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Gap between sales and registrations shrinks

There's no clear explanation for the shift, but 2016 was marked by headlines focusing on some automakers' questionable sales practices.

Buick preps Regal hatchback and wagon

Buick's Regal sedan will be replaced in the U.S. with a sedan-styled five-door hatchback and Buick's first wagon in two decades, according to two auto forecast firms.

Buick expected to replace Regal sedan with 5-door hatch, wagon

General Motors plans to replace the Buick Regal sedan in the United States with a sedan-styled five-door hatchback and Buick's first wagon in two decades, according to two auto forecast firms.

GM and PSA see mobility as their marker

General Motors will still operate mobility services in Europe despite selling Opel to PSA Group - and the French automaker plans to do the same in the U.S.

Why is GM clinging to Cadillac in Europe?

GM has confirmed that it will remain in the European premium market with Chevy performance cars and Cadillac. But why? The answer arguably is threefold.

GM will keep Cadillac in Europe

GM will remain a niche player in Europe after it closes on the sale of Opel/Vauxhall to PSA Group, with plans to continue competing in the European premium market with the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette as well as Cadillac.

Doctored car photos become click-bait

As news organizations and the Trump administration battle over “fake news,” some automakers are facing a new challenge on social media: "Fake ads."

U.S. sales slip again but SAAR remains strong

UPDATED: 3/2/17 9:26 am ET - adds details

U.S. light-vehicle sales, hurt by a slump in car demand, slipped 1.1 percent in February as higher incentives and Presidents' Day promotions failed to help the industry rebound from January's dip.

TOYOTA: Light trucks fail to overcome car slump

Toyota's U.S. light-vehicle sales declined 7.2 percent last month, with strong SUV, crossover and pickup demand failing to offset steep declines in cars.

HONDA: Crossovers set pace in march to February peak

Strong demand for its smallest crossovers and higher discounts helped drive Honda Motor Co. to a February sales record while the company's car lineup skidded again.

Dana CEO keeps open mind as member of Trump jobs panel

Dana CEO James Kamsickas, part of President Trump's Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, said he's keeping an open mind on issues such as a border tax and renegotiation of NAFTA and determined to speak up for suppliers.

GM worker released from hospital after stabbing at Wentzville plant

A worker at General Motors' Wentzville assembly plant in Missouri has been released from the hospital after being stabbed five times Wednesday night at the plant, according to officials.

Buick Enclave grows more muscular for 2018

The redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave will be sleeker and more muscular than the current version, spy photos shot in the Detroit area indicate.

Buick relying less on Opel, more on China

Buick's sales success and product expansion in recent years have been driven by General Motors' decision to incorporate platforms and vehicles from GM's Adam Opel subsidiary into the brand's lineup.

Once Buick's lifeline, Opel isn't so crucial anymore

GM has already gotten more out of Opel for Buick than many ever would have imagined eight years ago -- the last time the automaker nearly sold the German carmaker.

Chevy's 2017 Cruze diesel hits milestone with 52 mpg highway rating

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will achieve the highest highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid/electric vehicle on the market.