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New metal gives Nissan a 16% boost

New models ruled, old models drooled in Nissan brand's double-digit June sales increase. Read More »

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Forester surge pushes Subaru up 42% in June

Subaru of America sales surged 42 percent in June, fueled by a 41 percent gain in sales of the redesigned Forester crossover. Read More »

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What's hot, cold at halftime of 2013

Pickups and crossovers were big reasons that new-vehicle sales rose more than expected in the first half of 2013. Read More »

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GM volume up 7%, propelled by trucks, small cars

General Motors' June sales rose 7 percent, as strong demand for pickups and small cars propelled Chevrolet to its strongest month in nearly five years. Read More »

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Ford volume up 13% in June, first half, on trucks

Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. sales rose 13 percent last month, its best June performance since 2006. Six-month sales also advanced 13 percent. Read More »

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June sales ride 'strong tailwinds' to a rate last seen in 2007

The best month since December 2007. That was the most optimistic forecast before today's release of June auto sales figures. And that sunniest of predictions turned out to be on target. Read More »

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Sales declines slowed in Italy, Spain and France in June

The decline in Italian, Spanish and French car sales slowed in June, raising hopes that the bottom of the slump in the crisis-hit European market could be close. The region's car market is nearing a two-decade low after five continuous years of contraction. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Trucks fuel June sales rise

Detroit Three pickup sales surge more than 20 percent; GM, Honda join stack of fuel-cell partners; Mazda powertrain push. Read More »

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JUNE U.S. SALES:

Ford, Nissan set pace as June sales rise 9% on trucks, crossovers

Light vehicle sales, led by Ford Motor and Nissan Motor, rose 9 percent in June, easily topping many forecasts and providing fresh signs that the industry's recovery in the United States will remain robust in the second half of the year. Read More »

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Toyota repeats as retail leader on 10% gain

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. kept pace with the industry's gains in June with a 10 percent sales increase to 195,235 units. Toyota brand sales rose 12 percent to 167,540 and Lexus sales increased 7 percent to 21,355, but Scion brand sales fell 25 percent to 6,340. Read More »

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First Shift: Silverado's 'Strong' ad debut

$300M campaign for redesigned truck; dealership profits up; Alabama gov: No Benz union needed; Nissan Versa's luxury tech. Read More »

GM, Honda latest to join forces on fuel cells

GM and Honda will partner to develop a common system for fuel cell vehicles with the goal of getting them into showrooms by 2020, the companies said. Read More »

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U.S. light-vehicle sales by nameplate, June & YTD

This is data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center and requires a Data Center subscription to access. Read More »

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U.S. total vehicle sales by make, June & YTD

This is data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center and requires a Data Center subscription to access. Read More »

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BMW trims Mercedes's 2013 luxury lead as 3-series demand soars

BMW boosted U.S. sales of its 3-series cars 63 percent last month, helping the automaker set a June record and narrowing the luxury-vehicle lead of Mercedes-Benz. Read More »

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JESSE SNYDER:

Auto sales headed higher (It's a hunch)

Auto sales in the United States were pretty good the first half. But the second half will be substantially better, I firmly predict. Read More »

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HANS GREIMEL:

It's in the numbers: Toyota internationalizes

Toyota is often thumped for being the most Japanese of Japanese companies in the pantheon of Japan Inc. But the new motto under President Akio Toyoda is "Internationalize!" Skeptical? Consider this: Toyota also is dumping the use of Japanese numerical notation for the Western way. Read More »

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U.S. car sales, June & YTD

This is data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center and requires a Data Center subscription to access. Read More »

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U.S. light-truck sales, June & YTD

This is data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center and requires a Data Center subscription to access. Read More »

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Ram helps Chrysler Group dodge Jeep storm

Sharply higher sales of the Ram 1500 and monthly records for seven other vehicles propelled Chrysler Group to an 8 percent sales gain in June. The automaker now has posted 39 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains. Read More »

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Honda, 'firing on all cylinders,' posts 10% increase

American Honda posted a 10 percent gain in June sales, to 136,915 units, buoyed by strong showings by the Accord and Civic, as well as its light truck offerings, the company said today. Read More »

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Detroit automakers urge 30-year tariff phase-out on Japan cars

Detroit automakers, following a failed effort to keep Japan out of regional free trade talks, today outlined their fallback position, including a demand that auto tariffs be phased in the United States out in no less than 25 to 30 years. Read More »

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Study: Women get higher quotes from repair shops

When it comes to auto repairs, women are likely to get quoted a higher price than men, but women are better at negotiating a discounted price, according to a study conducted by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Read More »

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Bosch aims to improve battery chemistry for EVs

BOXBERG, Germany - Better fuel economy and tighter emissions requirements are driving major changes in powertrain technology, says Bernd Bohr, former automotive chief at Robert Bosch GmbH. Read More »

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GM, Honda latest to join forces on fuel cells

General Motors and Honda will partner to develop a common system for fuel cell vehicles with the goal of getting them into showrooms by 2020, the companies said today. Read More »

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New Toyota brass outline plans for fitter, fleeter company

At Toyota, the latest bywords are "speed" and "efficiency." Read More »

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GM readies Chevy Silverado ad blitz to recapture pickup share

GM this week is kicking off its biggest advertising campaign in at least five years with an emotional tribute to hardworking Chevrolet Silverado owners, the start of a campaign for the redesigned 2014 pickup that's likely to top $300 million. Read More »

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BRUCE GAIN:

Ghosn's Nissan salary could draw fire in France

Carlos Ghosn's 7.6 million euro ($10 million) annual salary to head Nissan will likely further upset French unions and government officials who are already angry about the 2.47 million euros he got last year for running Renault. Read More »

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Mazda to double Skyactiv transmission capacity

Mazda today said it will more than double capacity for its Skyactiv transmission series in two years to meet what it expects to be booming demand for its next wave of cars, which will rely on the gearboxes. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Winterkorn says VW Group will top 10 million sales before 2018

Martin Winterkorn faced widespread skepticism when he said Volkswagen Group would sell 10 million cars a year by 2018, making it the world's largest automaker. Now the CEO says the company will reach its volume target earlier than planned. Read More »

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PSA opens 3rd China plant as European sales slide

PSA opened a third assembly plant in China today, expanding in the world's largest vehicle market even as a slump in European demand prompts it to cut jobs at home. Read More »

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BRUCE GAIN:

Ghosn's Nissan salary could draw fire in France

Carlos Ghosn's 7.6 million euro annual salary to head Nissan will likely further upset French unions and government officials who are already angry about the 2.47 million euros he got last year for running Renault. Read More »

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Federal-Mogul sells connecting rod and camshaft business

Diversified auto supplier Federal-Mogul has sold its connecting rod and camshaft business to JD Norman Industries. The deal divests Federal-Mogul's UK-based camshaft foundry and its connecting rod machining plant in Windsor, Canada, the supplier said. Read More »

Chinese automakers gain ground in weak Russian car market

Chinese automakers generated strong sales growth on small volumes in Russia last month, despite the fact that overall light-vehicle sales remained weak in May, falling 12 percent from a year earlier to 229,670 units, according to the Association of European Businesses (AEB). Read More »

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