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Auto Expert: U.S. Auto Sales Will Top 17 Million Again by 2015
Senate Sets Dec. 4 Vote on Extending Bush-Era Tax Cuts as Talks Continue
Deficit Plan Wins 11 of 18 Votes; More Than Expected, But Not Enough to Force Action
Ford Expands 2011 F-Series Pickup Shipments
Hyundai Motor Targets Expanded SUV Sales to Sustain U.S. Growth
Toyota Blames Fleets for Sales Drop
Asbury Adds S.C. Dealership Group, Sheds Heavy-Truck Unit
Nissan Sees Electric Car Envy in Critics of the Leaf
BMW to Make Super Bowl Comeback After 10 Years
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Auto Expert: U.S. Auto Sales Will Top 17 Million Again by 2015

U.S. automotive industry sales could top 17 million by 2015, Michael Robinet, director of global production forecasts for researcher IHS Automotive, said (Thursday). (Read more)
Source: Detroit Free Press 

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Senate Sets Dec. 4 Vote on Extending Bush-Era Tax Cuts as Talks Continue

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote tomorrow on two Democratic proposals to extend Bush-era tax cuts before they expire at the end of the month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said. (Read more)
Source: Bloomberg 

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Deficit Plan Wins 11 of 18 Votes; More Than Expected, But Not Enough to Force Action

Eleven of the 18 members of President Obama's fiscal commission voted Friday to embrace a bipartisan commission's controversial plan to slash deficits by nearly $4 trillion over the next decade -- too few votes to command quick action in Congress, but far more than even the panel's most ardent supporters had predicted just a few weeks ago. (Read more)
Source: The Washington Post 

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Ford Expands 2011 F-Series Pickup Shipments

Ford Motor Co on Thursday began shipping its best-selling F-series pickup trucks for the new model year from the second of two assembly plants as it ramps up to full production, the company said. (Read more)
Source: Reuters

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Hyundai Motor Targets Expanded SUV Sales to Sustain U.S. Growth

Hyundai Motor Co., the fastest growing mass-market automaker in the U.S., expects sales of its sport-utility and crossover vehicles to rise faster than its cars in 2011. (Read more)
Source: Bloomberg

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Toyota Blames Fleets for Sales Drop

LOS ANGELES -- Toyota Motor Corp. blamed its 3 percent U.S. sales decline primarily on a sharp drop in fleet shipments. (Read more)
Source: Automotive News 

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Asbury Adds S.C. Dealership Group, Sheds Heavy-Truck Unit

Asbury, the No. 6 auto retailer in the United States, announced (Thursday) the acquisition of the Greenville Automotive Group, which sells Lexus, Toyota, Jaguar, Porsche and Volvo at three stores. (Read more)
Source: Automotive News

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Nissan Sees Electric Car Envy in Critics of the Leaf

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Skeptics have been harsh in their appraisal of Nissan’s grand plans for electric cars — which the automaker will begin putting into practice with its all-electric Leaf compact, introduced in Japan on Friday. But Carlos Ghosn, chief executive at Nissan and its sister automaker, Renault, dismisses the scoffing as his rivals’ lack of imagination — and their envy. (Read more)
Source: The New York Times

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BMW to Make Super Bowl Comeback After 10 Years

NEW YORK -- BMW North America is returning to the Super Bowl after a 10-year hiatus, as the car maker enters one of the busiest periods of new model and product launches in its history. (Read more)
Source: Automotive News 

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"Sales are being driven by strong vehicle pricing, financing and more available credit."

    -- Michael Robinet, director of global production forecasts for IHS Automotive, who said Thursday U.S. vehicle sales could top 17 million by 2015, The Detroit News, Dec. 2



“Nissan was a ‘me too’ company. But in electric, we’re pioneers.”

    -- Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Nissan, which introduced its all-electric Leaf compact in Japan on Friday, The New York Times, Dec. 3

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