Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories that your favorite auto exec is probably feverishly double-checking right this second.
Walmart is expanding their partnership with CarSaver to start selling cars at more locations on April 1st. Which sounds kind of like it should be an April Fool’s Day joke, but is actually true.
Sad news, friends. The new Lincoln Continental—the lovely, languid blueberry of a vehicle—isn’t selling well. And as a result, there are now rumors that Ford might just kill it off after this generation.
Joe Girard sold 1,425 cars in 1973, and over 13,000 in an impressive 15-year stretch that later led to a career as a motivational speaker. Ali Reda sold 1,582 cars in 2017, besting Girard by some margin. Girard, initially, was extremely unhappy about this, but now has changed his tune a bit. He’ll accept it, he told …
Well, friends here is yet another topic that I shall file under “things I thought were obvious,” but apparently there are a number of folks who think they have a legal case because a dealer for whatever reason did not sell them a car.
In 1973, Joe Girard sold 1,425 new cars, which according to Guinness is the most cars ever sold in a calendar year by a single human. The tally stood for decades. But a salesman in Dearborn, Michigan, claims to have surpassed that record last year, and Girard, now 89, isn’t too happy about it.
It has come to our attention that Chevrolet is off to a booming start this year in the United Kingdom, where it reportedly sold a total of one—yes, one—car last month. Notably, that’s one (1) more than its U.K. sales a year prior. Not bad!
Despite its very sad booth at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, Mitsubishi actually managed to move a decent number of cars in 2017. I have no idea who is buying them, but somebody sure is!
Way back in 2011, Toyota president and CEO Akio Toyoda discussed the Lexus brand with some potential buyers at the Pebble Beach Concours. He heard a chorus of “Lexus is boring” and “Lexus should clearly define their brand.” As it happens, 2011 was a down year for Lexus, which was handily outsold by BMW and Mercedes,…
Are you tired of seeing small Mercedes crossovers everywhere yet? No? Great, because more are headed our way.
Car sales overall weren’t as stellar as they’ve been in the United States last year. Yet predictably, the best-sellers were comprised largely of a group of trucks, SUVs and crossovers. No surprises there. The worst-sellers, tragically, were a smattering of fun enthusiast cars, small cars and phased-out models.
While most automakers had a tough 2017, Aston Martin is profitable again after about a decade, surging on to a record year of sales in 2017 thanks to the new DB11. And it’s only getting started.
Since the end of the recession, the story of the auto industry has followed one major narrative: record monthly new car sales thanks to cheap credit and pent-up demand. Sure, some brands and automakers did better than others, and over time the market shifted to crossovers, trucks and SUVs over sedans and small cars,…