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BMW's global sales advance 8% in July but lead over Audi shrinks

7:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
BMW's global lead over German rival Audi is shrinking, despite increasing deliveries in July, as the luxury-car leader posts lower volume growth in the United States and Europe. July was the third month this year that saw Audi outsell BMW, which has been the luxury sales leader since overtaking Mercedes-Benz in 2005....
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BMW deliveries rise 8 percent in July

Aug. 8, 2014 10:40 CET
BMW said its July group deliveries rose 8 percent to 163,959 vehicles, helped by growth at its core brand....
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Volt marketing will get redesigned next year with new vehicle

12:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Chevrolet will overhaul its marketing plan for the Chevy Volt when it launches the second-generation in 2015, using existing Volt owners as product evangelists focusing marketing efforts regionally....
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Audi sales rise 10% in July, boosted by A3 demand

Aug. 7, 2014 13:17 CET
Audi's vehicle sales rose 10 percent to 144,000 in July, helped by strong demand for the A3 model range....
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Strong Chinese and U.S. demand lifts Mercedes' July sales 11%

Aug. 7, 2014 11:48 CET
Mercedes-Benz brand had its highest monthly sales to date in July, up 11 percent to 130,003 cars, boosted by strong demand for its compact cars and SUVs....
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Russian car sales may fall by 12% this year, PwC says

Aug. 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Russian car sales are expected to fall by between 8 and 12 percent this year, PricewaterhouseCoopers said. Russia's sharp economic slowdown and devaluation of the ruble will hit sales, PwC said....
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Strong UK car sales in July part of improving European trend

Aug. 6, 2014 12:33 CET
New-car sales in the UK rose by 7 percent in July, as the country's credit-backed growth continued. The increase follows volume growth last month in Germany, Italy and Spain....
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The global market beckons, but where?

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The auto industry will have to side-step social unrest and political obstacles to take advantage of a coming decade of overseas growth opportunity, says GM’s chief economist....
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Nissan exec wants faster customer satisfaction feedback

1:02 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Nissan will attempt to speed up feedback from car shoppers and move beyond widely accepted customer-satisfaction practices, Nissan's top sales executive for the United States said today....
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Pickup trucks rising, thanks to oil boom

8:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Full-sized pickup sales are rebounding to big volumes -- even without the complete return of new-home construction. Through seven months, sales of full-sized pickups in the United States rose 4 percent in an overall market that increased 5 percent....
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Hot models make Jeep, Lexus, Dacia first-half sales winners

Aug. 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Europe's first-half sales results provided further evidence the region's six-year slump will end in 2014. Led by Jeep, Lexus and Dacia, 14 brands grew more than the market, which was up by 6 percent to 6.85 million....
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Fuel regs will stymie industry after 2018, NADA economist says

10:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The federal targets for higher vehicle fuel efficiency will curb the industry's ability to sell more cars after the end of this decade, a leading economist predicts....
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N.A. auto market seen outshining other regions, despite threats

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Auto sales will continue to rise in North America through 2020 despite lingering effects of the 2009 recession, economist Jeff Schuster predicted today....
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July mpg figures rise, stand shy of U.S. record, report says

1:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The average stated fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the United States in July inched back closer to the all-time high set two months earlier, a University of Michigan report said today....
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Auto sales suffer when young adults work only part-time, economist says

3:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
New-vehicle sales are climbing steadily, but they are still depressed by a lack of full-time jobs for young adults, an economist said....
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Auto sales would be higher in 'normal' recovery, researcher says

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
If this were a normal recovery, the auto industry should be selling a lot more cars than it is this year, says an economist. But this is no normal recovery, said Itay Michaeli, director of Citi Investment Research and Analysis....
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AutoNation sales up 8 percent in its best July since 2006

11:22 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
AutoNation said today new-vehicle retail sales in the United States increased 8 percent in July from a year earlier to 27,484 units -- the company's best July since 2006....
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German car sales bounce back in July

Aug. 4, 2014 10:43 CET
New-car sales in Germany bounced back in July, suggesting further improvement in second-half demand in Europe's largest auto market....
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Porsche's rapid growth brings risks

Aug. 4, 2014 06:01 CET
Porsche sales are booming as the carmaker looks set to hit a target of 200,000 annual global sales before a 2018 deadline, but some industry watchers worry that too much emphasis on volume jeopardizes the brand's exclusivity....
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Italian car sales rose 5% in July

Aug. 4, 2014 13:49 CET
New car sales in Italy rose 5 percent in July compared to the same month a year ago to 113,777 vehicles...
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Used-vehicle prices to fall 5% by 2017 as supply recovers, ALG says

2:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Used-vehicle prices in the U.S. are poised to fall as the supply increases because rebounding new-vehicle sales are putting more trade-ins on dealer lots, TrueCar Inc.'s ALG division said....
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Kia aims to take lead on leads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Kia Motors America wants to cut its outsize dependence on third-party shopping sites for online sales leads. Now, 80 percent of the online leads Kia sends to dealerships come from third-party vendors or sources other than its retail Web site. Kia wants to reduce the figure to 55 percent....
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What is pickup payload?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
A pickup's maximum payload is the weight of all of the items that it carries, including passengers and cargo....
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U.S. sales of luxury brands through July outpace overall market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Memories of the recession have all but disappeared in the rearview mirror for Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, BMW and most other luxury brands, with their sales rising considerably faster than the rest of the industry this year....
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Sales streaks in a sizzling market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Chrysler Group led major automakers with a 20 percent gain in U.S. sales for July. It was the 52nd consecutive month of year-over-year increases for the once-bankrupt company....
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