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Deals, light-truck demand push U.S. sales to Nov. record

UPDATED: 12/4/17 12:56 pm ET

Auto sales, behind strong results at Nissan, Ford and Honda, rose to 1,399,640 in November -- a record for the month -- exceeding most forecasts and driven by light-truck demand and fatter deals.

Nissan tests Versa Note e-Power hybrid for U.S.

Is Nissan readying the Versa Note e-Power hybrid for the United States? New spy photos show the car undergoing road tests in Michigan.

A 1978 Fairmont Futura heralds Ford milestone in U.S.

The 100 millionth Ford built in the U.S. -- a two-door Fairmont Futura -- rolled off the line at the company's Mahwah, N.J., assembly plant on Nov. 15, 1977.

Arjay Miller, famed Whiz Kid and president of Ford, dies at 101

UPDATED: 11/9/17 10:55 am ET - adds details

A longtime confidant of Henry Ford II, Miller helped modernize Ford Motor Co.'s management and financial controls before rising to president in the 1960s.

Nissan, Ford, Toyota sales rise behind strong truck volume

UPDATED: 11/1/17 10:42 am ET - adds Honda results

Ford, Nissan, Honda and Toyota posted higher U.S. sales in October as the industry looked to maintain momentum after a strong September. GM projected a SAAR of 18 million for the month.

October sales dip but SAAR remains high

UPDATED: 11/3/17 3:48 pm ET - corrected

U.S. auto sales slipped slightly in October yet the industry chalked up its second-strongest selling rate of the year.

Jaguar shocks postwar auto world with voluptuous XK120

Visitors to the first postwar London Motor Show on Oct. 27, 1948, are greeted by a surprise car that Jaguar had assembled from concept to reality in just two weeks.

Mazda begins output of right-hand-drive Tribute

Mazda Motor Corp. begins production of the right-hand-drive Tribute crossover in Japan on Oct. 17, 2000. The crossover was developed jointly by Ford and Mazda, with Mazda taking a lead engineering role.

Toyota unwraps the Prius

Responding to concerns about the environment, Toyota launched a project in spring 1993 to create a car with more than twice the fuel economy of vehicles in the same class, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, accommodate five...

U.S. sales rise for first gain of year; SAAR soars to 18.58 million

UPDATED: 10/3/17 4:10 pm ET - adds details

U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 6.3 percent in September, the first gain of the year, on strong truck demand and fatter deals. The robust results -- underscored by a SAAR of 18.

The first minivan comes off the line

The first T-115 "Magic Wagon" -- or minivan -- comes off the retooled final production line at Chrysler's Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant on Oct. 7, 1983.

BMW's 4th-gen 5 series debuts, draws wide acclaim

The fourth-generation BMW 5 series -- code-named E39 -- premieres at the Frankfurt auto show on Sept. 12, 1995.

U.S. sales slip; SAAR falls to 16.13 million on Harvey impact

UPDATED: 9/1/17 3:34 pm ET

U.S. light-vehicles sales slipped 1.8 percent last month and the seasonally adjusted, annualized pace of sales fell to the lowest level -- 16.13 million -- since February 2014 behind a late-month wallop from Hurricane Harvey.

Harvey curbs U.S. sales

UPDATED: 8/30/17 11:14 am ET - adds details

With dealerships flooded and closed, and thousands of consumers displaced in southeast Texas, Harvey is expected to dent U.S.

Detroit goes small, embraces value as Ford Falcon debuts

Ford Motor Co., acknowledging demand for smaller, less-expensive cars, introduces the compact Ford Falcon on Sept. 2, 1959.

Chevy's rival to Ford Edge, Nissan Murano takes shape

Spy photos suggest the new Chevy that will fit between the Equinox and the Traverse will be more crossover than SUV.

Chevy's Ford Edge, Nissan Murano rival takes shape

Chevrolet's newest crossover, which will slot between the Equinox and the Traverse, has been spotted testing alongside a Nissan Murano, suggesting it will be more crossover than SUV.

U.S. patent issued for first modern cruise control device

Ralph R. Teetor of Hagertown, Ind., is

Chrysler hints at 2-door PT Cruiser

Chrysler hints that a two-door version of the PT Cruiser may be in the works with the preview of the Chrysler California Cruiser concept coupe on Aug. 19, 2002, in Pebble Beach, Calif.

For Toyota, it's all about newcomer status

Some governors probably shouldn't bother making a quick call to Toyota City or Plano, Texas, home to Toyota's new North American headquarters, to land America's newest auto factory.

Sales drop 7% behind dips at Detroit 3, Nissan, Honda

UPDATED: 8/1/17 4:08 pm ET

U.S. light-vehicle sales dropped 6.9 percent in July, the weakest showing yet in a year that is on track to generate the industry's first decline in volume since the 2008-09 market collapse. The SAAR dropped to 16.

GM begins Pontiac Solstice shipments

Pontiac begins shipping the first batch of 2006 Solstices to U.S. dealers on Aug. 3, 2005.

Henry Kaiser, Joseph Frazer form Detroit's newest automaker amid postwar boom

June volume dips as Detroit 3 slip, Honda, Toyota, Nissan rise

UPDATED: 7/3/17 5:17 pm ET

U.S. light-vehicle sales dropped 2.9 percent in June behind another weak month for cars and lower fleet shipments.

Honda previews 2018 Accord

Honda is determined to make the midsize car engaging again with its next-generation Accord.