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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 3, 2006
DETROIT -- Americans shied away from large sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks in April as gasoline prices approached $3 a gallon, and with a battery of new SUVs waiting in the wings, domestic automakers are now facing the very scenario they had hoped to avoid. Despite gains at Toyota and Honda, declines at General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler and Nissan pushed vehicle sales in the United States down 0.1 percent in April, according to Ward's AutoInfoBank. General Motors had the biggest drop, selling 7.3 percent fewer vehicles than it did in April 2005.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | July 10, 1996
Parris N. Glendening freed his firm grip on the steering wheel, rested his arm on the window opening of the $30,000-plus, silver Land Rover, flashed a broad grin and said: "What a thrill. This was the most fun I've had as governor."The governor had just completed his second lap around a third-of-a-mile, off-pavement demonstration course Land Rover has constructed in the East Point Metro Business Center in Prince George's County. The course familiarizes dealer prospects, potential financial partners, suppliers and customers with the ruggedness of the luxury sport utility vehicle the automaker imports and distributes throughout the country.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | January 7, 1999
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp., Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. posted higher-than-expected December sales, benefiting from strong truck demand and big discounts in the auto industry's second-best U.S. sales year. GM said yesterday that its domestic sales rose 2.8 percent. That beat estimates of a 4.6 percent decline and pushed its stock to a 52-week high. GM's stock, up about 10 percent since Monday, rose $3.4375 to close at $78.0625. Toyota shares surged 19 percent yesterday as its Camry sedan captured top-selling U.S. car honors for 1998, surpassing Honda's Accord again.
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By Meredith Schlow and Meredith Schlow,Evening Sun Staff | January 30, 1991
The decision by General Motors Corp. to lay off 209 production-line employees at its plant in East Baltimore shows that even workers making the once-popular minivans won't be spared the effects of the recession.Starting Monday, the workers will be on a "long-term" layoff that could last 36 weeks, according to Terry Youngerman, personnel director at the Broening Highway plant. The layoffs, he said yesterday, are intended to cut production of the Chevrolet Astro and GMC Safari vans due to "lack of sales."
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By Meredith Schlow and Meredith Schlow,Evening Sun Staff | January 30, 1991
The decision by General Motors Corp. to lay off 209 production-line employees at its plant in East Baltimore shows that even workers making the once-popular minivans won't be spared the effects of the recession.Starting Monday, the workers will be on a "long-term" layoff that could last 36 weeks, according to Terry Youngerman, personnel director at the Broening Highway plant. The layoffs, he said yesterday, are intended to cut production of the Chevrolet Astro and GMC Safari vans due to "lack of sales."
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By McClatchy/Tribune | November 30, 2008
The steep drop in gas prices might not be enough to save Detroit, but cheaper fuel undoubtedly has made it easier for dealers to unload the trucks and sport utility vehicles that have been gathering dust ever since oil's record price spike this past summer. That's not to say automakers are selling more of these vehicles than they were last fall. They're not. Everything from Ford's industry benchmark F-Series pickup to Toyota's venerable Land Cruiser are still seeing big drops from a year ago. But these days, that could be as much a function of the grim economy as anything else.
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By Ian Johnson and Ian Johnson,Staff Writer | August 8, 1993
When Vicki Kriner was ready to replace her Suburu GL, she did something she hadn't done in years: She bought American. In fact, Ms. Kriner, who owns an Owings Mills day care center, bought a vehicle made by Chrysler, a company whose brushes with bankruptcy symbolized the problems of U.S. automakers in the late 1970s and 1980s."
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | August 29, 1998
Maryland new car and truck dealers posted a second consecutive month of higher sales during July, according to figures released yesterday by the Motor Vehicle Administration.The nearly 2 percent increase in sales last month contrasted sharply with the 8.8 percent decline in U.S. car and light truck sales, due primarily to the strikes at General Motors Corp."I met with a lot of GM dealers last month and I was surprised at how many cars they had in inventory," said Peter Kitzmiller, who recently took over as president of the Maryland New Car and Truck Dealers Association.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | December 1, 1998
Maryland consumers tightened their purse strings and sat out the surprising new-car buying frenzy that swept much of the nation in October, according to figures released yesterday by the state Motor Vehicle Administration.The 1.2 percent decline in new-vehicle sales in the state during October contrasted sharply with the 10 percent boost in car and light truck deliveries nationally."Dealers that I've have talked to said that October was a pretty good month," said Robert C. Russel, president of R&H Motor Cars Ltd. in Owings Mills and chairman of the Maryland New Car and Truck Dealers Association, a trade group representing 320 new-car dealers in the state.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | March 25, 1999
New-vehicle sales, a barometer of Maryland's economic health, continued to cruise for the year as sales rose 16.4 percent last month, according to figures released yesterday by the state Motor Vehicle Administration.February marked the fourth consecutive month in which sales were higher than in the corresponding period of the previous year."Last month was a good time to buy a car," said Jerome H. Fader, chief executive of Atlantic Automotive Group of Owings Mills, which operates 30 new-car dealerships in the state.
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