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BMW launches U.S. marketing and advertising blitz for 2014 Winter Olympics

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
BMW of North America said its United States marketing campaign for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games includes advertisements, social and digital media campaigns and a national drive to benefit Team USA.

What was hot, cold in 2013

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Small crossovers and big pickups soared in 2013, as the two segments combined to account for one of every four vehicles sold. But growth in the compact and mid-sized car segments slowed significantly, and minivan sales declined.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Hot sales year, chilly Dec.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Industry up in 2013, but final month puts freeze on GM, Toyota; why excess supply could hurt dealers; Cadillac vet joins Ford.

VIDEO: First Shift: Camera rule in sight?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
White House reviewing revised proposal from NHTSA; Fisker's unwanted suitor; wearable Hyundai tech; U.S. sales preview.


U.S. sales barely rise as storms, Nov. payback take toll

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales edged up in December but fell short of expectations of a 4 percent gain, as wintry weather and a payback from November's surge took a bite out of demand. Most companies managed to close out the year with an increase.

GM share slips in '13 as Dec. sales, pickups fall

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
General Motors' sales slipped 6 percent in December, as all four of its brands posted weaker results while GM lost market share in the key pickup segment.

GM ends monthly sales call with analysts, media

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
General Motors said today that it will no longer host a monthly conference call with auto analysts and journalists to discuss the prior month's domestic sales results.

Flat December fails to tarnish 'another great year for auto sales'

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Despite flat December volume, the U.S. industry closed out 2013 with 15.6 million light-vehicles sales, the fourth straight year with a gain of a million or more units.

Canada sales highest in decade; Ford still tops

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Canadians bought more vehicles in 2013 than in any year since 2002, as consumers brushed off high debt and a slow economic recovery to buy trucks and luxury models, though icy weather limited December purchases, numbers released today showed.

F series, Fusion drive Ford gains

2:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Despite an influx of smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles in Ford Motor Co.'s lineup in 2013, the F-Series pickup still dominates.

Mercedes outlasts BMW's late surge to grab U.S. luxury crown

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Mercedes-Benz withstood a late surge from BMW, ending its rival's two-year reign as the U.S. luxury-vehicle sales leader as the breadth of Mercedes's lineup pushed it to a record year. Mercedes won its only other U.S. luxury sales title in 1999.

New capacity helps Nissan roll to records

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
New North American factory capacity for Sentra sedans and Rogue crossovers boosted the Nissan brand to record December and full-year sales.

Jeep Cherokee, Ram ProMaster propel Chrysler

12:36 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
DETROIT -- Strong sales of two new vehicles -- the 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUV and Ram ProMaster commercial van -- pushed Chrysler Group sales up 6 percent in December from the year-ago month.

Audi, Porsche set U.S. records for 2013; VW sinks

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Volkswagen AG ended 2013 with a slight decline in U.S. sales for its biggest-volume brands, as Audi and Porsche's strong gains were offset by a 7 percent drop for the VW marque.


3 things we learned from December sales

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
A series of powerful snowstorms through much of the country kept enough buyers away from United States dealerships to make December's volume gain a mere technicality -- up 2,602 units, or 0.19 percent. Oddly enough, even that little bit helps in the rounding game.

Hyundai Motor says U.S. sales rose 6 percent in December

7:02 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Hyundai Motor said today that its sales climbed 6 percent to 63,005 vehicles in December from a year earlier, bringing its 2013 sales in the United States to a record high of 720,783 vehicles, driven by the Elantra compact and Santa Fe SUVs.

Carl Icahn buys up to 40 million shares of Hertz, report says

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Longtime Wall Street investor Carl Icahn bought as many as 40 million shares of stock in rental car giant Hertz Global Holdings Inc., CNBC reported today.

Toyota ends 2013 down while Lexus rises

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
It was indeed a December to remember for the Lexus brand, but most Toyota division vehicles finished the year on a down note.

Chevrolet prices 2014 Camaro Z/28 at $75,000

1:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will be priced at $75,000, including a $995 destination charge, when it goes on sale. The performance coupe is to be available for order in late January and the first vehicles are due for delivery in the spring.

Subaru's latest record: a 26% jump in 2013

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Subaru of America set its fifth consecutive sales record in 2013, as its sales jumped 26 percent to 424,683 vehicles.

Cuban hopes dashed as new and used cars go on sale

12:09 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Cubans awoke today for the first time in half a century with the right to buy new and used vehicles from the state without special permission, but markups of 400 percent or more quickly dashed most people's expectations.

Ford names ex-GM exec Butler to lead global connected vehicle unit

10:41 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Ford has hired Don Butler, a longtime General Motors executive who resigned from the company in August, to lead its new global vehicle connectivity department.

Land Rover recalls SUVs in U.S. for potential airbag issue

11:50 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 3,912 Range Rover SUVs in the United States because the front seat side airbags may not deploy.

Cox buys back 25 percent stake in AutoTrader

11:27 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Cox Enterprises has regained almost complete control of AutoTrader Group after buying back a 25 percent stake in the online shopping site and software vendor that it sold in 2010.


How Granatelli broke the code, saved his life

11:07 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Andy Granatelli, the renowned race-car owner and STP oil treatment mogul who died last week at age 90, is best remembered for the cars that won the Indianapolis 500 in 1969 and 1973, and for building and sponsoring Parnelli Jones' radical turbine car that almost won the 500 in 1967.

Hyundai plans Google Glass 'pre-drive' app for 2015 Genesis sedan

9:19 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Hyundai said owners of its new Genesis sedan will be able to use Google's Glass app for “pre-drive” operations such as remote starts and route planning as automakers add more technology to lure buyers.

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