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'Detroit Three' Are Losing Sales to Foreign Rivals Again
Hyundai's Global Car Sales Recover in September After Strikes End
Toyota Moves Up a Notch in Global Brand Rankings
Ford Takes on Toyota Prius in Ad Campaign for C-Max Hybrid Wagon
Her Car is 82. She's 102. Both Still Going Strong
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'Detroit Three' Are Losing Sales to Foreign Rivals Again

September's U.S. car and truck sales results are proof that whatever grace period Detroit's auto makers had from competition-as-usual in their home market is over. It's true that September was a tough month for Detroit brands. General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Fiat S.p.A's Chrysler Group LLC combined to sell 44% of the cars and light trucks delivered in September, down from 48% a year ago, according to figures compiled by Autodata. Where did those four percentage points of share go? To Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co., which together picked up 4.4 percentage points of market share in September, thanks to big jumps in sales for the Toyota Corolla (+43%), the Honda Accord (+57%) and the Toyota Prius (+103%.)
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Hyundai's Global Car Sales Recover in September After Strikes End

Hyundai Motor said its global sales returned to growth in September, rising 3.4 percent from a year earlier, after strikes at South Korean plants ended and as it benefited from boosts to U.S. and China production. Hyundai said worldwide sales rose to 371,743 vehicles last month, the highest level since June. The figures, although below some expectations, will provide some reassurance that Hyundai has put its costliest strike ever behind it. Analysts worry, however, about the impact on third-quarter earnings which are due late this month.
Source: Reuters

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Toyota Moves Up a Notch in Global Brand Rankings

Nissan, Kia make big gains in annual survey

Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and BMW retained their ranking among the world's top 15 global brands, while Nissan made the biggest gain from last year among automotive brands in an annual survey. Toyota moved up a notch to No. 10 on Interbrand's 2012 Best Global Brands Report with a value of $30.3 billion, up 9 percent from 2011. Values are determined by a brand's financial performance, the role of the brand and the brand's strength, Interbrand said. The survey, which was released Tuesday, ranks the top 100 brands. Twelve auto brands made the cut this year, up from 11 in 2011. Kia was the newcomer.
Source: Automotive News

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Ford Takes on Toyota Prius in Ad Campaign for C-Max Hybrid Wagon

Ford Motor Co., introducing its first hybrid-only model, is targeting Toyota Motor Corp.'s market-leading Prius in a series of advertisements starting today. The C-Max wagon, a vehicle Ford brought from Europe and equipped with a gasoline-electric propulsion system, arrived in showrooms last month. The model will be promoted in an animated ad campaign debuting on CNN's TV network that features line drawings of a character driving a C-Max past a rendering of a Prius V wagon as an announcer extols the Ford over the Toyota.
Source: Bloomberg

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Her Car is 82. She's 102. Both Still Going Strong

Not many folks change their own oil anymore. Fewer still are women. And I'll bet you a week's pay there's not another woman on the planet who continues to change her own oil at the age of 102. Meet Margaret Dunning of Plymouth. Born in 1910. Still sharp. Still spunky. Still crawling around under the hood with a funnel and an oil pan. Of course, this is no ordinary car. It's her baby, a 1930 Packard 740 Roadster.
Source: Akron Beacon Journal

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"I love the smell of gasoline. It runs in my veins."

    -- Margaret Dunning, 102-year-old driver, commenting on her love of old cars, Akron Beacon Journal, Oct. 4

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