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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-
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
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
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
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
Big discounts help US auto sales sizzle, with best July sales since 2006

...even with discounting, more people are choosing pricier SUVs and loading them up with features.Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at AutoTrader.com, isn't alarmed about growing incentives. Things have changed from a decade ago, when automakers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/smart-shopper/2014-08-01/big-discount
New bond fund offers flexibility in investing

...that unconstrained funds carry their own risks."These funds have lots of flexibility," says Eric Jacobson, a senior analyst at Morningstar, "but that flexibility can be just as dangerous as it can be advantageous."As "unconstrained...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-02-02/new-bond-fund-offers-flexi
March will be test of demand in US

...crisis."March will give us a sense of how real the recovery is going to be this year," said Alec Gutierrez, a senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book.U.S. consumers bought just under 1.2 million new cars and trucks in February, unchanged...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-03-03/march-will-be-test-demand-
Cellphone operator Vodafone reveals scale of government snooping

...Companies are recognizing they have a responsibility to disclose government access," said Daniel Castro, a senior analyst for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington. "This is new."Civil liberties advocates...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-06-06/cellphone-operator-vodafon
Google to build prototype of truly driverless car

...shifts in automotive technology, business practices and retailing we're going to witness," said Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com.A French company, Induct Technology, has produced a driverless shuttle, which...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-28/google-build-prototype-tru