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  • Truck deals boost US auto sales in September

    DETROIT (AP) — Big discounts on pickup trucks kept U.S. auto sales strong in September. General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group led the industry with 19-percent sales increases over last September. Toyota sales rose 2 percent; Ford and Volkswagen were down. U.S. sales rose 9 percent to 1.2...

  • Think Tanks: Massachusetts cuts out the middlemen

    Mytheos Holt for the R Street Institute: High-end electric car consumers, rejoice. If you want to buy one of the famous Tesla cars and you live in Massachusetts, you can now do exactly that. Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court decided to lift the ban on Tesla sales within the state, following...

  • Iowa bars Tesla Motors from offering test drives

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Transportation told Tesla Motors to stop offering test drives in the state, saying the electric car company is not a licensed auto dealer in Iowa and state law bars carmakers from selling directly to the public. A Tesla spokeswoman said the company...

  • Malaysia's Proton unveils its first compact car

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's national carmaker Proton launched its first small car on Thursday, hoping to bolster its fortunes after ceding ground to foreign and domestic rivals. Proton also hopes the Iriz, its first 1.3 liter engine car, will help snatch back market share from...

  • Cadillac to ditch Detroit for trendy NYC address

    DETROIT (AP) — Cadillac wants a jolt from the city that never sleeps. General Motors' 112-year-old luxury car division, founded in Detroit and named for the city's founder, is moving its headquarters to New York. Cadillac, which has been steadily losing sales to its German rivals, wants to get...

  • California issues testing permits for driverless cars

    German automakers Audi and Mercedes-Benz will join Google as the first three firms sanctioned to test driverless cars on California’s public roads. New regulations from the California Department of Motor Vehicles require companies receive permits before they can deploy prototype vehicles on...

  • GM to introduce new, high-end Cadillac next year

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. The auto maker said Friday that the rear-wheel drive car will make its debut in the first half of 2015, and that it will reveal the name of the new model soon....

  • Redesigned 2015 Escalade remains breed all its own

    Cadillac's flagship Escalade sport utility vehicle keeps its bold, distinctive style and immense proportions after a major redesign for 2015. The luxury, full-size SUV adds more tech features, a more powerful V-8, a quieter interior and power-folding rear seats for the first time while taking...

  • Congress: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Both houses of Congress scolded the nation's highway safety agency Tuesday over its tardy handling of a deadly problem with General Motors cars, questioning whether it is competent to guarantee the safety of increasingly complex vehicles. David Friedman, acting chief of the...

  • Self-driving cars now need a permit in California

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around. That changed Tuesday, when the agency required self-driving cars to be registered...

  • Honda introduces self-driving car

    DETROIT (AP) — Honda shared its vision of the hands-free highway commute Tuesday, a car that can safely drive itself on the freeway while the driver's hands are off the wheel. While the car is just a prototype, Honda says the technology could start appearing on Honda cars in 2020 and beyond....

  • Toyota: Cars will be safer, but still need drivers

    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up. That's the message from safety executives at Toyota, who on Thursday promised by 2017 to have collision-prevention...

  • Booming crossover SUV sales trigger car discounts

    DETROIT (AP) — The seismic shift in American car-buying toward trucks and crossover SUVs is creating great deals on compact and midsize cars. The shift, which has been going on for more than a year, is hurting car sales so much that automakers are offering bigger discounts to keep moving metal....

  • Ford's US sales flat in August

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford's U.S. sales were flat in August as slowing pickup truck sales masked gains elsewhere. Ford is offering fewer discounts on F-Series trucks to limit sales while it closes plants to prepare for a new F-150, which will go on sale later this year. As a result, F-Series truck...

  • GM reports 1.2 percent August sales decline

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says its U.S. sales fell 1.2 percent last month as rising truck and SUV sales couldn't offset falling car sales. Three of GM's four brands reported declines for the month. GMC, which sells only trucks and SUVs, reported a 10 percent increase. The company said it...



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