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BLOG: Look again: VW dropping but industry is rocking

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Take wandering Labor Day out of the sales equation and look at August and September as a single period. No brand was as bad as it looked in August, or as good as it looked in September, especially Volkswagen....
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Toyota rises 16 percent, seeks more truck output

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Toyota Motor Sales posted a 16 percent year-over-year U.S. sales increase last month that resulted in its best September since 2007....
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Ford scores biggest gain since 2010

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Ford Motor Co. achieved its largest year-over-year U.S. sales increase in almost five years, posting a 23 percent gain for September. Sales of Ford F-series pickups rose 16 percent, and deliveries of three Ford crossovers -- the Escape, Edge and Explorer -- jumped more than 30 percent each. Mustang sales tripled in September and are now up 61 percent on the year....
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Jeep powers FCA US to 14% increase

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Record Jeep sales pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 14 percent last month as every brand but Chrysler recorded a gain....
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Tucson's quick start, Soul help Hyundai-Kia to breakout month

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Slowly but surely, Hyundai Motor Group is shifting resources toward trucks to catch up with rivals in the U.S. market. That paid off in September as sales of the Hyundai Tucson more than doubled with a redesigned model now in showrooms....
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Trucks lift American Honda; Civic sell down underway with redesign coming

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

With a fresh-looking version of its iconic Civic due in showrooms this fall, American Honda Motor Co. hustled the outgoing compact car out the door in September, helping Honda to a 13 percent sales gain across its Honda and Acura brands....
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Scandal-plagued VW brand ekes out gain

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Volkswagen of America finished a scandal-ridden month with roughly flat U.S. sales, defying forecasts that a mid-month halt to diesel vehicle sales and a black eye to its brand image would hammer its September results....
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GM rides crossover, retail volume to 13% advance

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

GM's U.S. sales rose 13 percent in September on strong crossover demand and a 17 percent rise in retail deliveries....
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Postal Service to buy 9,113 Ram ProMaster vans for large package delivery

8:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's Ram brand won an order for 9,113 2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans from the U.S. Postal Service to be used for large package deliveries....
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BMW eyes new business opportunities with autonomous cars

Sept. 16, 2015 09:58 CET

BMW is rethinking its products, design and business models for the advent of driverless cars, said Peter Schwarzenbauer, the group's Mini boss. The executive added that the competitive advantage for premium carmakers will be based on their ability to offer a portfolio of transport options far beyond just selling cars....
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A tale of 2 fleet sales strategies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Hyundai-Kia's overall sales in August increased 5 percent, while GM slipped 0.7 percent. But here's the rest of the story: Hyundai-Kia fleet volume soared 35 percent in the month while its August retail sales inched up by less than a percent compared with the prior year. GM retail climbed 5.9 percent in August, but it slashed fleet volume 24 percent in August....
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AUGUST U.S. SALES

Sales edge down but SAAR soars to 17.81 million

8:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales slipped 0.7 percent, far better than projections of a 3.3 percent dip, to 1.505 million in August as consumers shrugged off volatile stock prices and continued to splurge. The annualized pace of sales soared to 17.81 million, the highest rate since July 2005 and the strongest month of the 6-year recovery....
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GM slips as fleet pullback continues

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

GM's U.S. sales slipped less than 1 percent in August, as the second straight monthly drop in fleet sales offset rising demand from individual buyers. GM sold 270,480 vehicles last month, down 0.7 percent from a year earlier. GM said retail sales rose 6 percent. Fleet deliveries dropped 24 percent, amid a 38 percent decrease in rental-car sales....
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Hyundai, Kia notch records on Santa Fe, Soul

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Facing stock market turmoil and an unfriendly calendar, Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia still set monthly U.S. sales records in August on strong demand for crossovers. Hyundai reported selling 72,012 vehicles for the month, a 2.9 percent increase, as Kia claimed 58,897 units sold, up 7.7 percent....
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Ford's U.S. retail volume best since '06

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Ford Motor Co. had its best retail-sales month since March 2006 in August, selling 183,467 vehicles in the U.S. Ford posted its highest F-series number of the year and gains of at least 20 percent for five crossover and SUV nameplates....
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Toyota, Honda suffer from weak car deliveries

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

The declines in small and midsize car sales finally caught up to both Toyota and Honda in August. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. reported its August sales fell 8.8 percent from a year earlier to 224,381 vehicles, while American Honda Motor Co.'s sales dropped 6.9 percent to 155,491. Both companies suffered big declines in cars that negated increases in some light trucks....
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Weak Nissan, strong Infiniti results leaves Nissan N.A. off slightly

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Nissan North America reported a slight drop in U.S. sales in August, as lower car sales offset strong performances by the Rogue crossover, the Altima sedan and the Infiniti luxury brand. Still, Nissan’s year-to-date sales have now exceeded 1 million vehicles, the first time the company has crossed that mark just eight months into the year....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Why the momentum could last

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Auto marketers are still standing back from the edge of 2009’s pit of despair, though maybe some leaned in a bit last month....
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VW's run ends with 8.1% drop; Audi's hot streak continues

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Audi of America posted its best August ever, while Volkswagen of America was unable to sustain its brief growth spurt. After posting higher U.S. sales in May, June and July, VW backtracked with an 8.1 percent decline last month. However, the 32,332 vehicles VW sold in August represented its best monthly U.S. sales total of 2015....
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Record Jeep, Ram pickup demand push FCA up 1.7%

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Record Jeep and Ram pickup volume pushed Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales up 1.7 percent in August, offsetting stiff drops at the Dodge and Chrysler brands. The automaker reported sales in the U.S. of 201,672. It's the second month this year, after May, that deliveries topped 200,000, and FCA's 65th consecutive month of year over year sales gains....
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Tesla names new Germany chief amid slow sales

Sept. 1, 2015 06:01 CET

Tesla named a new top executive in Germany, where the U.S. electric car maker is struggling to gain a foothold....
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How Daimler's Car2go could transform how New Yorkers get around town

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

As residents of Brooklyn and Queens know all too well, not having a car makes it difficult to get from one borough to the other. But soon there will be another option: hopping into an unnervingly small, but surprisingly roomy, two-person vehicle and motoring to the other borough, where the rental ends once the driver parks....
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Fleet buyers eased off in July

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Consumers really did overachieve on those unexpectedly robust July auto sales, because many fleet buyers took the month off....
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Nissan supplies campus car-sharing program

11:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Nissan will begin supplying cars to college students for $5 an hour through a campus car-sharing venture by Enterprise Rent-A-Car....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: July's secret sauce? 'Nothing bad happening'

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Why did auto sales flourish in July? “Nothing bad happening,” which as it happens, is my favorite explanation this month....
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