July 7, 2013

Auto Briefs

Picks for 'most American' vehicles; new-car sales hit pre-recession level



Edmunds releases 'most American' list
In honor of the Fourth of July weekend, Edmunds has released its list of the "most American" vehicles on the market. The ratings were based on each vehicle's percentage of U.S. or Canadian content. Some of the "most American" by segment:
Sedan: Toyota Avalon (80 percent U.S. or Canadian content) (shown)
SUV/Crossover: Ford Expedition (80 percent)
Minivan: Dodge Grand Caravan (80 percent)
Truck: Toyota Tundra and Ford F-150 (75 percent)
Hatchback: Honda Crosstour (75 percent)
NWautos staff


(The Associated Press)

New-vehicle sales continue hot streak

U.S. buyers snapped up new cars and trucks in June at a pace not seen since before the recession. Continuing demand for big pickups helped boost sales for Detroit's automakers. Ford's sales rose 14 percent, while Chrysler's gained 8 percent and General Motors' rose 6.5 percent. Analysts say they don't see much that could slow the sales momentum of the first six months. The factors that juiced sales — low interest rates, wider credit availability, rising home construction and hot new vehicles — are likely to remain in place.
The Associated Press


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