Vehicle sales crash in April, analysts say, dropping by half

May 1, 2020
Pickup truck sales are holding up better than some other vehicles, spurred by incentives like zero-percent financing deals.
A line of Ford F-150 trucks. Dealer incentives tend to work well with truck buyers.
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How many people were buying cars as COVID-19 restrictions took over?

Apr 1, 2020
In addition to a drop in demand, automakers have been forced to close factories.
Workers leave the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant on March 19, 2020 in Flat Rock, Michigan.
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Most U.S. automakers in China are having a tough time

Jan 7, 2020
Mass market models have suffered most.
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A bumpy road for Nissan as profits plummet and layoffs loom

Jul 25, 2019
An executive scandal, questionable strategy, and outdated design dragged down the automaker's profits.
Nissan cars are displayed at a dealership on July 25, 2019 in New York City.
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Fiat Chrysler follows GM, Ford in ending monthly sales reports

May 2, 2019
Fiat Chrysler is following the lead of GM and Ford and moving to quarterly sales reports.
A FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) logo is displayed on March 6, 2019 during a press day ahead of the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva.
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U.S. automakers seek advantage at Shanghai Auto Show

Apr 18, 2019
American manufacturers are eager to win Chinese customers.
Ford Lincoln unveils a luxury SUV with seven seats at the Shanghai auto show. Other carmakers have pushed new SUVs and electric models to drive sales amid a slowdown in the industry.
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Automakers release sales figures and ponder the road ahead

Aug 1, 2018
The big U.S. and foreign automakers release their July sales numbers Wednesday. Car and light-truck sales have been strong so far this year — with consumer confidence up, the job market good, and people banking a little more income from…
Cars are prepared for distribution at a Ford factory on January 13, 2015. 
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What do young buyers want in an auto, anyway?

Feb 19, 2016
Instead of edgy design, they want value and reliability. Just like their parents.
Toyota's last Scion model is this concept car, which will be folded into the Toyota brand.
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Why tech may be behind a bump in auto leasing

Jan 5, 2016
Almost 30 percent of new car sales are leases.

Auto sales figures expected to cheer automakers

Dec 1, 2015
November's auto sales got a boost from special promotions and an uptick in jobs.