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Wednesday, Dec 42013, 1:33 PM
Wednesday, Dec 42013, 1:33 PM| 1 Comment
- Fox (FOXA) says it has already sold out all the commercials for the 2014 Super Bowl to be played on February 2.
- The pricing for the ads are reported to be 5% higher than last year with 30-second spots going for $4M a pop. Though some major companies such as GM have balked at the ever-escalating costs of Super Bowl advertising in the past, successful ads have a significant afterlife on the Internet which have boosted brand awareness. Both SodaStream (SODA -0.9%) and Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF) caught a piece of that trend last year.
- Execs with Fox says they have packaged some SB ads with time on other Fox Sports channels including newbie Fox Sports 1.
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Monday, Dec 22013, 9:23 AM
Monday, Dec 22013, 9:23 AM| 4 Comments
- Automakers are walking a tightrope between accounting for strong demand in the U.S. and keeping inventory at levels where they don't have to use painful incentives to clear dealer lots.
- The industry entered November with inventory of 3.4M cars which at 76 days' supply reps the highest level for the month since 2005.
- What to watch: Analysts like the approach of Ford which has scheduled periods of downtime at select plants to keep inventory at optimal levels.
- November U.S. Auto Sales preview
- Related stocks: F, GM, TM, VLKAY, NSANY, HMC, FIATY, HYMLF, DDAIF, BAMXY, TSLA.
Friday, Nov 292013, 7:08 AM
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- Luxury automobile sales are forecast to be strong for the Black Friday this weekend as manufacturers become more aggressive with promotions.
- Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF) and BMW (BAMXY) have increased their marketing spend into their year-end battle for being the top-selling luxury seller in the U.S. - while both General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) expect strong traffic at dealerships.
- Previous: November U.S. Sales preview
Monday, Nov 252013, 7:00 AM
Saturday, Nov 232013, 11:45 AM
Saturday, Nov 232013, 11:45 AM| 28 Comments
- The L.A. Auto Show hit full stride with global automakers tipping off plans to ramp up production and designs to take advantage of the North American demand boom.
- Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM), and Hyundai (HYMLF) pounded home the commitment they will make to hydrogen fuel cells. This is no flux capacitor chatter. All three plan to invest to have fuel cell models on the U.S. market within two years, although details on charging station infrastructure are sketchy.
- General Motors (GM) was the talk of the town as the Chevy Colorado truck impressed analysts mightily and looks set to give challengers from Nissan and Toyota a run for their money.
- BMW (BAMXY), Porsche (VLKAY, POAHF), and Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF) all have big plans for the luxury market, while Kia enters the segment as a darkhorse with the K900. Kia?
- On the zero-emission front, Honda was full of swagger by landing a major green award for the new hybrid Honda Accord on gaudy fuel economy ratings.
- Automakers to watch: Subaru (FUJHY) and Chrysler (FIATY) look well-positioned for 2014 market share gains. Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk is off monitoring his latest Space X rocket, while the Tesla debate gets even livelier on SA.
Tuesday, Nov 192013, 2:49 AM
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- European car sales rose for a second month in a row in October, climbing 4.6% on year to 1.04M registrations after a 5.5% gain in September.
- However, registrations fell 3.1% in January-October, strengthening the likelihood that the market will fall for a sixth consecutive year in 2013.
- The Spanish car market jumped 34.4%, while most other markets grew moderately, although Italy fell 5.6%.
- Toyota (TM) +16.5%, Renault (RNSDF) +14%, Volkswagen (VLKAF) +5.7%, General Motors (GM) +6.2%, Daimler's (DDAIF) Mercedes-Benz +8.5%, and BMW (BAMXF) +0.3%.
- However, Fiat (FIATY) -7.3%, Honda (HMC) -6.4%, Peugeot (PEUGF) -0.7% and Ford (F) -0.2%. (PR)
Monday, Nov 182013, 9:55 AM
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- Daimler (DDAIF) will take a 12% stake in Beijing Automotive Group.
- The German automaker's investment comes ahead of an IPO for its joint venture partner.
- What to watch: Daimler's plans to allow the Chinese automaker to use Mercedes architecture in its design could shake up the luxury segment in China.
Wednesday, Nov 62013, 9:11 AM
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Wednesday, Oct 232013, 10:32 AM
Wednesday, Oct 232013, 10:32 AM| 42 Comments
- Hydrogen cars are a waste of time, according to Tesla Motors (TSLA -2.5%) CEO Elon Musk
- During a speech in Germany, Tesla's founder says fuel cell technology is a "marketing thing" that powerful companies such as Hyundai (HYMLF), Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF), and Toyota TM don't really believe in.
- He notes the high cost factor of a hydrogen distribution system compared to lithium ion batteries.
- Musk's speech in Germany (Note: Skip to 37-minute mark in video)
Wednesday, Oct 162013, 3:50 AM
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- European new-car sales increased at the fastest rate in over two years in September, climbing 5.5% on year to 1.19M vehicles after dropping 4.9% in August.
- In January-September, sales fell 3.9% to 9.34M cars.
- Last month's figures were boosted by the end of the eurozone recession, price cutting, and a Spanish government-incentive scheme that helped demand jump 29%.
- "Car sales in the EU are showing signs of improvement, indicating that the worst is behind us," says Ernst & Young's Peter Fuss. "The sales, however, continue to be artificially boosted by huge discounts and self-registrations by dealers.
- Registrations in the U.K. rose 12% and 3.4% in France, but dropped 1.2% in Germany and 2.9% in Italy.
- GM's (GM) sales +5.4%, Ford (F) +5%. (PR)
- Related tickers: PEUGF.PK, HMC, FIATY.PK, TM, VLKAF.PK, BAMXF.PK, DDAIF.PK, RNSDF.PK.
Saturday, Oct 122013, 10:40 AM
Saturday, Oct 122013, 10:40 AM| 15 Comments
- Major automobile companies are making a big mistake in thinking they can increase profit margins by taking on German automakers (BAMXY.PK, VLKAY.PK, DDAIF.PK) in the luxury market on their home turf, argues Neil Winston of The Detroit News.
- The "delusional" strategy to invest in the high-end market - instead of slashing capacity and following the lead of the successful South Korean automakers (KIMTF.PK, HYMLF.PK) in Europe - has proven disastrous to automakers such as Saab, Renault (RNSDF.PK), and Volvo (VLKAY.PK) in the past.
- Peugeot (GM, PEUGF.PK) and Ford (F) are guilty of falling for the temptation to move more models into the European upscale market, while Fiat (FIATY.PK) is playing small ball on the continent.
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