The first DeLorean DMC-12, the brainchild of John DeLorean, a precocious former General Motors engineer who went on to become the youngest head of Pontiac and later Chevrolet, rolls off the production line Jan. 21, 1981, in Belfast, Ireland.
The first-generation Durango, based on the Dakota pickup, held up to seven passengers and towed up to 7,500 pounds when properly equipped. Original designs for the Durango featured a rear-facing third row similar to older station wagons marketed by Detroit's automakers. To make room for a more practical, forward-facing third row, Dodge shortened the length of the Durango's front doors and raised the roof two inches beyond the front seats, engineering changes that allowed for stadium seating.
U.S. auto sales rose 2.2 percent in December, capping a year that saw overall volume rise 0.6 percent even as automakers endeavored to counter slumping car demand with healthy light-truck deliveries. The seasonally adjusted, annualized rate of sales in December -- 17.72 million -- was a high for the year, providing automakers with momentum and optimism heading into 2019.
- GM: Sales slip as year ends, sealing 3rd straight annual drop
- FORD: F-series just short of record year but sedan declines drag down total
- FCA: Jeep, Ram records spur 8.5% boost in 2018 total
- VW/AUDI: Brands end year in opposite directions
- TOYOTA: Overall sales slip, but light trucks set Dec. record
- HONDA: Cars a drag in 2018
- NISSAN: December sales surged 7.6%, but annual results still fell
- SUBARU: 10th consecutive year of record sales, best month ever
- HYUNDAI-KIA: Sales slide ebbing as crossover mix improves
- LUXURY: Mercedes edges BMW for 2018 U.S. crown; Acura tops Caddy
- CANADA: 2 million new vehicles sold in 2018 even as sales fell 6.5% in December
Honda Motor Co. on Dec. 17, 2008, cancels plans to build a new Acura NSX sports car as the automaker grapples with the global economic slump. The NSX program eventually was revived, and the long-delayed supercar went on sale in 2016.