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FEBRUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

U.S. sales rise 5.3% as wintry weather takes toll

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Toyota and Subaru joined a handful of smaller automakers in posting double-digit U.S. sales increases for February as severe winter weather crimped demand more than analysts had forecast. Most companies posted modest gains as the overall industry rose 5.3 percent. While last month's pace trailed January's hot start, the industry has taken solid early strides towards its sixth year of sales advances since the recession....
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Fiat Chrysler rises 6% on SUV, pickup, Chrysler 200 demand

10:00 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Strong sales of Jeeps, Ram pickups and the Chrysler 200 pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 5.6 percent in February. FCA US reported sales of 163,586 vehicles in February, its 59th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases in the United States....
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Hyundai-Kia ride Sonata, Genesis to 7% gain

4:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia, which combined are the seventh-largest seller of cars in the U.S., posted a 7 percent sales increase in February, giving the group a better result than any top-six automaker except Toyota....
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Lexus jumps back into U.S. luxury race; BMW tops Mercedes

3:39 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
With a new entry in the hot-selling compact crossover segment, Toyota's Lexus brand has gotten itself back in the hunt for the U.S. luxury auto-sales crown....
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Crossover sales help lift Toyota above Ford

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Powered by strong performances in cars, minivans and trucks, Toyota pulled off a rare feat in February: It outsold the perennial No. 2 in the U.S. market, Ford. Toyota’s three U.S. brands sold 180,467 light vehicles, up 13 percent and edging out Ford’s total of 179,673. Driving the gains were the RAV4 small crossover, whose sales jumped 33 percent to 21,943 units, the midsize 4Runner SUV, which saw an increase of 38 percent to 6,420, and Lexus’ two crossovers....
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Fiat Chrysler Canadian sales top Ford in February; GM, Toyota rise

2:14 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles topped February sales in Canada, handily beating Ford, which posted lower car and truck sales, according to company sales data....
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Ford slips 2% on soft car performance, tight F-150 supplies

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Ford posted its eighth US sales decline in the past 14 months, allowing Toyota Motor Sales to overtake it for the first time in six months....
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VW, Porsche hit by weather, port troubles, but Audi extends streak

2:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
What looked like a hint of a sales rebound at Volkswagen evaporated in February, as every model except its red-hot Golf lineup posted lower sales....
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JESSE SNYDER

In February snow, buyers want 4x4s

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
So February U.S. auto sales came in lower than the forecasters figured just a week or two ago. Well yeah! Snow days.
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Infiniti surge helps Nissan gain 2.7% and outsell Honda

1:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Nissan has beaten Honda in the U.S. once again. Nissan sold a total of 118,436 cars and light trucks in February, up 2.7 percent and besting Honda's 105,466....
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GM's sales up 4.2% as trucks soar, cars dive

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Booming demand for General Motors' pickups and SUVs in February helped ease the sting of a 21 percent drop in car sales. Overall, GM sold 231,378 light vehicles last month, up 4.2 percent from a year earlier. Sales to individual buyers rose 1 percent while deliveries to fleet customers increased by 12 percent....
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Apple seen emerging as serious competitor by auto executives

9:09 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Auto executives are taking seriously the prospect that Apple and Google will emerge as competitors even as they consider partnering with the two....
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Daimler's Zetsche sees opportunity from convergence with tech firms

March 3, 2015 14:33 CET
Daimler is not afraid of new competitors from the technology and telecoms industries such as Google and Apple, CEO Dieter Zetsche said, adding that there is a tremendous opportunity for cooperation....
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Bentley CEO expects big boost from brand's first SUV

March 3, 2015 06:01 CET
Bentley is on course to reach record sales targets as it beats ultraluxury rivals such as Maserati, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce to market with its first SUV, the Bentayga. Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer shared his outlook for the UK-based carmaker with Automotive News Europe....
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Opel, VW CEOs cautious on Europe sales growth amid Russia crisis

March 3, 2015 09:14 CET
Europe's carmakers are benefiting from robust demand for passenger cars in most of the region although the slumping Russian market continues to cast a shadow, making forecasts increasingly difficult, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann and VW boss Martin Winterkorn said....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Ford, Farley hope for success in U.S.-Russian diplomacy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Jim Farley, newly installed as head of Ford of Europe, on Monday vowed that the money-losing unit is “going to make progress in spite of the headwinds.”...
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Toyota to end production of Venza

4:51 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Toyota is pulling the plug on the Venza crossover, a vehicle the automaker once touted as engineered in America for American buyers....
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Germany joins France, Spain, Italy in posting sales gains

March 2, 2015 19:15 CET
New-car sales in Germany rose 6.6 percent in February and are heading for a modest increase this year compared with 2014 levels. Germany joined France, Italy and Spain in posting gains last month....
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Bentley, Maserati, Lambo big winners in surging niche

March 2, 2015 06:01 CET
Ultraluxury carmakers Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Maserati are experiencing unprecedented success. Strong demand for those brands -- as well as Ferrari and Aston Martin -- has forecasters predicting the niche will grow by nearly 40 percent between now and 2020....
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Toyota sees its EU sales growth this year, boosted by UK, southern Europe rebound

March 2, 2015 22:32 CET
Toyota expects its EU sales to grow by 2 percent to 2.5 percent in 2015, compared to 0.8 percent growth for the market in Western Europe. The rise will come from recovery in southern Europe, as well as continued strong sales in the UK, the automaker says....
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Foreign carmakers lead February sales growth in France

March 2, 2015 13:36 CET
French car registrations grew 4.1 percent in February compared with a year earlier, led by growth in sales of cars made by foreign-owned manufacturers....
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Spain new-car sales rise 26% in February

March 2, 2015 14:00 CET
New-car sales rose 26 percent in Spain last month, the 18th consecutive month of growth, a car manufacturers' group said. Registrations have been boosted by a government subsidy program....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Ford, Farley hope for success in U.S.-Russian diplomacy

8:36 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Jim Farley, newly installed as head of Ford of Europe, on Monday vowed that the loss-making unit is “going to make progress in spite of the headwinds.”...
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Caddy works on twin-turbo, V-8-powered CT6

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
The Cadillac CT6 sedan eventually will get a performance model with a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. Brand boss Johan de Nysschen said last week that the CT6's lightweight structure will allow for "a very wide mix of engines, starting with a 2-liter turbo, up to, eventually, a high-performance advanced V-8 turbo," which presumably would wear a V-series badge....
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Mr. K a force for the Z and Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Yutaka Katayama, Nissan's first U.S. president, who grabbed American consumer awareness by introducing the affordable Datsun Z sports car in the early 1970s, died last month at 105....
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