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Bill Ford reiterates Mulally CEO plan as Microsoft considers candidates

1:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford emphasized the abilities of the company's next generation of executives while reiterating the automaker's plan for Alan Mulally to remain CEO.

GM rolls out deals on new pickups as sales slide

3:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
General Motors is rolling out fresh incentives on its redesigned 2014 pickups, after demand for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra declined in September amid heavy discounts by rivals Ford and Ram.

GM pays $50 million to end lawsuit over 2009 hedge fund deal

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
General Motors has agreed to pay $50 million to end long-running litigation over a secretive deal that was struck on the eve of the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy that critics said favored hedge funds.

Cadillac hires Nissan executive as U.S. sales chief

11:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
GM has picked the head of Nissan Australia to become Cadillac's vice president of sales and service in the United States. William Peffer Jr., 43, leaves his post as CEO of Nissan Australia after having held several sales and marketing roles for Nissan since 2006.


Ford, Chrysler big winners as U.S. volume slips 4%

8:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
U.S. sales of light vehicles slipped 4 percent last month as automakers were dragged down by a quirk in the industry's reporting schedule and signs of skittish consumers. Ford Motor Co.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Calendar quirk crimps sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Labor Day not in September U.S. tally; Cadillac's new sales chief; VW union update; Mercedes-Benz barnyard bird boogie.

Cars, pickups lift Ford sales 6%

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. sales rose 6 percent in September to 184,452 units, thanks to steady truck sales and continued growth from popular models such as the Fusion and Fiesta.

GM's Spain plant will build minivans for Opel and PSA

Oct. 1, 2013 18:12 CET
General Motors' Opel factory in Spain will build subcompact minivans for Opel and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. The minivans will be based on a PSA platform.

VIDEO: First Shift: Impact of U.S. shutdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Vehicle launches could be delayed if government closure persists; Escalade interior peek; BMW price hike; recycling car names.

Kia plans EV version of Soul

6:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Kia will introduce an EV version of its 2014 boxy Soul subcompact next year. The Soul EV will be Kia's first U.S. vehicle to be powered solely by an electric powertrain. The brand's only electrified vehicle sold in the United States so far has been the Optima Hybrid mid-sized sedan.

Stability trumps growth in sales payback month

3:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
U.S. auto sales fell 4 percent in September, snapping a 27-month winning streak. Automakers and industry analysts had widely expected a statistical payback after inclusion of the Labor Day weekend in the August tally fueled a 17 percent rally for that month.

Toyota deliveries fall 4% as each brand declines

3:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s September sales dropped 4 percent from the year-earlier period to 164,457.

Ford Canada deliveries rise 10%; Chrysler up 1.5%

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Ford Canada said today its sales rose 10 percent 25,596 vehicles in September -- the unit's second-best September ever.

Chrysler recalls 142,800 pickups and SUVs because of instrument cluster flaws

5:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Chrysler Group is recalling about 10,800 Ram pickups and 132,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees to repair software that controls warning lights and instrument cluster illumination.

Honda tumbles 10% on mixed results for core models

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
American Honda's September sales dropped 10 percent from the year-earlier period to 105,563 units. Despite the stumble, year-to-date sales were up 9 percent.


Grading AugSept on a curve(d) calendar

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Confused by cock-eyed counting in August and September U.S. auto sales? I mean, when the folks who tally up auto sales decide to move the whole Labor Day weekend out of September and into August, it messes up comparisons.

Satisfaction surveys are untapped dealer source for customer reviews, Maritz says

2:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Dealers would be wise to reach into their customer satisfaction surveys for consumer comments to post as reviews on their Web sites, says an analyst for Maritz Research.

Mercedes widens 2013 U.S. luxury lead

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Mercedes-Benz sold more than 2,300 of its $29,900 CLA coupe in its first week of availability, helping the brand post a 6.7 percent September gain and widen its luxury-vehicle lead in the United States.

Cadillac previews interior of 2015 Escalade

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Cadillac released an interior photo of the 2015 Escalade. The SUV will offer the latest features in luxury, connectivity and safety, the automaker said today.

Tight supply cramps Nissan volume

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Nissan's fresh product line failed to lift the brand over the twin challenges of a short September sales month and a tight supply of small cars.

VW's top labor leader to meet Tennessee workers, report says

10:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Volkswagen AG's most influential labor leader will meet with workers at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of the UAW representing them, several sources told Reuters.

Daimler will build Mercedes C class and GLA in Brazil

Oct. 1, 2013 10:49 CET
Daimler will open a new plant in Brazil to build Mercedes cars. The plant will produce the C class sedan and GLA compact SUV.

Last-day sales help Chrysler in shortened month

12:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Chrysler Group eked out a 1 percent sales gain in September, its 42nd consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The automaker sold 143,017 vehicles in the United States last month, which had two fewer selling days than September 2012.

Daimler to invest $230 million in new Brazil car plant

4:49 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Germany's Daimler plans to build a new car factory in Brazil, becoming the third German premium automaker to announce such plans within the past year.

Renault, Fiat and Mercedes among winners as French car sales rise in September

Oct. 1, 2013 09:21 CET
French auto registrations rose 3 percent last month, led by Renault, Fiat and Mercedes, fueling hopes that auto demand may finally stabilize in one of the markets worst hit by Europe's sustained slump.

Changan to begin Russia sales in 2014, report says

Oct. 1, 2013 10:31 CET
China's Changan plans to begin car sales next year in Russia and has signed a deal with a local distributor to sell 12,000 vehicles there in 2014, a report said.

Jaguar Land Rover seeks partner to co-develop hybrids

Oct. 1, 2013 14:04 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is talking with other automakers about a partnership on hybrid vehicles as the luxury car manufacturer battles to meet CO2 emissions targets in Europe.

ACEA's new chief Jonnaert takes up office

Oct. 1, 2013 13:38 CET
Erik Jonnaert started as the new secretary general of ACEA today. He succeeds Ivan Hodac.

Spanish car sales rise 29% on gov't subsidy plan

Oct. 1, 2013 11:44 CET
Spanish car sales rose 29 percent in September, boosted by a government subsidy plan.

Toyota loses bid in U.S. court to get acceleration-injury suit thrown out

8:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Toyota tentatively lost a bid to get a federal court judge to throw out a lawsuit claiming one of its vehicles suddenly accelerated and caused an accident that left a woman severely injured.

Lamborghini CEO expects super-luxury comeback in U.S., Japan

7:09 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
After years of profiting from China's appetite for high-priced toys, makers of super-luxury cars are shifting their focus back to more traditional markets such as the U.S. and Japan.

Ford's Asian plants outproduce Ford of Europe

Oct. 1, 2013 12:52 CET
Ford vehicles assembled in China and the rest of Asia now outnumber those built in Europe for the first time as the automaker strives to grow in emerging markets in the region.

Vehicle sales in Japan rise for first time in 4 quarters

6:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Japanese vehicle sales rose for the first time in four quarters, adding to signs of an improving outlook in the world's third-largest economy.

Turkey 2013 auto sales may rise to 860,000

Oct. 1, 2013 08:52 CET
Vehicle sales in Turkey may rise to 860,000 units this year from 777,761 in 2012, an industry body predicted.

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