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May 5, 2013

Auto Briefs

Auto sales surge thanks to pickups; Stingray pricing released

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(The Associated Press)

April auto sales up, led by truck rebound
Ford, GM, Chrysler and Nissan all reported double-digit U.S. sales increases last month, signaling the best April for car and truck sales in six years. A rebound in pickup truck sales led the way, especially for the Detroit automakers. Ford's sales increased 18 percent, with the F-Series pickup gaining 24 percent. At Chrysler, sales rose 11 percent, led by the Ram pickup, with a 49 percent sales increase. GM also saw an 11 percent sales jump, with Chevrolet Silverado pickup sales rising 28 percent for the month. Nissan reported a 23 percent sales gain over April 2012.
The Associated Press


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(The Associated Press)

New Corvette Stingray to start at $52,000
General Motors says the base model of the 2014 Corvette Stingray will start at just under $52,000, a $1,400 price increase over the current model. The latest version was completely redone; it shares only two parts with the current model, which is 9 years old. The 2014 version is lower and sleeker, saving weight by replacing the steel structure with aluminum. The hood is made of lightweight carbon fiber. The interior gets a more modern look with new touch screens. Under the hood, the car gets a new 450-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that can go to four cylinders on the highway to save fuel. It goes on sale this summer.
The Associated Press





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