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1. Summertime Blues: Car Sales Head for 7th Straight Down Month
- Wednesday, August 2, 2017
DETROIT (AP) – U.S. sales of new cars and trucks showed declines in July as automakers cut back on low-profit rental car sales and consumers waited for Labor Day deals.
July was likely the seventh straight month of lower sales. Analysts have been predicting lower U.S. sales this year as demand levels out after an unprecedented seven straight years of growth.
2. Honda Adds 772,000 US Vehicles to Ongoing Air Bag Recall
- Thursday, January 12, 2017
TOKYO (AP) – Honda Motor Co. is recalling 772,000 additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. for defective front passenger seat air bag inflators made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp.
3. US Auto Sales Near Record Highs in 2016
- Thursday, January 5, 2017
DETROIT (AP) – Demand may be slowing, but U.S. consumers still bought a whole lot of cars and trucks in 2016.
U.S. sales of new vehicles – which set a record of 17.47 million in 2015 – could hit a new high in 2016. Consulting firm LMC Automotive and car-buying site Edmunds.com each predict sales will squeak past the previous record and reach 17.5 million in 2016.
4. Black Friday Deals Helped Lift US Auto Sales in November
- Friday, December 2, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – Black Friday deals and postelection confidence helped pull November U.S. auto sales out of their recent slump – and increased the chances that 2016 could set a record for new vehicle sales.
5. October US Sales Fall as Auto Boom Slows
- Wednesday, November 2, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – It's a chilly autumn for U.S. auto sales. Sales of new cars and trucks were expected to fall in October as consumer demand wanes. J.D. Power and LMC Automotive expect total October sales to fall by just over 7 percent, with retail sales to individual customers dropping 8 percent.
6. Meet Olli
- Saturday, October 8, 2016
With deep and well-funded resources such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville region is no stranger to innovation in science and technology.
But a new kid on the block, Local Motors, has the potential to spark a whole new era of manufacturing innovation and make Knoxville a hotbed for a technology sector widely considered to be truly revolutionary – self-driving cars.
7. Automakers Report Mixed US Sales Results in September
- Tuesday, October 4, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – Automakers reported mixed U.S. sales results in September as demand for new cars and trucks sputtered.
Nissan's sales rose 4.9 percent over last September and Toyota's were up 1.5 percent. General Motors' and Honda's sales were flat, Fiat Chrysler's fell 1 percent and Ford and Volkswagen both reported 8-percent declines.
8. US Auto Sales Expected to Hit Record in First 6 Months
- Tuesday, July 5, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – U.S. auto sales may be slowing, but they're still expected to set a record in the first six months of this year.
Sales through June were expected to be up 2 percent over last year to 8.66 million, according to Kelley Blue Book.
9. March Is a Good Month to Find Deals on Japanese Cars
- Thursday, March 24, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – If you're in the market for a Japanese car, March is a good time to buy.
Unlike U.S., European and Korean automakers, which end their financial year on Dec. 31, Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. close their books on March 31. In order to hit their annual sales targets, Japanese automakers usually ramp up the promotions and deals in March.
10. Senators Ask Government for Nationwide Air Bag Recall
- Friday, October 24, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity.
11. Some Fear Auto Industry Returning to Bad Habits
- Wednesday, September 3, 2014
DETROIT (AP) – Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past.
As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road.
12. Obama Admin Drives Ahead With New Cleaner Gas Rule
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is driving ahead with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tailpipe emissions, declaring that cleaner air will save thousands of lives per year at little cost to consumers.
13. Hester Builds Know-How in Commercial Construction
- Friday, August 16, 2013
Len Hester is a project manager for Grinder Haizlip Construction Co., a general contractor that specializes in industrial and commercial projects and has worked on high-profile projects such as the Wright Medical Technology Inc. headquarters in Arlington, New Ballet Ensemble, the Grizzlies Sportsplex and the renovation of Memphis Theological Seminary.
14. General Motors' Stock Rise Surprises Industry
- Monday, October 1, 2012
DETROIT (AP) – Surprise! The top-performing stock among automakers in the U.S. this quarter is General Motors.
The company, which endured management upheaval during the quarter and announced that it would lose substantial cash in Europe, saw its shares rise almost 18 percent from July through late September. The gain was the best since the first quarter of this year, when the stock climbed about 23 percent. GM posted strong profits in that period.
15. Carmakers Report Strong June Sales, Easing Worries
- Wednesday, July 4, 2012
DETROIT (AP) – From mini cars to monster pickups, sales of vehicles charged higher in June and eased concerns that Americans would be turned off by slower hiring and other scary headlines.
16. Auto Sales Surge in March, Led by Small Cars
- Wednesday, April 4, 2012
DETROIT (AP) – Appealing small cars, low interest rates, truck deals and unseasonably warm weather helped the auto industry achieve its best monthly performance in almost four years in March.
17. Big Sales for Small Cars in February
- Friday, March 2, 2012
DETROIT (AP) – Small cars sold big in February.
With gasoline prices spiking 30 cents last month, demand soared for compact cars like the Focus and Civic. That lifted U.S. sales for Ford, Honda and other major automakers that reported February sales on Thursday.
18. Super Bowl MVPs
- Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Would you write a check for $116,000 for one second of TV airtime?
That was precisely the question Super Bowl advertisers faced this year. Thirty-second ads sold for a record $3.5 million, up a whopping 17 percent from last year.
19. Natural Gas Fueling Plans May Spur Vehicle Growth
- Wednesday, December 28, 2011
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The United States has record supplies of natural gas and plenty of reasons to promote natural-gas powered cars, but so consumers, manufacturers and fuel suppliers haven't shown much interest.
20. Subaru, Honda Recall Vehicles Due to Brake Issues
- Tuesday, December 6, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – Subaru of America is recalling three of its car models and Honda Motor Co. is recalling some motorcycles, all because the brakes can malfunction.
21. Honda Announces Global Recall for Air-Bag Problems
- Monday, December 5, 2011
TOKYO (AP) – Honda Motor Co. is recalling 304,000 vehicles globally for air-bags that may inflate with too much pressure in a crash, send metal and plastic pieces flying and cause injuries or deaths.
22. Trucks, SUVs Power Strong Auto Sales in October
- Wednesday, November 2, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – Car buyers were out in force in October, snapping up trucks and SUVs and taking advantage of deals on Japanese cars.
U.S. car and truck sales were expected to top 1 million in October, a surprising number for a month when sales are usually slow. When adjusted for seasonal factors, that would be the best pace since the "Cash for Clunkers" program in August 2009.
23. US Auto Sales Up in September on Big Trucks
- Tuesday, October 4, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – Pickups and SUVs boosted U.S. autos sales in September as dealers offered promotions, gas prices fell and contractors replaced aging fleets of work trucks.
Truck sales at General Motors, Chrysler and Ford grew in the double digits, outpacing cars. The September increases built on a healthy performance in August, when new models, cheaper financing and pent-up demand lifted the industry after several disappointing months.
24. UAW, Automakers Continue Talks as Deadline Nears
- Thursday, September 15, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – United Auto Workers negotiators say they made progress with General Motors Co. during contract talks Tuesday night, but both sides are quickly approaching a deadline to reach new deals with GM and Chrysler Group LLC.
25. Car Dealers Fear Economy Could Scare Off Buyers
- Friday, August 19, 2011
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) – Jeff Swanson was in the market for a new car just a few weeks ago. Then the stock market went crazy.
So Swanson, 25, decided to keep his 10-year-old Pontiac Grand Prix for at least another year. Gyrations in stocks and talk of a weakening economy rattled Swanson's confidence about taking on another payment, even though his new job running a home for mentally disabled people seems to be secure.
26. US Auto Industry Uneasy After Weak July Sales
- Wednesday, August 3, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – Auto sales were expected to rise only slightly in July, adding to concerns in the industry that Americans are pulling back on car buying.
Analysts predicted a small increase in U.S. sales of new cars and trucks. A lack of discounts and lingering shortages of Japanese cars kept many buyers away. Americans also worried about the economy.
27. July Another Weak Month for US Auto Sales
- Tuesday, August 2, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – Car shoppers worried about the U.S. economy last month and that kept sales in a funk.
U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks are expected to rise only slightly in July. The weak economy and high sticker prices kept Americans from buying more. Automakers are scheduled to report last month's sales on Tuesday.
28. Factory Orders Increase
- Wednesday, July 6, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Businesses requested more airplanes, autos and oil drilling equipment in May. The jump in factory orders after a sluggish spring suggests supply disruptions stemming from the Japan crisis are fading.
29. GM, Ford June Sales Rise, Honda Falls
- Monday, July 4, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – Gas prices have hit a sweet spot for U.S.-based automakers. They've fallen enough to spur pickup truck sales, yet remain so high that newer small cars are selling as well.
30. US Auto Sales Cooled in May Due to Shortages
- Thursday, June 2, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – U.S. auto sales cooled off in May as dealers started running short on some popular, fuel-efficient models and buyers were turned off by sharply lower incentives.
Deals aren't likely to come back until the end of this summer. Some experts are advising people to delay their purchases if they can.
31. GM to Raise Car Prices Due to Oil, Metal Costs
- Tuesday, April 19, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – General Motors Co. said Monday it will raise car and truck prices by an average of $123 per vehicle to make up for its increased oil and metal costs.
32. Auto Sales Up on Jobs Outlook, Fuel-Efficient Cars
- Monday, April 4, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – U.S. sales of new cars and trucks rose in March, helped by a brighter jobs outlook and rising sales of fuel-efficient vehicles.
New vehicle sales rose 11 percent at General Motors, 16 percent at Ford, 23 percent at Honda and 27 percent at Nissan, all aided by sales of smaller, more efficient cars and crossovers, which look like truck-based SUVs but are more fuel efficient and nimble because they are built on car underpinnings.
33. High Gear
- Friday, February 18, 2011
The 2011 Memphis International Auto Show rolls into town Friday through Sunday, giving car enthusiasts a chance to check out more than 250 of the latest cars, trucks, SUVs and hybrids, along with many other special attractions at the automotive extravaganza.
34. US Auto Sales Rise in 2010, But Remain Below Highs
- Wednesday, January 5, 2011
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales sputtered back to life in 2010 and car companies expect them to keep climbing this year as the economy recovers and buyers grow more confident.
With sales of around 11.5 million new cars and trucks, 2010 was still the second-worst year in almost three decades, after 2009. And car companies are starting to wonder if they will ever reach the heights they saw in the early 2000s, when credit was cheap, incentives were rampant and sales topped 17 million.
35. Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Up in 2009 Model Year
- Thursday, November 18, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency says new cars and trucks sold to U.S. consumers averaged 22.4 miles per gallon in the 2009 model year, an increase over the previous year.
36. Automakers Report Stronger October US Sales
- Thursday, November 4, 2010
DETROIT (AP) – U.S. auto sales rose in October as buyers grew more confident in the economy and new models drew them into dealerships.
General Motors Co., which is preparing for an initial stock offering expected later this month, saw sales rise 3.5 percent in October. Last month is shaping up to one of the industry's best since August of 2009, when big government discounts spurred Americans to buy more cars and trucks.
37. Gov't Looking at 62 mpg Goal for 2025 Autos
- Monday, October 4, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – The new cars and trucks sold in 2025 may be required to average 62 miles per gallon as a group, far surpassing the fuel efficiency of current high-mileage stars like the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic hybrids.
38. Enjoying the Ride
- Thursday, September 16, 2010
From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck zipping past the Colosseum in “Roman Holiday” to vintage photographs of suit-wearing mods cruising the streets of 1960s London, the word ‘Vespa” evokes a stream of iconic pop culture images.
39. US Auto Sales Rise, Helped by Credit, Promotions
- Wednesday, August 4, 2010
DETROIT (AP) – Automakers posted higher U.S. sales last month, a sign that Americans are still willing to buy big-ticket items even though concerns linger about the economy and hiring.
After a sluggish June, sales rose slightly for General Motors Co. and Chrysler. Foreign-based companies such as Toyota and Honda posted bigger gains. Ford, meanwhile, had flat sales.
40. Auto Industry on Road to Recovery But Pace Slows
- Tuesday, May 4, 2010
DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. auto industry stayed on the road to recovery in April, but it eased up on the gas pedal a bit.
Ford Motor Co. saw last month's sales rise 25 percent from a year earlier, while General Motors Co. climbed 6.4 percent. Hyundai, Subaru and others also continued to see gains from last year.
41. Toyota May Lengthen Warranties to Keep Customers
- Tuesday, February 16, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. may offer incentives or increase the length of its warranties as it tries to recover from an embarrassing string of safety-related recalls.
42. Wholesale Inventories Drop in July
- Monday, September 14, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) – Businesses throughout the nation reduced inventories at the wholesale level for a record 11th consecutive month in July, although sales rose by the largest amount in more than a year, according to government data released Friday.
43. Dealers Should Get 'Clunkers' Money by Sept. 30
- Friday, September 4, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government has approved $500 million in reimbursements to car dealers for sales under the Cash for Clunkers program and dealers should be paid by late September, officials said Thursday.
44. Cash for Clunkers Generates 700,000 New Car Sales
- Thursday, August 27, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) – Cash for Clunkers generated nearly 700,000 new car sales and ended under its $3 billion budget, the Transportation Department reported Wednesday.
Releasing final data, the government said dealers submitted 690,114 vouchers totaling $2.88 billion. New car sales through the program ended late Monday, and dealers were allowed to submit paperwork to the government until late Tuesday.
45. Survey Shows US Automakers Making Improvements
- Wednesday, August 19, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - All three U.S.-based automakers are doing a better job of satisfying their customers than they were a year ago, according to a recent survey.
General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC all posted significant gains in this year's American Customer Satisfaction Index released Tuesday by the University of Michigan.
46. Ford to Boost Production of Focus, Escape
- Friday, August 14, 2009
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford said Thursday it will build more of its popular Focus and Escape models and boost total vehicle production later this year to help dealers restock depleted showrooms.
47. US Factory Orders Rise More Than Expected
- Friday, July 3, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) – Orders to U.S. factories jumped in May by the largest amount in nearly a year, another sign that the nosedive in manufacturing is nearing an end.
The U.S. Commerce Department reported Thursday that total orders rose 1.2 percent in May, better than the 0.8 percent increase that economists had expected. The April performance was revised slightly lower to a gain of 0.5 percent, from 0.7 percent.
48. Chrysler Moves to Eliminate 789 of 3,200 Dealers
- Friday, May 15, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Chrysler LLC wants to eliminate roughly a quarter of its 3,200 U.S. dealerships by early next month, saying in a bankruptcy court filing Thursday that the network is antiquated and has too many stores competing with each other.
49. GM Employees May Get Shutdown Details This Week
- Friday, April 24, 2009
DETROIT (AP) - Thousands of GM workers could learn as early as Thursday that they will be idle for up to nine weeks this summer as the automaker's plants stop making all but its most popular cars and trucks.
50. Automakers Post Steep US Sales Drops for March
- Thursday, April 2, 2009
DETROIT (AP) - March proved to be another dismal month of steep declines for U.S. auto sales, as low consumer confidence and job uncertainty kept buyers away from showrooms.
General Motors Corp. led the slide with a 45 percent U.S. sales plunge compared with a year earlier, while Ford Motor Co. reported a 41 percent drop. Sales at Toyota Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC both dropped 39 percent, while Honda Motor Co. reported a 36 percent decline.
51. US Auto Sales Drop in 2008, Recovery Unclear
- Wednesday, January 7, 2009
DETROIT (AP) - After a year in which U.S. auto sales tumbled 18 percent and GM had its worst year in nearly a half-century amid slack demand fueled by a terrible economic outlook and growing job worries, automakers are reluctant to predict when a recovery might occur.
52. Toyota, Honda Lead Declines in Dec. Auto Sales
- Tuesday, January 6, 2009
DETROIT (AP) - Toyota and Honda's U.S. sales fell more than their U.S. competitors' in December, with Toyota's 37 percent decline and Honda's 35 percent drop showing the Japanese company's popular fuel-efficient models were little help as consumers steered clear of showrooms due to the dismal economy.
53. Meltdown 101: Foreign Automakers Struggle Too
- Wednesday, December 24, 2008
U.S. automakers landed a $17.4 billion bailout package from President Bush last week, but carmakers around the world also could use a dose of holiday cheer as 2008 winds down.
Slow sales and tight credit markets are not the sole domain of General Motors Corp., Chrysler LLC and Ford Motor Co., as carmakers from Stockholm to Tokyo report problems of their own in a slumping global economy.
54. Toyota Projects First Loss in Company's History
- Tuesday, December 23, 2008
NAGOYA, Japan (AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will report the first operating loss in 70 years, acknowledging that after a decade of rapid growth it can no longer escape the slowdown plaguing the global auto industry.
55. Falling Energy Prices Yet to Show Economic Return
- Monday, December 22, 2008
PHOENIX (AP) - Economists believe that American consumers as a whole pocket a billion dollars every time the price for a gallon of gas drops by a penny. Given that retail gas prices have dropped by $2.44 per gallon since July, there should be a lot of money flowing back into the economy.
56. Detroit Automakers Await Deal on Auto Loans
- Tuesday, December 16, 2008
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) - Detroit automakers got public reassurance Monday from President George W. Bush that short-term government help for the industry is in the works and could come soon.
57. White House Readies New Rescue for Auto Industry
- Monday, December 15, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) - With Congress gridlocked and the economy flailing, the Bush administration declared Friday it would step in and prevent the "precipitous collapse" of the U.S. auto industry and the disastrous economic impact of the hundreds of thousands of job losses sure to follow.
58. GM to Temporarily Close 20 Plants to Slash Output
- Monday, December 15, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) - General Motors Corp. said Friday it will temporarily close 20 factories across North America and make sweeping cuts to its vehicle production as it tries to adjust to dramatically weaker automobile demand.
59. Hill Opposition Jeopardizes Auto Industry Rescue
- Friday, December 12, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) - Prospects for a $14 billion auto industry rescue bill dimmed Thursday amid growing opposition in both parties and despite urgent appeals by both President-elect Barack Obama and President George W. Bush.
60. UAW: Corker Risking 110,000 Jobs in Tennessee
- Friday, December 12, 2008
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A UAW local president at the General Motors plant in Spring Hill said Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is "playing politics with 110,000 jobs" in his home state by opposing the auto industry rescue package.
61. Auto Industry Planning Car Pool to Washington
- Tuesday, November 25, 2008
DETROIT (AP) - After being skewered by Congress and lampooned on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," the CEOs of Detroit's three automakers may end up making their return trip to Washington by car as they seek a federal bailout.
62. Ghosn Says Auto Industry Consolidation Likely
- Thursday, November 20, 2008
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said Wednesday that he expects the current crisis in the auto industry will soon lead some carmakers to consolidate.
63. Factory Orders Drop More Than Expected
- Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Factory orders dropped for the second straight month in September as businesses cut back on purchases of steel, computers and other equipment amid the economic downturn, the government reported Tuesday.
64. GM Oct. Sales Fall Nearly Half; Ford Drops 30 Pct
- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
DETROIT (AP) – General Motors' October U.S. sales plunged 45 percent and Ford's dropped 30 percent, as low consumer confidence and tight credit combined to scare customers away from showrooms.
65. Honda's Hydrogen Car is Smooth But Has Hindrances
- Monday, October 20, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) - For years, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have been the far-off technological bets of the auto industry – the car that holds the promise of gasoline-free driving.
Honda Motor Co. is starting to give a small number of drivers a glimpse into the future.
66. August Auto Sales Fall; Some Say Worst May be Over
- Friday, September 5, 2008
DETROIT (AP) - Nearly every major automaker saw its U.S. sales drop in August, but many are seeing signs that the worst slump in recent history may have bottomed out.
Most upbeat were executives from General Motors Corp., which posted a 20.3 percent sales decline from a year ago but a 31 percent improvement over July's dismal totals.
67. Consumers Chosen To Test Hydrogen Cars
- Friday, August 29, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) – Tom Albert drove his loaner Chevrolet Equinox like any other car.
He took it to work during the week, picked up groceries, and loaded up the back with bags of soil at the garden store. When his infant son was fussy, Albert drove the newborn around the block to calm him down.
68. Volkswagen Selects Tennessee for US Auto Plant
- Wednesday, July 16, 2008
CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Volkswagen picked Chattanooga over rival sites in two other states for a new U.S. assembly plant expected to create about 2,000 jobs.
Volkswagen Group of America Inc. will produce a new midsize sedan designed specifically for the North American consumer and invest $1 billion in the economy, the company has announced.
69. June Car Sales Plummet; More Declines Expected
- Thursday, July 3, 2008
DETROIT (AP) - A last-minute no-interest financing offer and strong sales of some cars helped General Motors Corp. keep its U.S. sales over Toyota Motor Corp. last month, but it was still the worst June for the industry in 17 years and a harbinger of more misery ahead.
70. Archived Article: Tech Briefs
- Wednesday, March 5, 2003
The Memphis Technology Councils business continuity committee will meet every other Thursday through May 29 to plan an upcomi
The Memphis Technology Councils business continuity committee will meet every other Thursday through May 29 to plan an u...
71. Archived Article: Benchmark
- Thursday, February 27, 2003
Judge duct tapes defendant's mouth
Judge duct tapes defendant's mouth
A Lubbock, Texas, judge ordered a defendant's mouth to be taped shut after the man kept interrupting his lawyer and the judge during an aggravated assault trial.
72. Archived Article: Back
- Monday, September 13, 1999
UnitedAuto Expands Presence in UnitedAuto expands Memphis presence UnitedAuto Group Inc., the nations second largest publicly traded automobile retailer, announced the addition of two dealerships to its existing Memphis and Phoenix hubs. The acquisi...
73. Archived Article: Benchmark
- Thursday, September 5, 1996
Andrew Love and Wayne Jackson, individually and d/b/a The Memphis Horns vs Andrew Love and Wayne Jackson, individually and d/b/a The Memphis Horns vs. Al Green. Two local musicians are suing performer Al Green over the alleged infringement of the se...