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1. Toyota gas cars get efficient engine from hybrids -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the engine will be rolled out in 14 models this year and next year.

2. US fine to settle probe delivers relief for Toyota -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp., headed to a record profit, can afford the $1.2 billion fine levied by the U.S. government for hiding information about defects in its cars. If anything, the settlement may even deliver relief for Toyota shareholders and customers as a sign the automaker has put the four-year recall debacle behind it.

3. US retail sales rebounded 0.3 percent in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that seasonally-adjusted retail sales rose 0.3 percent in February. Spending had fallen 0.6 percent in January, revised down from the 0.4 percent decline initially reported. Retail spending also fell 0.3 percent in December.

4. Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars.

Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple's iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva.

5. Obama admin drives ahead with new cleaner gas rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is driving ahead with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tailpipe emissions, declaring that cleaner air will save thousands of lives per year at little cost to consumers.

6. Was Microsoft smart to play it safe with CEO pick? -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After compiling a list of more than 100 CEO candidates, Microsoft settled on Satya Nadella a home-grown leader who joined the software maker in the early 1990s. That's back when Google's founders were teenagers and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in elementary school.

7. UAW: Workers at VW's Chattanooga plant voting Feb. 12-14 -

DETROIT (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's only U.S. factory will decide next week whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers union.

German automaker Volkswagen AG said Monday that it has asked the National Labor Relations Board to conduct a vote at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant Feb. 12 through 14. The plant, which makes the Passat sedan, has around 3,000 workers.

8. Ford 4Q profit beats forecasts; revenue up 4 pct. -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. enjoyed one of the best years in its history in 2013, but the celebration won't last long.

Ford has already warned that profits will be down this year as it launches a record 23 vehicles and builds seven plants around the world. It's anticipating 13 weeks of down time — up from five in 2013 — at its two U.S. pickup truck plants to prepare for the launch of a new aluminum-clad F-150. And instability in South America and price competition in the U.S. are constant threats.

9. GM predicts modest pretax profit gain this year -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. said Wednesday it expects a modest gain in pretax profits this year as global sales growth slows.

The No. 1 U.S. automaker joined others in forecasting slower growth in the red-hot U.S. market. Still, GM and industry analysts expect sales to reach or exceed 16 million for the first time since 2007.

10. Ford board raises quarterly dividend 25 percent -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is raising the quarterly dividend it pays shareholders for the second time since restoring the payout in 2012.

The second-largest U.S. automaker says its board declared a first-quarter dividend of 12.5 cents per share, a 25 percent increase from the previous 10-cent payout.

11. China's auto sales rise 15.7 percent in 2013 -

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales rose 15.7 percent last year to 17.9 million vehicles, boosted by strong demand in December, an industry group reported Thursday.

Sales growth in China, the biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold, has slowed but still outstrips Western markets. Automakers including General Motors and Toyota reported record China sales in 2013 and BMW said this country became its biggest market.

12. Ford to unveil solar hybrid concept car at CES -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ford plans to unveil at this month's International CES gadget show a solar-powered concept car that offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid but without the need for a plug.

13. Ford plans 23 new cars, 5,000 new US jobs in 2014 -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says 2014 will be its busiest year ever, with 23 new vehicles being introduced around the world.

14. GM to stop making cars in Australia by 2017 -

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.

15. First Ford Mustang owner helps welcome new model -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Gail Wise didn't know she was getting anything special when she drove away from a Chicago Ford dealership in the spring of 1964 in the first Mustang ever sold.

Wise paid $3,347 for the car, happy to have a convertible. It wasn't until she was on the road, with other drivers honking and flagging her down, that she realized what she had.

16. At 50, new-look Mustang still has plenty of muscle -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — America's first pony car — the Ford Mustang — is celebrating its 50th birthday with a swoon-worthy new design and plans to go global.

Ford Motor Co. was to reveal the 2015 Mustang Thursday morning at events in New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney, Barcelona and its hometown of Dearborn. It goes on sale next fall in North America and will arrive later in Europe and Asia.

17. Bone McAllester adds labor, employment attorney -

The law firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has hired Vanderbilt alumnus Bryan Pieper as the firm’s newest attorney in labor and employment law and commercial litigation.

18. Chrysler, Ford, GM, Nissan post big Oct. gains -

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all posted October sales increases as the U.S. auto industry rebounded from a lackluster September.

The gains signal that automakers made it through the 16-day partial government shutdown relatively unscathed. Chrysler even predicted stronger industry sales for the month than most analysts.

19. GM hints at dividend, stock buyback on 3Q profit -

DETROIT (AP) — Another solid quarterly performance at General Motors brought the strongest talk yet of the automaker paying a dividend for the first time in five years, or perhaps buying back stock.

20. Ford increases full-year guidance after strong 3Q -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is raising its full-year profit guidance after a strong third quarter that saw improving sales worldwide, including in past trouble spots like Europe and South America.

Ford earned $1.3 billion, or 31 cents per share, down 14 percent from a year ago. The decline was due to special items, including a $250 million charge for restructuring in Europe. Without those, Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. reported a pretax profit of $2.6 billion, or 45 cents per share. That was a record for the third quarter.

21. Ford, Toyota fight over who has top-selling car -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford says the Focus compact car is the best-selling auto in the world this year.

The company says it sold almost 590,000 Focuses during the first half of the year based on registration data. That beat the No. 2 finisher, the Toyota Corolla.

22. Leaving the driving to a computer has big benefits -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In some ways, computers make ideal drivers: They don't drink and then climb behind the wheel. They don't do drugs, get distracted, fall asleep, run red lights or tailgate. And their reaction times are quicker.

23. Myers moves from Wellpoint to Corizon -

Corizon, a provider of correctional health care solutions, has hired Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., M.D. as its new CEO.

Myers was formerly the executive vice president and chief medical officer of WellPoint, Inc. and has served as director of health care management for Ford Motor Company. He has also served as the health commissioner for the city of New York and the state of Indiana.

24. Nissan sales increase by 83% in China -

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales grew at their fastest rate in eight months in September as Nissan and other Japanese brands rebounded from a slump sparked by political tensions with Tokyo.

Nissan Motor Co.'s monthly sales soared 83.4 percent to 117,100 vehicles, accelerating from 2 percent growth for the first nine months of the year. Toyota Motor Corp. said sales jumped 63.5 percent over the same month last year after declining by 0.5 percent in January-September.

25. Japan car parts makers in price-fixing plea -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine Japanese auto parts manufacturers and two of their executives will plead guilty and pay $740 million in criminal fines for conspiring to fix the prices of more than 30 products sold to many of the world's largest automakers operating in the U.S., the Justice Department announced Thursday.

26. Obama asks CEOs to help ease budget fight with GOP -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, facing a budget showdown with Congress, called on some of the nation's top corporate executives Wednesday to use their influence with Congress to avoid a potentially damaging confrontation over the nation's debt ceiling.

27. Big-business leaders talk tax code at Montana summit -

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus said Monday that his bipartisan effort to reform the nation's tax code helped attract some of the business world's biggest names to Montana for a conference on creating jobs.

28. Nissan says 2014 Rogue is more efficient -

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Nissan Motor Co. says its revamped Rogue SUV will be cheaper and more fuel-efficient than its rivals when it goes on sale in the U.S. in November.

Nissan unveiled the 2014 Rogue Tuesday at its North American technical center near Detroit. The Rogue's European counterpart, the X-Train, was revealed at the same time at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany. The X-Train goes on sale early next year.

29. Car prices hit record as buyers load up on options -

DETROIT (AP) — Americans are paying record prices for new cars and trucks, and they have only themselves to blame.

The average sale price of a vehicle in the U.S. hit $31,252 last month, up almost $1,000 over the same time last year. The sharp increase has been driven by consumers loading cars up with high-end stereos, navigation systems, leather seats and safety gadgets.

30. Tennessee Supreme Court reinstates verdict after boy paralyzed -

JACKSON (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has reinstated a $43.8 million verdict for a Memphis child who was paralyzed in an auto accident.

According to court records, Billy Meals was 6 years old on Jan. 18, 2002. He was riding in the back seat of his father's car when a drunk driver crossed the line and hit the car head on.

31. Ford to make Fusion in US for first time -

FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) — For the first time, Ford is making its Fusion sedan in the U.S.

The company's Flat Rock, Mich., plant near Detroit will start making the Fusion Thursday. Ford hired a second shift of 1,400 new workers to make the Fusion at the plant, which also makes the Mustang sports car.

32. Mazda gets boost from plant that produces a car every 54 seconds -

HOFU, Japan (AP) — Mazda, the longtime also-ran of Japanese automakers, says it came up with innovations in nearly every step of auto manufacturing for a super-efficient assembly line that rolls off vehicles at a stunning rate of one every 54 seconds.

33. GM to invest $167M more at Spring Hill factory -

NASHVILLE (AP) - General Motors plans to spend another $167 million at its Tennessee factory so it can build two new midsize vehicles.

The investment disclosed Tuesday is on top of a previously announced $183 million investment. The spending is expected to create or keep 1,800 jobs, but GM wouldn't say how many new people would be hired.

34. GM 2Q profit beats estimates, shares drop -

DETROIT (AP) — Just as General Motors is getting a handle on its troubles in Europe, the automaker faces a new challenge in another part of the globe.

GM says Japanese automakers are using the weak yen to cut prices in Southeast Asia and Australia, taking a bite out of GM's profits there. Sales tailed off in India as well.

35. Top commercial Midstate real estate transactions for June 2013 -

Top June 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

36. Grim Caterpillar outlook tugs stocks mostly lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — A gloomy outlook from Caterpillar, the world's largest construction equipment company, tugged the stock market lower Wednesday.

The meager drop gave the stock market two consecutive days of losses, the first time that's happened all month.

37. Ford raises profit forecast on strong 2Q results -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. reported better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter and raised its profit and sales forecasts for the year as strong U.S. pickup truck demand and growing sales in China offset persistent — but narrowing — losses in Europe.

38. China's June auto sales rise 9.3 percent -

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales growth held steady in June and Japanese brands rebounded from a slump despite a credit crunch and slowing economic growth.

Auto sales rose 9.3 percent over a year earlier to 1.4 million vehicles, the China Association of Auto Manufacturers reported Wednesday. That was in line with May's 9 percent growth.

39. Late to the Chinese market, Ford aims to catch up -

CHONGQING, China (AP) — Dave Schoch has one of the toughest jobs at Ford Motor Co.: catching the competition in the world's biggest car market.

40. GM, Honda to collaborate on fuel cell vehicles -

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. are joining forces to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

41. US factory orders rise 2.1 percent in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories rose in May, helped by a third straight month of stronger business investment. The gains suggest manufacturing may be picking up after a weak start to the year.

42. Cars from art deco period exhibited in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) - They are long, low, sleek and sexy.

Many of the cars at a new exhibit called "Sensuous Steel" are one of a kind. Others are or were owned by famous people. What binds them together is their art deco design and the venue where they are showcased: the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, which was built in 1933-34 as the city's main post office.

43. US factory output rise just 0.1 percent in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories barely increased their output in May after two months of declines, a sign that manufacturing is providing little support for the economy.

The Federal Reserve said Friday that factory production rose just 0.1 percent in May from April. Output fell 0.4 percent in April and 0.3 percent in March.

44. US manufacturing gauge sinks to June 2009 level -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of U.S. manufacturing fell in May to its lowest level since June 2009 as slumping overseas economies and weak business spending reduced new orders and production.

The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 49 last month from 50.7 in April. That's the lowest level in nearly four years and the first time the index has dipped below 50 since November. A reading under 50 indicates contraction.

45. US auto sales see big gains in May -

DETROIT (AP) — Price cuts at Nissan and strong demand for pickup trucks helped U.S. auto sales rebound in May after a slight dip in April.

General Motors reported its strongest monthly sales since September of 2008. Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota also reported increases. Nissan Motor Co. notched its highest May sales ever after cutting prices on seven popular models early in the month. Only Volkswagen said sales fell compared with May of last year.

46. US auto factories cutting back on summer downtime -

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit automakers are largely forgoing the traditional two-week summer break at their factories and speeding up production to meet buyers' growing demand for new cars and trucks.

47. Toyota profit more than doubles on yen, cost cuts -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit more than doubled to 313.9 billion yen ($3.2 billion) as cost cuts and better sales worked with a weakening yen to add momentum to the automaker's comeback.

Toyota Motor Corp., which last year reclaimed the title of world's top-selling automaker, said Wednesday it expects the strong results to continue in its new business year that ends March 2014. It projected a 1.37 trillion yen ($13.8 billion) profit, up from 962 billion yen for the year ended March 2013.

48. US factory orders down 4 percent in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell in March by the largest amount in seven months but a key category that signals business investment plans managed a small increase.

Factory orders dropped 4 percent in March, reflecting a big plunge in the volatile category of commercial aircraft, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Orders had been up 1.9 percent in February. Orders in a category considered a proxy for business investment plans rose 0.9 percent, a modest gain but an improvement from a preliminary report last week that had shown a decline.

49. GM profit falls 14 pct in 1Q; Europe loss narrows -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' net income fell 14 percent in the first quarter, as it earned less money in North America while preparing to launch a redesigned version of its best-selling vehicle, the Silverado pickup.

50. Ford adding 2,000 workers to Missouri plant -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 2,000 workers to the Missouri plant that makes the F-150 pickup because of surging U.S. truck demand.

51. Detroit boosted by truck sales; Honda, Nissan gain -

DETROIT (AP) — 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. Small businesses are replacing aging trucks that they've kept since the Great Recession.

52. Chrysler US sales up 11 percent in April -

DETROIT (AP) — Strong demand for the Ram pickup truck helped drive Chrysler's sales up 11 percent last month as the company posted its best April in six years.

The increase is another sign that Americans continue to buy cars and trucks despite high unemployment and mixed economic signals. All automakers report monthly sales Wednesday, and industry analysts expect an overall increase of around 10 percent over April of last year. That would make it the best April since 2007.

53. Ford's first quarter profit up 15 pct to $1.6B -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. reported a better-than-expected $1.6 billion profit in the first quarter as growing demand in the U.S. and China for its new vehicles helped overcome steep losses in Europe and South America.

54. Chinese automakers struggle against global rivals -

SHANGHAI (AP) — These should be good times for Chinese automakers as they prepare to show off their latest models at the Shanghai auto show.

Their home market is the world's biggest and growing. But independent automakers such as Chery and Geely are being squeezed by bigger, richer global rivals including General Motors and Nissan that have moved into turf the Chinese makers considered their own: low-priced models for local tastes. Domestic brands account for less than half of their own market.

55. European car sales plummet, even in solid Germany -

MILAN (AP) — Europe's auto market is in freefall. Once the motor for Europe's economy, the car industry has fallen victim to the region's widening recession and soaring unemployment. Carmakers have suffered 18 straight months of declining sales as people worried that they might soon be out of a job put off making big purchases.

56. GM to roll out new line of smaller pickups -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors plans to roll out a line of completely revamped midsize pickup trucks, with gas mileage and features designed to take sales from Toyota's market-leading Tacoma.

The trucks will replace the aging Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Mark Reuss, GM's North American president, said Tuesday that the trucks will be able to do 95 percent of the work that a big truck can do.

57. China's March auto sales up 13.3 percent -

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales in March rose 13.3 percent over a year earlier but Japanese automakers suffered more declines, an industry group reported Thursday.

Customers in the world's biggest vehicle market bought 1.6 million cars, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. It said total sales including trucks and buses were just over 2 million vehicles.

58. Ford says Focus is best-selling car the world -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says its Focus small car was the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world last year, with just over 1 million sold.

59. China's auto sales up 19.5 percent in Jan-Feb -

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales accelerated in the first two months of this year, rising 19.5 percent over the same period of 2012 in a possible positive sign for an economic recovery.

Automakers sold 2.8 million cars in January and February, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported Monday. Total sales, including trucks and buses, rose 14.7 percent to 3.4 million vehicles.

60. Ford expects some Europe market recovery in 2013 -

GENEVA (AP) — Ford Europe CEO Stephen Odell says the uncertain Italian election results "possibly didn't help" the European car market but he still expects some recovery this year.

61. SRNL, Ford study powering cars with natural gas -

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — Scientists at a lab at the Savannah River Site are studying ways to power vehicles using natural gas.

The Savannah River National Laboratory is partnering with Ford Motor Company, the University of California-Berkeley and BASF. The project is funded by a $5.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy.

62. China's January auto sales surge 46 percent -

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales rose 46 percent in January to a monthly record on strong demand for SUVs in pre-Lunar New Year shopping, an industry group reported Friday.

Customers bought just over 2 million vehicles last month in China, the biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

63. 10 spots to look out for during Super Bowl Sunday -

Celebrities, humor, babies and cute animals will once again rule the commercial breaks on Sunday during Super Bowl XLVII, advertising's biggest showcase, when more than 111 million people are expected to tune in. Marketers have spent millions and pulled out all the stops to 'wow' viewers this year.

64. 5 Super Bowl ads that enlist viewer help -

Advertisers are finding new ways to get viewers into the game during Super Bowl XLVII, which airs on CBS on Sunday. Here are 5 campaigns that enlist viewer help in one form or another.

1. Coca-Cola created an online game that pits a troupe of showgirls, biker-style "badlanders" and cowboys against each other in a race to find a Coke in the desert. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite group and set up obstacles that delay other groups on CokeChase.com. Obstacles include a traffic light or getting a pizza delivered, which both waste time. Coca-Cola's online game is alluded to in a Super Bowl ad and the winning group — which has the most "for" votes and the least "obstacle" votes will be announced after the Big Game. Coke will also give the first 50,000 people who vote a free Coke.

65. Nissan, Ford, Daimler to research hydrogen cars -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is joining with Daimler and Renault-Nissan to speed development of cars that run on hydrogen, with hopes of bringing a vehicle to market in as little as four years.

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles generate electricity after a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is stored in special high-pressure tanks, and the only emissions are water vapor and heat.

66. Will smart machines create a world without work? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like "I, Robot" and the television show "Knight Rider."

Now, three years after Google invented one, automated cars could be on their way to a freeway near you. In the U.S., California and other states are rewriting the rules of the road to make way for driverless cars. Just one problem: What happens to the millions of people who make a living driving cars and trucks — jobs that always have seemed sheltered from the onslaught of technology?

67. Ford doubles dividend to 10 cents -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is doubling its quarterly dividend to 10 cents, just nine months after paying its first dividend in more than five years.

The automaker says the payout is part of its goal of delivering profitable growth for all of its stakeholders.

68. Black boxes in cars raise privacy concerns -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many motorists don't know it, but it's likely that every time they get behind the wheel, there's a snitch along for the ride.

In the next few days, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to propose long-delayed regulations requiring auto manufacturers to include event data recorders — better known as "black boxes" — in all new cars and light trucks. But the agency is behind the curve. Automakers have been quietly tucking the devices, which automatically record the actions of drivers and the responses of their vehicles in a continuous information loop, into most new cars for years.

69. Lincoln brand changes name as new MKZ goes on sale -

DETROIT (AP) — After years of dismal sales, Ford's Lincoln luxury brand is reintroducing itself with a new name and a new midsize sedan.

The brand is returning to the name Lincoln Motor Co. as it launches its new MKZ sedan. That was its name before founder Henry Leland sold the brand to Ford in 1922, and it was used in advertising all the way through the 1970s and 1980s, Lincoln chief Jim Farley said. Consumer research showed that people found the name change intriguing.

70. Fiat 500 adds electric and big versions to lineup -

DETROIT (AP) — The Fiat 500 is getting bigger and going electric.

Two new versions of the Italian-styled mini-car are appearing at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week: The "500e" is the brand's first all-electric model in the U.S. while the "500L" comes with four doors and significantly more room than a regular model. The first 500 hit U.S. showrooms two years ago, promising a stylish and fuel-efficient remake of the 1950s original. Since then, at least four variations of the remake have rolled out.

71. GM rolls out new electric mini-car at LA Auto Show -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is giving its Chevrolet Spark a jolt of electricity.

An all-electric version of the mini-car will debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale this summer in California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea, where it's made. Other markets will follow.

72. Sliding doors. Seats 7. Not a minivan, Ford says -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — It looks like a minivan. It has sliding doors like a minivan. So why isn't Ford calling its new seven-seater a minivan?

For the same reason you don't wear mom jeans or listen to Barry Manilow: It's not cool.

73. Mazda to produce Toyota-brand vehicles in Mexico -

TOKYO (AP) — Mazda Motor Corp. will make Toyota-brand subcompacts at its new plant in Mexico, allowing Japan's top automaker to strengthen its North American model lineup.

74. China's auto sales rebound in October -

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales rebounded in October but Japanese brands suffered a sharp downturn amid a territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo, an industry group said Friday.

Sales in the world's biggest auto market rose 6.4 percent to 1.3 million vehicles, according to the government-sanctioned China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. That was a recovery from September's 0.3 percent contraction — the first monthly decline this year.

75. China helps BMW offset European weakness in Q3 -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Strong sales of its luxury cars in China helped Germany's BMW AG overcome weak markets in crisis-ridden Europe.

Net profit rose 16 percent in the third quarter to €1.29 billion ($1.65 billion) on a 13.7 percent jump in sales to a record €18.82 billion.

76. GM shares spike on strength in South America -

DETROIT (AP) — Shares of General Motors surged Wednesday after the company announced big job cuts in Europe and reported third-quarter earnings that were far better than Wall Street expected.

77. Ford earns $1.63 billion in 3Q -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford's third-quarter profit eased 1 percent to $1.63 billion as European losses swamped record North American profits.

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday its per-share net income was 41 cents, unchanged from the July-September period a year earlier. Before special items, it earned 40 cents, beating Wall Street's forecast of 30 cents, according to analysts polled by FactSet.

78. New York Stock Exchange will reopen Wednesday -

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Stock Exchange will reopen for regular trading Wednesday after being shut down for two days because of Hurricane Sandy.

The exchange said in a statement Tuesday that its building and trading floor are fully operational and that normal trading will resume at the usual starting time of 9:30 a.m.

79. Toyota on top in latest Consumer Reports survey -

DETROIT (AP) — And the winner is ... Japan.

Japanese brands took the top seven spots in Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings, pushing aside their U.S. and European rivals. Toyota Motor Corp.'s Scion, Lexus and Toyota brands took the top three spots and the Toyota Prius C, a subcompact hybrid, got the best overall score. Mazda, Subaru, Honda and Acura were close behind.

80. Chrysler 3Q profit nearly doubles -

DETROIT (AP) — Strong U.S. sales powered Chrysler to a healthy third-quarter profit.

The company on Monday reported net income of $381 million, up 80 percent from $212 million a year earlier. The profit was due mainly to a 13-percent sales increase in the U.S., where Chrysler does three quarters of its business. The company sold nearly 417,000 cars and trucks in the U.S. under the Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and Chrysler brands.

81. GM's 3Q stock rise surprises industry -

DETROIT (AP) — Surprise! The top-performing stock among automakers in the U.S. this quarter is General Motors.

The company, which endured management upheaval during the quarter and announced that it would lose substantial cash in Europe, saw its shares rise almost 18 percent from July through late September. The gain was the best since the first quarter of this year, when the stock climbed about 23 percent. GM posted strong profits in that period.

82. Canadian auto union has deals with 2 of Big 3 -

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian autoworkers have reached contract deals with two of the Big Three and now are focusing in on the third — Chrysler.

The Canadian Auto Workers union said late Thursday it reached a tentative deal with General Motors Co., leaving Chrysler as the only Detroit automaker that hasn't agreed to a new labor deal.

83. Ford unveils 15 fresh models for European market -

MILAN (AP) — Ford Motor Co. on Thursday unveiled 15 new or restyled vehicles for the European market that it will launch over five years to revive slumping sales.

While other carmakers are holding back on new car launches due to tanking European demand, Ford executives announced that the Detroit carmaker will accelerate new car launches in Europe, expanding its lineup of SUVs, restyling the hot-selling Fiesta, redesigning its commercial vehicles and bringing the iconic Mustang sports across the Atlantic.

84. Ford issues another recall of the new Escape -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling 7,600 new Escapes to fix coolant leaks that can cause engines to overheat or catch fire.

The recall affects 2013 models with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines. Plugs in the engine may not have been installed properly and can fall out while the motor is running. Coolant can leak and cause engines to overheat.

85. Ford on track to beat Toyota with best-selling car -

RAYONG, Thailand (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says its Focus small car is on track to become the best-selling car in the world this year, trumping the Toyota Corolla.

Ford sold 489,616 Focus sedans and hatchbacks worldwide in the first half of 2012. That was almost 27,000 more than the perennial best-seller, the Toyota Corolla.

86. Ford breaks ground on new plant in eastern China -

HANGZHOU, China (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is developing a lower-priced small car for the Chinese market but has no plans to start a separate, cheaper brand in China as rivals General Motors and Volkswagen have.

87. Ford to sell luxury Lincoln brand in China -

BEIJING (AP) — Ford Motor Co., eager to grab a piece of China's growing luxury market, plans to start selling its Lincoln luxury brand here in 2014.

88. Music museum options expanding -

Nashville’s major music museums are in various stages of development: one will reopen this year, one is expanding, another is slowly progressing, and the last is on the back burner.

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

After surviving a couple of blows to its existence, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum (MHFM) is set to re-open this year in its new home at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Fourth Avenue North.

89. US durable goods orders fall outside aircraft -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies cut back on orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods last month, outside volatile aircraft and other transportation equipment. The decline suggests businesses are losing confidence in the economy.

90. Auto sales weaken a bit in early July -

DETROIT (AP) — The raft of gloomy economic news may be starting to hurt U.S. auto sales.

Industry analysts and dealers said this week that sales during the first half of July slowed a bit from the robust pace in June. But they still were expected to be better than July of 2011.

91. Ford recalls 2013 Escapes; engines can catch fire -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is telling owners of one version of the brand-new Ford Escape not to drive the SUVs until dealers can fix fuel lines that can crack and spill gasoline, causing engine fires.

92. Ford recalls Escape crossover vehicles -

Ford recalls Escape crossover vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 10,000 redesigned 2013 Escape SUVs to fix carpet padding that could get in the way of braking.

93. The noisiest shareholder activist takes a break -

Evelyn Y. Davis is the world's most famous shareholder activist. She's also the most outspoken, the most outrageous, the most intelligent, the most confident, the most charming.

Just ask her.

94. Fewer auto closings reduce US unemployment claims -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits plunged last week. But a big reason is that automakers have skipped some of their usual summer shutdowns to keep up with demand, causing fewer temporary auto layoffs.

95. Carmakers report strong June sales, easing worries -

DETROIT (AP) — From mini cars to monster pickups, sales of vehicles charged higher in June and eased concerns that Americans would be turned off by slower hiring and other scary headlines.

Automakers reported big gains over June of last year. Chrysler posted its best June in five years. Sales surged at Volkswagen, which is on track for its best year in the U.S. since 1973.

96. Mazda, Fiat to work together on small convertible -

TOKYO (AP) — Mazda Motor Corp. and Fiat SpA are working together on developing and manufacturing a roadster, or two-seater convertible, although the automakers will come up with different, distinctly styled models.

97. Ford to get blue oval back after 2nd debt upgrade -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is getting its blue oval logo back.

Moody's Investors Service raised Ford's debt ratings to investment-grade Tuesday for the first time in seven years.

98. Companies ask: Does advertising on Facebook pay? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Responding to extraordinary demand, Facebook said Wednesday that it would sell more stock in the company's initial public offering. But ahead of the IPO, a debate emerged between two of the nation's largest automakers: Does it pay to advertise on the social network?

99. North America boosts GM's first-quarter results -

DETROIT (AP) — High costs and falling sales in Europe weighed on General Motors' first-quarter profit.

The world's largest carmaker earned less than third of what it took in a year earlier, even with a big profit from its bedrock market in North America.

100. Fitch restores Ford credit to investment grade -

DETROIT (AP) — The Fitch Ratings agency lifted Ford's credit rating from junk status to investment grade Tuesday, a sign that the company's recovery from near collapse is almost complete.

But Ford Motor Co. needs another agency, either Standard & Poor's or Moody's, to make the same upgrade before it can get its blue oval logo, factories and other assets out of hock.