Aug. 26, 2014, 6:52 AM| 56 Comments
Aug. 20, 2014, 7:20 AM
- South Korea could be the next nation to crack down on foreign automakers and suppliers over pricing, warns Automotive News.
- A broad probe in China has led to fines and pricing cuts by manufacturers.
- The South Korean Fair Trade Commission has already probed BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY), Mercedes-Benz (OTCPK:DDAIF), and Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY) over price fixing.
Aug. 18, 2014, 2:47 AM
- Russia may impose restrictions or a ban on vehicle imports from Western countries, if the U.S. and EU impose additional sanctions on Moscow, Reuters reports quoting the Vedomosti.
- The paper says that the proposals have already been sent to Putin for consideration but no decision has been made yet.
- The new ban, however, would not apply to foreign automakers' production inside Russia. Ford (NYSE:F), Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY), Renault (OTC:RNSDF), Toyota (NYSE:TM) and Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) all have production facilities inside the country.
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Aug. 18, 2014, 2:04 AM
- China's anti-trust regulator has found Mercedes-Benz (OTCPK:DDAIY) guilty of manipulating prices for after-sales services, says Reuters quoting the Xinhua news agency.
- The auto market and other industries have been under investigation in China, as the country increases its efforts to bring companies into compliance with its 2008 anti-monopoly law.
- The legislation allows China's National Development and Reform Commission, to impose fines of up to 10% of a company's Chinese revenues for the previous year.
Aug. 15, 2014, 9:58 AM
Aug. 13, 2014, 1:09 PM
- A fall in used car prices in the U.S. could put some pressure on automakers to offer higher incentives to lure in buyers for new vehicles, according to analysts.
- Truecar.com estimates that new-car incentives will push up 11% to $3K per vehicle in the next two years to counterbalance a drop in used car pricing.
- The long-term forecast for the automobile industry is still favorable with most research firms calling for a return to a pre-recession level of volume.
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Aug. 11, 2014, 10:12 AM
- Sales of luxury cars in the U.S. are up 7.1% Y/Y through July, according to segment data from Wards Auto.
- The solid sales growth comes ahead of what is typically the high-demand part of the year.
- New model roll-outs slated for the fall and winter include the BMW X4, Cadillac Escalade, and Porsche Macan.
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Aug. 8, 2014, 7:46 AM
- China auto sales rose 9.7% to 1.3M vehicles in July, according to The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. The mark falls short of the double-digit pace seen in May and June.
- Passenger car sales rose 11% to 11M in China for the first seven months of the year.
- German automakers (OTCPK:DDAIF, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCQX:VLKAY) have gained 190 bps of market share this year to 21.5% share, while Japanese automakers (OTCPK:NSANY, TM, HMC, OTCPK:MZDAY, OTCPK:SZKMY, OTCPK:FUJHY, OTCPK:MMTOF) added 20 bps to 15.1%.
- Cars sold by Chinese automakers repped 37% of the market, while U.S. automakers (GM, [F) grabbed 12.8%.
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Jul. 18, 2014, 2:43 PM
- Buried inside an economic report from the Richmond Federal Reserve this week is an interesting tidbit on the auto industry.
- As part of its scan of the economic horizon for the Beige Book, the bank noted the massive wave of automobile industry recalls has only had a "slight adverse" impact on sales. Customer traffic was still up and new car sales strong on solid pricing.
- The read from Richmond is consistent with recent U.S. sales reports from major automakers, although with a slight disconnect existing between a "sale" and a "delivery" in the industry the confirmation is noteworthy.
- Chaos theory: Some industry analysts think recalls can actually spur sales as safety is teed up as a consumer issue and older cars replaced.
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Jul. 17, 2014, 8:11 AM| Comment!
Jul. 7, 2014, 8:32 AM
- General Motors (GM) says a supplier strike in South Africa won't impact it for the medium term.
- Close to 200K members of the National Union of Metalworkers in South Africa walked off the job last week in a dispute over wages.
- Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF) and Toyota (TM) also say they are at full production despite the stoppage.
Jul. 7, 2014, 5:51 AM
- Daimler (DDAIF) is expecting its Mercedes-Benz brand to outperform rivals Audi and BMW by number of cars sold in China this year. Luxury car demand in China is predicted to exceed the U.S. by 2020, and Daimler is determined to secure its market share.
- The company presented a strategy last August that included plans to launch around 20 new or upgraded Mercedes-Benz models in China over two years. The tactic is estimated to increase Chinese sales by a third, to more than 300,000 cars a year by 2015.
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