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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.

Asian Markets Suffer as Egypt Crisis Worries Investors

Continuing unrest in Egypt sent shock waves through stock markets as far away as Japan, where the Nikkei 225 Index fell 1.2%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index also dropped 0.7%. In China the Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1.4%.

Threat of Worsening Inflation Drags Shares Lower in China

Asian shares were mixed Monday. In China the Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.7% and in Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index edged down 0.3% as investors worried that inflation could rise further in the lead-up to Chinese New Year. However, Japan's Nikkei 225 Index climbed 0.7%.

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.

Nissan, Mitsubishi Team Up to Build New Mini Vehicles

Nissan and Mitsubishi plan to work together to bring some new vehicles to market. The Japanese automakers will establish a joint venture to produce a minicar for the home market by 2012, while Nissan will produce a small van for Mitsubishi, which in turn will make an SUV for Nissan.

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.

Nissan Leaf Will Get Equivalent of 99 Miles Per Gallon

Nissan%u2019s (NSANY) Leaf electric car will get the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon, making it the most fuel-efficient midsize car on the road. The Leaf does not use gasoline, so the EPA created an "mpg-equivalent" rating for its fuel efficiency, CNNMoney said.

Nissan Recalls More Than 600,000 Vehicles

Nissan (NSANY) is recalling more than 600,000 vehicles to fix potential problems on the lower steering column joint and shaft, and the positive battery cable terminal. The company said that corrosion on the lower column joint on certain Frontier and Xterra vehicles can lead to cracking of the steering shaft. Some Sentras may also have an issue with the connector on the positive battery cable terminal that could cause stalling at low speeds.

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.

Nissan to Recall 2.14 Million Vehicles

Nissan Motor Co. (NSANY) will recall 2.14 million vehicles because of a flawed ignition relay that could create problems with the engine. The recalls are mostly in Japan, with 835,000 units, and in the United States and Canada, with a total of 762,000 units, Reuters reported. About a dozen different models are affected, including the March/ Micra and the Cube.

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.

Penske to Sell Nissan-Made Smart Car

Penske Automotive Group, a chain of car dealerships, reached an agreement with Japan%u2019s Nissan Motor Co. (NSANY) to sell a Nissan-made small car in the U.S. market under the Smart brand name. Penske hopes that adding the Nissan-made car, a four-door hatchback, to the Smart line will boost sales, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company already sells a two-passenger minicar made by Daimler AG.

BMW 5 Series, Hyundai Sonata Come Out Top in New Safety Tests

BMW%u2019s 5 Series and Hyundai%u2019s Sonata received the highest scores for passenger cars and trucks under a new U.S. crash safety rating system. The two vehicles were the only ones to receive the top safety score of five stars in crash-safety tests, Bloomberg News reported. Both vehicles scored four stars in frontal crashes and five stars in side-crashes and rollovers.

September Auto Sales: Don't Expect Much Sizzle

Overall demand for new cars and trucks, while better than a year ago, is likely to be lower than that recorded in August, itself an unimpressive month. That would mean auto sales are stuck in a four-month-long rut.

GE Puts Its Power Behind Electric Car Charging Company

GE, which is eager for a big slice of the emerging electric car market, said Wednesday it's teaming up with a Silicon Valley startup, Better Place, to promote their charging station and battery-swapping businesses. GE gets homes for its newly introduced charging equipment, and Better Place

Nissan Raises China Production Target

Nissan (NSANY) raised its production target for China, the world%u2019s largest auto market. The Japanese automaker raised its production target to 1.2 million units in 2012, from a previous target of 1 million, BBC News reported. The company currently produces 670,000 units a year in China.

Toyota May Supply Germany's Daimler with Hybrid Tech

Toyota is allegedly in talks to supply technology and key components for hybrid vehicles to Germany's Daimler, according to a report Thursday in the Nikkei Business Daily newspaper. If a deal is made, Daimler would become fourth automaker to use Toyota's gas-electric hybrid technology.

August Auto Sales May Be the Worst in 28 Years

Auto sales braked sharply in August, starting out strong, then slowing to a level that may be the lowest in 28 years. The slowing economy made nervous consumers hesitant to buy, despite the bevy of end-of-model-year deals.

New Fuel Economy Labels Proposed for Electric Cars

For everyone who wants to know how fuel efficient electric and hybrid cars really are compared to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, the EPA has released two fuel-economy label proposals Monday that would translate electricity usage into an equivalent in miles per gallon.

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.