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Transplants set to dominate North American production

After opening several large plants in recent years -- and with more under construction -- transplant automakers are expected to account for more than half of North American production for the first time ever in 2018.

GM delivers on promise to control inventories

GM executives said last year they would bring their burgeoning inventories under control. They delivered.

GM's brass shows it can deliver on promises

GM executives last year said they would bring their burgeoning inventories under control. They delivered.

HONDA: Dec. decline; 3rd straight annual record

UPDATED: 1/3/18 7:29 pm ET - adds U.S. market share data

American Honda's U.S. sales fell 7 percent in December, but it still achieved record annual sales for a third consecutive year.

Another down year ahead?

It looks like 2018 will be the first time in four years that new-vehicle sales in the United States fall short of 17 million, though the tax reform bill signed into law last week could help.

December U.S. sales predicted to be strong but down from 2016

December is projected to produce the highest U.S. new-vehicle sales volume of the year, but it won't be enough for 2017 to top last year's record-setting total.

Cadillac gives dealers reprieve after 'many' miss Pinnacle sales goals

Cadillac, acknowledging "many" dealerships fell short of their targets this year due to a lack of fresh products, will calculate dealer compensation for 2018 based more on customer-satisfaction scores and compliance with...

Redesigned QX50 critical to Infiniti

Infiniti expects its redesigned crossover, powered by what it calls a breakthrough engine technology, to finally make it a bigger player in a critical segment.

Cadillac pulling off camouflage sooner

Cadillac, which has a major overhaul of its lineup on the way, plans to reveal new vehicles further in advance to allow for more thorough testing on public roads.

Kia, Alfa finalists for North American vehicles of the year for first time

UPDATED: 11/29/17 12:56 pm ET - adds new photos

Kia and Alfa Romeo have for the first time ever been named finalists for the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards.

Kia, Alfa finalists for North American vehicles of the year for first time

Kia and Alfa Romeo have for the first time ever been named finalists for the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards.

Infiniti banks on retooled QX50 to pad U.S. sales

Infiniti, already one of the fastest growing luxury brands, aims to give itself a bigger boost with a technology-laden crossover that one executive calls the most important vehicle in the brand's history.

Daimler: EVs in all shapes and sizes

The new vision for Smart speaks to how much new demands of electrification and autonomy are shuffling corporate strategies, even for a longtime technology leader such as Daimler.

BMW: What comes after 'ultimate'?

What happens to an automaker that claims to make "the ultimate driving machine" when cars can drive themselves and have electric motors that lack a satisfying roar under the hood?

PSA: Putting mobility first

Under CEO Carlos Tavares, PSA is not only making itself bigger but is taking an unconventional approach to re-establishing itself in North America after a 26-year absence.

VW: Pushing hard into electrification

Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal forced the automaker to rethink its future more swiftly and decisively than a company of its size normally would.

U.S. sales projected to slip in October, despite strong post-hurricane demand

October is on track to be the second-best month of 2017 for U.S. new-vehicle sales, even though volume is projected to fall slightly from the same month last year.

A car for every plug and purpose

Almost every brand has some kind of plug-in vehicle headed to U.S. dealerships in the next five years, if not a bunch of them.

CAR names mobility expert Carla Bailo CEO

Carla Bailo, a mobility expert and former executive at Nissan North America, will become CEO of the Center for Automotive Research this fall.

August may produce year's first U.S. sales gain

August could be the first positive month of 2017 for U.S. auto sales, breaking a streak of seven consecutive year-over-year declines.


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