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New metal gives Nissan a 16% boost

2:07 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
New models ruled, old models drooled in Nissan brand's double-digit June sales increase.

Forester surge pushes Subaru up 42% in June

1:45 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
Subaru of America sales surged 42 percent in June, fueled by a 41 percent gain in sales of the redesigned Forester crossover.

What's hot, cold at halftime of 2013

3:54 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
Pickups and crossovers were big reasons that new-vehicle sales rose more than expected in the first half of 2013.

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

2:00 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

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

12:21 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

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

3:54 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

Sales declines slowed in Italy, Spain and France in June

July 2, 2013 10:00 CET
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.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Trucks fuel June sales rise

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
Detroit Three pickup sales surge more than 20 percent; GM, Honda join stack of fuel-cell partners; Mazda powertrain push.

JUNE U.S. SALES

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

8:30 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

Toyota repeats as retail leader on 10% gain

3:54 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

VIDEO: First Shift: Silverado's 'Strong' ad debut

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
$300M campaign for redesigned truck; dealership profits up; Alabama gov: No Benz union needed; Nissan Versa's luxury tech.

GM, Honda latest to join forces on fuel cells

July 2, 2013 14:36 CET
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.

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

2:50 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

JESSE SNYDER

Auto sales headed higher (It's a hunch)

5:22 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
Auto sales in the United States were pretty good the first half. But the second half will be substantially better, I firmly predict.

HANS GREIMEL

It's in the numbers: Toyota internationalizes

10:13 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

Ram helps Chrysler Group dodge Jeep storm

12:16 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

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

2:19 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

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

4:08 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

Study: Women get higher quotes from repair shops

3:28 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

Bosch aims to improve battery chemistry for EVs

3:01 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

GM, Honda latest to join forces on fuel cells

8:36 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

New Toyota brass outline plans for fitter, fleeter company

11:47 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
At Toyota, the latest bywords are "speed" and "efficiency."

GM readies Chevy Silverado ad blitz to recapture pickup share

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

BRUCE GAIN

Ghosn's Nissan salary could draw fire in France

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

Mazda to double Skyactiv transmission capacity

9:06 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Winterkorn says VW Group will top 10 million sales before 2018

July 2, 2013 06:15 CET
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.

PSA opens 3rd China plant as European sales slide

July 2, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

BRUCE GAIN

Ghosn's Nissan salary could draw fire in France

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
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.

Federal-Mogul sells connecting rod and camshaft business

July 2, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

Chinese automakers gain ground in weak Russian car market

July 2, 2013 09:27 CET
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).

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