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When the July auto sales come out later today, the most interesting numbers to watch may be those for Chevrolet and Toyota. Halfway through this year the two were neck and neck in the battle to be America's top selling brand. I know some of you will read this and think, "who cares?". Well, the long list of people who care stretches from Detroit to Tokyo, and for good reason.
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General Motors narrowed the gap with top seller Toyota Motor in the first half of 2007 thanks to a solid second quarter, although demand continued to fall in its home North American market.
General Motors said strong growth in Latin America, Asia and other emerging markets lifted global sales by 0.4 percent in the second quarter, according to preliminary sales figures released Thursday.
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As a man who spent his teenage years tooling around in my parent's big Buick, I have to admit I have a soft spot in my heart for big sedans. Doesn't mean I want one now, but I do like the romantic appeal of a big ol' car. So when I heard Chrysler is scrapping plans to further develop its Imperial large sedan, it made me wonder: is the big car dead?
Toyota Motor, taking advantage of the yen's persistent weakness, will try to make Japan an export center to meet growing demand for automobiles in small markets around the world, a senior company executive was quoted as saying by the Wall Street Journal.
What happens when you take a best selling model, add more bells and whistles, and cut the sticker price? Chrysler hopes it leads to a resurgence of the Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans. This is another sign, Chrysler is serious about defending its dominance in vans. It sells roughly 42 % of all the new models in that segment. But in the last year, that lead has eroded while Toyota, Honda and Hyundai continue to pick-up business.
Forget the ads touting which full size pick-up has more hauling capacity, or which one can stop just before going over the edge of a cliff, or even which truck makes you feel more American, rural, or cowboy. None of that matters. Here's what talks with truck buyers: cash. The more the better. And right now, pick-up buyers are picking up deals that have them sitting in the catbird seat. In fact, GM is doubling the cash back it's offering people who buy a new Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra. That's an extra $1,000 on top of 0% financing.
GM, Ford and DaimlerChrysler said Tuesday their U.S. sales fell in June, while Toyota sold more cars during the month. The news came as an industry group reported that automakers are deepening discounts to entice consumers to buy cars.
The headline this morning from Automotive News is hardly surprising, but it is another reminder of how the U.S. auto industry has changed dramatically in recent years. The latest data shows Japan surpassed the U.S. last year to become the world's #1 vehicle producer. It's the first time in 12 years Japan has outpaced the U.S. Not only that, but the Asian country is on track this year to expand its lead.
While everyone's talking about the shakeup at Yahoo, Google continues to take over the world. Google's video site YouTube is launching its first foreign-language Web sites. Already, over half of the site's audience comes from outside the U.S., but by translating its site into seven other languages is intended to fend off competition. Eventually YouTube will tweak the translated sites to the specific countries-- Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK, featuring local content and being sensitive to cultural issues.
The increased demand for "green" vehicles is spilling over to the rental car counter, where many more drivers will soon be able to choose a hybrid vehicle. Hertz Global Holdings said Thursday it will spend $68 million to add 3,400 Toyota Prius hybrids to its fleets by 2008. And Avis Budget Group said this week it plans to make 1,000 hybrid Prius vehicles available for rent as early as next week.
General Motors Corp. and bankrupt auto parts maker Delphi Corp. are near a deal with the United Auto Workers union that would provide a cash payout to Delphi workers in exchange for lower hourly wages, the Detroit News reported.
Toyota Motor edged past General Motors Corp. to become the world's biggest automaker by sales volume in 2006, leading industry paper Automotive News said.
A decade after the first Prius went on sale, Toyota's global sales of hybrid vehicles have hit a landmark 1 million, underlining the Japanese automaker's lead in "green" technology that has changed the face of the auto industry.
Toyota Motor said sales in China jumped 87% in May, driven by the popular Camry sedan, and it was discussing a second car factory with Guangzhou Automobile in anticipation of continued strong growth in demand.
Ford supplanted Toyota as the leader of the pack in initial quality rankings, taking the top spot in five of 19 segments in the 2007 survey by J.D. Power and Associates, released Wednesday.
As long as I've been writing this blog I have received my fair share of insults ("Moron" is, by far, still my favorite) and complaints ("Phil, you just hate the big 3"). But more than anything else, the number one comment I hear from people is that Toyota has duped me and America into believing it's cars and trucks are better than others. These comments typically end with a variation of the line, "I hope you are happy driving your Lexus."
Online auctioneer eBay. said Tuesday it is ready to begin auctioning advertising airtime on 2,300 participating U.S. radio stations, expanding on an existing plan to sell cable television ads.