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Volkswagen Claims Second Place for 2013 Global Sales

Volkswagen Claims Second Place for 2013 Global Sales

Volkswagen AG reported it sold 9.73 million vehicles worldwide in 2013, which puts it in second place for the year well behind Toyota and slightly ahead of General Motors. Toyota sold 9.98 million units and while finishing third, GM sold 9.71 million cars and trucks....
VW Celebrates 65 Years of Beetle in America

VW Celebrates 65 Years of Beetle in America

One of the key elements of the German post-World War II economic miracle has reached something a milestone this month. The Volkswagen Beetle, one of the reborn German auto industry’s most enduring and fabled icons, celebrates 65 years since it first arrived in...
Ford Ready to Prove Aluminum is Built Ford Tough

Ford Ready to Prove Aluminum is Built Ford Tough

Ford Motor Co. has a lot riding on the introduction of the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck. The best-selling truck for the last 37 years is moving to an all-aluminum body, which runs counter to the rest of the industry. But job one for Ford’s image makers is...
Marty’s Marketing Minutia: The Super Bowl of Excess

Marty’s Marketing Minutia: The Super Bowl of Excess

Two days from now in an example of profligate marketing, Audi, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Toyota, Volkswagen and others will expend an estimated $72,000,000 – yes, that’s seventy-two millions of dollars – to run their latest 30-second commercials on the...
Subaru Offers Tease of 2015 Legacy Sedan

Subaru Offers Tease of 2015 Legacy Sedan

With just a week left until the Chicago Auto Show, Subaru is trying to drum up some interest in the upcoming launch of its fifth-generation Legacy sedan. The maker has already rolled out a show car, the concept model revealed at the L.A. Auto Show last November...
New Chevrolet Van to Get Chicago Auto Show Debut

New Chevrolet Van to Get Chicago Auto Show Debut

One of the big reveals at the Chicago Auto Show next week will be the rollout of a new compact cargo van from General Motors – for which GM has turned to Nissan for a helping hand. The new Chevrolet City Express van, which is designed to compete with the new Ford...
Honda Doubles Earnings

Honda Doubles Earnings

Honda more than doubled its quarterly earnings, much of that gain driven by the weak yen, while also picking up momentum in key markets including North America. The maker reports it earned 160.7 billion yen, or $1.58 billion for the October-December period – its...
Insurance Rates Change More Wildly than Gas Prices

Insurance Rates Change More Wildly than Gas Prices

While most vehicle owners are used to seeing fluctuating gas prices – and trying to find ways to offset them – what they may need to pay more attention to is ever-changing insurance prices, according to a recent study. Depending upon the month and the state, insurance...
Tesla Devotees Charging Across the Country to Set Record

Tesla Devotees Charging Across the Country to Set Record

Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder, has been threatening to take his family on a cross-country vacation in a Model S using only the company’s recently completed Supercharger network to power up the vehicle. But before he even powered up his car, one family’s already done it...
Marchionne Downplays Fiat Chrysler’s Mounting Debt

Marchionne Downplays Fiat Chrysler’s Mounting Debt

Fiat Chrysler Automotive, the new name for combination of Fiat and Chrysler, will be carrying a lot of debt, Sergio Marchionne, the company chief executive officer warned during a conference call with analysts and journalists. But the CEO of the newly merged and...
Natural Gas Gets Boost from President Obama

Natural Gas Gets Boost from President Obama

It’s being billed as a cleaner alternative to gasoline and one in wide supply thanks to new fracking technology – and now, President Barack Obama is lending his support to the use of compressed natural gas as an automotive fuel. The question is whether that will be...