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B-Series, B-Seeing You: Mazda Leaves U.S. Pickup Market
B-Series, B-Seeing You: Mazda Leaves U.S. Pickup Market

Don’t look for a 2010 Mazda B-Series; the nameplate has quietly slipped off Mazda’s U.S. roster this fall. The move leaves only a few compact pickups in the North American market. The 2010 Ford Ranger gets side airbags and electronic stability control, as we’ve reported, but it otherwise...Read More»

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Pickup Trucks Set To Rebound, Led By Ford And GM

It's no secret that pickup sales have been suffering for some time. The segment's troubles hit full-tilt when fuel prices spiked during the summer of 2008, and those problems were magnified by the economic turmoil that began walloping the globe last fall. But there is some light at the end of the...Read More»

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GM Extends eBay Sales Program To September 30

When General Motors emerged from bankruptcy on July 10, the company's newly reinstalled PR man, Bob Lutz,  made several important announcements. Among them: GM had begun partnership with eBay, which would offer customers the opportunity to bid on and purchase vehicles through the popular auction...Read More»

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro Outsells Ford Mustang Again

When comes to Detroit's Big Three, Ford is the belle of the ball these days: the company never accepted bailout dough from the U.S. government, and as a result, Ford's brand and its sales are both doing pretty well. However, one of the company's flagship models -- the Ford Mustang -- has recently...Read More»

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Modesty Is In; Luxury, Profit Margins Are Out

We've all heard of the Hemline Index, which asserts that women's skirts become more modest in tough economic times. Well, a parallel in the auto industry claims that notions of good taste force a drop in conspicuous consumerism during rough money days. Case in point: in 2005, the luxury car segment...Read More»

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HUMMERs And Handguns -- Now Under One Roof

Sadly, this hasn't been HUMMER's year. The brand was already known as the poster child for gas guzzlers; now it's being bought by a company in China (with final details expected this week), and sales on the lots have tanked. So what's a HUMMER dealer to do? Expand operations, of course. Branch out...Read More»

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Survey: Nielsen Reports Cash-For-Clunkers Online Data

Media metrics powerhouse Nielsen Research spends a great deal of time analyzing TV ratings and buying habits, but the company has also kept its eye on the federal government's Cash-for-Clunkers initiative. New data reveals some interesting insights about the program and its effect on the public. As...Read More»

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Hyundai-Kia Becomes The World's Fourth Largest Automaker

Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group is now the world's fourth-largest automaker, according to Automotive News Data Center. To reach that spot, the company leapfroged over Ford Motor Company, outselling it by 8,000 units in the first six months of 2009. That's a quite a feat, if you consider that the...Read More»

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Germany Wants 1,000,000 EVs On The Road By 2020

Germany has set a goal of putting 1,000,000 electric vehicles on its roadways by the year 2020, and Chancellor Angela Merkel is putting together a plan to make that happen. The plan relies on financial incentives to both manufacturers and consumers, which would begin rolling out in the 2012...Read More»

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Automotive Stimulus Program Takes The Government Out of Clunkers?

The reports are mounting of an increasingly common scene: a would-be new car buyer is thwarted in their attempts to trade in a car under the government's cash for clunkers program, and leaves the lot dejected. But now a private group of automotive retailers has joined forces to offer their own...Read More»

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J.D. Power Sees Continued Improvement In Auto Sales In 2010

Add one more bright-sider to the list of analysts declaring that the economy is in turnaround mode: automotive heavyweight J.D. Power & Associates estimates that auto sales in the U.S. may reach the 11.5 million mark in calendar year 2010 -- a 15% jump above the 10 million-unit estimate for...Read More»

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Ford Focuses On The Focus To Meet Clunker Trade-In Boom

The Ford Focus has been extremely popular with Cash-for-Clunkers buyers. With an MSRP starting just above $15,000 and an EPA-rated fuel economy of 24/33 mpg -- not to mention the new luster of attractiveness Ford has acquired in light of its refusal to accept bailout dough -- the Focus is...Read More»

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Toyota Drops Goal Of Achieving 15% Global Market Share

In 2002, Toyota president Fujio Cho set a lofty goal for the company: 15% of the global auto market. The timeline for achieving that goal? Shortly after 2010. However, the Tokyo-based automaker's new president (and scion of the Toyoda family), Akio Toyoda, has set aside that objective, instead...Read More»

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Ford To Post July Sales Gain Thanks To Cash-For-Clunkers

The good news: Ford Motor Company is set to post a year-over-year sales increase for the month of July -- its first since 2007. The (potentially) bad news: the jump in sales for July 2009 is due to the federal government's Cash-for-Clunkers program. We say that's bad news because in scientific...Read More»

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Michigan Dealers Bandy Bumping Blue Laws

Blue laws are most commonly used to regulate alcohol sales, but in 13 states, they also ban the selling of automobiles on Sunday. Now, dealers in one of those states -- Michigan -- are pondering the possibility of lifting the restriction that shutters dealers in counties of 130,000+ residents. Some...Read More»

2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid
San Antonio Nissan Fans Hoping For Rain On August 8

World Nissan in San Antonio, Texas is making customers an interesting offer: buy Nissan Altima between July 15 and August 1, and if it rains in San Antonio on August 8, the dealership will refund the car's purchase price. The promotion comes by way of the dealership's car sales manager, "Big Al"...Read More»

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J.D. Power Says Things Are Becoming Less Terrible

Vaguely good news from J.D. Power and Associates this morning: car sales are slightly less abysmal! To be sure, retail sales are down from 2008, and July 2009 retail sales are on-track to clock in 4% below June. However, fleet sales are up, so everything balances out, and the seasonally adjusted...Read More»

Yoshimi Inaba
Toyota Not Profitable In America, Evaluating U.S. Operations

Although many economists have begun to see light at the end of the recessionary tunnel, Toyota Motor America chairman Yoshimi Inaba claims that Toyota is not currently profitable in North America, even though the company has taken numerous cost-cutting measures in recent months. According to Inaba...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse
Buick Keeping A Tight Rein On Inventory

Though less than two weeks old, the young, nubile General Motors Company seems slightly more savvy than its bloated parent, General Motors Corporation. First, Bob Lutz recanted his position on the Pontiac G8, which was bad news for enthusiasts but good news for GM's bottom line. And now vice...Read More»

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