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GM Back On Top With 9 Million Unit Sales 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»

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Cars Getting Long In The Tooth: Average Age Is 11 Years

If it seems like there are a lot of old Fords, Chevys, Hondas and Toyotas on the roads today, the fact is that there are. The average age of American vehicles is now 11 years old, according to new research from R. L. Polk. Polk also says that this figure, which is actually 10.8 years, is an...Read More»

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Americans Are Holding On To Their Cars Longer Than Ever

Given the recent recession and relatively high unemployment figures, it's no surprise that car owners are holding on to their vehicles for a long time. According to research firm Polk, however, the average age of vehicles on U.S. roads has hit an all-time high of 10.8 years. The age of passenger...Read More»

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BMW Bumps Mercedes, Lexus To Become America's Top Luxury Brand

For a full decade, Lexus has been parked at the top of the U.S. luxury car heap, but no more. Sales stats released this week have put a different brand in the top spot, and that brand is BMW. The Wall Street Journal reports that BMW and rival automaker Mercedes-Benz both delayed sharing sales...Read More»

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Family Car Sales 2011: And The Winner Is…

The perennial one-two family sedan sales leaders used to be the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord, and not always in that order. But as of 2011, things have changed a bit in the top-selling family sedan lineup. Here are the family sedans that finished the year in the top six sales positions...Read More»

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Gas Prices, Lexus LF-LC Hybrid Concept, 2013 Ford EcoSport: Today's Car News

Today at High Gear Media, we put 2011 electric-car sales numbers into context while Ford reveals the 2013 EcoSport crossover. Photos of the Lexus LF-LC Hybrid Concept leak out and Snoop Dogg helped give away a car on The Price Is Right. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car...Read More»

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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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Analysts Predict A Booming Auto Market In 2012 (Except In Europe)

The dust is still settling from 2011, but early figures indicate that the U.S auto market recorded significant growth over 2010. Analysts at Polk Research say that upward trend will continue across much of the globe in 2012 -- though alas, not everywhere. THE WINNERS China: Though some have...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»

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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»

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Car-Shopping Tips For Black Friday Deals

If you’re planning to put on your walking shoes and fight the crowds for deals at the mall this Black Friday, you might want to switch up and do something entirely different: shop for a car instead. No, it’s not lunacy. At least, that’s what some of the industry experts have to...Read More»

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Looking For A Volt? More Now Available As GM Allows Dealers To Sell Demos

It’s no secret that Chevrolet Volt sales have been constrained due to availability. That, and the fact that dealers were eager to hold onto their single demonstrator Volt, if they had one, in order to bring traffic to the store. Now that General Motors has decided to allow dealers to sell...Read More»

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Increased Car Sales Means Bargains May Be Slim And Tough To Find

If you’re in the market for a new family car and haven’t made the deal yet, you might find that the attractive incentives automakers have been offering are few and far between. In fact, it’s due to the record incentives that car sales are up. This is a good news, bad news...Read More»

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As Car Sales Increase, Bargains Will Likely Be Harder To Find

Thanks in part to record incentives, car sales in the United States are up, but that brings with it both good news and bad news. First the good news: consumers don’t spend money on things like automobiles unless they have confidence in the economy, which could mean that the worst of the...Read More»

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October Auto Sales: The Leading Edge Of An Economic Rebound?

While U.S. economic news is hardly good, somehow auto sales again proved to be a bright spot in October. As the housing sector remains on a downward slide in much of the country, manufacturing growth slowed, and economists wondered how Greece's nearing economic meltdown will affect the global...Read More»

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Incentives Edge Higher, Sales Rate Hits A New Record

Incentive spending is up among many automakers, and when incentives rise, car sales often follow. In fact, new data suggests a Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate (SAAR) of 13.4 million new car sales for the year, which is higher than the U.S. has seen since August 2009. Incentives make a comeback...Read More»

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Toyota To Topple As World's #1 Automaker, VW & GM Ride To Top

Volkswagen is bound and determined to become the world's largest automaker, and it promises to do so by 2018. According to industry analysts, VW could meet its goal this year -- seven years ahead of schedule -- but it may not stay on top for long. In terms of sales volume, Toyota is the world's...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
2011 Ford Explorer Hits 100,000 Sales In 2011

When Ford introduced the new 2011 Explorer in July 2010, the automaker knew it had a potential sales hit on its hands. What Ford didn’t know was how many customers would quickly take to the completely revised mid-size SUV. The answer is in, and it turns out that over 100,000 Explorers have...Read More»

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