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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.

Ford unwraps new people mover, the Flex, in Big Apple

The Flex wagon, Ford's attempt to blend a crossover, wagon and minivan, is introduced on April 4, 2007, at the New York auto show.

Sales slip 1.7% despite higher discounts

UPDATED: 4/3/17 9:31 pm ET - adds details

U.S. light-vehicle sales dropped 1.7 percent in March as decreases at Ford, Honda, Toyota, FCA, Hyundai and Kia overshadowed gains at Nissan and GM, even amid higher spending on discounts.

Pontiac revisits the rear-wheel-drive sport sedan

The Pontiac G8 concept car, the spiritual successor to one of General Motors' most celebrated performance sedans, is unveiled Feb. 7, 2007, at the Chicago Auto Show.

Volume slips 1.9% but SAAR remains strong at 17.57 million

UPDATED: 2/3/17 12:34 pm ET - corrected

U.S. light-vehicle sales dipped 1.9 percent in January with consumers and automakers taking a break after a robust December fueled by heavy promotions and more generous deals.

VW launches search for oldest diesel in America

Volkswagen of America, marking the 30th anniversary of selling diesel-powered cars in the U.S., unveils plans on Jan.

Chevrolet Corvette debuts in Big Apple

A prototype Chevrolet Corvette sports car debuts at General Motors' Motorama at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on Jan. 17, 1953.

Dodge Charger is reborn at 2005 Detroit auto show

DaimlerChrysler revives a famed nameplate when the 2006 Dodge Charger is introduced at the Detroit auto show on Jan. 10, 2005. The Charger was made famous in the late 1960s when powerful muscle cars ruled U.S. roads.

U.S. industry hits new peak behind solid GM, Nissan, Honda gains

UPDATED: 1/5/17 9:24 am ET -- adds details

U.S. light-vehicle sales, led by fatter discounts, strong light-truck demand and solid gains at GM, Nissan and Honda in December, set a record in 2016, rising by more than 56,000, or 0.3 percent, over 2015.