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    Report: Ex-Hyundai CEO Krafcik joins TrueCar board amidst IPO plans
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    Former Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik has had a tumultuous year. Last June, he won the Automotive Executive of the Year from DNV Business Assurance. Then in December, he suddenly announced he was stepping down from his leadership role at the Korean automaker on January 1, with some ...

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    By The Numbers: March 2014: Better Weather Is On The Horizon Edition
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    After the Polar Vortex-saddled January and February months of 2014, something tells us a break in the weather is exactly what car shoppers have been waiting for. Perhaps it's all the lovely green we see in the chart below that has us in an upbeat mood, but there's no denying most automakers doing ...

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    Study: Small crossover sales explode; in other news, water wet, sun hot
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    The compact crossover has officially become the modern station wagon. For families that need a practical vehicle that combines reasonable fuel economy and utility, they have become a natural choice. A new study by IHS Automotive published by Polk confirms this, with the relatively young market ...

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    Report: Remember when C-segment cars were supposed to be hot stuff? Yeah, about that...
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    What do the Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Jetta all have in common? Well, actually, lots. They are all four-door sedans that fall into the so-called C-segment, and they are all trending downward in sales. This data comes courtesy of ...

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    Read This: The latest thinking on 'Peak Car'
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    Peak Car is the theory that one day soon, the global auto industry will reach its sales maximum and numbers will only decrease from then on. Increase in the number of city dwellers, concerns over pollution and crippling gridlock (all of which are conveniently shown above, in Beijing) could all ...

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    By The Numbers: January 2014: Polar Vortex Edition
    Frigid Weather Suppresses Sales For Largest Automakers 1391462940

    It doesn't really have a name, but the meteorological events in January that caused record-breaking low temperatures across most of the Midwestern United States and Canada is being blamed for many automakers' sales woes last month. The dangerous temperatures, which were colder even than what the ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #363
    Zach Bowman returns, Detroit Auto Show, Fiat buys all of Chrysler, mandatory backup cameras, best-selling vehicles of 2013 1389141960

    Episode #363 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth and Steven Ewing welcome Zach Bowman, now with Road & Track, back for the first podcast of 2014. Topics include the 2014 North American International Auto Show next week in Detroit, Fiat purchasing all of Chrysler, the ...

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    Followup: 400% markups reported as Cuba opens new/used car sales for first time since 1959
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    One could hardly blame Cuban consumers for suffering from a bout of 'sticker shock' when new car shopping this week – after all, they haven't had the opportunity since 1959. But it isn't just a half-century of inflation that buyers are having to wrap their heads around this week, it's ...

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    By The Numbers: December 2013: Whimpering In The New Year Edition
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    After a particularly bullish November, the holiday season saw automakers reporting relatively unimpressive sales numbers to finish off the year. In particular, industry giants General Motors and Toyota ended 2013 with a bit of a whimper. After being treated to volume rising by 13.70 percent in ...

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    Study: New findings suggest EVs lose value quicker than gas-only autos
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    Electric cars may be great for saving money on gas, but a new report from Kelley Blue Book, commissioned by USA Today, shows that EVs might not be a great value option for their first owners. The study found that compared to gas-powered vehicles, EVs tend to lose significantly more of their value ...

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    Report: All-wheel-drive vehicle sales flourishing
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    As the market for new vehicles continues to improve and crossover and pickup sales have caught fire, it's perhaps no surprise that the sales of all-wheel-drive (and four-wheel-drive) vehicles are also on the rise. Using data provided by Polk, The Detroit News points out that nearly one-third ...

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    By The Numbers: October 2013: Shut What Down? Edition
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    There was little doubt that the government shutdown, which occupied 16 days of an already-short month, put downward pressure on US auto sales during the month of September. If you weren't one of the 800,000 federal employees who were furloughed without pay during the crisis, you may have been one ...

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    Official: Mercedes' September sales best in company's 87-year history
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    Even though new-car sales continue to rebound, that pace seemed to slow a bit in the US for September, but Mercedes-Benz had plenty to brag about. Last month, the automaker sold 142,994 vehicles around the world marking the best sales month ever in its 87-year history – thanks in large part ...

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    By The Numbers: September 2013: Not As Bad As It Looks Edition
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    A Short Month Shows In The Numbers, Ford Still Rises Yes, it's true that the auto industry experienced slower sales in September. However, the deceleration may appear to the casual observer like sales hit a brick wall last month, but they really didn't. Ever wonder why we always include those ...

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    Report: Bailout dealership cuts did their job as profits surge
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    Almost five years after US taxpayers bailed out General Motors and Chrysler, a large majority of their slimmed-down dealership networks are posting soaring profits, Bloomberg reports, and contributing to the US auto industry on track this year to deliver 15.4 million vehicles, the most since ...

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    Report: US auto sales look to hit 16 million in 2014
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    America's automotive industry continues to boom, with analysts predicting that sales in 2014 will reach over 16 million units while marking just the second time since World War II that the industry has seen five consecutive years of growth. The estimates, if correct, would represent a ...

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    Report: Despite slow sales, no new Scion models in near-term pipeline [w/poll]
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    According to a top Toyota executive, the Japanese automaker will not be introducing any fresh Scion models in the near future, Reuters reports. As of August, Scion sales for this year were down 1.6 percent from 2012 and accounted for only 0.3 percent of Toyota's overall US sales. And last month, ...

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    By The Numbers: August 2013: Sizzling Summer Edition
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    Honda, Toyota And Nissan Make Big Gains, Domestics Not Far Off The summer sales season came to a close last month with all of the major auto companies we follow posting double-digit sales increases in August. Smaller companies with multiple brands like Jaguar-Land Rover, which was up a ...

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    Report: How new car shortages may impact your buying experience
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    If you want further proof that the auto industry is bouncing back, look no further than the empty lots and forecourts of your local dealership. According to a story by The Wall Street Journal, continued high demand for mainstream cars is overtaxing automakers' ability to produce enough models. ...

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    Report: Investing in blue-chip classic cars has been lucrative this decade
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    There's always a financial risk with investing in collectibles – and that includes cars. They must be maintained and stored, which costs more money, and ultimately sold (they're investments, right?). On top of that, if they're driven, they can be damaged or just lose value with more miles. ...

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