After two years marred by natural disasters and recalls, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. appears to have regained its momentum. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. ended 2012 with December sales increasing 9 percent. Toyota's total of 2.
U.S. light-vehicle sales -- led by Volkswagen, BMW and Honda -- jumped 9 percent in December, pushing the seasonally adjusted sales rate above 15.3 million for the second consecutive month and helping the industry finish 2012 on a high note. Automakers sold 14.
Strong sales of larger sedans and crossovers propelled Audi to a U.S. sales record in 2012 and Volkswagen division, aided by a full year of selling the redesigned Passat and Beetle, is on pace to reach its own milestone in 2
Despite rough competition in the mid-sized sedan segment, the redesigned Nissan Altima helped lift Nissan Division to its best sales year ever in the United States. Nissan Division sales fell 4 percent in December to 86,663, despite the presence of the new-generation Altima.
American Honda's U.S. sales rose 26 percent in December from last year, when inventories were crimped by the Thai floods that ravaged Honda's supply network. The strong December results helped American Honda's full-year 2012 sales rise 24 percent to 1.
Ford Motor Co. reported a 2 percent sales increase in December, the smallest gain among the major automakers in the U.S. market. Behind it was only Nissan North America, which posted a 2 percent sales drop.
Hyundai Motor has selected Toyota-affiliated Denso to supply air-control components for the Sonata sedan that is made in the United States, Bloomberg reported. Hyundai used to rely on South Korean supplier Halla Climate Control for those parts.
General Motors' best month for pickup sales in four years helped slash the company's bloated truck inventory and propelled GM to a 5 percent sales gain for December. But that 5 percent gain, to 245,733 vehicles, trailed the industry's 9 percent increase.
A strong December helped push 2012 U.S. light-vehicle sales to 14.5 million units, up 13 percent from 2011 and the highest volume in five years. Automakers sold 1.4 million cars and light trucks in December, 9 percent above a strong year-earlier performance.
The Hyundai-Kia group posted record U.S. sales of 1.3 million units in 2012, but its market share declined for the first time in 20 years. The slowdown was caused by limited vehicle supplies and resurgent competition from Japanese brands, which bounced back after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
With 2012 U.S. auto sales in the books, we're three days into a 2013 that doesn't look too bad. Virtually everybody is assuming continued sales growth, though a bit slower. Savor that thought just a moment.
BMW sales surged 39 percent in December, powered by the 5-series car line, helping it top Mercedes-Benz in luxury-brand sales in the United States for the second consecutive year. Sales for BMW increased to 37,399 vehicles last month, boosted by a 72 percent gain for its midsize 5 series.
A federal bankruptcy judge could soon rule on whether the 2009 government-led restructuring of General Motors improperly favored hedge funds, and an adverse ruling could cost the automaker nearly $1 billion.
Strong sales of pickups and small cars pushed Chrysler Group sales up 10 percent in December, helping the automaker finish up 21 percent for 2012. The company sold 152,367 light vehicles in December, its 33rd consecutive month of year-over-year U.S. sales improvements.
Elio Motors has agreed to purchase a former General Motors assembly plant near Shreveport, La., and will use it to build three-wheeled vehicles that it says will get more than 80 miles on a gallon of gasoline, the company said today.
A federal judge says 28 workers at General Motors’ Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant can proceed with their lawsuit against the automaker, the UAW and UAW Local 1112 alleging that the workers were wrongly classified as temporary employees and were improperly terminated in 2007, according to...
Sales of new autos, a bright spot for the U.S. in 2012, will grow further this year as an improving economy and demand for pickups and for mid-sized cars boosts registrations 6.6 percent, according to R.L. Polk & Co. About 15.
Hyundai and smaller affiliate Kia forecast their slowest sales growth in seven years as a slowing global economy and strengthening won saps demand. The two companies plan combined sales to rise 4.1 percent to 7.
German auto sales fell 2.9 percent in 2012 to their lowest level in two years, in line with a trend of weaker car demand in other key markets in Europe. New car registrations in Europe's biggest economy dropped 16.
Opel/Vauxhall is confident it can produce its new Adam minicar in Germany and still make money. "The way the car has been constructed gives us the possibility to build in Germany and still be profitable," Opel sales and marketing boss Alfred Rieck told Automotive News Europe.