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Hurst/Olds Cutlass sets pace for 58th Indy 500

A Hurst/Olds Cutlass paces the 58th Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 1974. The 1974 pace car featured a 455-cubic-inch Rocket V-8 that produced 230 hp.

Construction begins on Italy's Temple of Speed

Construction on Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, the longtime home of the Italian Grand Prix and synonymous with European motor racing, begins on May 15, 1922.

Cadillac scraps ATS sedan

General Motors will discontinue the Cadillac ATS sedan after the 2018 model year, just six years after introducing the small car as a worthy rival to the strongest German competitors.

Cadillac scraps ATS sedan

UPDATED: 5/10/18 11:13 am ET

General Motors will discontinue the Cadillac ATS sedan after the 2018 model year, just six years after introducing the small car as a worthy rival to the strongest German competitors.

Chrysler hatches midpriced DeSoto brand

Chrysler hatches plans to introduce the DeSoto brand on May 6, 1928, in what turned out to be a momentous year for one of Detroit's

U.S. sales slip in April; SAAR remains healthy

UPDATED: 5/1/18 4:48 pm ET

U.S. auto sales fell about 4.8 percent in April on weaker car and fleet volume, and two fewer selling days, but the pace of sales remained strong as the spring selling season continued to unfold with some gusto.

A red Alero marks the end of Oldsmobile

The last Oldsmobile, a dark metallic cherry red Alero sedan, is produced on April 29, 2004, in Lansing, Mich., ending America's oldest automotive brand after a 106-year run.

Retooled QX50 fills Infiniti's 'biggest void'

Infiniti has turned its aging QX50 into a true competitor in the compact premium crossover space, with an advanced engine, new safety technologies and an attractive sticker.

GM seeks faster Cadillac revival, parts with de Nysschen

UPDATED: 4/19/18 7:21 am ET - adds details

GM, seeking an accelerated revival at its flagship luxury brand, appointed Steve Carlisle president of Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, who will leave the automaker.

GM Canada President Carlisle replaces Cadillac chief de Nysschen

UPDATED: 4/18/18 3:30 pm ET - adds details

General Motors appointed its Canadian chief Steve Carlisle president of Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, who is leaving the automaker immediately. Travis Hester will succeed Carlisle.

Mercury Mariner makes debut in N.Y.

The Mercury Mariner crossover, a sibling of the Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute, is introduced at the 2003 New York auto show on April 17, 2003.

Hummer H2 SUT concept storms N.Y.

The Hummer H2 SUT -- for sport-utility truck -- concept is introduced in New York's Times Square on April 10, 2001.

U.S. market mix speeds toward 70% light trucks

The sprint to "70 percent" -- light trucks' share of the overall U.S. new-vehicle market -- took a giant leap in the first quarter, capped by a spectacular March.

Sales rise 6.4% as spring season starts with a bang

UPDATED: 4/3/18 2:52 pm ET

U.S. light-vehicle deliveries, behind higher discounts and fleet shipments, a surge in light-truck demand and an extra weekend of sales, rose 6.

AMC launches Gremlin in U.S.

The AMC Gremlin goes on sale in the U.S. on April 1, 1970, competing with the Chevrolet Vega and Ford Pinto introduced six months later, in addition to imports such as the Volkswagen Beetle and Toyota Corona.

Nissan Murano debuts in Big Apple

The Nissan Murano crossover makes its world premiere on March, 27, 2002, at the New York auto show. Nissan described the light truck as an "urban sports utility vehicle."

Studebaker seeks bankruptcy

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President-elect Harding takes historic ride to 1921 swearing-in

Warren Harding becomes the first president-elect to ride to his inauguration in a motor car, on March 4, 1921.

U.S. market continues to cool

UPDATED: 3/1/18 3:09 pm ET

Light-vehicle sales in the United States dropped more than 2 percent in February as most major automakers posted declines and the market continued to cool.

Subaru's 'Ladybird' bows in Japan

The Subaru 360, the first line of vehicles produced by Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru, debuts on March 3, 1958, in Japan.

Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of famed Italian supercar maker, dies in 1993

Italian industrialist Ferruccio Lamborghini,who founded the eponymous luxury car company that produced some of the fastest, most expensive and sought-after sports cars in the world, died on Feb. 20, 1993, at age 76.

End of the line for the Prowler

The last Prowler is produced by DaimlerChrysler on Feb. 15, 2002, in Detroit. The aluminum-intensive Prowler first appeared at the 1993 Detroit auto show as a concept.

Complex sales picture decoded: So far, so good

A jumble of factors now in play could turn light-vehicle sales in any which direction. Is it time to kiss the good times hello?


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