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BMW, Mercedes to test subscription services in U.S.

Rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW plan to launch vehicle subscription pilots in the U.S. this year, joining a growing list of luxury brands in offering consumers a vehicle to drive for a monthly fee that includes insurance, maintenance and pickup and delivery.

For Mazda and Toyota, why the rush to Alabama?

With U.S. sales in decline — and who knows for how long? — is it the right time to add vehicle production capacity?

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2019 Ram 1500 gets big screen, reclining seats

The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup -- wholly changed and sporting sophisticated technology once reserved for luxury sedans -- is the result of that all-in commitment to the automaker's top-selling vehicle.

Demand cools for once-hot cars at auctions

It's easy to see why wholesale prices for used midsize sedans are declining: aggressively priced, subvented leases adopted two and three years ago to clear out the cars as consumer preferences shifted to crossovers and SUVs have begun to ripple through the used car market.

2018 opens with lower car stocks

Automakers and dealers began the new calendar year with lower levels of unsold cars and larger numbers of unsold trucks — in other words, in a better position than they were a year ago.

GM's inventory, stock small victories

Nick Bunkley's "New GM shows it can keep promises" blows smoke at CEO Mary Barra for reducing inventory and "pushing GM shares up nearly 30 percent." But, in my mind, those are only two relatively insignificant achievements.

Industry ignores boomers' needs

If VW would offer the Atlas' four-cylinder turbo in the Tiguan, I'd jump on it, as it would fill a niche that the industry as a whole seems to be ignoring.

M-B made the right moves to improve

I have to say that Mercedes-Benz has really put out the big guns to improve their line to such an extent that it really is amazing.

Mitsubishi eager to prove its potential

The Japanese brand, now forging ahead as part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, is ready to turn the page on a rough stretch with the help of the Outlander PHEV and Eclipse Cross.

Civic is tops with minority buyers

The Honda Civic was the best-selling vehicle among ethnic consumers for the 2017 model year, the second consecutive year the brand has taken that title, IHS Markit and NAMAD said.

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'19 Silverado may emerge as efficiency leader

Industry-first engine technology, significant weight savings and a new inline-six diesel offering are among the enhancements GM is counting on to bolster the Chevrolet Silverado's position as the second-best-selling vehicle in America.

Luxury showdown in '18?

Mercedes-Benz has spent two consecutive years atop the U.S. luxury market, but BMW and Lexus are looking for growth from new products on the way. 2018 could be a year of gains for luxury vehicles, even with overall sales on the decline.

'17 sales soften, but confidence still strong

Auto executives and experts are confident that the industry's good times will continue this year despite a 1.8 percent decline in U.S. new light-vehicle sales in 2017 that ended a seven-year growth streak.