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January 2012 Car Sales Are Strong--Except At GM
January 2012 Car Sales Are Strong--Except At GM

While nearly every automaker reported brisk, upbeat sales numbers for the first month of 2012, General Motors didn't have much to cheer. GM sales were off by 6 percent last month, while its crosstown rivals were up, strongly in the case of Chrysler, which reported a sales increase of 44 percent...Read More»

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Amid Profit, Chrysler Builds 1,000,000th Pentastar Engine

With Chrysler reporting its first profitable fiscal year since 1997, the news that the company's one millionth "Pentastar" engine rolled out of its Trenton, Mich., marks more progress in its turnaround. The milestone comes a mere eighteen months after production began in July of 2010. "To build one...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-4X
Saab's U.S. Dealers Pray For Miracle, Ask For Chapter 11 Protection

Saab is dead, but the dream of Saab lives on -- at least in the U.S. According to a report in AutoNews, a group of Saab dealers in the States have banded together to petition a U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Chapter 11 status. Why Chapter 11? Because it allows the possibility -- no matter how slim --...Read More»

Chevrolet's worldwide sales performance in 2011
GM Back On Top With 9 Million Unit Sales In 2011

Fueled by record worldwide sales of its Chevrolet brand, General Motors has achieved 2011 sales of 9.03 million units, surpassing both the 8.16 million sold by Volkswagen and the 7.9 million estimated by Toyota. Like other Japanese automakers, Toyota was impacted by inventory shortages caused by...Read More»

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
A Strong December Closes Out 2011 Car Sales

As automakers are reporting December 2011 sales, a recovery that began early last year seems to be growing more steady, and stronger. Each of the Big Three automakers--Ford (NYSE:F), General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Chrysler--reported sales increases for the month and for the year, as retail vehicle...Read More»

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Chrysler, Ford, Toyota Score 100% On LGBT Workplace Equality (Updated)

UPDATED: One of our contacts at GM wrote in with a couple of important clarifications. See the note below. The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, and for ten years, the organization has been ranking companies on their...Read More»

2012 Toyota Camry SE
Total Recall: Automakers Issue Fewer Safety Fixes In 2011

No matter what brand of vehicle you have, chances are it is—or will be—affected by some sort of recall. Recalls, while a necessity for safety, mean lost time and money for both the automaker and the customer. And the good news is that there were fewer this past year. According to a...Read More»

2012 Ford Fusion
Outgoing Ford Fusion Racks Up Record Sales

As midsize sedans go, the 2012 Ford Fusion tends to blend into the background of the automotive landscape. It’s not overly flashy, and it doesn’t star in any wacky internet promotions or even many prime-time ads. It’s getting up in years, too, having hit the U.S. market back in...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster
Christopher Chapman To Head Design For Hyundai America

Hyundai has announced that former BMW designer Christopher Chapman has been appointed to the position of Chief Designer at the Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI). In this role, he will have overall responsibility for new vehicle and concept vehicle design. Chapman takes over from Philip...Read More»

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GM Drops Big Fuel As Social Media Agency

After a short year-long relationship, General Motors is dropping Big Fuel as its social media agency of record. In early November, GM announced it would begin an overall agency review, in an effort to become more efficient in the way its agencies of record are handled. The review wasn't limited to...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-5
Will Saab's Demise Draw Bargain Hunters To Dealers?

Despite repeated eleventh-hour lifelines, the week began with the end of Saab. After its petition for bankruptcy was approved by a Swedish court Monday, word traveled quickly. Here in America, a nine-minute conference call to the nation's 188 dealerships confirmed the 64-year-old automaker's fate...Read More»

MINI already using #Saab in advertising.
Saab Is Dead, Long Live... MINI?

In case you missed today's breaking news on Saab, the Swedish automaker filed for bankruptcy in Swedish District Court this morning. The move came after Chinese suitor Youngman withdrew funding commitments, following GM’s reconfirmation that it would block any purchase attempt by the Chinese...Read More»

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Alabama Nabs Honda Exec A Week After Jailing Mercedes Manager Under Immigration Law

Many of the people arrested under Alabama's new immigration law--immigrants from Central and South America, documented or not--get no media attention. A state that arrests or tickets executives from foreign automakers who provide thousands of jobs, however, makes the press sit up and take notice...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
November 2011 Car Sales: Ahead of the Curve

New vehicle sales continued their slow, steady improvement in November across most of the major brands, automakers reported along with monthly sales today. Projections had the month coming in at anywhere from TrueCar's estimated seasonally adjusted selling rate (SAAR) of 13.3 million units, to some...Read More»

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November Auto Sales Booming, On Pace To Hit Record High

U.S. auto showrooms are usually quiet in November. That's due to a combination of factors, including the colder weather (which keeps some folks indoors), the holiday season (which forces many shoppers to prioritize tchotchkes over cars), and of course, buyers patiently waiting for December's...Read More»

The Mercedes-Benz logo.
Alabama Immigration Law Leads To Arrest Of Mercedes Manager

Alabama’s complex and controversial new immigration laws don’t leave police with a lot of room for interpretation. If you’re stopped and can’t produce documentation, you go to jail until you can prove your identity (and nationality), or until you sit before a judge. The law...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-5
Saab Sold To Chinese Investors, But Will Beijing Approve?

The strange saga of Saab has taken another hairpin turn this morning: in a short post to its website, Saab says that Chinese firms Pang Da and Youngman will now purchase 100% of the company. But the three parties still have a few hoops to jump through, including getting authority from Chinese...Read More»

Suzuki Swift Sport
Suzuki Bails On Major Auto Shows In Los Angeles & Detroit

Suzuki fans, we have bad news: if you were hoping to glimpse your favorite automaker's newest rides at the upcoming Los Angeles and Detroit auto shows, you're in for some disappointment. For those who follow Suzuki, it's not surprising that the company is skipping Detroit. Suzuki hasn't appeared...Read More»

Toyota Suspends U.S. Production Due To Floods In Thailand

The floods ravaging Thailand have been back-page news in much of the U.S., but as the water continues to rise, it may finally saturate the headlines. The latest news is that Toyota plans to shut down production at U.S. facilities this weekend due to a shortage of parts from Thai suppliers. The...Read More»

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