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GM stands by its 1990s vintage vans; Fleet exec says customers are content
General Motors' full-sized commercial van -- sold as the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana -- has officially become the old man of that mainstay fleet segment. Ford in June launched the Transit, a European unibody offering to replace the body-on-frame Econoline. Chrysler also turned to Europe for ...
Suppliers may offer cameras to watch drivers
Many of the cars on sale today carry as many cameras as a cluster of paparazzi, pointing five or more lenses at lane lines and blind spots to assist drivers. Even inexpensive cars such as the Nissan Versa Note are becoming shutterbugs. For less than $20,000, the hatchback can be bought with an ...
Tesla digs, but isn't sold on Reno
Tesla Motors Inc. hasn't decided on a site for its so-called gigafactory, but it's moving forward as though it has. The company broke ground in June on a site near Reno, Nev., that "could potentially" be the location for the gigafactory, the up to $5 billion, large-scale battery plant that Tesla ...
U.S. light-truck sales, July and YTD
U.S. light-truck sales, July and YTD
Higher incentives lift Ford cars, trucks
DETROIT -- Strong retail sales and bigger incentives helped lift Ford Motor Co.'s July volume 10 percent from a year ago to its best July performance in eight years. Ford sold 211,467 vehicles last month. Ford brand sales rose 9 percent to 203,604, while Lincoln sales jumped 14 percent to 7,863. ...
Execs who delay safety recalls would face life in prison under Senate bill
WASHINGTON -- Auto executives who delay safety recalls that result in deaths could face up to life in prison under a new bill backed by a U.S. senator who has been one of the staunchest critics of General Motors' handling of its ignition switch recalls. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., introduced
U.S. total vehicle sales by make, July and YTD
U.S. total vehicle sales by make, July and YTD July
U.S. CAR AND LIGHT-TRUCK SALES,
Lexus jumps 19% for first monthly luxury win in almost a year
DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- Lexus hasn't chased other luxury brands down-market with a sub-$30,000 car like the Mercedes-Benz CLA, yet Toyota Motor Corp.'s premium line topped Mercedes and BMW in July for its first monthly sales win since August 2013. Lexus sales rose 19 percent in July, delivering ...
U.S. light-vehicle sales by nameplate, July and YTD
U.S. light-vehicle sales by nameplate, July and YTD Sheet1
U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales, JULY & YTD
July 7 mos.
July July percent 7 mos. 7 mos. percent
2014.0 2013.0 change 2014.0 2013.0 change
ASTON MARTIN car (I)* * 102 * 100 2% * 714 * 700 2%
1/2 series (I) * 638 * 609 5% * 3,906 *
Nissan deliveries climb 11%, set July record
Nissan North America sold 121,452 vehicles in the United States in July, a gain of 11 percent from the year-ago month, giving Nissan a monthly record for July. Nissan has set corresponding monthly records each month this year. Through the first seven months of the year, Nissan group U.S. sales are
July's gist: Gains for (almost) everyone
U.S. auto sales rose 9 percent in July to 1.4 million units, a fifth strong month to ease the memory of harsh winter storms that blunted January and February volume. On the day that shareholders approved the merger that formally creates Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Chrysler Group posted a 20 percent
American Axle Q2 earnings rise on stronger non-GM business
DETROIT -- American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings Inc. today reported improved second-quarter earnings, led by a strong increase in non-General Motors business. The drivetrain components supplier recorded net income of $52.2 million, or 67 cents per share, on revenue of $946.9 million in the ...
Millennials top Gen X in new-car buying for first time
Millennials surpassed Gen X in new-car purchases for the first time, signaling a growing transition in consumer preferences of affordability and sustainability over utility. For the first half of 2014, consumers born between 1977 and 1994 accounted for 26 percent of new-vehicle sales, while those
Toyota Motor advances 12% for best July in 7 years
Sales at Toyota Motor Sales rose 12 percent in July from a year earlier to 215,802 vehicles, for the automaker's best July sales in seven years as core models posted big gains. The results easily topped July's industrywide sales gain of 9 percent. Toyota said it also held onto the industry's retail
Canada deliveries hit July record; Detroit 3 gain with trucks
TORONTO (Reuters) -- Auto sales in Canada in July rose to a record high for the month, up 11.3 percent from a year earlier, an industry analyst said today, with strong truck sales pushing both Chrysler Group and Ford Motor Co. to record performances. Overall, automakers sold 176,995 vehicles in ...
An impressive streak, locked and still going
With July volume up 9 percent and full-year forecasts ramping higher, 2014 is increasingly appearing locked in as the fifth straight year of U.S. auto sales growth. Take a moment to savor that. Hot streaks of five years or more are rare in this industry. It has happened just five other times this
July U.S. Sales Jump 9% (8/1/14)
Detroit 3, Toyota post strong results; Fiat, Chrysler merged; Nissan's 'tough' ads; more Hyundai recalls.
Automotive News SAAR - 2014
Automotive News SAAR - 2014 Sheet1
2014 Light-Vehicle SAAR
SAAR Domestic Import Domestic Import LIGHT- Domestic Import LT. VEH.
2014 car car CAR truck truck TRUCK Lt. vehicle Lt.
North America car and truck production - 08/04/14
North America car and truck production - 08/04/14 web
North America car and truck production
7/28- July 1/1- 1/1-
8/2/14 est. 8/2/14 8/3/13
Fusion 825 2,307 30,867 52
Mustang 3,308 9,253 58,927 52,814
U.S. car sales, July and YTD
U.S. car sales, July and YTD
American Honda volume slides 4%
American Honda Motor Co. had a rocky July, with sales falling 4 percent from a year earlier to 135,908 vehicles, in a market that rose 9 percent overall. Sales dropped 2 percent at Honda Division, to 123,428 vehicles, and 18 percent at Acura, to 12,480, t he company said today . Honda's light-truck
Hyundai recalls another 420,000 vehicles in U.S., 1.3 million for the week
DETROIT (Reuters) -- South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling about 420,000 vehicles covering three models for separate problems in the United States, after recalling 883,000 Sonata sedans this week, according to U.S. safety regulators. No injuries or accidents have been reported in the latest
Unleashing Flood of GM Claims (8/1/14)
Hundreds of petitions expected over switches; Tesla widens loss; Ford, GM sued over CD-ripping tech; Barra's perfect pitch?
VW production chief Macht quits with immediate effect
FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen said group production chief Michael Macht is quitting immediately, the second top executive to leave the automaker within a week. Thomas Ulbrich, head of production at the carmaker's main passenger-car brand, will take over duties from Macht on an interim basis until a ...
Fiat shareholders approve Chrysler merger
TURIN -- Fiat shareholders today approved the automaker's merger with Chrysler in a move that seals the end of Fiat as an Italian company. Fiat, Italy's largest manufacturer and a symbol of the country's struggle to adapt to globalization, is leaving home after 115 years. The new company arising ...