2012 by the numbers
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250,000: Estimated number of vehicles destroyed by Hurricane Sandy
40 mpg: Highway miles per gallon ratings that Hyundai and Kia falsely claimed for six nameplates; the reality was as much as 6 mpg less
9%: U.S. sales increase for Hyundai-Kia for November, the month that the mpg scandal broke
13: Number of 600-plus hp models sold in the United States
$5 billion-plus: The estimated amount General Motors will award to dealers in quarterly bonuses from its Essential Brand Elements facilities-makeover program over seven years, through 2016.
7.43 million: Number of vehicles that Toyota Motor Corp. called back globally after reports of fires in power-window switches
250,000-plus miles: Distance that Google says its self-guided vehicles have driven on public roads
10: Number of speeds in an automatic transmission that Ford Motor Co. and GM are jointly developing for rear-wheel-drive vehicles
$10 million: Amount embezzled by Patricia Smith while controller of Baierl Acura in suburban Pittsburgh
$2.5 million: Amount of a legal settlement against Lithia Motors in a class-action suit by customers who were sent unwanted text messages. Lithia's third-party text vendor agreed to pay the settlement.