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Toyota settles sudden acceleration suit as sales rebound

Toyota settles sudden acceleration suit as sales rebound

Poised to reclaim the No. 1 car company title from General Motors Co., Toyota has agreed to settle class-action lawsuits related to unintended acceleration claims.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Honda Civic freshened, EPA keeps corn ethanol mandate

Honda Civic freshened, EPA keeps corn ethanol mandate

Honda has taken the bull by the horns after lukewarm reviews of its Honda Civic last year and went back to the drawing board for a redesign.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Is California the trend-setter: Prius No. 1

Is California the trend-setter: Prius No. 1

CHICAGO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Auto Data Corp. which keeps track of automotive statistics from sales to promotions, said the Toyota Prius has become the bestselling vehicle in California, the nation's single largest vehicle market.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
No-interest loans trump gas prices to spur auto sales

No-interest loans trump gas prices to spur auto sales

For a lot of consumers a zero percent car loan beats out higher gasoline prices when it comes time to buy a new vehicle.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer

Ranger owners drift away from Ford

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Automobile industry analysts say Ford Motor Co.'s decision to stop marketing compact pickup trucks in the United States is costing the company customers.
Carmakers pull incentives out of the playbook

Carmakers pull incentives out of the playbook

Some U.S. automakers are reaching back to the successful plays in the car sellers manual – buyer incentives have returned.
AL SWANSON, United Press International
Warren Buffett takes a liking to GM

Warren Buffett takes a liking to GM

Don't look for General Motors Co. to shed the nickname "Government Motors" anytime soon even after billionaire Warren Buffett took a serious liking to its stock.
AL SWANSON, United Press International
Auto sales forecasts decline

Auto sales forecasts decline

DETROIT, April 21 (UPI) -- Automobile industry analysts say they are reducing their sales estimates for 2008 in view of declines so far this year.

Auto makers forced to use incentives

DETROIT, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. car companies are having to offer car buyers more incentives this year as they struggle with tough competition in a weak market, The Detroit News reports.

Honda ends hybrid Accord models

TORRANCE, Calif., June 5 (UPI) -- Honda Motor Co. will stop making the hybrid version of its Accord sedan at the end of the model year due to poor sales, the No. 2 Japanese automaker said.

November new vehicle sales seen rising

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- November's new vehicle sales in the United States are expected to be about 5 percent higher than the year-earlier period.

GM scores big with marketing move

DETROIT, June 29 (UPI) -- General Motors Corp.'s decision to offer vehicles to U.S. consumers for the same price its employees pay has been a huge success.

GM discount boosts sales, for now

DETROIT, June 21 (UPI) -- The month-long U.S. marketing blitz by General Motors Corp. that offered the employee discount to all customers has boosted sales.

Hybrids easier on conscience than finances

WASHINGTON, June 1 (UPI) -- Automobile analysts say the retail price of gas-electric hybrid vehicles will not be offset by savings from lower fuel costs or U.S. tax credits.
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