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Toyota Motor Corp. unveils the Toyota Cavalier, a compact car built by General Motors in the U.S., on Oct. 16, 1995. It went on sale in Japan in January 1996.
The U.S. government on Oct. 7, 2003, began a new test to assess light vehicles for rollover risk, focusing particularly on SUVs that are more prone than cars to overturn.
U.S. light-vehicle deliveries last month fell 5.5 percent, slightly better than analysts' forecast for a 7 percent decline compared to September 2017, when sales spiked as consumers replaced vehicles destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. The SAAR came in at 17.54 million, far exceeding forecasts, and rose above 17 million for the seventh time this year, after two months below that level.
The Lincoln Continental, one of Ford Motor Co.'s most revered nameplates, is introduced Oct. 2, 1939, with a price of $2,840.
Virgil Exner, the designer behind the clean "Forward Look" styling of Chrysler's 1955 models and the spectacular fins of the 1957 that caught General Motors off guard, is born on Sept. 24, 1909, in Ann Arbor, Mich.
With more and more Americans gravitating to light trucks, Volkswagen will end production of the venerable Beetle in 2019, closing another chapter for one of the auto industry's most storied nameplates.
Volkswagen is ending production of the iconic Beetle in 2019, closing another chapter for one of the auto industry's most storied nameplates.
U.S. auto sales slipped 0.2 percent in August behind a plunge in car demand and lower volume at GM and Toyota. The SAAR came in at 16.69 million.
Paced by declines at Ford, the Japan 3, General Motors and Hyundai-Kia, light-vehicle sales fell in July as the auto industry lost speed going into the second half of a year projected to be weaker than the robust first six months. The SAAR fell to 16.73 million, in line with projections. Light-truck demand rose while car deliveries skidded 18 percent.
Chrysler acquires the Dodge Brothers for $170 million on July 31, 1928, growing fivefold overnight and becoming the third of Detroit's Big 3 automakers, after General Motors and Ford.
Ford, after reporting a staggering second-quarter loss from automotive operations as high gasoline prices drove consumers from its more profitable light trucks, discloses plans on July 24, 2008, to add six small European vehicles and large Lincoln crossover in North America.
John Cooper, the automotive engineer, enthusiast and sports-car driver who created one of the more notable chic fashion statements of London's swinging '60s, the Mini Cooper, is born July 17, 1923, in Surrey, U.K.
Swedish engineer Nils Bohlin is issued patent No. 3,043,625 for his three-point automobile safety belt "for use in vehicles, especially road vehicles" on July 10, 1962, by the United States Patent Office.
U.S. light-vehicle deliveries, boosted by healthy deals, America's surging appetite for light trucks and an extra weekend of sales, rose 5.2 percent in June as the auto industry closed out the first half of 2018 on a high. The SAAR for June came in at 17.47 million, up sharply from June 2017 and May.
The first car, Karl Benz's Patent Motor Car, hits the street publicly on July 3, 1886, on the Ringstrasse in Mannheim, Germany.
FCA is giving a formal name to the outgoing Ram "DS" half-ton pickup: Ram 1500 Classic, and will target it at entry and commercial buyers.
Fiat Chrysler is giving a formal name to the outgoing Ram "DS" half-ton pickup: Ram 1500 Classic.
Congress on June 26, 1956, approves the Federal Highway Act, dedicating more than $30 billion to build some 41,000 miles of
Entrepreneur and auto designer Preston Tucker unveils the radical Tucker 48 Turbo prototype in Chicago on June 19, 1947.
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. The SAAR for May totaled 16.91 million.
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. The Stutz Series A roadster was powered by a 390-cubic-inch, 60-hp straight-four engine produced by Wisconsin Motor Co.
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.
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