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Ford: Record Dealer Profits Could Continue
Ford Motor Co. expects a record number of vehicles launched last year will lead to continued strong dealer profitability in 2015. While the Dearborn automaker doesn’t disclose dealer profitability numbers, John Felice, Ford’s vice president for U.S. marketing, sales and service, said Saturday Ford expects a fourth-straight year of record dealer profits, and expects similar results this year as volume of new vehicles such as the F-150 and Mustang ramp up. “We’re having really solid results and growth is a major theme for 2015, it could be even better for our dealers,” Felice said. Ford executives on Saturday met with dealers as part of the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco.
Source: The Detroit News
Stricter fuel-economy standards will gradually reduce the environmental impact of cars, but what if people just stopped buying them? New-car sales haven’t yet recovered to their pre-recession levels, and at least one analyst believes that at best, they’ll only equal those heights this year. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) says 16.4 million vehicles were sold last year, against 16.9 million in both 2005 and 2006, heights that were followed by several years of declines. Steve Szakaly, the group’s chief economist, believes that this year’s sales will only hit the same 16.9 million–against projections higher than 17 million by other analysts. Long-term trends will continue to siphon off sales, Steve told industry trade journal Automotive News. His calculations aren’t due to any one major factor, but rather a combination of smaller trends that together will keep sales down, he said.
Source: Green Car Reports
Audi , Volkswagen and Porsche are recalling more than 93,500 cars and SUVs world-wide to fix fuel-leak problems. The recalls cover the Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg hybrid from the 2012 model year, the Audi A7 from 2012 and 2013, and the Audi Q7, S4 and S5 from 2011 and 2012. All the vehicles have 3-liter V-6 engines, according to documents posted Tuesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Also, the documents show a separate but similar recall from Porsche covering the Cayenne and Panamera S hybrids from 2011 and 2012.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Auto maker sees revenue, market share rising after challenging 2014
Ford Motor Co. posted a modest net profit in the fourth quarter of 2014 and forecast much stronger results for 2015 as it looks to put a year of U.S. vehicle recalls, Russian economic strife and South American weakness in the rearview mirror. Ford managed to exceed analysts’ expectations for pretax profits in the quarter, but net income fell to $52 million, down from $3 billion in the same period a year earlier, and revenue declined 4.5% even as wider industry sales sizzled in the period. Ford Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said 2014 was a “set up” year and “we are off to the races” in 2015. Last year was a “challenging year,” Mr. Shanks said to reporters Thursday morning. “We do expect to see a substantial increase in our wholesales this year. You are going to see revenue go up, volume go up and market share go up.”
Source: The Wall Street Journal