Nov. 24, 2014, 3:19 PM
- Edmunds.com projects U.S. auto sales will rise 1.6% to 1.261M units in November.
- Projected sales volume growth by automaker: General Motors (NYSE:GM) +0.6% to 213.42K, Ford (NYSE:F) -1.4% to 186.98K, Toyota (NYSE:TM) +1.6% to 180.88K, Chrysler Automobiles Group (NYSE:FCAU) +14.9% to 163.49K, Honda (NYSE:HMC) +1.1% to 117.76K, Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) -8.5% to 97.46K, Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) -6.6% to 94.77K, Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY) +4.2% to 46.24K.
Nov. 21, 2014, 1:16 PM
- Ford (F -0.1%) announces that the 2015 F-150 will deliver 26 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city for the version featuring the 2.7-liter EcoBoost 4x2 engine.
- The fuel economy for the aluminum-bodied F-150 tops the estimated rating on similar versions of the 2015 Chevy Silverado, 2015 Toyota Tundra, and 2015 Ram - although it's worth noting the 3.5-liter F-150 has a fuel economy rating below the 2015 Ram 3-liter EcoDiesel V6.
- The new F-150 2,7-liter EcoBoost version is also listed at 325 horsepower with a maximum towing capability of 8.5K pounds.
Nov. 19, 2014, 7:25 AM
- Ford (NYSE:F) will introduce its new Explorer design at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.
- The SUV will be upgraded with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost unit which is also used in the 2015 Mustang.
- The automaker is expected to push into the upper end of the large SUV market with its pricing on the 2016 model.
- What to watch: Analysts think lower gas prices and a moderate level of unemployment in the U.S. could support a sales boom for the 2016 Explorer.
Nov. 18, 2014, 6:19 PM
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking the recall of "millions of vehicles" containing Takata (OTCPK:TKTDY) airbags, and the DoT agency will "use the full extent of its statutory powers" to force action if Takata and auto manufacturers fail to "quickly agree" to a recall.
- Cars had been recalled only in areas along the Gulf coast with high humidity, but the NHTSA says it is basing the decision on a recent incident that happened outside of those areas.
- NHTSA also orders Takata and all 10 auto companies that use Takata's air bag inflators - BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:BAMXF), Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU), Ford (NYSE:F), GM, Honda (NYSE:HMC), Mazda (OTCPK:MZDAY), Mitsubishi (OTCPK:MMTOF), Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY, OTCPK:NSANF), Subaru (OTCPK:FUJHY), and Toyota (NYSE:TM) - to provide detailed reports about ongoing testing of the products outside of the high-humidity regions that already had recalls in place.
Nov. 18, 2014, 9:39 AM
- Ford (F +1.3%) recalls 65K Fusion vehicles in North America due to a potential issue with the ignition key system.
- The recall action covers some 2014 and 2015 model year Fusion cars.
- The ignition recall drama at Ford's Detroit rival has impacted millions of vehicles under the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Saturn brand names.
Nov. 18, 2014, 7:29 AM
Nov. 17, 2014, 11:12 AM
- Kelley Blue Book names its Best Buy Award winners for 2015.
- The research firm picks the new Ford F-150 as its Overall Best Buy of 2015.
- The Honda Civic is the small car award winner, while its cousin the Accord took the mid-size prize.
- Other KBB award winners: Full-size Car: Chevrolet Impala, Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Sports Car: Chevrolet Corvette, Electric/Hybrid: Chevrolet Volt, Mid-size SUV/Crossover: Toyota Highlander, Full-size SUV/Crossover: Chevrolet Tahoe.
- Related stocks: F, HMC, TM, GM, OTCPK:DDAIF.
Nov. 17, 2014, 1:49 AM
- Ford (NYSE:F) says it is cooperating with U.S. safety regulators following a report that a driver of a 2007 Ford Mustang was injured in August by a metal fragment from the car's air bag.
- The Mustang was part of a June recall of millions of cars due to Takata's (OTCPK:TKTDY) defective air bags. Although the regional recalls were carried out mainly in high-humidity states, the current accident occurred in North Carolina.
Nov. 15, 2014, 10:21 AM
- Shares of Ford (NYSE:F) could be poised for a breakout, reasons Barron's.
- The automaker is likely to gain more global market share next year with 23 new models launching, including the industry-altering 2015 F-150.
- Ford's growth coincides with a more efficient manufacturing system of 15 basic platforms, down from 27 in 2007. Execs think the company can get down to 9 platforms by 2016 which should make it even more efficient.
- A healthy dividend payout and strong balance sheet should help attract investors to the blue oval.
- Also in the mix, Ford has generated a wave of positive news recently as opposed to its Detroit rival which has been stalled in a recall quagmire.
- Recently on Ford: 2015 F-150 reviews, European sales, Q3 results.
Nov. 13, 2014, 12:55 PM
- Shares of Ford (NYSE:F) are up over 3% after the automaker posts solid sales trends in Europe.
- Analysts think the recent sales momentum could help Ford beat expectations for a $1.2B loss on the continent this year and $250M loss for 2015.
- The automaker has big plans for 2015 in Europe with new Focus ST, S-Max, C-Max, Grand C-Max, Mustang, and Edge models scheduled to be introduced.
Nov. 13, 2014, 8:39 AM
- Ford (NYSE:F) says sales in Europe rose 8.1% in October to outpace the industry average once again.
- The automaker's market share rose 20 bps to 7.8% during the month and is up 10 bps to 8.0% for the year.
- The Fiesta, Focus, and Transit Custom models were the three top sellers for Ford on the continent in October.
- F +0.5% premarket.
Nov. 12, 2014, 10:06 AM
- The landmark emissions deal struck between the U.S. and China has implications for the automobile industry even if it is largely symbolic, according to analysts.
- There's some speculation that bickering between the nations over spying and other free trade issues won't reel in China-Western auto joint ventures and impact government EV subsidies as the nation stays focused on pollution control.
- Automaker stocks: GM, F, TM, FCAU, HMC, OTCPK:NSANY, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTC:HYMLF, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTC:KIMTF, OTCPK:MMTOF, OTCPK:PEUGF, TTM, TSLA.
Nov. 11, 2014, 9:20 AM
- Ford (NYSE:F) CEO Mark Field says the new F-150 has been run through 10M miles of testing to mark the most extensive preparation for a new model launch in the company's history.
- The automaker says 224K potential buyers have asked for more details about the new F-150.
- What to watch: If the launch of the aluminum-bodied pickup goes well, Ford will have a distinctive advantage over peers as it considers a broader aluminum push into other popular models and brands.
- Previously: Positive reviews for the 2015 F-150 pile up
Nov. 10, 2014, 10:49 AM
- Reviews for the new aluminum-bodied F-150 from Ford (F -1.2%) continue to come in strong as publications start to test advanced versions of the new pickup.
- Ward's Auto: "It is the best-handling fullsize pickup I’ve ever driven," writes Drew Winter.
- Car and Driver: "Its aluminum body and bed mark a sea change in an industry that so often drifts with the current."
- Kelley Blue Book: "The new F-150 is best in its class."
- What to watch: Official EPA fuel economy numbers on the 2015 F-150 will be released later this month with the 28 mpg from the Ram EcoDiesel an important target.
Nov. 6, 2014, 3:22 PM
Nov. 6, 2014, 2:18 PM
- New car registrations in the U.K. rose 14.2% to 179,144 units in October, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders.
- Ford (NYSE:F) held the top two spots on the best-selling list with its Fiesta and Focus models. The Vauxhall Corsa (NYSE:GM) model ranked third.
- What to watch: SMMT expects full-year sales in the U.K. to reach 2.49M units in 2015 and then flatline into 2016.
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