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Led by strong Jeep sales at FCA and smaller gains at Ford, Honda, Hyundai-Kia and the VW brand, U.S. new-vehicle sales jumped 4.7 percent last month behind robust light-truck demand and holiday deals.
Carl Fisher, the visionary behind what would become the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, drives a Stutz to pace the field for the second running of the Indianapolis 500 race, on May 30, 1912.
A Hurst/Olds Cutlass paces the 58th Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 1974. The 1974 pace car featured a 455-cubic-inch Rocket V-8 that produced 230 hp.
Construction on Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, the longtime home of the Italian Grand Prix and synonymous with European motor racing, begins on May 15, 1922.
General Motors will discontinue the Cadillac ATS sedan after the 2018 model year, just six years after introducing the small car as a worthy rival to the strongest German competitors.
Chrysler hatches plans to introduce the DeSoto brand on May 6, 1928, in what turned out to be a momentous year for one of Detroit's
U.S. auto sales fell about 4.8 percent in April on weaker car and fleet volume, and two fewer selling days, but the pace of sales remained strong as the spring selling season continued to unfold with some gusto.
The last Oldsmobile, a dark metallic cherry red Alero sedan, is produced on April 29, 2004, in Lansing, Mich., ending America's oldest automotive brand after a 106-year run.
Infiniti has turned its aging QX50 into a true competitor in the compact premium crossover space, with an advanced engine, new safety technologies and an attractive sticker.
GM, seeking an accelerated revival at its flagship luxury brand, appointed Steve Carlisle president of Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, who will leave the automaker.
General Motors appointed its Canadian chief Steve Carlisle president of Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, who is leaving the automaker immediately. Travis Hester will succeed Carlisle.
The Mercury Mariner crossover, a sibling of the Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute, is introduced at the 2003 New York auto show on April 17, 2003.
The Hummer H2 SUT -- for sport-utility truck -- concept is introduced in New York's Times Square on April 10, 2001.
The sprint to "70 percent" -- light trucks' share of the overall U.S. new-vehicle market -- took a giant leap in the first quarter, capped by a spectacular March.
U.S. light-vehicle deliveries, behind higher discounts and fleet shipments, a surge in light-truck demand and an extra weekend of sales, rose 6.
The AMC Gremlin goes on sale in the U.S. on April 1, 1970, competing with the Chevrolet Vega and Ford Pinto introduced six months later, in addition to imports such as the Volkswagen Beetle and Toyota Corona.
The Nissan Murano crossover makes its world premiere on March, 27, 2002, at the New York auto show. Nissan described the light truck as an "urban sports utility vehicle."
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Warren Harding becomes the first president-elect to ride to his inauguration in a motor car, on March 4, 1921.
Light-vehicle sales in the United States dropped more than 2 percent in February as most major automakers posted declines and the market continued to cool.
The Subaru 360, the first line of vehicles produced by Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru, debuts on March 3, 1958, in Japan.
Italian industrialist Ferruccio Lamborghini,who founded the eponymous luxury car company that produced some of the fastest, most expensive and sought-after sports cars in the world, died on Feb. 20, 1993, at age 76.
The last Prowler is produced by DaimlerChrysler on Feb. 15, 2002, in Detroit. The aluminum-intensive Prowler first appeared at the 1993 Detroit auto show as a concept.
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