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U.S. car sales, May & YTD

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

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

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

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Tesla won't select final gigafactory site until late 2014, Musk says

Tesla Motors won't decide until year end where to build a battery “gigafactory” even as it readies multiple plant sites, CEO Elon Musk told investors on Tuesday. Read More »

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JESSE SNYDER:

Ya gotta love those new models

Jeep is hot, hot, hot. Volkswagen is cold as ice. Nothing helps like fresh product on the floor. And nothing aches quite the way that an aging lineup does. Read More »

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SEGMENT SPOTLIGHT:

Large cars, after brief comeback, lose traction

The large car's comeback appears over. After a solid rise in 2013, U.S. sales of nonluxury big sedans dropped 5 percent through May, while car sales were flat and total light-vehicle sales jumped 5 percent. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: 50 straight for Chrysler

Winning streak continues as industry hits best sales pace since July 2006; VW sport-utility boom?; bailout perspectives. Read More »

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THE GM RECALL:

GM apologizes for sending recall notices to victims' families

General Motors apologized to families of accident victims who have been notified to bring in cars for replacement of defective ignition switches. Read More »

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First Shift: Minivans still a battleground

With good margins, loyal buyers at stake, segment gets a makeover; UAW appeals for dues hike; Mustang said to gain weight. Read More »

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VW may offer six SUVs to help pass Toyota, report says

Volkswagen could triple the VW brand's SUV lineup as it seeks to overtake Toyota in global sales, sources said. VW is said to be developing a coupe version and a longer variant of the Tiguan and may also offer a subcompact crossover. Read More »

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UAW delegates approve 25% dues hike in contentious vote

UAW delegates -- following a contentious debate -- today approved a 25 percent dues rate increase for members that will raise about $50 million annually by taking an extra half-hour of pay a month from rank-and-file workers. The increase takes effect in August. Read More »

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German car sales rebound 5% in May

German new-car registrations rose 5 percent in May after a 4 percent dip in April in a sign that demand is still recovering in Europe's biggest auto market. Read More »

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MAY U.S. AUTO SALES:

Auto sales rise 11% as ‘everything came together’

U.S. light-vehicle sales -- led by big gains at Nissan, Toyota, Chrysler and GM -- rose 11 percent to 1.6 million in May as a raft of discounts and extended holiday deals drew consumers to showrooms. The annualized pace of sales shot up to 16.8 million. Read More »

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Sales soar, gains galore as May stars

Sometimes the stars align. The weather held, the calendar added both an extra selling day and a fifth weekend, lenders relaxed a bit, factories sweetened the pot. And May U.S. auto sales jumped 11 percent to 1.6 million units. Read More »

Ford advances 3% on Fusion, Escape records

Ford Motor, paced by record sales of the Fusion mid-sized sedan and Escape compact crossover, posted a 3 percent U.S. sales increase in May. Read More »

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Nissan Division rings up record with 18% surge

Nissan Division reported sales of 125,558 cars and trucks for May, an 18 percent increase over May 2013. The new level represents a record for May volume at Nissan. Read More »

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Chevy, cars, fleet help GM overcome recall crisis

General Motors' U.S. sales rose 13 percent in May on a strong performance from its mainstay Chevrolet brand, a sign that consumers are looking past GM's unfolding recall crisis. Read More »

Automotive News SAAR - 2014

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Ford edges Chrysler as Canada posts all-time monthly sales record

Ford edged out Chrysler for the top spot in May sales in Canada by 256 units as the country set an all-time monthly light-vehicle sales record. Ford of Canada said it sold 31,754 vehicles in May while Chrysler Group said it delivered 31,498 units during the month. Read More »

Honda rides hot products to 9% increase

American Honda's May sales increased 9 percent, to 152,603 units, on a mix of hot and cooling products. Honda Division posted an increase of 10 percent, while the Acura brand gained 2 percent for its best May ever. Read More »

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BMW tops Mercedes in May as cheaper luxury models woo buyers

BMW topped Mercedes in May sales as cheaper models and fashionable crossover vehicles helped luxury brands gain traction in the United States with new buyers enjoying rising disposable income. Read More »

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Lincoln's MKC trickles into showrooms

The 2015 MKC, Lincoln's entry in the fast-growing compact luxury crossover segment, appeared on the sales charts for the first time in May with 677 units sold. Read More »

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Hyundai World Cup ads spotlight sports nut, bevy of births

What can make a guy avoid sports through an entire work day so he can cheer for his favorite teams at night? That would be the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, according to one of two new World Cup ads by Hyundai, the competition's official automotive partner. Read More »

Crossovers fuel gains for smaller Asian brands

Strong demand for crossovers drove sales gains at smaller Asian brands in May. Kia posted its best U.S. sales month in company history with May sales of 60,087, up 15 percent from the year-ago month. Read More »

Iron castings supplier Grede completes sale to private equity firm

Grede Holdings, which supplies specialty iron castings to automakers, said it completed the sale of its operations to private equity firm American Securities LLC. Read More »

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Record monthly Jeep sales push Chrysler Group up 17%

Hot Jeep sales helped push Chrysler Group's U.S. sales up 17 percent in May. The company reported monthly sales of 194,421 units in May, its 50th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Read More »

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THE GM RECALL:

GM sued by Ark. used-car dealer for damages from 'dangerous' car inventory

A used-car dealer in Arkansas is seeking compensation from GM for being saddled with an inventory of “highly dangerous vehicles” that includes cars not yet recalled over ignition-switch defects. Read More »

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Volvo car sales rise 13% in May on record China demand

Volvo's car sales rose 13 percent in May as record deliveries in China helped offset a 21 percent decline in the United States. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Zetsche's risky bet on an expanded compact lineup pays off for Mercedes

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche's decision to expand Mercedes's compact lineup into a five-model range is capturing new customers for the brand -- and at minimal risk of diluting its premium positioning. Read More »

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Osram opens LED plant in China

German supplier Osram has opened a plant in Wuxi, eastern China, to package LEDs in housings for automotive customers. Read More »

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VW weighs tripling SUV lineup to overtake Toyota, report says

Volkswagen AG is considering tripling the namesake VW brand's SUV lineup in a bid to overtake Toyota in global sales, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Read More »

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VW labor chief promises continued support for UAW union in U.S.

The UAW union will “start anew” at VW Group's Chattanooga assembly plant in the U.S. to represent workers there, Frank Patta, the chief labor representative to VW's works councils worldwide said. Read More »

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2014 RISING STARS:

Automotive News Europe salutes Robert Schnell

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through today a pair of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Sales non-OEM is Robert Schnell of Faurecia. Read More »

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2014 RISING STARS:

Automotive News Europe salutes Lars Himmer

Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through today two of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Sales OEM is Lars Himmer of VW Group. Read More »

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