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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.

Honda Fit debuts in Tokyo

Honda Motor introduced a new subcompact car, the Fit, in Japan on June 21, 2001.

At Honda, tease after tease for a franchise

The American family sedan isn't going the way of the American family wagon any time soon, but Honda, like many rivals, is determined to make it fun again and keep its edge in a waning but still key segment.

Sales slip on weak car, fleet demand

UPDATED: 6/2/17 12:22 am ET - adds details

Light-vehicle demand slipped 0.5 percent in May, even with higher discounts and strong truck sales.

Cadillac's Allante paces 1992 Indy 500 field

The Cadillac Allante, featuring General Motors' new Northstar V-8 engine, paces the 33-car field at the Indianapolis 500 on May 24, 1992. With a 4.

U.S. sales fall 4.7% in April as car slump drags on

UPDATED: 5/2/17 5:00 pm ET - adds details

U.S. light-vehicle sales fell 4.7 percent in April as big automakers, amid plunging car demand, posted declines with ever-rising incentives failing to shake the industry from its longest slump in years.

Chrysler Sebring family expands for 2001

DaimlerChrysler introduces the redesigned and expanded Chrysler Sebring family -- a new 2001 midsize sedan and a redesigned coupe and convertible -- on April 18, 2000, at the New York auto show.

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