January 25, 2013

Auto Briefs

VW wants to double U.S. sales; pickup-truck sales poised for banner year


Workers assemble Passat sedans at Volkswagen AG's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Volkswagen AG)

Volkswagen plans to double U.S. sales
New vehicles and lower prices helped Volkswagen AG to its best U.S. sales year ever in 2012. But it has even bigger plans. Volkswagen -- which is made up of the Volkswagen, Audi and ultra-luxury Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti brands -- wants to nearly double its U.S. sales to 1 million by 2018, part of a larger plan to reach 10 million sales worldwide.
The Associated Press


The 2013 GMC Sierra goes on sale this spring with new styling. (GMC)

Expect a banner year for pickup-truck sales
With new-home construction back on the rise, pickup-truck sales are poised to grow in the coming year. And Detroit is ready. General Motors showed its new trucks for the first time at the North American International Auto Show, which ends Sunday in Detroit. The Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, which go on sale this spring, have mean-looking grilles, restyled interiors and new engines and transmissions that GM promises will be highly efficient.
The Associated Press


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