Mercedes CLA: A play for the younger set

Mercedes-Benz is ready to go a little Scion, with a luxury twist. Mercedes-Benz’ sleek and sculpted CLA sedan will go on sale in the United States in September as the first of three new front-wheel-drive vehicles from the luxury marque.

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Former Automotive News staffer honored

Veteran journalist and former Automotive News staff member Kathy Jackson, 62, will receive the 2013 Urban Wheel Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Canada to invest $254 million in auto industry to spur jobs

Canada will invest $253.69 million in the country’s auto industry, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday, as Ottawa tries to encourage private sector investment and create manufacturing jobs.

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2012 fuel economy rises to 23.8 mpg, researchers say

The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in 2012 rose to 23.8 mpg, University of Michigan researchers said today, up from 22.5 mpg in 2011 and the highest since the researchers began tracking full-year data in 2008.

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U.S.car sales, Dec. and YTD

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U.S. new-auto registrations to grow 6.6% in 2013, Polk estimates

Sales of new autos, a bright spot for the U.S. in 2012, will grow further this year as an improving economy and demand for pickups and for mid-sized cars boosts registrations 6.6 percent, according to R.L. Polk and Co. About 15.

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Marketing moments

Milestones in automotive marketing for the past year.

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Lynn Hickey, former Oklahoma City Dodge dealer, dies

Lynn Hickey, former owner of Lynn Hickey Dodge in Oklahoma City, died Dec. 14. He was 74. Hickey started his automotive career washing cars at a Ford dealership. In 1970, he opened the Dodge store.

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Kia appoints ex-Audi designer Schreyer first non-Korean president

Kia promoted its chief designer Peter Schreyer to the role of president, the first foreigner to attain the position at the company, as the South Korean automaker seeks to elevate its global profile.

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Port strike deadline raises pressure for Obama intervention

President Barack Obama is facing pressure to block a strike that would gridlock East Coast ports and risk damaging industries that include auto manufacturing.

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