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Ten Brands That Will Disappear in 2014

Every year, we predict 10 major brands that won't survive to the end of the following year. Click through the gallery to see which of your favorite brands might bite the dust.

Lexus Tops Consumer Reports' Brand Report Card

Lexus topped the rankings in Consumer Reports's 2013 automotive brand report card. Detroit automakers didn't fare very well -- Cadillac's 14th place tie was the best for U.S. brand -- while Japanese automakers again dominated, taking eight of the top 10 spots.

How Close Are We to the Age of the Self-Driving Car?

Imagine a world without traffic jams, driver's licenses or car insurance. Sounds like science fiction, but maybe it's not. Last week, California became the second state in the country to pass legislation paving the way for self-driving vehicles.

Toyota's Still Tops to Consumers, but Ford's Closing In

Despite its troubles in recent years, Toyota retained its crown in Consumer Reports' annual survey of auto-brand perception, but the survey also showed that Ford is rapidly closing the gap, and other brands aren't far behind.

January Auto Sales Should Build on 2010's Momentum

A slowly brightening economy combined with low financing rates and generally stable fuel prices have put consumers in a buying mood. New models, particularly from Ford and GM, are also helping to keep U.S. auto sales on a positive trajectory as 2011 starts.

Ford and Toyota in Dead Heat Among Consumer Perceptions

Toyota's recent spate of quality woes have allowed competitors to steal sales from the beleaguered automaker. Ford is also catching up with Toyota in another important measure of auto industry success -- consumers' opinions of vehicle brands.

Upbeat Consumers Push Auto Sales Higher

The nation's automakers ended 2010 on an upbeat note with most reporting higher sales for December. Consumers seemed to put concerns about the U.S. economy on hold and more than offset reduced demand by fleet customers, such as corporations and rental-car companies.

December Auto Sales: Set to End 2010 in High Gear

The economy may be less robust than most Americans would like, but that didn't stop many of them from hitting car dealer showrooms in December, likely propelling auto sales in the final month of 2010 to 1.13 million units, the year's highest levels.

U.S. November Auto Sales Show Plenty of Zip

It's traditionally one of the slowest months of the year for vehicle sales, but most automakers reported higher U.S. sales in November compared to a year ago, despite continued consumer caution about the slow economic recovery.

Trucks and SUVs Should Fuel November Auto Sales

Rising confidence among U.S. consumers is expected to translate into healthier numbers for the nation's automakers when they report November sales figures Wednesday. Domestic automakers fared better than their foreign counterparts as sales rebounded further from last year's anemic levels, according to analysts.

October Car Sales Point to an Auto Rebound

Buoyed by consumers' increased confidence in the U.S. economy, automakers with few exceptions reported higher sales of cars and trucks in the U.S. during October compared to a year ago.

October Auto Sales: Is the Market Improving?

Automakers on Wednesday are expected to report a mixed picture for October: mostly better than a year ago, but down slightly from September. Still, the pace appears strong enough that the upper end of full-year sales forecasts of 11.5 million to 12 million units is reachable.

GM Vehicles Rise in Consumer Reports' Latest Quality Survey

Although Honda and Toyota remain the benchmark of reliability in the U.S. automobile industry, General Motors has made considerable strides in improving the quality of its cars and trucks, according to the magazine's 2010 Annual New Car Reliability Survey.

Auto Industry Cruises on Slow, Steady Demand

Though vehicle sales have underperformed some analyst expectations in recent months, results are much improved compared to those of a year ago. The industry is seeing a broad trend that is benefiting nearly all automakers.

Daimler Will Recall 85,000 Mercedes Cars in the U.S.

Daimler AG (DDAIF) is recalling about 85,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the U.S. to adjust their power-steering systems. The adjustment is aimed to prevent the loss of power steering fluid, The Wall Street Journal said, citing a statement on the website of U.S. traffic authority NHTSA.

Toyota to Offer Rebates on Lexus Models to Boost Sales

Seeking to boost sales of Lexus brand vehicles, Toyota plans to offer rebates of up to $3,000, as well as subsidized financing on certain models, company executives told a gathering of Lexus dealers from across the country this week.

Ford May Shutter 200 Lincoln Dealerships

In a bid to better compete against European and Japanese luxury makes, Ford reportedly may seek to reduce the number of Lincoln dealerships in the U.S. Nearly 1,200 dealers sell Lincolns, five times more than sell Toyota's Lexus nameplate, the nation's leading luxury brand.

Dogged By Weak Economy, August Auto Sales Slump

As expected, automakers Wednesday reported sluggish sales for August. The nation's anemic economic recovery kept consumers away from dealerships, despite generous end-of-model-year incentives on the part of many manufacturers.

August Auto Sales Are Zooming Along. . .So Far

July was a mixed bag for auto sales, with sales improving, but not as much as the abundance of incentives for would-be car buyers led industry watchers to expect. But if August car sales continue on track, it may be the best month of 2010 so far, Edmunds.com reports.

Despite a Cooler Economy, Auto Sales Warm Up

Among domestic makes, Ford Motor, General Motors and Chrysler Group all reported total increases in the single digits, but Japanese giants Toyota and Honda slipped. Beyond those, carmakers in Asia and Europe pretty much all had a solid month.

U.S. Auto Sales May Have Revved Up in July

Analysts' expectations are that sales rose to the highest levels of the year last month, reaching an annualized rate of 11.9 million units. Eager to make room for 2011 models on dealers' lots, automakers have hiked incentives, drawing summertime bargain-hunters.

Car Sales Rise, but Signs of Slowing Emerge

Automakers reporting June sales results Thursday painted a mixed picture for the economy, one that show signs of weakening even as they moved more cars off dealers' lots.

Is the Luxury Car Market Slimming Down?

With a painful recession, frozen credit and massive unemployment drawing consumers away from pricey brands, some automakers are abandoning their most flamboyant brands. Mercedes is reportedly killing Maybach, GM is axing Hummer, and Ford may be getting ready to put the Lincoln Town Car to rest.

Ford, GM Sales Surge in January as Toyota Tumbles

Ford Motor and General Motors, the two largest U.S. auto makers, reported higher sales in January, as consumers steered cleared of the showrooms of the companies' nearest Japanese competitor, Toyota Motor, which is mired in massive recall involving millions of vehicles.