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October 14, 2011 1:00 AM

Mercedes name on Superdome, September's top sellers, Fiat staying in Italy


(The Associated Press)

Mercedes name to be on first US stadium
The home of the New Orleans Saints and site of six Super Bowls will be renamed the Mercedes-Benz Superdome under a deal with the German automaker. The deal will also allow Mercedes-Benz USA to have its name associated with championships in college and pro football and men's college basketball over the next 16 months. The price for the 10-year naming-rights deal was not disclosed. Mercedes-Benz also owns naming rights to arenas in Shanghai and in Stuttgart, Germany. The Superdome (shown) is the company's first such venture in the United States.

--The Associated Press



Top-selling cars and trucks in September
The top-selling vehicles and the total number sold last month, with August's rank in parentheses:

1. Ford F-Series, 54,410 (1)
2. Chevrolet Silverado, 43,698 (2)
3. Toyota Camry/Solara, 24,851 (3)
4. Dodge Ram, 24,656 (6)
5. Nissan Altima, 24,3567 (4)
6. Ford Escape, 20,225 (8)
7. Honda CR-V, 19,604 (-)
8. Ford Fusion, 19,510 (10)
9. Honda Accord, 18,639 (9)
10. Hyundai Sonata, 18,181 (7)

--The Associated Press

Fiat to keep SUV production in Italy
Fiat recently announced it will produce Jeep SUVs at its Mirafiori factory in Turin, Italy, from 2013 as it takes advantage of flexible work rules approved earlier this year by union rank-and-file. Earlier reports speculated Fiat would build the SUV in North America. The Italian automaker, which controls Chrysler, says the Turin plant will start being fitted with updated infrastructure next year to pave the way for the start of Jeep production in the second half of 2013.

--The Associated Press