Ford's expanded hybrid and plug-in model lineup and demand for Tesla's luxury battery sedans helped electric-drive cars and trucks grow faster in the United States in the first half than even surging pickup trucks.
The suppliers that survived the industry collapse four years ago did so by reducing overhead, ditching noncore business units and navigating the new economic reality with relative aplomb. Now, the industry is smaller -- fewer workers, fewer lines and fewer plants -- but is moving at breakneck speed.
Mitsubishi expects its Russian sales to keep growing despite the market's overall decline after adding output of the Pajero Sport mid-sized SUV to its plant in Kaluga. Through May, Mitsubishi's sales were up 24 percent to 32,342 in an overall market that was down by 4 percent.