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US December Auto Sales Seen Up 4 Percent – Voice of America

December 30, 2013

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ford Says Retail Sales Up 15% This Year Through November – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ford to be 2013’s best-selling car brand in US – USA TODAY

Ford had record sales of the fusion this year in the fiercely competitive midsize family sedan segment.(Photo: Ford via Wieck) Story Highlights Widens lead over Toyota for repeat win Boosted by record sales of the Fusion, Escape and Fiesta Toyota likely to claim retail crown, excluding fleet sales Ford has sold more than 2.4 million vehicles this year and expects to retain for 2013 its title over Toyota as the…

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

US Auto Sales Are Looking Good For December, For 2013, And For 2014 – Forbes

Jeep Wranglers on the assembly line, Chrysler Group Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex; company photo U.S. auto sales for 2013 are a shoo-in for the highest total in six years and a 50 percent improvement since auto sales bottomed out in 2009. In addition, analysts expect U.S. auto sales to keep growing in 2014 to around 16.2 million, an increase of about 4 percent. That’s a positive sign for the U.S….

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ford to be 2013’s best-selling car brand in US – USA TODAY

Ford had record sales of the fusion this year in the fiercely competitive midsize family sedan segment.(Photo: Ford via Wieck) Story Highlights Widens lead over Toyota for repeat win Boosted by record sales of the Fusion, Escape and Fiesta Toyota likely to claim retail crown, excluding fleet sales Ford has sold more than 2.4 million vehicles this year and expects to retain for 2013 its title over Toyota as the…

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Chevy Corvette, Ford Mustang among top auto stories of 2013 – MLive.com

DETROIT, MI- This year was a busy one for the U.S. automotive industry – from dozens of all-new vehicle unveilings to billions of dollars in new investments. At the center of much of the news was Michigan, where automakers announced billions in investments.  With there being so much news this year, MLive decided to break up the top stories into two categories: vehicles and storylines. The vehicles category was determined…

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Lions fire coach, but hanging onto GM Martin Mayhew – NBCSports.com

AP The Lions shakeup appears confined to the coaching staff. According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Lions will retain General Manager Martin Mayhew. While you can’t take Mayhew off the hook for the disappointing 29-51 Jim Schwartz era, the general consensus around the league is that the Lions have a talented roster that isn’t reflected in the record. Mayhew was able to hang onto a role after Matt…

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

GM Loses China Car Crown, But That’s Not The Big Story – Forbes

In two days, Volkswagen will regain its title as the biggest foreign carmaker in China, the world’s largest automobile market.   At the end of November, the German company was 70,000 units ahead of General Motors General Motors.  VW crossed the 3 million mark on December 5.  Its American rival needed an additional week to reach the same threshold.  From all indications, the two companies will finish the year in…

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Want to Snag a Year-End Bargain? Try These Seven Oversupplied Cars – Businessweek

Today and tomorrow may be two of the best days of 2013 to buy a car. Dealerships are always eager to swap inventory for cash at the end of a quarter, and in the final 48 hours of the year they particularly want to make room for the 2014 models that have been trickling in since September. And while demand has been strong all year, so too has production. At…

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Anne Hathaway takes spin in BMW i3 electric car – New York Daily News

Anne Hathaway was definitely on Santa’s good list. The Academy Award-winning actress was seen riding in a BMW i3 electric car Saturday, reports TMZ. The pricey vehicle is not even available in the United States until mid-2014, but the 31-year-old star got a jumpstart on a ride that’s been for sale in Europe since November. GRPR/Raef-Ramirez/AKM-GSI Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman are driving the new BMW i3 electric…

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Train collision in North Dakota sets oil rail cars ablaze – Reuters

FARGO, North Dakota (Reuters) – A BNSF train carrying crude oil in North Dakota collided with another train on Monday setting off a series of explosions that left at least 10 cars ablaze, the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarms over growing oil-by-rail traffic. Local residents heard five powerful explosions just a mile outside of the small town of Casselton after a westbound train carrying soybeans…

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Safest Cars for 2014 – Forbes

2014 Acura MDX – rated GOOD and a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The list of vehicles earning top safety ratings for 2014 by offering the highest levels of crash protection is shorter than last year due to tougher requirements, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said when it announced its 2014 safety awards earlier this month. Thirty-nine vehicles met the new, more rigorous criteria,…

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

GM Loses China Car Crown, But That’s Not The Big Story – Forbes

In two days, Volkswagen will regain its title as the biggest foreign carmaker in China, the world’s largest automobile market.   At the end of November, the German company was 70,000 units ahead of General Motors General Motors.  VW crossed the 3 million mark on December 5.  Its American rival needed an additional week to reach the same threshold.  From all indications, the two companies will finish the year in…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Ford Widens U.S. Sales Lead Over Toyota on Hybrid Models – Bloomberg

Ford Motor Co. (F) said U.S. sales for its main brand will surpass 2.4 million vehicles this year, as record demand for its Fusion sedan and hybrid models helps extend a lead over Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s namesake line. The Ford marque entered December ahead of Toyota by 388,825 cars and light trucks, heading for its fourth straight year as the top-selling U.S. auto brand. In 2012’s full-year tally, the…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Set for Detroit debut: Ford’s aluminum F-150 – NBCNews.com

ford-f-150 22 hours ago While most major automakers have already dropped broad hints about what they’ll reveal at next month’s Detroit auto show, Ford has been unusually quiet about its plans for the annual show’s opening debut. But the likely unveiling is expected to be a big one: an all-new version of the maker’s best-selling truck, the F-150. And it’s…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Google, Apple Forge Auto Ties – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Rawlings-Blake picks former Nebraska fire chief to lead Baltimore’s department – Baltimore Sun

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has picked the former chief of the Lincoln, Neb. fire department to lead Baltimore’s fire department as it undergoes sweeping changes. Niles Ford, 48, a career firefighter who most recently was the manager of a small city in Georgia, will begin work Jan. 22, the mayor is expected to announce Monday. He will be paid $165,000. “His resume has a really, really strong mix of…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

GM Loses China Car Crown, But That’s Not The Big Story – Forbes

In two days, Volkswagen will regain its title as the biggest foreign carmaker in China, the world’s largest automobile market.   At the end of November, the German company was 70,000 units ahead of General Motors General Motors.  VW crossed the 3 million mark on December 5.  Its American rival needed an additional week to reach the same threshold.  From all indications, the two companies will finish the year in…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Set for Detroit debut: Ford’s aluminum F-150 – NBCNews.com

ford-f-150 17 hours ago While most major automakers have already dropped broad hints about what they’ll reveal at next month’s Detroit auto show, Ford has been unusually quiet about its plans for the annual show’s opening debut. But the likely unveiling is expected to be a big one: an all-new version of the maker’s best-selling truck, the F-150. And it’s…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Rawlings-Blake picks former Nebraska fire chief to lead Baltimore’s department – Baltimore Sun

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has picked the former chief of the Lincoln, Neb. fire department to lead Baltimore’s fire department as it undergoes sweeping changes. Niles Ford, 48, a career firefighter who most recently was the manager of a small city in Georgia, will begin work Jan. 22, the mayor is expected to announce Monday. He will be paid $165,000. “His resume has a really, really strong mix of…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013