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  • Jan. 4, 2013, 9:48 AM

    Will 2013 be the year General Motors (GM -1.5%) and Ford (F -0.1%) finally cut into the lead foreign rivals have in the luxury market? The automakers think fresh models from Lincoln and Cadillac can finally shrink the perception gap between the brands with BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz - but analysts aren't wholly convinced. To lure in new buyers, they think lease specials will need to be improved.

    | Jan. 4, 2013, 9:48 AM | 3 Comments
  • Jan. 4, 2013, 6:54 AM
    Automobile industry analysts in China expect the market for vehicles to only grow between 5% and 10% in 2013 with a slowing economy and higher fuel costs still a drag on demand. Initiatives by local governments to curb car sales in an effort to ease traffic concerns could also stall the ambitious plans of General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) in the nation, while Japaneses automakers (NSANY.OB, HMC, TM) have even larger concerns with a public backlash due to a territorial dispute still a major factor.
    | Jan. 4, 2013, 6:54 AM | 4 Comments
  • Jan. 3, 2013, 2:48 PM

    U.S. auto sales wrapup: After all is said and done automakers see 2012 end with close to 14.5M vehicles sold in the U.S., up 13% from 2011. A strong December for Ford, GM, and Chrysler capped off the year, while Japanese automakers improved sales dramatically from last year's earthquake-ravaged mark but fell short of the estimates of analysts. South Korean automakers Kia and Hyundai felt the sales sting from a flap over inflated fuel rating claims, while in the luxury market BMW edged out Audi and Mercedes. On tap: Can the industry sell 15M cars in 2013?

    | Jan. 3, 2013, 2:48 PM | 15 Comments
  • Jan. 3, 2013, 10:05 AM
    Shares of Ford (F +2%) break higher as investors warm up to the automaker's solid report on December sales amid a backdrop of a stressed consumer. Looking at the year as a whole, the automaker saw its F-Series truck show a double-digit gain in sales growth while it made strides with its lineup of fuel-efficient smaller models. Once again, the laggard was the Lincoln brand which Ford plans to give a shot in the arm in 2013.
    | Jan. 3, 2013, 10:05 AM | 5 Comments
  • Jan. 3, 2013, 9:43 AM
    Ford (F) December U.S. sales: +2.0% to 214,222 vehicles, marking the automaker's best mark for the month since 2006 and beating the consensus estimate of analysts which called for a 1.2% gain. Ford brand up 2.5% to 206,838, to help offset a slip in Lincoln sales. The lynchpin Ford Focus model saw a 58.3% Y/Y gain in sales to 22,604. C-Max Hybrid sales came in at a steady 4,310 for the month. (PR)
    | Jan. 3, 2013, 9:43 AM
  • Jan. 2, 2013, 7:20 AM

    Automobile industry forecasters predict robust vehicle sales in the U.S. in 2013 as the momentum picked up in the sector in 2012 carries through into the new year. Polk's Anthony Pratt sees a larger focus on large pickup trucks this year, while a large slate of new models could also help stoke up demand. Fiscal cliff drama and a spurt of nasty winter weather in the last week of 2012 could have also pushed some sales forward.

    | Jan. 2, 2013, 7:20 AM | 5 Comments
  • Jan. 2, 2013, 5:51 AM
    New-vehicle registrations are expected to grow to 15.3M this year, research firm Polk says, with actual sales possibly reaching 15.4M from 14.4M in 2012 as the industry benefits from increased loan and lease access for consumers, and from refreshes in the midsize-car segment. Sales are also expected to top 16M in 2014 for the first time since 2007. The sales figures for 2012 are due tomorrow.
    | Jan. 2, 2013, 5:51 AM | 5 Comments
  • Dec. 31, 2012, 8:49 AM

    Ford (F) says it will sell 2.2M vehicles in 2012 with its Ford Focus on pace to become the year's best-selling global nameplate. The automaker's F-Series and Fiesta also rank in the top ten, according to vehicle registration data.

    | Dec. 31, 2012, 8:49 AM | 5 Comments
  • Dec. 31, 2012, 6:57 AM
    JPMorgan expects pent-up demand to help lift auto sales 14% Y/Y in December to 15.4M vehicles, although the firm notes the drama of the fiscal cliff talks in Washington throws a wildcard into the mix. A survey of consumers shows a good portion will rethink their pending automotive purchases due to the uncertainty over tax rates.
    | Dec. 31, 2012, 6:57 AM | 7 Comments
  • Dec. 28, 2012, 5:48 PM
    The average of all durable U.S. consumer goods is now nearly at 4.5 years. That's up from less than 4 years before the financial crisis, and could fuel a pickup in consumer spending ... assuming the age increase doesn't reflect a "new normal" in a time of high unemployment and stagnating real wage growth. The average age of cars on the road is now above 4 years, compared with 3.5 years around 2000 and less than 3 years in the '80s.
    | Dec. 28, 2012, 5:48 PM | 4 Comments
  • Dec. 28, 2012, 11:47 AM

    U.S. auto sales are expected to cap off the best year for the industry since 2007 with a projected 9% rise for December to an annual sales pace of ~15.2M vehicles, helped in part by higher incentive spending on pickup trucks. But a strong end to the year could be overshadowed by concerns that consumers will curb spending in January due to the fiscal cliff.

    | Dec. 28, 2012, 11:47 AM | 4 Comments
  • Dec. 27, 2012, 7:49 AM
    Ford (F) says it plans to invest at least $773M on new equipment and capacity expansions across six manufacturing facilities in Michigan. The investment plan is part of the automaker's commitment to invest $6.2B in U.S. plants by 2015.
    | Dec. 27, 2012, 7:49 AM | 3 Comments
  • Dec. 26, 2012, 9:28 AM

    Following a strong 2012, UAW officials have told members working for Ford (F) to expect profit-sharing checks that could be above $8K, the WSJ reports. For GM workers, the checks could reach $7K. When Detroit was on the brink of going under, the UAW negotiated higher profit-sharing payments in exchange for wage and benefit concessions.

    | Dec. 26, 2012, 9:28 AM | 6 Comments
  • Dec. 20, 2012, 2:10 PM

    Electric Vehicle roundup: 1) Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.6%) sets its pricing for Europe and says in a blog post profits will be uniform across markets. 2) Cadillac (GM +0.2%) will unveil its 2014 ELR model at a major auto show next month. 3) It's a good start for Ford's (F -0.8%) C-Max hybrid; sales and reviews point to a competitive entry into the market. 4) German automakers will bring at least seven new electric models to the market in 2013, led by Volkswagen (VLKAY.PK) and BMW (BAMXY.PK). The Western European plug-in market is forecast to grow to over 70K vehicles sold.

    | Dec. 20, 2012, 2:10 PM | 7 Comments
  • Dec. 20, 2012, 8:26 AM
    Ford (F) says a 18% gain in sales for its Lincoln brand would be a "good year" as it looks to re-invigorate the brand. The bet on Lincoln is an important test for the automaker with it rubbing shoulders with some formidable competition in the luxury segment as the MKZ model debuts. (Reviews:, Motor Trend, Auto Week)
    | Dec. 20, 2012, 8:26 AM | 2 Comments
  • Dec. 19, 2012, 9:01 AM

    Ford (F) COO Mark Fields says the automaker will work to improve product quality after several recalls and issues with its infotainment system tarnished its reputation on quality a bit. The exec calls the issues "isolated" as he points to the robust sales for new models.

    | Dec. 19, 2012, 9:01 AM | 8 Comments
Company Description
Ford Motor Co is engaged in automobile manufacturing business. It produces cars and trucks. Its business is divided into two segments: Automotive and Financial Services.