August 2016

Truck and van sales up, but overall July sales down 3 percent at Ford

(August 2, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford’s total truck sales, including pickups and vans, grew 5 percent in July versus a year ago with 87,104 sold. Overall company U.S. sales were down 3 percent, with 216,479 total vehicles sold.

Fleet sales — sales to large companies, government customers and rental car companies — were up 6 percent, with 55,321 sold. Retail sales were down 6 percent, with 161,158 sold. Van sales reached their best July sales since 1978, with 20,236 sold, driven largely by Transit with a 41 percent gain. F-Series pickups posted a 1 percent decline, with 65,657 sold.

Fiat Chrysler sales up slightly in July on strength of fleet sales

(August 2, 2016) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles today reported U.S. sales of 180,727 units, up 0.3 percent compared with sales in July 2015 (180,124 units). FCA retail sales of 155,885 were down 2 percent in July, while fleet sales of 24,842 were up 22 percent year-over-year.
Both the Jeep and Ram Truck brands were up 5 percent in July compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep Renegade, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot posted sales gains in July versus July 2015, as did the Ram pickup truck and the Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans.

Buick Avista named Concept Car of the Year

(August 2, 2016) DETROIT — The Buick Avista received the 2016 Concept Car of the Year and the Most Significant Concept Vehicle of the Year at the 2016 North American Concept Vehicle Awards ceremony today at the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Mich.

The awards recognize the vehicle that makes the strongest impact in terms of automotive design, engineering and market responsiveness. The Avista is both an indicator of Buick’s future design direction and a celebration of its deep design heritage.

Chevrolet Volt achieves 100,000 sales in U.S.

(August 2, 2016) DETROIT — Chevrolet is announcing the sale of 100,000 Volts, giving those owners an electric driving experience with a plug-in vehicle offering an EPA-estimated 53 miles of electric vehicle range and a total range of 420 miles between gasoline fill-ups or full recharges.

“The Chevrolet Volt delivers not just a fun driving experience behind the wheel, but has become the first vehicle with plug-in electrification technology to truly become mainstream,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers.

Renault-Nissan Alliance announces $800 million investment in Argentina

(August 1, 2016) BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn confirmed last week that the Alliance will invest $800 million in Argentina through 2018. Ghosn's visit to Argentina is his first since President Mauricio Macri's inauguration and comes as the Alliance prepares to launch its first dedicated pickup truck manufacturing line to produce vehicles for Nissan, Renault and Alliance partner, Daimler. The new line represents an investment of $600 million. Ghosn noted it also will mark the first time Nissan will build vehicles in Argentina. 

Ford introduces transformable cupholder on 2017 Super Duty pickup

(August 1, 2016) Ford is bringing back the four-barrel, but this time around, it’s for a different kind of fuel — the kind meant to motivate working truck customers. Ford engineers have received a patent for a unique cupholder design between the front seats.