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  • May 21- Industry consultancies JD Power& Associates and LMC Automotive said they expect U.S. new vehicle retail sales for May to rise 2 percent to their highest level since August 2014. New car retail sales are forecast to touch 1.3 million in May on a selling-day adjusted basis, JD Power and LMC Automotive said on Thursday. "May's selling rate is making up for a...

  • Do not disturb! A new way to stop distracted driving Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 6:01 AM ET
    Texting and driving

    A new product hopes to give parents a tool to stop distracted teens from texting or calling while driving.

  • Buy a used car without a test drive? Beepi says yes Monday, 18 May 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    Dan Delima of Millbrae, Calif., holds a check from Beepi after selling his Nissan LEAF (on the flatbed behind him) to the used car web site.

    Beepi's goal is to remove the hassle of finding, negotiating and ultimately buying or selling a used vehicle.

  • Take a ride in the new Camaro with GM's president Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:42 PM ET
    A camouflaged version of the 2016 Camaro

    GM President Dan Ammann took a spin in the new Camaro and called the halo car "hugely important" to Chevy.

  • *Nissan sees operating profit up 15 pct to 675 bln yen. *Ghosn silent on move by France to increase Renault influence. Nissan, 43.4 percent owned by France's Renault SA, forecast operating profit of 675 billion yen- 2 percent less than a market consensus estimate, due in part to the automaker's conservative exchange rate assumptions.

  • YOKOHAMA, Japan, May 13- Nissan Motor Co said it expects operating profit to climb a solid 15 percent this financial year, forecasting growth in vehicle sales for every region except Japan. Nissan, 43.4 percent owned by France's Renault SA is, however, grappling with a French government move, against both automakers' wishes, to raise its holding in Renault to gain a...

  • These midsized SUVs struggled in latest crash tests Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 12:17 AM ET
    Jeep Cherokee Sports are displayed at the Hollywood Chrysler Jeep dealership on December 3, 2013 in Hollywood, Florida.

    New crash tests show bigger is not always better when it comes to the safety of midsize SUVs.

  • Rental car firms stall with investors Monday, 11 May 2015 | 3:14 PM ET
    A customer waits for his car at the garage of Avis Budget Group at the San Francisco airport.

    After a year when the overwhelming majority of travel-related stocks flew higher, one set of travel stocks is lagging.

  • Test drive a Porsche at firm's new headquarters Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 11:05 AM ET
    A Porsche 911 GT3 at the new test track

    Porsche's new $100 million North America headquarters, which opened just outside of Atlanta, includes a test track.

  • Tesla's battery plans overshadow earnings Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 12:04 AM ET
    Tesla S automobiles

    What dominated the Tesla earnings call were questions about the company's plan to build and sell battery powered stationary storage units.

  • Buying a used Tesla just got easier Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 3:56 PM ET
    A Tesla Model S charging.

    If you've been waiting for the right price on an electric vehicle, Tesla is tempting you to click "buy."

  • Young, affluent drivers buy these cars Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 12:26 PM ET
    A Ford Focus electric concept car with a home charging unit on display at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, January 15, 2013.

    Electric vehicle buyers are younger and more affluent than drivers who purchase comparable gas-powered models.

  • Self-driving semitruck gets a license to ride Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 9:54 AM ET
    Freightliner unveils its Inspiration self-driving truck during an event at the Hoover Dam Tuesday, May 5, 2015, near Boulder City, Nev.

    The world's first autonomous 18-wheeler was given an official Nevada license plate on Tuesday.

  • America's new favorite: Small SUVs and crossovers Monday, 4 May 2015 | 4:00 AM ET
    A Ford Escape is seen on a dealerships lot on September 26, 2014 in Miami, Florida.

    Small SUVs and compact crossover utility vehicles are now the most popular new vehicles in the U.S. according to analysis by TrueCar.

  • TORONTO, May 1- General Motors Co jumped to the top of the Canadian sales rankings for April as it sold 15 percent more cars and trucks than a year earlier, the company said on Friday, winning a crown usually held by its rivals. "Despite the troubling oil industry in Canada, vehicle companies reported an all-time best April in sales in the Canadian automotive history,"...

  • DETROIT, May 1- U.S. auto industry sales in April came in below expectations as Asia's major carmakers' results disappointed, offsetting strong gains for trucks and SUVs made by General Motors and Ford. Sales reported on Friday by Japan's Nissan, Toyota and Honda, as well as the combined results for South Korea's Hyundai and its Kia affiliate, all missed...

  • Tesla shares charged up ahead of battery news Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:31 AM ET
    A Tesla Model S charges up in Short Hills, New Jersey.

    Tesla shares are having their best month in more than a year leading up to the company's battery announcement.

  • Car thieves get help from forgetful drivers Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 10:41 AM ET
    Car keys in ignition

    At least $750 million worth of vehicles were stolen between 2012 and 2014 because motorists left the keys inside, according to the NICB.

  • Sirius XM revenue rises due to strong U.S. auto sales Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 7:06 AM ET

    April 28- Sirius XM Holdings Inc reported an 8.3 percent rise in quarterly revenue as strong U.S. auto sales drove an increase in paying subscribers for the satellite radio service. The company's net income rose to $105.7 million, or 2 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, from $94.0 million, or 2 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $1.08...

  • *Longer-term outlook for Spain's economy unclear. MADRID, April 28- At Diego Manrique's second-hand car dealership on the outskirts of Madrid, business is picking up. This recovery in consumer confidence is underpinning official forecasts for a rise in Spain's growth to 2.9 percent this year from last September's 2 percent.