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Ford unloads Aston Martin

Ford Motor Co.

President-elect Harding takes historic ride to 1921 swearing-in

Warren Harding becomes the first president-elect to ride to his inauguration in a motor car, on March 4, 1921.

U.S. market continues to cool

UPDATED: 3/1/18 3:09 pm ET

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.

Subaru's 'Ladybird' bows in Japan

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.

Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of famed Italian supercar maker, dies in 1993

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.

End of the line for the Prowler

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.

Complex sales picture decoded: So far, so good

A jumble of factors now in play could turn light-vehicle sales in any which direction. Is it time to kiss the good times hello?

Cadillac XT4 to debut in Big Apple

Cadillac's newest crossover, the XT4, will make its world debut in the Big Apple next month as part of the New York auto show.

U.S. sales start 2018 with a gain behind trucks, spiffs, fleet

UPDATED: 2/2/18 6:13 am ET

U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 1.2 percent in January with higher incentives and light-truck demand luring consumers even as severe cold temperatures across large swaths of the country put a chill in some showroom traffic.

Honda to revive Passport badge for new crossover

Honda is resurrecting the Passport nameplate for a new crossover to be slotted between the CR-V and Pilot, according to people familiar with the plans.

Isuzu decides to exit U.S.

Isuzu Motors, in a rare move by a Japanese automaker, on Jan. 30, 2008, says it will exit the U.S. light-vehicle market, effective Jan. 31, 2009.

Opel launches car output in 1899

The Opel brothers acquire Friedrich Lutzmann's motor car plant and begin production of the "Opel Patent Motor Car, System Lutzmann" in Ruesselsheim, Germany, on Jan. 21, 1899.

PSA to electrify global product lineup by 2025

PSA plans to bring electrified options to its full car and light-truck lineup by 2025, joining other automakers in pledging to widely deploy partial or fully electric powertrains to lower emissions, CEO Carlos Tavares said...

BMW scratches the X in X7

The BMW Concept X7 was supposed to make its Detroit auto show debut this week but "the SUV was damaged while in transport to Detroit by truck," a BMW spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Toyota unwraps Venza at 2008 Detroit auto show

Toyota's 2009 Venza crossover sedan is introduced Jan. 14, 2008, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Mercedes looks back ... to 1979

Mercedes-Benz is heralding the debut of the

FCA to shift heavy-duty Ram output to U.S. from Mexico

UPDATED: 1/11/18 10:09 pm ET - adds details

FCA will invest more than $1 billion to modernize a Michigan plant to produce the Ram Heavy Duty pickup, which will be shifted from Mexico.

Honda previews Element with Model X concept

The Honda Model X concept -- a preview of the boxy Element, a crossover based on a modified CR-V platform and aimed mostly at young men in their 20s -- debuted on Jan.

U.S. sales slip in 2017, ending 7-year streak

UPDATED: 1/3/18 6:37 pm ET - adds details

U.S. new light-vehicle sales slipped 5 percent in December and dipped 1.8 percent to 17.

Honda to slot third-gen Insight hybrid above Civic

Honda is resurrecting the Insight nameplate -- a five-passenger gasoline-electric hybrid sedan with a new profile-- to be slotted above the Civic and will show a prototype at the 2018 Detroit auto show.

Honda to slot third-gen Insight hybrid above Civic

Honda is resurrecting the Insight nameplate -- a five-passenger gasoline-electric hybrid sedan with a new profile-- to be slotted above the Civic. It will be in Canadian showrooms in late 2018.

President Johnson signs Clean Air Act

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Clean Air Act on Dec.

Deals, light-truck demand push U.S. sales to Nov. record

UPDATED: 12/4/17 12:56 pm ET

Auto sales, behind strong results at Nissan, Ford and Honda, rose to 1,399,640 in November -- a record for the month -- exceeding most forecasts and driven by light-truck demand and fatter deals.

Nissan tests Versa Note e-Power hybrid for U.S.

Is Nissan readying the Versa Note e-Power hybrid for the United States? New spy photos show the car undergoing road tests in Michigan.

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