Paced by declines at Ford, the Japan 3, General Motors and Hyundai-Kia, light-vehicle sales fell in July as the auto industry lost speed going into the second half of a year projected to be weaker than the robust first six months. The SAAR fell to 16.73 million, in line with projections. Light-truck demand rose while car deliveries skidded 18 percent.
Volkswagen's U.S. sales rose 13 percent in July to 30,520 on more growth from its expanded crossover lineup. U.S. sales at Volkswagen Group, behind the VW brand, have advanced every month this year -- making it the only major automaker to do so.
Audi has made the second-generation Q3 crossover bigger and added more tech and connectivity equipment. The latest Q3 switches to parent Volkswagen Group's flexible MQB architecture from an older platform.
Markus Duesmann will become Audi CEO on Jan. 1, according to sources at Automobilwoche. The engine development expert would be the second high-profile defection from BMW to VW Group following the departure of Herbert Diess in 2015 to become head of the VW brand.