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Car shoppers in the United States are well on their way to buying over 17 million new cars and trucks in 2015. If that does indeed happen, it will be just the third time in history that milestone has been reached.

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More than halfway through the 2015 calendar year, automotive sales remain steadfastly strong. Crossovers and SUVs are selling so well that the industry as a whole surged over five percent in July.

These are the best-selling cars and trucks in the United States from June 2015. Trucks were the hottest sellers, led by the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150.

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Through May 2015, European car sales are up seven percent, but the month also showed the continent's slowest growth since November 2013.

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Automakers had a record-setting May, led by a strong performance at Chrysler. What's more, the future is looking bright, with the seasonally adjusted annual sales rate nearing record levels.

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Pickup trucks, crossovers and SUVs continue to sell strong, making up more than half of the total auto market. See all the sales data for April, 2015, here.

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The Toyota Prius narrowly lost its sales crown to the Honda Accord in California in 2014. Both models saw their sales numbers increase in the state for the year, but the Honda had the bigger boost.

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Young buyers are increasingly turning away from showroom visits when car shopping in favor of comparing potential purchases online. Dealers are learning how to adapt.

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General Motors is launching new entry-level trims for four of its popular models that slash prices by removing some content but mostly seriously cut into dealer margins. The changes let the brands advertise segment-leading prices to attract potential buyers into showrooms.

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After several years of growing sales, Subaru sees 2015 as no different. The Japanese brand thinks that it could sell around 540,000 vehicles in the US this year to make it the automaker's largest single market. To cope with all of this demand, the brand is also boosting production and later planning to add additional capacity to its SIA factory in Indiana for the Legacy and Outback.

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Despite only being on the market for a few months, Hyundai is already reportedly considering a major redesign of the latest Sonata. While demand is growing, the automaker wants the model to sell even better. The changes in the look of the Korean sedan would be timed with the model's refresh in 2017 or 2018.

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We've compiled the sales numbers of all major automakers that sold cars and trucks in the United States in 2014. There are some standout performances, some noteworthy drops and overall very solid numbers in our chart that make it well worth a thorough examination.

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Another month of auto sales is in the books, and this month, there's a new nameplate at the top of the heap.

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Having sold 336,441 cars in the US in 2012, Subaru said in early 2013 that it wanted to hit 500,000 annual sales here by 2015. After boosting sales to 424,683 in 2013, it's hit its half-mil target a year early: on December 29, 2014 Subaru sold its 500,000th car.

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Automotive News article says the Lexus December to Remember campaign started in 1998 that helped turn December into one of the biggest months of the year for car sales. Before that - and "that" wasn't that long ago - December was close to last in sales because no one seriously considered buying a car for Christmas.

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December is the best month for car sales

Every Christmas, holiday-themed car commercials spur millions to wonder 'who gives a car for Christmas?' immediately followed by 'and where do they find those big bows?'

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Analysts Say Long-Term Trend Could Weaken Auto Sales

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Low Gas Prices Might Actually Create Buying Opportunity

It's been a rough year for green car manufacturers. To many consumers, it appears that so-called green vehicles cost more and are more challenging to operate (limited range, low availability of "exotic" fuels, etc.) And with gasoline prices plummeting, American consumers are much less likely to spend more for a green vehicle.

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Gold balls, green peas and other jargon used by sales peoples

Given the less-than-sterling reputation that car salesmen have among many consumers, it should be no surprise that they also have their own insider jargon. Much of the lingo is now finally coming to light in one place thanks to an Ohio lawyer specializing in 'lemon law' cases who keeps a dictionary of the terms on his website.

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By now, most of the leaves have fallen across many of our fine 50 states, and the first snowfalls have just begun to spread their way across what had been such finely manicured lawns in the Midwestern part of the country. Children have entombed themselves into their rooms, Halloween candy nestled away for the winter, and the prime season for buying new cars is coming to an end.

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