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Automotive News SAAR - 2013

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Mitsubishi plans to cut i-MiEV price by 20%

Following big price cuts by other automakers to stoke demand for electric cars, Mitsubishi said it will reduce the sticker price of its slow-selling i-MiEV electric car by 20 percent for its upcoming model year. Read More »

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Fiat, partner agree on Chinese Jeep plant location, sources say

Fiat and its Chinese partner are near a deal to begin producing Jeeps for the Chinese market in China for the first time since 2006 after they compromised on the plant's location, two people familiar with the talks said. Read More »

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Images of new Mustang circulate on Web

Ahead of Thursday's global introduction of the redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang, a magazine story with details on the new car circulated on the Internet. Read More »

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Italy slump continues as November car sales fall 5%

New-car sales in Italy fell 5 percent in November continuing a slump in deliveries in Europe's fourth-largest car market. Read More »

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German car sales set to grow in 2014, VDA says

Car sales in Germany will recover next year even though November registrations showed a 2 percent decline, industry association VDA said. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: U.S. sales rate tops 16.4M

November marks highest SAAR since Feb. 2007; Ford to trim Q1 output; Saleen to build EV; BMW's McDowell to retire. Read More »

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Toyota Camry poised to retain No. 1 car crown

With a month to go in 2013, the Toyota Camry has locked up first place for a 12th consecutive year, but its dominance in the mid-sized segment is shrinking even as the automaker dangles bigger-than-usual discounts to lure buyers. Read More »

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Lamborghini parts ways with U.S. boss Lock

Michael Lock, the top United States executive for Volkswagen AG's Lamborghini subsidiary, has left the company, the Italian manufacturer of exotic sports cars said Tuesday. Read More »

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Ford to trim Q1 output to keep stockpiles in check

Ford plans to build 2 percent fewer vehicles in North America during the first quarter of 2014 than it did in the same period of this year, which would be the automaker's first year-over-year decline in nearly five years. Read More »

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NOVEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES:

U.S. sales surge at fastest pace in nearly 7 years

U.S. sales of cars and light trucks surged 9 percent in November to 1.24 million units and rolled off dealership lots at the fastest pace in almost seven years. The industry's annualized sales rate, adjusted for seasonal factors, rose to 16.4 million last month, up from 15. Read More »

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First Shift: UAW ponders dues hike

Increase would be first since 1967; Germany clears Model S, Tesla says; Volvo names new ad agency; Jeep China deal near? Read More »

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Tesla fire investigation records sought by NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked Tesla Motors to submit detailed records as part of its investigation into battery fires that occurred in Model S vehicles. Read More »

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German carmakers look abroad to boost production

German carmakers' output is forecast to rise in 2014, driven by overseas production. Vehicle sales in China are set to rise to 17 million next year, while U.S. sales may increase to nearly 16 million, lifting German companies' overseas aspirations. Read More »

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Industry rides toward 2014 on a high

Automakers rode generous Black Friday incentives to blistering November auto volume and the strongest selling rate since February 2007. The U.S. industry chalked up sales of 1.24 million light vehicles, an increase of 9 percent from strong year-earlier results. Read More »

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Ford on top in Canada; Chrysler soars

Ford's Canadian unit sold more vehicles than all other automakers in Canada in November, helped in part by strong sales of the Fusion sedan. But in terms of sales growth, Chrysler Canada sales rose almost 13 percent year-over-year in November outpacing all of its Detroit competitors. Read More »

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Behind Nissan rise, more factory muscle

New factory capacity and tweaked factory orders are helping Nissan brand set record sales records this year. The brand posted record November volumes of 93,376 cars and trucks, up 11 percent from a year earlier. Read More »

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GM pricing hits record as deliveries rise 14%

General Motors' November sales rose 14 percent on strong retail demand across its four brands and helping to lift the average price of a GM vehicle to a record high. Read More »

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JESSE SNYDER:

December and the will to win

Most yearly sales races were decided much earlier. But in the few still unsettled, it comes down to who has a kick left. Read More »

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Honda volume flat as Civic wipes out Acura gains

American Honda saw its sales tread water last month as higher Acura crossover sales failed to offset a decline in Honda Civic deliveries. Read More »

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Strong Cherokee launch lifts Chrysler volume

Chrysler Group sales climbed 16 percent last month to 142,275, boosted by a strong launch of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and brisk sales of other SUVs and pickups. It was Chrysler's best November since 2007, and its 44th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Read More »

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U.S. car sales, Nov. & YTD

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

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U.S. senator asks automakers how they will thwart hackers

A United States senator has asked 20 of the world's biggest automakers for information on how they secure their vehicles from cyber attacks, in light of reports by security experts who say they have identified ways to hack into cars. Read More »

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Mercedes rides $29,900 coupe to wider U.S. luxury lead over BMW

Mercedes-Benz widened its luxury-vehicle lead over the BMW brand in November as sales of the new entry-level CLA coupe contributed almost all of the Daimler unit’s gain in the United States market. Read More »

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

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

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BMW exec Duncan to succeed McDowell at Mini amid N.A. changes

BMW and its Mini brand are making several changes to their North American leadership teams, effective Jan. 1. Read More »

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GABE NELSON:

Why automakers should pay attention to Amazon's drones

Even if Amazon never manages to launch its experimental drone delivery concept, the auto industry should see it as a wake-up call. Read More »

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NICK GIBBS:

Does the Ford Edge have any chance in Europe?

Ford's confidence that it can sell decent numbers of the Mondeo-based Edge in Europe might be misplaced because demand has been falling in the region for mass-market large SUVs. Read More »

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Mercedes to test-drive online car sales at German dealership

Mercedes will start selling cars online for the first time through its dealership in Hamburg, following BMW in experimenting with Web sales. Read More »

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Tesla says Germany clears Model S after fires

Tesla Motors' Model S, the electric car being investigated for a possible U.S. recall, was cleared of any safety defect in a review by Germany's transportation regulator, the company said. Read More »

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Daimler faces insider trading trial over EADS stake

Daimler faces allegations of insider trading over its disposal of shares in EADS, the European aerospace company, in 2006, the Paris prosecutor's office said. Read More »

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Fiat, partner agree on Chinese Jeep plant location, sources say

Fiat and its Chinese partner are near a deal to begin producing Jeeps in China for the first time since 2006 after they compromised on the plant's location, two people familiar with the talks said. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Audi CEO Stadler aims at next target: 2 million sales

Despite tough conditions in Europe, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says the brand is determined to reach annual global sales of 2 million vehicles by 2020 and take the lead in the premium segment. Read More »

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