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SEPTEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES

GM, Nissan, Chrysler gains propel market to 9% increase

8:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales -- paced by truck-fueled gains at GM, Chrysler Group and Nissan Group -- rose 9 percent in a September marked by sharp brand advances and a few steep declines. The industry-wide results were just below forecasts and cooler than the scorching rate of sales set in August. Still, they reflect a market coasting toward its fifth straight year of recovery following the 2007-09 recession. The SAAR has topped 16 million for 6 straight months....
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Trucks fly in a 'best we could have expected' September

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
U.S. sales of SUVs, small crossovers and full-size pickups soared in September as cars became a tougher sell. Overall volume rose 9 percent, and a 16.4 million SAAR showed demand remains strong even after the industry put up big numbers all summer....
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Chrysler Group gains on Jeep, Ram volume

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Chrysler Group sold 169,890 vehicles in September, a 19 percent increase from September 2013, with every brand but Dodge contributing to the company's gains. It was the group's 54th consecutive month of year-over-year increases....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Opel hopes new Corsa will remain a best seller

Oct. 1, 2014 15:48 CET
Opel hopes its heavily reworked Corsa will remain a best seller, despite the fact that the subcompact is still using some components from the older platform. The next generation of the hatchback is due to launch in 2018....
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Canadian sales drive toward record

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Auto sales in Canada headed toward an all-time annual high after a number of automakers broke September sales records....
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Toyota trucks carry load amid wait for '15 Camry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Booming crossover and SUV sales helped Toyota Division eke out its seventh straight monthly sales gain last month, while Lexus continued to gain ground on its luxury rivals....
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Ford sales slip 3% on softer F-series demand, drop in fleet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Soft F-series pickup sales and a 40 percent cutback in sales to rental fleets pushed Ford Motor Co.'s September sales down 3 percent from a year earlier, to 179,518 units. Overall fleet sales fell 14 percent to 42,878....
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Dealer software provider CDK goes public as it spins off from ADP

11:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
CDK Global, formerly ADP Dealer Services, went public Tuesday as part of being spun off by parent Automatic Data Processing Inc., CDK Global announced today....
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Mercedes tops BMW in monthly luxury sales

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Mercedes-Benz's record September in the United States was enough to top the BMW brand in the luxury sales race, but BMW held a small lead for the first nine months of the year....
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Jaguar XE to offer awd, diesel engine in U.S.

7:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
The Jaguar XE compact sedan will launch with optional all-wheel drive and a four-cylinder diesel engine when it goes on sale in the U.S....
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Nissan Division volume jumps 22%

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Good fuel economy and fresh products helped drive Nissan Division to a 22 percent September sales gain, says sales chief Fred Diaz. Nissan is scaling back fleet sales and incentives as consumer demand rises....
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GM will position Cadillac CT6 as tech showcase

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
The CT6 sedan due late next year is intended to be more than just a high-end Cadillac. General Motors is counting on the car to be a rolling showcase of the company’s engineering and technology prowess, and its determination once again to rise to the top of the automotive world....
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NICK BUNKLEY

The Big (Detroit) 3 are back on top, with nudge from Fiat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
The Big 3 are back. Though maybe not for long. The top of September’s U.S. sales chart would look fairly routine to anyone who was asleep for the past decade and plans to spend this weekend browsing dealer ads in the Sunday newspaper for a good deal on a new PT Cruiser....
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Accord, TLX push Honda ahead of 2013 pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Honda is finally back in the black -- barely. Helped by strong demand for the Honda Accord and Acura TLX sedans, American Honda Motor Co. posted a 12 percent sales increase in September to 118,223 units....
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Chevy Trax will start at $20,995 in U.S. debut

11:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
The 2015 Trax, Chevrolet's seventh small vehicle launched in the past four years, will start at a retail price of $20,995 including shipping, General Motors said in a statement today....
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GM deliveries advance 19%; biggest jump in 3 years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
GM's sales rose 19 percent in September, its largest year-over-year gain in three years, to 223,437, with full-size pickups accounting for more than half of the increase. GM's fleet sales rose 30 percent, while its total retail sales increased 17 percent. By segment, retail sales declined 1 percent for GM's lineup of cars and crossovers but surged 48 percent for trucks and SUVs....
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Italy car sales rise 3% in September

Oct. 1, 2014 19:33 CET
New-car registrations in Italy rose 3 percent in September, according to data published by the country's transport ministry. Full-year sales are seen rising to about 1.35 million, up from the 1.3 million units sold last year....
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JIM HENRY

Lenders must look through consumers' eyes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
In the second of what's shaping up to be a series of attacks on subprime auto finance -- the first was in July -- The New York Times last week made a breathless page one story out of a years-old device: the vehicle starter interrupt....
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Spanish new-car sales up 26% in September

Oct. 1, 2014 11:50 CET
New-car registrations in Spain rose 26 percent in September, the market's 13th consecutive month of growth, as continued support from a government subsidy program helped boost sales....
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PSA leads 6% gain in French car sales in September

Oct. 1, 2014 10:56 CET
PSA led a 6 percent gain in French car sales last month as registrations at the automaker jumped 17 percent. Sales were also boosted by an extra selling day, the CCFA industry association said....
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Irma Elder, first woman to own a Ford dealership in Detroit area, dies at 84

1:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Irma Elder, CEO of Elder Automotive Group and the first woman to own a Ford dealership in the Detroit area, died today. She was 84....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Will aluminum Ford F-150 be mpg king? Let's do the (fuzzy) math

11:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Ford looks poised to reclaim at least part of the pickup fuel economy crown from Chrysler's hard-charging Ram 1500 with the new aluminum bodied 2015 F-150. Buried in a statement Monday on the redesigned F-150 was the first clue to how the truck will perform on the EPA's mileage tests....
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Ford sets high 2020 sales goal while Europe remains a drag

Sept. 30, 2014 09:54 CET
Ford targets boosting its global vehicle sales by 52 percent to 9.4 million annually by 2020 as the automaker looks to fast-growing Asian markets to offset the poor-performing regions of Europe and South America....
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McConaughey MKC ads fuel comedians

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
If spoofs are the sincerest form of flattery, Lincoln's new MKC ad campaign featuring actor Matthew McConaughey in a series of moody spots is already a smash hit....
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Ford sets goal of 9.4M global sales by 2020, cuts profit outlook for '14

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Ford aims to raise global sales 52 percent annually by 2020 by tapping fast-growing Asian markets, investing heavily in Lincoln, and expanding its global offerings of small cars and utility vehicles. But company officials today warned 2014 profits will be sharply lower than previous estimates because of higher warranty outlays and wider losses in South America....
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