Led by a steep drop in Nissan volume and smaller declines at some of its biggest rivals, U.S. light-vehicle demand fell in December, in part because of one less selling day and lower fleet demand, even as consumer incentives hit record highs. The SAAR closed out 2019 at 16.98 million, shy of forecasts.
The three-man crew aboard NASA's Apollo 17 mission depart the moon on Dec. 19, 1972, and return to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, while leaving behind the third U.S. lunar rover, which was co-engineered by Boeing and General Motors.
Toyota Motor, Honda Motor, Hyundai, Subaru and Kia posted higher U.S. sales in November, a sign that the industry is winding up the year with renewed momentum after an October lull. Few brands recorded declines in a month marked by higher spiffs, holiday promotions and an extra sales day and weekend.
Hirshberg, a passionate innovator and unconventional manager, left a key post at GM's Buick division and later oversaw the Japanese automaker's new design center in Southern California, where he created the Altima and Xterra and revived the famed Z car.