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Global Carmakers Target U.S. Market
How Two Japanese Giants Plan to Get Their Mojo Back
Volkswagen Unveils Hybrid Version of Top-Selling Jetta at Detroit Auto Show
Wanted or Not: Alternative-Fuel Cars Flood Auto Show
Smart Unveils Pint-Sized Pickup
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Global Carmakers Target U.S. Market

Two years into its slow recovery, the U.S. auto market is emerging as one of the most promising for global automakers, which rolled out new models and innovative technologies on Monday to increase their share of sales. Forecasters expect U.S. auto sales — bolstered by signs of economic growth, increasing consumer confidence and pent-up demand — to grow this year as much as 10 percent, to up to 15 million cars and light trucks. The outlook, however, could darken depending on what happens in Europe.
Source: The Detroit News

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How Two Japanese Giants Plan to Get Their Mojo Back

One got bulky. One got boring. Now, Toyota and Honda are talking about the ways they plan to recapture buyers and market share lost due to challenges from every direction. For Honda, the tactic is a big burst of new products, long needed for a reliable brand that suffered body blows in 2011, first from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, which disrupted production there, and then floods in Thailand that interrupted flows of parts. Toyota is banking on the success of new and restyled vehicles, including the Camry, Camry Hybrid, and Prius V, which will be joined this year by a plug-in hybrid Prius, set to be shown on Tuesday in Detroit.
Source: Forbes

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Volkswagen Unveils Hybrid Version of Top-Selling Jetta at Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen AG on Monday showed off a new hybrid version of its Jetta sedan, designed with the U.S. market in mind and offering an estimated combined 45 mpg. The hybrid Jetta, which will go on sale in North America before the end of the year, is a key part of Volkswagen’s plan to boost its U.S. sales, company officials told reporters at the North American International Auto Show press days in Detroit. The new Jetta is the German automaker’s second hybrid model. It already makes a hybrid version of its Touareg SUV.
Source: The Associated Press

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Wanted or Not: Alternative-Fuel Cars Flood Auto Show

In the race to claim ever-higher fuel-economy numbers and keep up with government regulations, automakers are rolling out hybrids and electric cars aplenty at this week’s Detroit auto show. If only buyers were arriving as fast as the cars. Analysts do not expect the segment to grow significantly this year: the combination of gas prices below $4 a gallon and higher upfront costs for the cars is not attracting consumers.
Source: The New York Times

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Smart Unveils Pint-Sized Pickup

America is about to meet a pint-sized pickup. Calling it the perfect vehicle for an urban society, Smart on Monday unveiled the "for-us," its tiny take on the classic U.S. pickup truck. Smart, a division of Germany's Daimler AG, said the concept vehicle is so small that it could fit in the bed of a traditional pickup and be barely noticed.
Source: The Associated Press

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