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(DETROIT) -- U.S. auto sales of light vehicles in December 2013 indicated an increase in sales of .3% of the U.S. automobile companies.

GM sold 230,157 with a decrease of 6.3% from 2012
Ford sold 216,592 with an increase of 1.7% from 2012
Toyota sold 190,843 with a decrease of 1.7% from 2012
Honda sold 135,255 with an increase of 1.9% from 2012
Chrysler sold 161,007 with an increase of 5.7% from 2012
Hyundai sold 63,005 with an increase of 6.0% from 2012
Nissan sold 109,758 with an increase of 10.5% from 2012

The Detroit Big Three had 44.7% of all car sales in December 2013. Compared total for 2013 with 2012 total sales through December, the increase was 7.6% more vehicles sold. The prediction for 2013 is an increase for all domestic automakers for a total of 15.4 million vehicles. The actual total sales number was 15,600,199 vehicles.

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DETROIT (AP) - Musician Sheryl Crow is scheduled to perform at the black-tie charity preview for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Friday night's performance comes a day before the show opens to the public. A ribbon-cutting for the charity preview takes place earlier Friday. The performance is set for the new Cobo Atrium, after the show floor closes. Tickets for the charity preview were $350 each. Since 1976, organizers say the charity preview has raised more than $91 million for a number of southeastern Michigan children's charities. The auto show runs through Jan. 26.  

(DETROIT) -- Several big names in racing were on hand at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. Race car drivers Brad Keselowski, Vaughn Gittin Jr., Brian Deegan, Ken Block, Ozz Negri, Dorsey Schroeder, John Force, Dale Jarrett and Ned Jarrett joined Ford Racing Director Jamie Allison during one of 13 "Behind the Blue Oval" roundtable discussions. Top executives headlined the roundtables, which covered pretty much everything from the newly revealed F-150 to a partnership with an up and coming fashion brand.

Photos provided by Robert Benko

 

 

 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:31

Motor Trend Truck of the Year 2014:Ram 1500

(DETROIT) -- The 2014 Motor Trend Truck of the Year is the Dodge Ram 1500. The turck offers truck buyers choice, value, great design, and more than enough power and torque. With the EcoDiesel, drivers can add efficiency and guts to that list. Ram has made a game-changing decision by bringing diesel to the full-size market. It's a bold move truck lovers have been begging for, which is why the Ram 1500 is our 2014 Truck of the Year.

 

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Photos provided by Robert Benko

 

(DETROIT) -- EyesOn Design presented its 2014 Catalyst Award at the North American International Auto Show to Hartmut Warkuss, the former head of Volkswagen Design. Warkuss is known for his role in the design of the Bugatti Veyron, the VW Concept (New Beetle) and the Audi TT Concept among others. The award is given annually to an executive who has empowered great design. Meanwhile, winners of the 2014 EyesOn Design Awards at the North American International Auto Show have been announced. The Best Concept Vehicle sponsored by Dassault Systemes is the VOLVO CONCEPT XC COUPE and the Best Production Vehicle is the FORD MUSTANG. New for 2014, the winner of the Innovative Use of Color, Graphics and Materials sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems is the VOLVO CONCEPT XC COUPE. The three awards are given to the best examples in their categories from vehicles making their North American or worldwide debut at the Detroit auto show. The awards, the only ones of their kind, are chosen during the NAIAS preview days by the active and retired design heads of automotive manufacturers and the transportation design chairs from the top automotive design schools. The media is invited to attend the awards presentation program.

Pictured: Ford Mustang, provided by Robert Benko

DETROIT (AP) - Automakers are unveiling a bevy of performance cars in Detroit, sending the message that people still want to have fun when they drive.  The cars include the Corvette Z06, a trio of BMWs, a souped-up Volkswagen Golf and a new high-performance small SUV from Mercedes-Benz. A recovery in discretionary income is giving consumers reason to spend more on cars. And despite occasional spikes, gas prices have averaged around $3.50 to $3.60 nationwide during the past three years, a level that more drivers have grown accustomed to. Fuel efficiency and price are major considerations for buyers, but the improving economy is reinvigorating the high-powered market. And a common theme among performance cars at the North American International Auto Show is that power doesn't have to mean pain at the gas pump.

Pictured: Corvette Z06; photo provided by Robert Benko

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:07

GM global sales hit 9.7M last year, beats VW

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors says it sold 9.71 million cars and trucks last year. That's up 4 percent from a year ago, but probably not enough to beat Toyota for the global sales crown. GM light vehicle sales were led by growth in China and the United Kingdom. The sales were enough to beat third-place Volkswagen. VW sold 9.5 million light vehicles worldwide. Toyota is scheduled to release its sales numbers next week. It sold roughly 9.7 million cars and trucks last year, so if it shows any increase it will be the top-selling company for the second year in a row. GM was the top-selling carmaker for more than seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008.

DETROIT (AP) - U.S. safety regulators are adding the Dodge Durango to an investigation of ceiling fires in Jeep Grand Cherokees. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe now covers more than 593,000 SUVs from the 2011 through 2013 model years. The agency says an analysis of Chrysler data shows 52 possible fires and three injuries. Customers reported minor overheating or flames. Investigators are focusing on an electrical short. The Durango was added because it has the same ceiling and visors as the Grand Cherokee. The agency began the investigation in August, focusing on 146,000 Grand Cherokees from the 2012 model year. Investigators also added two model years to the probe. No recall has been ordered. Chrysler says its engineers are doing their own inquiry and helping the safety agency.

DETROIT (AP) - The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been named North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show. The truck of the year is the Chevrolet Silverado. The press preview days for the North American International Auto Show kick off with the awards.  The announcements came Monday morning at Cobo Center in Detroit. The Chevy sweep came after General Motors made the most appearances on this year's list finalists. Others included the Cadillac CTS and Mazda3. Truck/utility finalists included the Acura MDX and Jeep Cherokee. Forty-eight automotive journalists vote on winners from the list of finalists. A vehicle must be all new or substantially changed for eligibility. This is the 21st year for the awards. The Cadillac ATS took top car honors last year.

 

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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford is raising the quarterly dividend it pays shareholders for the second time since restoring the payout in 2012. The second-largest U.S. automaker says its board declared a first-quarter dividend of 12.5 cents per share, a 25 percent increase from the previous 10-cent payout. Ford Motor Co. says the new dividend is payable on March 3 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 31. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker restored its quarterly dividend at 5 cents per share in the first quarter of 2012 and then doubled it a year later. The announcement comes a few days after CEO Alan Mulally said he planned to stay with the automaker at least through the end of this year. Ford shares are rising in premarket trading.

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