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KBB: Average Transaction Price Climbs to Record High in December

IRVINE, Calif. — The estimated average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States reached an all-time record high of $35,309 in December, according to Kelley Blue Book (KBB). This increase, the auto firm added, amounted to a 1.5% increase over the same time last year. Virtually all vehicle OEM recorded increases in average transaction prices, with ... Read More »

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Renault-Nissan Issues Four-Year Autonomous Vehicle Schedule

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced that it will launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the United States, Europe, Japan and China within the next four years. In 2016, the vehicle OEM plans to debut vehicles with “single-lane control,” a feature that allows cars to drive autonomously on highways and ... Read More »

Exclusive: U.S., Major Automakers to Announce Safety Accord Friday

The U.S. government and a group of global automakers are set to unveil a voluntary agreement at the Detroit auto show on Friday aimed at improving auto industry safety and spurring culture changes, according to company and government officials. The accord could set the framework for further discussions on safety reforms and mark a new ... Read More »

New-Vehicle Registrations Return to Prerecession Levels

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — New-vehicle registration volumes for light-duty vehicles reached the highest point in nine years, with more than 17 million new vehicles registered within the United States between Nov. 1, 2014 and Oct. 31, 2015, according to Experian Automotive. The highest number of new registration volumes on record was 17.4 million in 2006, while ... Read More »

Nissan Union Ends 16-Year Silence to Knock French Power Grab

Nissan Motor Co.’s hands-off labor union stepped in to criticize the French government over its power struggle with Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn, issuing its first public appeal involving the Japanese carmaker’s affairs in 16 years, reports BloombergBusiness. The French government’s “unacceptable” attempt to obtain double voting rights in Renault SA would destabilize the two carmakers’ ... Read More »

Asbury ‘Comfortable With’ CFPB Limits on Dealer Markup

DULUTH, Ga. — Asbury Automotive executives were confident during a quarterly earnings call Tuesday that the group’s internal cap on dealer markups, as well as its fixed F&I product prices, will keep it out of trouble with regulators like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Craig Monaghan, Asbury’s president and CEO, said he didn’t know ... Read More »

Congress Sets Hearing on Takata, Automakers Expand Recalls

Five automakers on Thursday widened recalls of cars and trucks with Takata Corp air bags and the U.S. Congress set a hearing next week on the safety issue that has been linked to six deaths, reported Reuters. Takata last week complied with demands of U.S. safety regulators and doubled the vehicles to be involved in air ... Read More »

Takata Air Bag Recall Expands to Record 34 Million Vehicles

As part of an agreement with Takata, federal regulators expanded the recall of vehicles equipped with the company’s air bags to 33.8 million in the U.S., making it the largest safety recall in the nation’s history, reports Detroit Free Press. The move essentially doubles the number of vehicles being recalled to replace potentially lethal air ... Read More »

Toyota, Honda Have Best Supplier Relations in U.S.

For the fifth straight year, Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and Honda Motor Co (7267.T) topped a study of automakers with U.S. plants in supplier relations, helping them get the best parts at the lowest cost, reported Reuters. Toyota was the tops in supplier relations, followed closely by Honda. Ford Motor Co (F.N) was a distant third, followed by Nissan ... Read More »

Nissan Says to Expand U.S. Regional Recall for Takata Air Bags

Nissan Motor Co said on Friday it would expand an investigative recall in certain U.S. regions to replace air bags made by Takata Corp, adding about 45,000 Sentras from the 2004-2006 model years that weren’t included previously, reported Reuters. Japan’s second-largest automaker has informed the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about its plans to ... Read More »