This year has been a "roller-coaster ride" for automakers

Jul 29, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic forced Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler to close factories and halt production. They're expected to report large losses.
Analysts say this could be one of the most difficult quarters for carmakers in modern history. Pictured: Cars for sale at a Ford dealership in the Queens borough of New York City.
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Car shoppers are waiting, but still want to buy in 2020

Apr 24, 2020
Researchers are trying to figure out what impact COVID-19 will have on auto purchases.
A Tesla dealership in New York. The electric vehicle maker will report quarterly results next week.
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Vehicle sales remained strong in 2019

Jan 6, 2020
In the aftermath of the Great Recession there's no way anyone would have predicted sales this robust.
This photo shows a Ford logo on a front bumper as Ford 2018 and 2019 F-150 trucks sit on the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company's Rouge Complex on September 27, 2018 in Dearborn, Michigan.
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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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Electric vehicles in the spotlight at Shanghai Auto Show

Apr 18, 2019
Electric cars are drawing attention and Chinese automakers are to the fore.
Chinese automaker BYD, a firm backed by Warren Buffet, unveiled an electric sports car at the Shanghai auto show. It’s not available for sale yet but many live streamers and car bloggers were surprised that this sleek design came from a Chinese automaker.
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Ford plans to close plants and slash its workforce in Europe

Jan 10, 2019
The Ford Motor Co. announced Thursday morning that it’s going to “transform” its operations in Europe. That means the automaker will close plants, stop producing some models and lay off what a Ford executive called a “significant number” of its 50,000 European employees. Ford’s been in Europe for more than a century. It’s also the […]

Automakers fret over threat of Trump tariffs

Jul 3, 2018
Car sales figures for last month are coming out today, but automakers are focusing on the future, especially since President Donald Trump has threatened tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported cars. GM says if tariffs land, its cars will cost up to $6,000 more, and the company would have to lay off workers. […]

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A seven-year uphill ride for auto sales has hit the brakes, sort of

Jan 4, 2018
Sales of light trucks keep tears for auto dealers at bay.

A sales slump for cars can mean deals for buyers

May 2, 2017
Car sales in the U.S. are down, compared to last year, for the fourth straight month. That’s largely across the board. Ford, GM, Fiat-Chrysler and Toyota all reported lower sales. That means the bonanza that the auto industry has been enjoying for the past several years may be cooling off. That means dealership lots are […]

Car sales leveling off

Aug 4, 2016
Recent sales reports point to a plateau in vehicle sales in the U.S.
Toyota sales are down about 1 percent from this time last year.
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