE:HMC) -2.8% to 128K units, market share 9.4% vs. 9.3% last month.
    • Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) -7.0% to 55.8K units, market share 4.1% vs. 4.6% last month.
    • Kia (HYUMLF) -2.1% to 49K units, market share 3.6% vs. 3.4% last month.
    • Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) -2.6% to 113K units, market share 8.3% vs. 8.9% last month.
    • Subaru (OTCPK:FUJHY) +0.7% to 52K units, market share 3.8% vs. 3.8% last month.
    • Toyota (NYSE:TM) -1.5% to 201K units, market share 14.8% vs. 13.7% last month.
    • Volkswagen (OTCPK:VLKAY) -16.9% to 43.5K units, 3.2% vs. 3.2% last month.
    • Research firms are likely to include Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) in their monthly forecasts in the future as the EV automaker scales up with increased production of the Model S, Model X and the Model 3 in due time.
    | Wed, Oct. 26, 12:41 PM | 31 Comments
  • Wed, Oct. 19, 11:35 AM
    • The focus on Apple's (AAPL -0.2%) influence in the automobile sector has shifted away from straight manufacturing to ways the tech company could integrate software, information systems, or automated driving capabilities into next-gen models.
    • The recent developments with Project Titan also raise the stakes on which automakers strike a significant partnership with Apple if the venture makes it past 2017 (the reported AAPL deadline).
    • While many auto industry watchers think major automakers won't convert to the Apple ecosystem across their portfolio, high-end "Applefied" models are seen as a realistic possibility.
    • "A luxury automobile with 'Apple Inside'? That could be hit, and a profitable one yet," writes Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik.
    • SA contributor Bret Kenwell also dug into the Project Titan issue earlier this week.
    • Previously: Bloomberg: Apple scales down automotive strategy, plans to build car postponed (Oct. 17)
    | Wed, Oct. 19, 11:35 AM | 65 Comments
  • Fri, Oct. 14, 8:04 AM
    • Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) car registrations +3.9% to 51,490 units in September, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
    • Overall EU + EFTA registrations +7.2% Y/Y to 1,455,810 units in September on broad gains across the continent. Registrations were up 9% in Germany and 17% in Italy.
    • Hyundai market share: 3.4% vs. 3.6% a year ago.
    • Hyundai YTD registrations +8.8%.
    • EAMA release (.pdf)
    | Fri, Oct. 14, 8:04 AM