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  • TOKYO— Toyota stayed top in global sales at 10.23 million vehicles in 2014, taking that auto industry crown for the third year straight. But in the numbers released Wednesday, Toyota Motor Corp. was less upbeat about the future. Volkswagen AG of Germany has said it sold 10.14 million vehicles in 2014. Detroit- based General Motors Co. was third at 9.92 million...

  • The new consumer frenzy: Everyone's buying cars Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 11:46 AM ET
    A salesperson, left, shows vehicles to a shopper at the Toyota of Deerfield dealership in Deerfield Beach, Fla., last October.

    Across the country, auto dealerships are experiencing a rare combination: strong demand, strong pricing and no sign of it slowing down in the near future.

  • WASHINGTON— Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected oilfield hiring in North Dakota and Texas may...

  • UPDATE 1-European car sales return to growth in 2014 Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 4:19 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 16- European Union passenger car registrations rose 5.7 percent in 2014, thanks to government incentives, tax breaks and a consumer shift to cheaper brands like Dacia and Skoda that helped the market to return to growth after six consecutive years of declining sales. An 18 percent rise in demand in Spain and a 9.3 percent increase in...

  • MILAN— Europe's automakers' association ACEA has confirmed that the industry's six-year decline ended last year, reporting a 5.7- percent increase in car sales in 2014 to 12.5 million vehicles. Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Nissan and Renault, said this week at the Detroit Motor Show that he expects European growth this year to be slow, around 1 percent to 2 percent.

  • MOSCOW, Jan 15- Forecasts for a more than 24 percent drop in car sales in Russia this year are "optimistic," automakers said on Thursday, suggesting the rouble slump could mean further price rises or the end of foreign imports. Joerg Schreiber, chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee, expected 1.89 million new passenger cars and light commercial...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 15- New car sales in Russia will drop 24.2 percent this year after falling more than 10 percent in 2014, the Association of European Businesses lobby group said on Thursday, as the country's economy heads for recession. Car sales have fallen victim to Russia's weak economy, hit by Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis and low oil...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 15- New car sales in Russia fell 10.3 percent in 2014, year-on-year, the Association of European Businesses lobby group said on Thursday, forecasting a sharp drop this year as the economy heads for recession. Car sales have fallen victim to Russia's weak economy, hit by Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, and people have...

  • *RUSSIAN CAR SALES SEEN DOWN 24.2 PCT IN 2015 - AEB Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 4:24 AM ET
  • *RUSSIA 2014 AUTO SALES DOWN 10.3 PCT Y/Y - AEB Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 4:17 AM ET
  • *RUSSIA DECEMBER AUTO SALES UP 2.4 PCT Y/Y - AEB Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 4:17 AM ET
  • *Sales of Peugeot branded cars up 43.1 pct in China. *Analysts say VW, Peugeot could be beneficiaries of China sales. PSA said China became its largest market, reaching 734,000 vehicles in 2014, or 25 percent of overall deliveries, thanks to the addition of 100 dealership networks and as customers snapped up midsized crossover vehicles like the Peugeot 3008..

  • *Sales of Peugeot branded cars up 43.1 pct in China. PSA said China became its largest market, reaching 734,000 vehicles in 2014, thanks to the addition of 100 dealership networks and as customers snapped up midsized crossover vehicles like the Peugeot 3008.. BMW sales in mainland China grew by 16.7 percent last year, with a total of 455,979 BMW and Mini vehicles...

  • Will cheaper oil chill the buzz for electric cars?  Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 5:52 PM ET

    Karl Brauer, Senior Analyst at Kelley Blue Book, discusses the demand for electric cars, like General Motors' "Bolt" that is priced at $30,000, as prices of crude oil continue to fall.

  • Ford has been proven right on aluminum truck: CEO Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 11:44 AM ET
    The new 2015 F-150 is the first mass-produced truck in its class featuring a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and bed.

    Customers are not resisting Ford's aluminum-bodied F-series, and the trucks are the fastest-turning vehicles on its lots, the company's CEO, Mark Fields, said.

  • Good times for luxury SUVs  Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    Dieter Zetsche Daimler AG chairman discusses the burgeoning luxury SUVs marketplace, with CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Ford CEO: F-150 redefines tough  Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 10:45 AM ET

    Ford's F-150 won truck of the year honors at the Detroit Auto Show. Mark Fields, Ford Motor CEO, discusses the success of its F-Series and the future of autonomous vehicles.

  • Low gas pressures Toyota's Prius  Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 9:49 AM ET

    Jim Lentz, Toyota North America CEO, unveils a new Tacoma at the Detroit Auto Show and discusses the impact of falling gas prices on Prius sales, with CNBC's Phl LeBeau.

  • A new Volt, new trucks, new optimism in Detroit Sunday, 11 Jan 2015 | 8:48 PM ET
    Chevy Volt.

    Not since the late 90's has the North American International Auto Show buzzed with the kind of optimism industry leaders are showing in Detroit.

  • GM's Barra looks forward after 'troubling' year Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 5:36 PM ET
    General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra

    Mary Barra, in describing 2014, told reporters: "I didn't expect it to unfold like it did. It was clearly a tragedy and troubling."