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July’s secret sauce? ‘Nothing bad happening’

Why did auto sales flourish in July? 'Nothing bad happening,' which as it happens, is my favorite explanation this month. ... Read More »

Mazda slips 7.1% as little minivan is phased out

Mazda's U.S. sales fell 7.1 percent last month to 27,157 units, largely because of a phase-out of the six-seat Mazda5. ... Read More »

For GM, Clemson designs a party car

The Deep Orange 5 concept, unveiled publicly here Sunday night as industry managers gathered for the 50th annual CAR Management Briefing Sessions, is one part affordable small car and one part social hangout. ... Read More »

Crossovers, trucks drive Nissan, GM, Ford, FCA to gains

Robust demand for trucks and crossovers, along with summer promotions, helped Nissan Motor, GM, Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler post higher U.S. sales last month. Nissan Group's deliveries rose 7.8 percent to 130,872 -- a July record. ... Read More »

NHTSA uses FCA order to clean up industry

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's July 24 consent decree with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles seeks to punish and remedy the automaker's safety shortcomings while also addressing recall issues vexing the entire industry. ... Read More »

FCA dealer incentives at risk

Fiat Chrysler dealers stand to lose incentive dollars from the automaker if they sell used cars with open, unrepaired recalls under a new policy ordered by U.S. regulators. ... Read More »

A designer boss may be just what Acura needs

The unexpected appointment of Jon Ikeda to head Acura could be exactly the shot in the arm Acura needs, both for its product portfolio and its relationship with the Honda mothership back in Japan. ... Read More »

Management Briefing Seminars will resume this afternoon

Organizers of the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars said they will hold afternoon sessions beginning today at 1 p.m. Morning sessions were canceled due to the lack of power at the Grand Traverse Resort. ... Read More »

U.S. widens probe of car radios that may be vulnerable to hacks

Harman International Industries Inc., which supplied car audio systems involved in a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recall in July, has been asked for information on other radios that may be vulnerable to hacking, the U.S. regulator said. ... Read More »

GM takes a fresh look at emerging markets

GM is spending $5 billion to develop a new family of Chevrolet small cars that it will build and sell in China, Brazil, India, Mexico and other emerging markets. ... Read More »
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