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Daimler tests self-driving truck, sets goal of production by 2025

12:50 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Daimler is working to introduce trucks that steer, brake and accelerate independently as early as 2025 as the world's commercial-vehicle industry leader seeks to keep an innovative edge....
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Canada sets June, first-half sales record; Ford tops Fiat Chrysler

3:49 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
Ford sold the most vehicles in Canada in June, trumping Fiat Chrysler, which has sold the most cars and trucks in the country so far this year....
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Strong start to summer raises hopes for even better second half

4:53 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
A flurry of new light-vehicle sales as June ended helped generate the fastest selling rate for the U.S. auto industry in almost eight years, raising hopes for an even more robust second half of 2014....
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U.S. SALES PREVIEW

Fields ready to prove Lincoln worth saving with MKC

9:00 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
As Ford makes its boldest bid yet to lure younger buyers to its laggard Lincoln line, incoming CEO Mark Fields has a chance to show he has the turnaround touch of predecessor Alan Mulally....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

How smaller states can challenge Texas in the pickup wars

12:09 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
When it comes to selling pickups in the United States, the obvious centerpiece market is Texas. Last year, 322,000 new pickups were registered there -- or 15 percent of all 2.1 million pickups sold nationwide, according to IHS Automotive data....
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HANS GREIMEL

In India, torrential rains mean good business

10:42 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
We've all seen the stereotypical pictures of peak monsoon season in India: Throngs of people wading waist-deep through cities swamped with muddy water....
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Nissan e-NV200 van debuts in Japan, but is it a good fit for N.A?

10:29 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Nissan has launched its second electric vehicle, but a North American debut of the e-NV200 compact commercial van is under review because of vehicle range and charging network concerns....
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Sales soar, gains galore as May stars

4:45 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
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....
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Nissan to go on 'offensive' in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
A bullish Carlos Ghosn, emboldened by bumper profits and booming sales in North America, vowed a continuous offensive until Nissan Motor Corp. achieves 10 percent market share in the United States....
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AutoNation unit sales up 14% in best April since 2006

1:46 pm U.S. ET | May 2, 2014
AutoNation said today its U.S. new-vehicle retail sales rose 14 percent in April from a year earlier to 25,669 units, driven by a strong growth in company's premium luxury segment....
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APRIL U.S. SALES

U.S. sales on track to rise 9% in April, 2 forecasts show

3:44 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
Auto sales are on pace to rise 9 percent in April from a year ago, as warmer weather coaxes out more shoppers who stayed home during the unusually harsh winter, according to two forecasts released today....
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Audi joins Mercedes in posting a record sales month in March

6:44 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
FRANKFURT -- Audi has posted a new company record for global sales in a single month. The automaker said today that its March volume rose 15 percent to 170,450 vehicles.
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Stung by Ram win in March, Chevy further juices Silverado incentives

4:11 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Within hours of a General Motors spokesman saying it was easy to “buy market share” after the Ram pickup outsold the Chevrolet Silverado in March, GM opened its wallet to buy it back....
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MARCH U.S. AUTO SALES

U.S. sales rise 6% as spring momentum builds

8:00 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 6 percent to 1.54 million units in March, exceeding analysts' forecasts and signaling the auto industry has shaken off its sluggish start to 2014. The seasonally adjusted sales rate -- a broad gauge of the industry's health -- surged to 16.4 million units from 15.3 million units a year ago. It's the best showing for the SAAR since November 2013 and among the highest in the past seven years....
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MARCH U.S. AUTO SALES

March light-vehicle volume projected to rise 2% to 1.5 million

7:12 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
After severe winter weather put a freeze on U.S. light-vehicle deliveries in January and February, industrywide sales are forecast to rise 2 percent to 1.48 million light vehicles in March. The annualized sales rate, adjusted for seasonal factors, may rise to 15.8 million units, based on the average of 14 estimates, from 15.3 million a year earlier....
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February auto sales forecast cut to 15.5 million pace, LMC says

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014
LMC Automotive reduced its estimate for U.S. auto sales in February after retail transactions last week were weaker than anticipated. LMC now projects an annualized selling rate, adjusted for seasonal trends, of 15.5 million, down from an earlier estimate of 15.7 million....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Make GM whole again with some Pontiac dust

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2014
What a surprise I got when I reached into my mailbox this week and pulled out a nice thick envelope from the Pontiac division of General Motors touting GM's new 2014 cars....
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Toyota predicts a 10-million year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
After falling just short in 2013, Toyota says that this year it will become the first automaker to sell 10 million vehicles worldwide....
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SAAR to rise to 15.9 million in January, analysts predict

1:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
U.S. auto sales are projected to rise slightly this month, and one forecaster says retail deliveries will reach the highest January level in a decade. LMC Automotive today estimated sales would be up 1 percent from January 2013, while Kelley Blue Book predicted a 2 percent gain....
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Buick sells 1.03 million vehicles globally, breaks record set in '84

6:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
General Motors said it sold a record 1.03 million Buick vehicles globally last year, the highest total since 1984, before the brand entered China, which is now its largest market....
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Bentley sales up 19% in 2013 on Flying Spur demand

9:21 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
Bentley Motors posted a 19 percent gain in 2013 deliveries on demand for the revamped Flying Spur....
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BYD says Chinese cars headed to U.S. in late 2015

2:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Chinese cars are poised to begin hitting U.S. showrooms by as soon as next year. BYD, the Chinese automaker backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, plans to introduce about four models for its U.S. debut at the end of 2015, said Stella Li, the senior vice president in charge of the company's U.S. business....
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This time, 16 million sales forecast is on merit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2013
New U.S. light-vehicle sales are widely expected to surpass 16 million in 2014 for the first time since 2007, the culmination of a long recovery from the disastrous recession....
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EDITORIAL

Industry must steer clear of the off-lease trap GM's wise move

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
The leasing rebound means more off-lease customers are starting to return to the market....
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GM pricing hits record as deliveries rise 14%

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2013
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....
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