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Top News & Analysis Detroit

  • DETROIT, Nov 5- General Motors Co said it clinched an $11 billion revolving credit facility, further strengthening the largest U.S. automaker's balance sheet.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- Kim Bondy was in New Orleans seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, and scores of patients died in flooded hospitals cut off from power.

  • *Combined losses could top $6 bln in Europe in 2012-13. PARIS/ DETROIT, Nov 3- Ford Motor Co, which clung to the road with a timely swerve before the 2009 crisis that bankrupted General Motors Co, may now be pulling a similar stunt in Europe.

  • Nov 2- Ally Financial Inc, the auto lender 74 percent- owned by the U.S. government, posted a third-quarter profit compared with a year-ago loss, helped by its car-loan and mortgage businesses. The Detroit- based company, once the auto lending arm of General Motors Co, said it earned $384 million in the quarter, compared with a loss of $210 million a year earlier.

  • Nov 2- Penske Automotive Group Inc, the No. 2 U.S. car dealership group, posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, but shares fell more than 2 percent as gross margins and vehicle pricing disappointed.

  • Nov 2- Penske Automotive Group Inc, the No. 2 U.S. dealership group, on Friday posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by a 24 percent jump in retail sales of vehicles. Net income in the third quarter fell to $41 million, or 45 cents a share, compared with $55.7 million, or 61 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter.

  • Jeep production to China, which the automaker refutes. Ralph Gilles, the head of product design for Chrysler, became the second top Chrysler executive in three days to strongly deny the claim, which was first made by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney last week to a crowd in Ohio.

  • DETROIT, Nov 1- Superstorm Sandy's fury caused U.S. auto sales to fall short of expectations in October, but industry executives still see a strong fourth quarter as the housing market improves.

  • Ford Motor Co of Canada remained Canada's top-selling automaker in October with total sales increasing 7 percent. Having recorded sales of 135,000 in October, Canada is on track to reach 1.7 million units sold in 2012. Sales reached more than 1.7 million vehicles only once before, in 2002..

  • *Ford October sales edge up; Toyota's up 16 pct. While General Motors Co and Chrysler Group LLC both reported their strongest sales for October since the 2007-09 financial crisis, the massive storm that hit the U.S. East Coast took as much as 30,000 vehicle sales out of the mix.

  • NEW YORK- Huge logistical problems from power failures and navigational hazards roil the massive New York Harbor oil hub in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, threatening widespread delays in fuel deliveries off the New York Mercantile Exchange's futures contracts (STORM-SANDY/CME-DELIVERIES, moving shortly, 800 words).

  • Nov 1- Ford Motor Co of Canada remained Canada's top-selling automaker in October with total sales increasing 7 percent largely on the back of a nearly 17 percent jump in passenger car sales, the company said on Thursday. Ford of Canada, a wholly-owned unit of Ford Motor Co, said total vehicle sales increased to 20,565 last month from 19,190 in October 2011.

  • *Ford October sales edge up; Toyota's up 16 pct. DETROIT, Nov 1- General Motors Co and Chrysler Group LLC both reported their strongest U.S. sales for the month of October since the financial crisis sent both U.S. automakers into bankruptcy, but the destruction of storm Sandy will cause the sector to miss overall sales expectations.

  • Nov 1- Chrysler Canada said on Thursday its sales in October rose 3 percent over a year before, continuing its nearly three-year run of stronger sales largely on the back of higher passenger car sales.

  • *Storm Sandy may cost industry 100,000 vehicle sales. DETROIT, Oct 31- U.S. auto sales are set to rise 11 percent in October, led by Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co which benefited from increased demand for compact cars as gasoline prices remained high across the country.

  • DETROIT-- Ford has scheduled a conference call for Thursday morning and may announce a succession plan for CEO Alan Mulally. Many in the company expect Americas President Mark Fields to be promoted to Chief Operating Officer, a step that prepares him to take over for Mulally. Ford Motor Co. spokesman Jay Cooney would not say what the conference call is about.

  • *Storm Sandy may cost industry 100,000 vehicle sales. DETROIT, Oct 31- U.S. auto sales are set to rise 11 percent in October, led by Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co which benefited from increased demand for compact cars as gasoline prices remained high across the country.

  • BRUSSELS/ ATHENS- Euro zone finance ministers made progress on Wednesday on ways to keep Greece afloat, Germany said, as talks between Athens and its foreign lenders near conclusion over reforms it must implement to receive fresh emergency loans.

  • DETROIT, Oct 31- General Motors Co spent $3.6 billion on pension buyouts this year for white-collar retirees as part of a plan to cut about one-fifth of its global pension liability. GM also said it would shift management of pension plans for 118,000 salaried retirees to a unit of Prudential Financial Inc..

  • JERUSALEM- Most Israelis would be reassured if Mitt Romney won next week's U.S. presidential election, feeling they had an unquestioning friend rather than a dispassionate critic in the White House.