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Detroit's 'Big Three' Post Best Monthly Auto Sales in Five Years
GM Throws Down Gauntlet in Truck Mileage
Feds Probe Hyundai Sonata Suspension Complaints
Free Webinar April 3: OSHA's New Hazcom Rule: What You Need to Know
Muscle Car Wars: It's All About the Horsepower
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Detroit's 'Big Three' Post Best Monthly Auto Sales in Five Years

Detroit's "Big Three" automakers reported sharp gains in auto sales on Tuesday as demand for fuel-efficient vehicles ramped up in the U.S. and pickup trucks rebounded. The improvement marked the greatest monthly performance for Chrysler, Ford and General Motors in more than five years.
Source: FoxBusiness.com

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GM Throws Down Gauntlet in Truck Mileage

The pickup truck mileage war is on, with General Motors Co. claiming on Monday its coming eight-cylinder Chevrolet Silverado and GM Sierra pickup trucks will go farther on a gallon of gasoline than Ford Motor Co.'s six-cylinder F-150 trucks. The Silverado two-wheel-drive model and the four-wheel-drive version, powered by the company's 5.3-liter EcoTec3 eight-cylinder engine, each will go one highway mile farther than the F-150 with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. GM said its two-wheel-drive version is rated to achieve 23 highway miles per gallon while the four-wheel version would get 22 mpg. The revamped 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GM Sierra pickup trucks are due out in showrooms in late June.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Feds Probe Hyundai Sonata Suspension Complaints

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating complaints that the rear suspension frames on some Hyundai Sonata mid-size cars can rust and fail. The probe affects about 393,000 cars from the 2006-through-2008 model years. The NHTSA said that rust in the frame can cause control arm failures. A car's wheel hubs are attached to the control arms.
Source: The Los Angeles Times

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Free Webinar April 3: OSHA's New Hazcom Rule: What You Need to Know

Revisions to the Hazard Communication (HazCom) Rule require dealerships to train service, parts and body shop employees on new hazard classifications, new hazard labels and new safety data sheets by Dec. 1, 2013. Geared to dealers and their fixed operations managers, the MarketINSIGHT webinar, “OSHA’s New HazCom Rule: What You Need to Know,” will review the basics of HazCom compliance with a focus on the new 2012 mandates. The webinar will be presented at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, April 3, by Doug Greenhaus from NADA’s Regulatory Affairs Department. The HazCom rule, designed to protect employees against workplace chemicals, has covered dealerships since 1998 and has been a high enforcement priority. The webinar is free but requires registration. Click here to register.
Source: NADA University

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Muscle Car Wars: It's All About the Horsepower

“Where's the Z/28?” asked 16-year-old Michael Kimberly as he wandered through the Jacob Javits convention center in New York on Saturday morning, tagging along on a tour his parents had signed up for at the New York International Auto Show. The two older Kimberlys were there to check out all the “green cars,’ including the new Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid models making their debuts at the annual show. But younger Michael, about to get his driver's license, had something decidedly different in mind – the super-high-performance version of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro that was the biggest surprise introduction at the 2013 NYIAS.
Source: NBCNews.com/The Detroit Bureau

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"GM delivered its best March sales in five years thanks to a strengthening economy and new products, and we are expecting our third consecutive increase in market share versus last year."

   
-- Kurt McNeil, vice president of GM's U.S. sales operations, commenting on strong auto sales in March, FoxBusiness.com, April 2
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