Derek Friesen thought he would be following in his father’s footsteps when he became the third generation of his family to work at H.J. Heinz Co.’s tomato processing plant in his hometown of Leamington, Ontario.
Winter’s wrath fell hard on car dealer David Kelleher last month, forcing him to close his Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep store near Philadelphia for five days due to heavy snow and ice. There was an upside, though: Booming sales of all-wheel drive models.
General Motors Co. joined Chrysler Group LLC and Nissan Motor Co. in beating analysts’ estimates for February U.S. sales while Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. did worse than projected.
The polar vortex that blasted through much of the United States last month made selling cars as difficult as moving the snow mounds that rose up around David Martin’s dealership near New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington.
General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co., the largest U.S. automakers, reported deeper declines in deliveries than analysts estimated as the coldest January in two decades kept some shoppers from dealerships.
Chrysler Group LLC’s new head of U.S. sales will try to duplicate the gains he made for the automaker in Canada, where it’s almost tied for the No. 2 seller of vehicles and has already exceeded market-share targets set for 2014.
Chrysler Group LLC’s pairing up with Fiat SpA was supposed to transform its car lineup into one that Americans would covet, starting with the much-hyped Dodge Dart’s debut a year ago. So far, buyers aren’t budging.