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Honda Motor Co. CEO to step aside amid air bag defect scandal, sales decline

...per year by 2017, saying the company needed to focus on quality instead of on sales targets.Stephanie Brinley, a senior analyst with IHS Automotive, said Ito's six-year tenure as Honda's chief is in line with its past three CEOs.Ito's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-23/honda-motor-co-ceo-step-as
US to fine Japanese air bag maker Takata $14,000 per day for failing to cooperate in probe

...paying the fines rather than guiding the NHTSA to documents that could bring bigger penalties, said Kelley Blue Book Senior Analyst Karl Brauer, who said such a decision is probably a cost of doing business "that they can roll into some budget...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-20/us-fine-japanese-air-bag-m
Consumers, automakers adjusting to plummeting fuel prices

...compared with $3.31 a year ago - have had an "immediate impact on consumer psyche," according to Edmunds.com senior analyst Jessica Caldwell. According to the car-shopping site, SUVs and pickups outsold cars in 2014 for the first time...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-12/consumers-automakers-adjus
Drop your top: Convertibles poised to make a comeback

...least 2000. "New models drive sales up," said IHS senior analyst Stephanie Brinley, whose firm expects convertible...conspicuous consumption is dead," says Michelle Krebs, senior analyst with AutoTrader.com. "Everybody's getting back...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-12/drop-your-top-convertibles
Florida State's Jameis Winston to enter NFL Draft

...expected to be one of the first quarterbacks selected, but faces questions about his off-field incidents.NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt said NFL teams will find out everything they need to know about Winston's background from league security...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/college/2015-01-07/florida-states-jameis-win
Chrysler, GM post US sales gains in November as Black Friday deals, low gas prices draw buyers

...year at around 16.5 million, said Jesse Toprak, a senior analyst with Cars.com. That's up 6 percent from 2013...the car market right now," said Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst with AutoTrader.com.The industry expects more...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-02/chrysler-gm-post-us-sales-
Fiat Chrysler bounces around in first day on NYSE

...for the merged automaker. Additional shares also could be offered to raise capital.In an interview, Morningstar senior analyst Richard Hilgert said Fiat Chrysler faces macroeconomic troubles in Europe and South America, its two largest markets...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-13/fiat-chrysler-bounces-arou
Ford's aluminum F-150 almost ready for prime time

...future proofs" the truck - and the company - in an era of rising fuel economy standards, says Karl Brauer, a senior analyst with Kelley Blue Book."If Ford masters the art of delivering an aluminum vehicle at the level the F-150 sells...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-11-11/fords-aluminum-f-150-almos
Automakers to join forces in effort to track down cause of exploding Takata air bag inflators

...Takata and some of the automakers will appear at a U.S. House subcommittee hearing on the matter.Karl Brauer, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book, said automakers likely are fed up with how long it's taking Takata to find the cause. But...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-02/automakers-join-forces-eff
Three-wheeled Elio, a $6,800 commuter car, is closer to going on sale

...promised to revolutionize American commutes with the Smart car, but that hasn't panned out, says Karl Brauer, a senior analyst with Kelley Blue Book. Smart sold just 9,264 cars in the U.S. last year.The Smart has a starting price of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-15/three-wheeled-elio-6800-co