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Sales advance 3.5% on fatter deals, truck volume; SAAR rebounds to 17.42M

Led by gains at Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Ford, U.S. light-vehicle sales increased 3.5 percent to 1.506 million in April, a record for the month. After a lackluster March that disappointed some automakers, April produced solid gains across the industry, with fatter deals and light trucks driving volume higher.

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FCA, Google confirm plan for self-driving prototypes based on hybrid Chrysler Pacifica

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Takata poised to recall another 35-40 million U.S. airbag inflators, reports say

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