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A Strong Finish to 2012 (1/3/13)

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  1. General Motors1:06
  2. International Consumer Electronics Show2:59
  3. Las Vegas3:02
  4. TriBeCa1:53
  5. active safety3:11
  6. Kia2:13
  7. Motor sales1:00
  8. Lexus3:07

Thu, 3 Jan 2013|

VW, Honda among top gainers in December, while Nissan, Kia sales fall; fire risk prompts recall; Kia rolls with Google.


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Mighty maps Google helps he it Hyundai beef up their -- medical system. We'll show you how coming up. Thanks so much for looking in on this the third of January. I'm Tom -- back. We'll get to that Hyundai -- story in just a moment but first up auto makers are reporting US sales for the month of December. Volkswagen group finishing 2012 -- high note with a 31%. Increase in monthly sales. American Honda aided by the civic and accord seeing a 26%. Job this after a 19% drop a year earlier. Hyundai sales rising 17%. Chrysler with that 10% gain in December the 33 straight month dependent Starr has posted an increase in US sales. Toyota Motor sales reporting a 9% advance the same number at Subaru. General Motors with a 5% -- Agree narrow for Ford up 2%. Nissan North America down 2%. And he has US sales decline for the first time in more than two years by 10% last month. For the latest sales news stay tune to auto Subaru is calling back some 634000. Vehicles in the US for potential lighting problems that could lead to smoke or fire. The company recalling all 2010 through 2012 legacy and outback vehicles. Some 2009 through 2012 forresters. And some 2006. Through 2012 TriBeCa suvs. The recalled vehicles are equipped with accessory puddle lights that when lit -- the areas under the doors. Turns out in short circuit and develop when the light or connector. Are exposed to moisture like road sprayed with road salt in it. Kia in its sister brand Hyundai are linking up with Google. -- will integrate Google technology into its second generation you vote problematic system starting. With a 2014. Sorrento cross over. Driver will be able to use Google Maps and Google places for driving directions and to find points of interest. Both automakers will also offer feature that lets owners send to destinations in the car from a Smartphone. Hyundai plans to integrate Google Maps into its blue link telemann X platform. The Korean companies are among a record eight to auto makers scheduled to exhibit. At next week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Among those planning press conferences. Toyota. Lexus general manager mark template legislated to discuss advances in active safety autonomous cars again. The driver assistance features available in the wanting thirteen Lexus L apps. That is our show for today tomorrow morning on her shift our Jennifer Vaughn will tell you about a little car. That could make -- big difference for -- in Europe. We'll see you back here tomorrow afternoon.

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    Eight polling that Tug of war what heavy duty YouTube has poured threatening to life. You're watching auto news now. Good to see you on this Monday. I'm Tom back for Ford and Chrysler the stakes couldn't be higher. According to true cart dot com heavy duty pickups represent 23%. Of all pick up sales in the US. In one of the main reasons to buy a big truck. Towing capability. a battle is raging between Ford and Chrysler's ram Brad. Over who can claim best in class Ford is threatening legal action if keeps claiming its pickups have besting class We're talking so called fifth wheel or goose neck trailer is connected in the pick up that. So here's the issue. Ford says 2015. F 454. By four crew cab can 31200. House. That's about 12100 pounds more than the highest capacity 3500. Which is rated at 30000. Pounds. But rim says the trucks are not even in the same class. It's is the F 450 is a class four pick up in fact the only class four pick up on the market. says the 3500. Actually competes against the F 350. In GM's 3500. Heavy duties. Reporter Larry tells us Ford does something no other automaker does when setting its maximum payload for the F series. It removes items like the radio. The spare tire the Jack. In the center console in order to produced the maximum number for its payload that's a questionable practice because a component truck over. Into another class. Larry says under the system used by other auto makers the F 450 would be considered class war. For more story in today's print and digital editions of Automotive News. Ford is raising prices on the new one in fifteen aluminum body F 150 pick up. Like 340 dollars to 3385. Bucks. The king ranch sees the biggest price increase over the 2014 model. Ford however has upped the standard equipment in all models of the truck for example to information screens are standard. Our Richard true it is also reporting the auto maker is trimming the number of F 150 models from eleven to five. With the new truck arrives this fall popular name plates such as the raptor in limited will be gone. Dealers started ordering the pick ups today. More business may be on the way to service based in GM dealerships. That's because the auto maker is offering buyers of its 2015 models for monthly vehicle diagnostic reports through OnStar. The move also allows customers to sign up to receive maintenance notifications from their stores. Both services will be offered at no charge for five years under a plan named OnStar basic. Previously. They were available only to paying OnStar subscribers. GM says that customers who are emailed me notifications from their dealerships. Come in for two additional service visits a year on average. Compared with customers who don't receive that. Cash for clunkers a phrase that was all the rage five years ago this month. Officially known as the car allowance rebate system clunkers was a lifeline at a desperate time in the US auto industry. US sales in June of 2009 dropped 28%. wasn't so lawful because every other month that your have been worse. But thanks to clunkers which provided consumers as much as 4500 bucks to trade in an old gas guzzler for a more fuel efficient new vehicle. July 2009 sales were off just 12%. In August sales that year were up 1%. In the end nearly 700000. Vehicles were traded in through the two point 85 billion dollar federal program. Have a great day everyone. We'll see you back here tomorrow.