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Days supply rises, but it may be blip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
U.S. stocks of unsold light vehicles rose following moderating September sales, hitting a 64-day supply on Oct. 1. Is that significant? It depends on the measuring stick, and perhaps a calendar fluke....
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EDITORIAL

An mpg report card

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
The pace of U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy gains slowed last year, the EPA said in an annual report. But even though the 0.5 mpg improvement in the 2013 model year was less than half the 2012 savings, the report contained encouraging signs....
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Rural dealers need some heavy-duty help

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Vast rural areas of North America are being transformed by hydraulic fracturing, the controversial energy extraction process better known as fracking. The process is transforming rural auto dealerships as well. The dealers need some help, and automakers serious about selling pickups ought to jump in with both feet to assist....
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Nissan recruits Hyundai Europe COO as global sales chief

Oct. 10, 2014 12:27 CET
Nissan has tapped Hyundai Europe's chief operating officer, Allan Rushforth, to be its new global sales chief. Nissan said Rushforth had demonstrated his ability to lead multicultural teams. He will work out of Nissan's global headquarters in Japan....
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Pickups defy fall in used-vehicle prices

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
In September, overall used-vehicle prices fell for the fifth month in a row, but prices of used pickups rose sharply. It’s all part of a healthy overall market, said Tom Webb, chief economist at auction giant Manheim....
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NADA economist doubts sales over 17 million will last

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
New light-vehicle sales will top 16 million units annually in the United States at least until 2018 but won't reach the heights some forecasters -- and automakers -- are anticipating, predicted Steven Szakaly, chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association....
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Ford says new plants, models to boost China sales after Sept. dip

11:16 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
Ford said it expects to boost sales in China once new assembly facilities come online and new vehicles hit showrooms in coming months, after posting its first dip in China monthly sales this year....
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BMW outsells Audi, Mercedes but its global luxury cars lead is shrinking

Oct. 10, 2014 10:56 CET
BMW Group's core brand outsold rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz in September thanks to strong demand in Europe, but the gap between the three luxury car brands has narrowed this year in a fierce sales race....
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VW says it is on track to sell 10 million vehicles this year as Europe, China offset weak U.S., Brazil sales

Oct. 10, 2014 12:50 CET
Volkswagen said it is on target to sell 10 million vehicles this year after its September deliveries increased by 3 percent. Higher sales in China and Europe are helping to offset weaker volume in the U.S. and South America for the group....
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GM China sales rise at fastest pace in 7 months on Chevy

8:36 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
General Motors, which counts China as its largest market, had the fastest monthly growth in seven months in September as it stays on track to beat the industry’s average growth in the country....
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PSA launches DS6 compact crossover in China

Oct. 10, 2014 06:01 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen launched sales of its China-built DS crossover, the DS6, late last month. The crossover is the second model built exclusively for the China market after the DS5 LS....
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Renault's radical new Twingo could become segment leader

Oct. 10, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault's new Twingo is radically different than the two previous generations of the minicar with a rear-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive and five doors. These features could help it pass the Fiat 500 to lead Europe's hotly contested minicar segment....
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Germany frustrates Nissan's No. 1 goal

Oct. 10, 2014 10:08 CET
Nissan says its goal of becoming the top-selling Asian brand in Europe is being held back by Germany and its preference for domestic brands. To help boost sales, Nissan aims to improve its brand image and retail network in the market....
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China may pass U.S. as Porsche's largest market

Oct. 9, 2014 10:13 CET
Strong demand for the Cayenne SUV may help China overtake the United States as Porsche's largest single market as soon as this year. Sales in China last month rose to 4,344, outpacing the U.S. by 737 vehicles....
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Russian market in free fall as Ukraine crisis curbs demand

Oct. 9, 2014 11:53 CET
Russia's auto market is in free fall with new-car sales plunging by 20 percent last month following a 26 percent drop in August as buyers worried about the country's sanctions-hit economy avoid large purchases....
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Mercedes sales top Audi in Sept. as global competition intensifies

7:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Audi sold fewer cars globally than rival Mercedes-Benz for the first time this year in the latest sign that the sales rivalry among Germany's top luxury automakers is intensifying....
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Audi sells fewer cars than Mercedes as competition intensifies

Oct. 9, 2014 13:04 CET
Audi sold fewer cars than rival Mercedes-Benz for the first time this year in the latest sign that the sales rivalry among Germany's top luxury automakers is intensifying....
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Renault, Peugeot, Opel get big boost from booming small SUV segment

Oct. 8, 2014 06:30 CET
Mass-market automakers such as Renault, Peugeot and Opel are getting a much-needed boost from Europe's booming small SUV segment, which is forecast to more than double in western Europe to nearly 1 million sales by 2020....
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Mercedes has best-ever monthly sales, helped by new models, China

Oct. 7, 2014 15:20 CET
Mercedes had its best month for vehicle sales in the company's 88-year history in September, benefiting from new models and surging demand in China....
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VW core-brand sales remain flat in September

Oct. 7, 2014 12:58 CET
Volkswagen Group said global sales of its core VW passenger-car brand rose 0.2 percent last month, held back by declining deliveries in Russia and the Americas....
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Western European car sales rise 6% in September

Oct. 6, 2014 15:02 CET
Western European car sales rose 6 percent in September, according to forecaster LMC Automotive. However, LMC said it had trimmed its full-year growth forecast due to weak confidence and geopolitical uncertainties....
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Tesla's trump card? Used cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Tesla is developing a program to sell the Model S secondhand in a bid to lower the cost of entry for the $71,070 sedan and unlock the earnings potential of Tesla's factory-owned retail network....
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UK car market heads for highest level in 10 years after 6% growth in September

Oct. 6, 2014 10:48 CET
UK car sales rose 6 percent in September, the 31st consecutive month of growth and the best September since 2004. The market is on track to sell 2.45 million new cars this year, which would be the highest level for ten years....
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Aston Martin sees small recovery as 2013 loss shrinks

Oct. 6, 2014 14:05 CET
Aston Martin cut its pretax loss last year by a third to 25.4 million pounds (32.3 million euros) as the company said it had seen a small rebound in demand for high-end cars. The automaker sold 4,200 cars in 2013, up from 3,800 in 2012....
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AvtoVAZ rebound key to Ghosn's grand plan for Renault-Nissan

Oct. 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn's plan to make the alliance one of the top three global automakers by 2016 could be derailed if Russia's largest automaker, AvtoVAZ, fails to recover from the country's latest market collapse....
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