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From Heroes to Zeros: Sales Pace Hits 4-Year High in Month of Extremes
Toyota Sales Jump 42% on Car Volume
Mercedes U.S. Sales Rise 7% to Expand Lead Over BMW
Ford Credit Stays on Mission -- and Gets Results
Automakers Take Fresh Look at Hydrogen Fuel Cells
The Cure for Automotive Technology Overload? More Technology
J.D. Power: 1 in 5 Auto Buyers Shop Via Tablets & Smartphones
Death of the American Van As Styling Goes European
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From Heroes to Zeros: Sales Pace Hits 4-Year High in Month of Extremes

U.S. auto sales got hot in September with a 13 percent gain that unexpectedly pushed the monthly selling pace higher than for any month since the industry's 2008 collapse. Sales totaled 1,188,899 light vehicles for the month, almost 100,000 more than most forecasters had expected. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate rose to 14.9 million. That's higher than the cash-for-clunkers 14.6 million SAAR in August 2009 and the best since the near-15 million mark in March 2008.
Source: Automotive News

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Toyota Sales Jump 42% on Car Volume

Rebounding Camry, Corolla and Prius sales enabled Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. to continue making up lost ground last month with a 42 percent sales gain over September 2011. Distancing itself from a 2011 waylaid by a series of production interruptions, Toyota Division posted a 41 percent sales increase for the month, and Lexus Division improved by 36 percent.
Source: Automotive News

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Mercedes U.S. Sales Rise 7% to Expand Lead Over BMW

Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz, after a 7 percent sales gain in September, extended its lead over Bayerische Motoren Werke AG's BMW to 5,221 deliveries after nine months in the race to be the No. 1 U.S. luxury auto brand. The two German automakers are vying to be the top-selling luxury auto brand in the U.S. after BMW outsold Lexus last year.
Source: Bloomberg

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Ford Credit Stays on Mission -- and Gets Results

While its Detroit competitors were buffeted by bankruptcy and the loss of their captive finance arms during the 2009 financial crisis, Ford Motor Credit Co. soldiered on doing what it was created to do when it was founded in 1959: provide funds for Ford dealers and their customers. The consistency has paid off. Among captives, Ford Credit trails only Toyota Financial Services in market share, according to Experian Automotive.
Source: Automotive News

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Automakers Take Fresh Look at Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Just when it looked like the "hydrogen highway" had taken a permanent detour, automakers are once again feeling lighter than air about prospects for the fuel. Nissan became the latest last week to say it is ready to mass-produce cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Honda, Toyota and Hyundai say they will have fuel-cell cars — which create electricity on board to power the car — ready to go on sale by 2015. After touting new fuel-cell powered cars at auto shows, automakers stopped talking about hydrogen as they focused instead on plug-in electric cars. Now, with many consumers appearing disinterested in plug-in battery cars as being too expensive and having too little range, hydrogen is back in favor.
Source: USA Today

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The Cure for Automotive Technology Overload? More Technology

Can't take your eyes off the big video screen in the dashboard of that new car? Then you should buy the technology that will automatically jam on the brakes if you get distracted and don't notice that truck stopped up ahead. That may sound strange, but it's what the auto industry is telling consumers these days in the way that it pitches technology that tends to draw drivers' attention from the road and systems that intervene to save a distracted driver from himself.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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J.D. Power: 1 in 5 Auto Buyers Shop Via Tablets & Smartphones

Among new-vehicle buyers who use the Internet to research their purchase, a new study shows that one in five are using tablets and smartphones to find the information they need — and more than half of them do so at the dealership. The J.D. Power and Associates 2012 New Autoshopper Study, released this week, analyzes how new-vehicle buyers use digital devices including computers, smartphones and tablets in the shopping process, and which websites and apps are used to gather information prior to purchase.
Source: Auto Remarketing

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Death of the American Van As Styling Goes European

Say goodbye to the classic American van — the big living room on wheels that for baby boomers came to symbolize their free-spirit hippie days and family road trips. The full-size van faded long ago as a passenger vehicle as families gravitated to minivans and later sport-utility vehicles. But it has continued to be a daily workhorse for millions of plumbers, electricians, painters and repairmen. Replacing the familiar work van are a coming generation of smaller, lighter commercial vehicles that are easier on gas similar to those spotted for years in Europe, navigating the narrow city streets.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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