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  • *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.

  • MILAN, Oct 30- Fiat SpA sharply cut its performance targets for the next two years, saying languishing sales in austerity-hit Europe may lop off a third of its previous projections for 2014 trading profit.

  • *Denies report of Opel talks. MILAN, Oct 30- Fiat sharply cut its group targets for the next two years on Tuesday, saying languishing sales in austerity-hit Europe may mean its trading profit in 2014 is a third lower than it targeted two years ago.

  • UPDATE 4-Fiat slashes targets as Europe gloom persists Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 5:09 PM ET

    MILAN, Oct 30- Fiat cut its group targets for 2013 and 2014 on Tuesday, saying that as sales languish in austerity-hit Europe trading profit in 2014 may be a third lower than a target it set a couple of years ago. It cut its 2014 revenue target to 94- 98 billion euros from a previous forecast of 104 billion and also sees higher debt.

  • MILAN, Oct 30- Fiat downshifted its full-year forecasts to the lower end of its range on Tuesday and said net debt would overshoot a previous target by as much as one billion euros in the face of a persistently weak European car market.

  • *GM brands all gain; Toyota sweeps top three. DETROIT, Oct 29- Ford Motor Co tumbled to nearly the bottom of an annual survey of vehicle reliability due to flaws in its touch-screen navigation and entertainment system, while Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp swept the top three spots.

  • DETROIT, Oct 29- Ford Motor Co tumbled to nearly the bottom of an annual survey of vehicle reliability due to flaws in its touch-screen navigation and entertainment system, while Japanese rival Toyota Motor Corp swept the top three spots. Scion, Toyota's youth-oriented brand, kept its place as the most reliable brand.

  • *Exec hopes China output back to normal in Feb. TOKYO, Oct 29- Honda Motor Co cut its full-year net profit forecast by a fifth after sales in China were hit by a popular backlash against Japanese goods, and warned it could be February before business in the world's biggest autos market returns to normal.

  • Earnings Preview: Chrysler 3Q profit to rise Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 4:25 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Chrysler doesn't need big discounts to sell more cars _ but it soon might. After a white-hot start this year, the company's U.S. sales growth has been curbed by a resurgent Honda and Toyota.

  • News Summary: Toyota widens sales lead over GM Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 3:29 PM ET

    TOYOTA LEADS: Toyota Motor Corp. has widened its global sales lead over General Motors after bouncing back from a series of natural disasters. THE NUMBERS: Toyota said Friday it sold 7.4 million vehicles globally during the first nine months of the year.

  • Toyota widens global sales lead over GM Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 3:12 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Toyota has widened its global sales lead over General Motors after bouncing back from a series of natural disasters. While Toyota's sales rose 28 percent in that period, GM's rose 2.5 percent, to 6.95 million cars and light-duty trucks.

  • Toyota global vehicle sales up 28 pct in Jan-Sept Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 1:26 AM ET

    TOKYO-- Toyota sold 7.4 million vehicles around the world in the first nine months of the year, up 28 percent from a year earlier, but its strong growth faces headwinds from a sales plunge in China that could unseat it as the world's top automaker.

  • Volkswagen mulls new midsize SUV for North America Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 1:32 PM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- German automaker Volkswagen AG is considering the introduction of a new midsize SUV for the North American market, and its existing Tennessee plant is a contender for building it.

  • VW net profit rises 58 pct on accounting gain Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:07 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany-- German automaker Volkswagen AG says net profit rose 58 percent in the third quarter because of an accounting boost from its takeover of Porsche. Volkswagen said it was sticking to its earnings forecast despite what it called "growing headwinds" in the business environment.

  • Bailout, layoffs: New pain ahead for EU carmakers Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 12:32 AM ET

    PARIS-- The extent of the European car industry's troubles was laid bare Wednesday, when France's government tossed a financial lifeline to the continent's No. 2 automaker, Peugeot Citroen, and Ford said it would shut a plant in Belgium, cutting 9,500 jobs.

  • Nissan to add shift, 800 jobs at Tenn. plant Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:07 PM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. announced Friday it will add a third shift at a vehicle assembly plant in Tennessee, adding more than 800 jobs. "Nissan and Tennessee have enjoyed a long and successful partnership, and this announcement shows the strength of the company and the market demand for its products," Haslam said in a statement.

  • CC remains a distinctive Volkswagen Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 1:05 PM ET

    Volkswagen's upscale CC compact sedan is nicely put together with a coupe silhouette, pretty lines, a taut, refined ride, well-crafted interior and for 2013, seats for five.

  • Nissan shows safety features, electronic steering Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:31 PM ET

    YOKOSUKA, Japan-- Electronically managed steering that completely bypasses the mechanical link of a clutch is among the new safety technology from Japanese automaker Nissan. Other vehicles are smart enough to park themselves.

  • VW eyes budget brand by 2015 to rival Dacia-sources Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:13 AM ET

    *Cars to be priced between 5,000- 10,000 euros- sources. BERLIN, Oct 12- German carmaker Volkswagen. Europe's biggest carmaker is eyeing a price range of between 5,000 and 10,000 euros for the budget cars which may include a van, estate and a small sedan, the sources said, confirming a report in German business daily Handelsblatt.

  • Eastern Europe gives Volkswagen a sales boost Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:08 AM ET

    BERLIN-- Strong sales in Eastern Europe helped Volkswagen AG post a 6.5 percent increase in September sales over the same month last year, despite difficulties caused by the European financial crisis. Volkswagen said Friday it sold 801,000 vehicles in September, against 751,900 in September 2011.