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A long row of unsold 2021 QX50 sports-utility vehicles sits at an Infiniti dealership Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Highlands Ranch, Colo.  U.S. auto sales are expected to be down only about 15% for the year, with the average price hitting a record high as sales bounced back during the second half of the year.  AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Late sales rebound helps US automakers avoid 2020 disaster

Jan. 5, 2021 6:19 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Sales of new vehicles in the U.S. fell 14.6% last year, but a second-half rebound from a coronavirus-related plunge in the spring kindled optimism for a recovery later this year. Automakers on Tuesday reported selling 14.57 million new vehicles for the year, a far cry from the five previous...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, a woman pauses to look at the historical marker about the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. A veteran employee at the California state Capitol has died after contracting the coronavirus. Lawrence

Veteran California Capitol worker dies from COVID-19

Jan. 4, 2021 4:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A veteran employee at the California state Capitol died last month after contracting the coronavirus. Lawrence “Larry” Luna III died on Dec. 22 “after a battle with COVID-19,” according to a memo from Erika Contreras, the secretary of the state Senate....

FILE - This undated file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)

Liz Weston: RV-Buying Mistakes to Avoid

Dec. 21, 2020 7:00 AM EST

Recreational vehicle sales are soaring, and the RV industry expects 2021 to be a record-breaking year. Dealerships say much of the demand is coming from first-time buyers and others anxious to find a safer way to vacation during the pandemic. As any RV owner will tell you, though, buying a motorhome, camper or...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, CEO of Volkswagen Herbert Diess introduces the new VW ID.3 at the IAA Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany.(AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

Volkswagen board issues vote of confidence in CEO Diess

Dec. 14, 2020 3:31 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The board of automaker Volkswagen has given CEO Herbert Diess a public show of support for his push into digital and electric cars after media reports Diess had clashed with the company's powerful labor representatives over issues including top personnel decisions. The board...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, Cruise AV, General Motor's autonomous electric Bolt EV is displayed in Detroit. General Motors' self-driving car company is sending vehicles without anybody behind the wheel in San Francisco as it navigates its way toward launching a robotic taxi service that would compete against Uber and Lyft in the hometown of the leading ride-hailing services. The move announced Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, by GM-owned Cruise come two months after the company received California’s permission to fully driverless cars in the state.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

GM's Cruise to deploy fully driverless cars in San Francisco

Dec. 9, 2020 5:27 PM EST

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — General Motors' self-driving car company is sending vehicles without anybody behind the wheel in San Francisco as it navigates its way toward launching a robotic taxi service that would compete against Uber and Lyft in the hometown of the leading ride-hailing services. The move...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo, a motorist drives into the sunrise in Kansas City, Mo. At a board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a big industry trade association, recognized that change is coming. Alliance CEO John Bozzella said automakers are committed to working with the Biden administration, which will renew the fight against climate change and likely will undo pollution and gas mileage rollbacks made by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Automakers prep for stronger mileage standards under Biden

Dec. 3, 2020 8:59 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Now that it's clear Joe Biden soon will be president, the fight over automobile pollution and fuel efficiency standards is likely to peter out, and U.S. consumers should see a broader selection of electric and efficient vehicles. But just how wide those choices will be and when they will...

Hoosiers warned about deceptive mailings touting prizes

Nov. 26, 2020 9:11 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state Attorney General's office is warning Indiana residents to be wary of deceptive mailings that aim to mislead consumers into believing they've won significant prizes. The deceptive mailings are often employed to lure people to locations where they are subjected to used-car sales...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019 file photo, a shopper carries a crockpot during Target's Black Friday sale, in the Borough of New York. The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail group,  expects that holiday sales could actually exceed growth seen in prior seasons despite the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Retail trade group sees solid holiday sales despite pandemic

Nov. 23, 2020 1:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, expects that holiday sales could actually exceed growth seen in prior seasons, despite all the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. The reason? Shoppers are looking for opportunities to spend and celebrate the...

New Mexico tightens restrictions, virus cases hit new high

Nov. 18, 2020 7:42 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials say they're “tightening” the definition of essential businesses to exclude some large retailers that sell some essential supplies as the state reports a record-high number of COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row. Just after 4:30 p.m.,...