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1. Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot to create fourth-biggest carmaker -

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler and France's PSA Peugeot said Thursday they have agreed to merge to create the world's fourth-largest automaker with enough scale to confront big shifts in the industry, including a race to develop electric cars and driverless technologies.

2. Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot to create fourth-biggest carmaker -

MILAN (AP) – Fiat Chrysler and France's PSA Peugeot said Thursday they have agreed to merge to create the world's fourth-largest automaker with enough scale to confront big shifts in the industry, including a race to develop electric cars and driverless technologies.

3. US stocks cap wobbly day of trading with modest losses -

Technology companies led stocks lower on Wall Street Tuesday as a wobbly day of trading ended with modest losses for the market.

Health care stocks jumped on stronger-than-expected reports from drugmakers, but losses by internet and media companies held the market in check following a mixed report from Google's parent.

4. Automakers side with Trump in legal fight with California -

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and many others in the auto industry are siding with the Trump administration in a lawsuit over whether California has the right to set its own greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards.

5. UAW extends Ford, Fiat Chrysler pacts; strike possible at GM -

DETROIT (AP) — Leaders of the United Auto Workers union have extended contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler indefinitely, but the pact with General Motors is still set to expire Saturday night.

6. First VU tower will be imploded Saturday -

One of Vanderbilt’s iconic brick towers on West End is being imploded Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Those wanting to shoot video or photos of the implosion of Carmichael Tower No. 3 will be limited to any area outside the blast zone perimeter. Partial views can be found on West End Avenue at both 23rd and 25th Avenues.

7. VW, Ford broaden alliance to autonomous, electric vehicles -

NEW YORK (AP) — Volkswagen will sink $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that's mostly owned by Ford as part of a broader partnership on electric and self-driving vehicles, the companies confirmed Friday.

8. French state: we didn't veto Renault-Fiat Chrysler deal -

PARIS (AP) — France's finance minister says the government didn't oppose a merger deal between carmaker Renault and Italian-American rival Fiat Chrysler.

Speaking on FranceInfo news broadcaster, Bruno le Maire said the government's key priority is to strengthen the alliance of Renault with its longtime Japanese partner Nissan.

9. Proxy companies advise shareholders against Nissan's Saikawa -

TOKYO (AP) — Two investor research companies are advising Nissan shareholders to turn down a proposal to reappoint the automaker's chief executive, Hiroto Saikawa, as a board director, citing possible oversight problems at the Japanese automaker after the arrest of his predecessor Carlos Ghosn.

10. Renault's FCA merger move leaves partner Nissan in the cold -

TOKYO (AP) — Some Japanese are using an old expression to describe how Nissan was left out of talks that led to the proposed merger between its French alliance partner Renault and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: "kaya no soto."

11. US stocks, bond yield slump, signaling market jitters -

U.S. stocks fell broadly Tuesday as anxious investors shifted money into bonds, sending yields to their lowest level in nearly two years.

Rising bond prices, which pull yields lower, are typically a sign that traders feel jittery about long-term growth prospects and would rather put their money into safer holdings.

12. EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show.

EPA said in a statement that it is directing "its resources to the most significant and impactful cases."

13. Toyota, SoftBank setting up mobility services joint venture -

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's No. 1 automaker Toyota Motor and technology giant SoftBank Group are setting up a joint venture to create mobility services in what they called a "united Japan" effort to face global competition.

14. Daimler CEO Zetsche to step down early, succeeded by insider -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, who unwound a troubled merger with Chrysler Corporation and led the German automaker to a string of record profits, will next year hand off to Ola Kallenius, a longtime insider who heads vehicle development for the Mercedes-Benz brand.

15. Automakers seek flexibility at hearing on mileage standards -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Automakers sought flexibility while environmental groups blasted the Trump administration's proposal to roll back fuel economy standards at a public hearing on the plan in the industry's backyard.

16. Trump plan to rollback fuel standards to get second hearing -

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration's proposal to roll back national fuel economy standards was headed for its second public hearing a day after California officials and scores of speakers blasted it as a danger to the environment and public health.

17. 'Difficult baptism' awaits new Fiat Chrysler CEO -

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler's second-quarter earnings presentation was meant to celebrate long-time CEO Sergio Marchionne's achievement of eliminating all debt for the formerly troubled company. Instead, it will be overshadowed by his early and sudden exit for serious health problems and the debut of his replacement, Mike Manley.

18. Stocks slide as Trump says North Korean meeting is canceled -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are skidding Thursday after President Donald Trump said he is canceling a planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Energy companies are falling along with oil prices as investors respond to reports the nations of OPEC may start producing more oil. Car companies including Fiat Chrysler and Toyota are falling as the Trump administration considered tariffs on imported cars and car parts, a move the governments of China, Japan and the European Union condemned.

19. Trump tells world's top automakers to build more cars in US -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told leaders of the world's top automakers on Friday that he wants to see more cars built in the United States as his administration weighs plans to reduce gas mileage and pollution requirements enacted during the Obama administration.

20. Auto executives to meet with Trump on gas mileage standards -

Executives from 10 auto companies will meet with President Donald Trump and cabinet officials on Friday to discuss the administration's plan to reduce gas mileage and pollution requirements enacted during the Obama administration.

21. Fiat Chrysler to spin off components business -

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced it will spin off the Magneti Marelli components business as part of its five-year plan to be announced in June.

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement Thursday that the move would allow the Italian-American automotive company to focus on its core business while giving the components business "the operational flexibility" necessary for growth in the coming years.

22. Nissan bucks trend with 10% sales jump in January -

January US auto sales up 1 pct., but full-year drop expected

By TOM KRISHER and DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writers

DETROIT (AP) — January's U.S. auto sales were a little better than a year ago, but most analysts and automakers predict a small full-year decline despite economic factors that favor the industry.

23. AP FACT CHECK: Trump inflates impact of some initiatives -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Boastful even within the traditional confines of a State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump inflated the impact of his tax cuts Tuesday night, declared an end to a "war" on energy that did not exist when he took office and displayed a faulty grasp of immigration policy.

24. Fiat Chrysler profit rises 50 percent but sales remain flat -

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Tuesday reported a 50 percent increase in third quarter net earnings, with all markets contributing to growth even as sales were flat globally.

FCA, as the company is known, said net profit rose to 910 million euros ($1 billion) in the three months ending Sept. 30, from 606 million euros in the same period last year. Revenues slid 2 percent to 26.4 billion euros, with deliveries stable at 1.12 million units.

25. Bridgestone Americas names Quinn to leadership -

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. has hired Shannon Quinn as president, original equipment tire sales, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. Quinn succeeds Mike Martini, who recently retired after a 40-year career with Bridgestone Americas.

26. Electric cars dominate the buzz at Frankfurt auto show -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carmakers at the Frankfurt auto show are unveiling the low-emissions vehicles and technology strategies they hope will let them profit from the sweeping changes expected to hit the auto industry in the next few years.

27. August US auto sales: GM up 7.5%, Nissan down 13% -

DETROIT (AP) — August was a strong month for U.S. auto sales but Hurricane Harvey is putting pressure on some of those gains.

General Motors said its sales rose 7.5 percent over last August, while Toyota's were up 7 percent and Volkswagen's rose 9 percent. GM said sales of its small SUVs, including the new GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Equinox, jumped 47 percent. Toyota and Volkswagen also had strong SUV sales.

28. UAW defiant in Mississippi loss as union opponents celebrate -

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Supporters of the United Auto Workers say they're not giving up their fight to unionize a Nissan auto assembly plant in Mississippi after a stinging defeat, even as UAW opponents say Friday's loss proves workers don't want the union.

29. Gains for energy companies and banks boost stock indexes -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Monday as banks continued to climb along with interest rates, and energy companies rallied again with oil prices. Better-than-expected auto sales and a strong report on U.S. factories also boosted stocks.

30. Trump jobs demands force automakers into political conflict -

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump's relentless push for more manufacturing jobs has forced the auto industry into a delicate dance of contradictions in order to keep him happy, tell the truth, and avoid alienating customers in both red and blue states.

31. Car sales in Europe edge up to near pre-crisis levels -

MILAN (AP) — European car sales grew 2.2 percent in February to over 1 million vehicles — close to the level in 2008, just before the economic crisis slid the industry into a prolonged downturn.

Data released Thursday by the European car makers' association, ACEA, showed that the three top markets, France, German and Britain, all suffered modest declines, but demand increased in Italy by 6.2 percent and Spain by 0.2 percent.

32. Intel drops $15B on Mobileye in race for a driverless future -

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Intel will buy Israel's Mobileye in a deal valued at about $15 billion, instantly propelling the computer chip and technology giant to the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology.

33. AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit where it's not deserved -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The start of a new administration is never a clean slate, even when parties flip. Day One is just another day for military operations, a budget that is still in place from the old crowd and a vast array of economic, social and law enforcement initiatives left over from the last president.

34. Discounts abound on out-of-fashion sedans; land that deal -

DETROIT (AP) — If you do your homework, now is the time to practically steal a new sedan from your car dealer.

For more than a year, sales of cars have been tanking because Americans have gone nuts over SUVs and trucks. As stockpiles of sedans such as the Chevrolet Malibu and Chrysler 200 stretch across car lots, automakers are forced to offer big discounts to move them.

35. Volkswagen bets on new technology to bounce back from crisis -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's namesake brand hopes to bounce back from its diesel emissions scandal with a broad restructuring that will mean more battery-powered cars, digital services such as ride-sharing, and more SUVs for the U.S. market.

36. AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Clinton deny their own words in debate -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's habit of peddling hype and fabrication emerged unabated in the first presidential debate while Hillary Clinton played it cautiously in her statements, though not without error. They both denied making statements that they are on the record as saying.

37. Michigan moves to not require human in driverless test cars -

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan would no longer require that someone be inside a self-driving car while testing it on public roads under legislation passed unanimously Wednesday by the state Senate, where backers touted the measures as necessary to keep the U.S. auto industry's home state ahead of the curve on rapidly advancing technology.

38. AAA auto club says not all gasoline is the same -

Many motorists are clogging their car's engine by not using gasoline with enough added detergents.

That's the conclusion of a study released Thursday by the AAA auto club.

Federal rules in place since 1996 require all gasoline to have some engine-cleaning additives, but many major brands have extra detergents. AAA said tests it commissioned from an independent lab found that lesser gasolines left 19 times more deposits on engine intake valves than so-called top-tier fuels after the equivalent of 4,000 miles of driving.

39. VW missing out on European car boom -

MILAN (AP) — Volkswagen, penalized down by its emissions scandal, continues to miss out on the booming European car market.

The European carmakers' association, ACEA, said Wednesday that February sales in Europe accelerated by 14.3 percent, but VW brand deliveries nudged up just 4.4 percent. VW group sales, boosted by Audi and Skoda, grew by 8 percent, as market share eroded to 23.9 percent.

40. VW European sales show biggest contraction since scandal -

MILAN (AP) — The marquee Volkswagen brand saw its biggest sales contraction in January since the German carmaker was engulfed in its diesel emissions scandal.

The European carmaker's association ACEA reported on Tuesday that sales of Volkswagen brand cars dropped 3.8 percent compared with a year earlier, putting a drag on deliveries for the group, which also includes the Audi, Porsche, Seat and Skoda brands. VW group sales grew by just 0.8 percent, seriously lagging a European market that grew 6.2 percent for the 29th straight month of expansion.

41. VW European sales growth screeches to near-halt -

MILAN (AP) — Volkswagen sales growth in Europe screeched to a near-halt in November compared with both its mass-market and premium competitors as the German carmaker was penalized for its involvement in a diesel emissions-cheating scandal.

42. Japanese cars do best in insurance industry safety rankings -

DETROIT (AP) — Japanese brands dominate the insurance industry's rankings of the safest vehicles for the 2016 model year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday that 48 vehicles earned its highest rating of "Top Safety Pick Plus." That's up from 33 a year ago.

43. United Auto Workers win vote at Volkswagen's lone US plant -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has gained a significant first victory at a foreign-owned automaker in the South, easily winning a vote by skilled-trades workers at Volkswagen's lone U.S. factory to have the UAW negotiate their collective bargaining agreements.

44. UAW exploring new strategies at Volkswagen -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Frustrated in past attempts to organize its first foreign automaker in the South, the United Auto Workers union is taking a new approach at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee.

Instead of seeking another vote to represent the entire blue collar workforce at the German automaker's lone U.S. factory in Chattanooga, the UAW is bidding to organize just a 165-member unit of skilled-trades workers. A two-day vote by that smaller group of workers who repair and maintain machinery at the plant opens Thursday.

45. Honda has the most high risk models in Takata air bag recall -

DETROIT (AP) — Cars and trucks from the 2008 model year or older that were originally sold or registered in high humidity areas along the U.S. Gulf Coast are getting top priority for repairs as the government commences the massive Takata air bag inflator recall.

46. VW sales dip in Europe, but no more than competitors -

MILAN (AP) — European car buyers appear reluctant to punish Volkswagen for its emissions scandal, penalizing the German automaker's sales last month no more than some of its mass-market competitors.

47. GM, government actions questioned in car fire recalls -

DETROIT (AP) — Shortly after Elizabeth Berry parked her bright yellow 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS on the street in front of her family's home in May 2014, flames engulfed the engine, destroying the car and scorching her mailbox.

48. Maintenance workers at Chattanooga VW plant seek union vote -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Maintenance workers at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee are seeking a new election in two weeks on exclusive union representation by the United Auto Workers.

Under the filing with the National Labor Relations Board on Friday, the two-day election starting on Nov. 5 only applies to the about 165 "skilled trade" workers at the plant.

49. Tech companies face rocky road on the way to making cars -

NEW YORK (AP) — Silicon Valley may think it can build a better car. But should it?

As tech giants like Google and Apple look to automobiles as the next frontier for innovation, they face a looming reality: Cars are a lot harder to manufacture and sell than smartphones.

50. UAW threatens strike in contract talks with Fiat Chrysler -

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is threatening to go on strike against Fiat Chrysler after its membership rejected a tentative contract deal with the company.

In a statement, Fiat Chrysler said Tuesday that it received a strike notice from the union, and that it continues to work toward reaching an agreement.

51. Nearly two-thirds of UAW members reject Fiat Chrysler deal -

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly two thirds of United Auto Workers at Fiat Chrysler voted to reject a proposed contract agreement with the company.

Sixty-five percent of the membership voted against the pact, the union said Thursday, sending UAW leaders scrambling for a Plan B. Union leaders from across the nation were meeting Thursday in a Detroit suburb to talk about their next move.

52. Fiat Chrysler CEO skips Frankfurt show; UAW deal may be near -

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne canceled plans to attend the Frankfurt International Motor Show in Germany, an indication that the company may be getting close to a contract agreement with the United Auto Workers union.

53. Automakers trying to prevent hackers from commandeering cars -

DETROIT (AP) — When researchers at two West Coast universities took control of a General Motors car through cellular and Bluetooth connections in 2010, they startled the auto industry by exposing a glaring security gap.

54. Rekindling the flame that was Jefferson Street -

Lorenzo Washington pushes “pause” on his conversation so he doesn’t have to compete with the scream of a fire engine as it roars past his Jefferson Street recording empire and into the barbecue-flavored haze of this steamy, storm-threatened mid-summer’s day.

55. Only 3 of 7 midsize SUVs perform well in crash tests -

DETROIT (AP) — Only three of seven midsize SUVs from the 2015 model year performed well in front-end crash tests done by an insurance industry group.

The Nissan Murano and Jeep Wrangler four-door got the highest, or "good," rating in the latest round of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety small overlap crash tests. The Ford Flex got the second-best "acceptable," rating in the test, which mimics what happens when a car's front corner collides with another vehicle or object such as a utility pole.

56. Small, midsize SUVs drive April US auto sales gains -

DETROIT (AP) — Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as Nissan, General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler all reported U.S. sales gains.

Several of the companies reported their best April totals in years. Overall, sales were mostly in line with analysts' predictions of a 6 percent increase compared with a year ago. All automakers were scheduled to report sales on Friday.

57. Investor seeks $8B GM stock buyback, seat on board -

DETROIT (AP) — A General Motors stockholder representing four investment funds has told the company he'll seek a seat on its board at the annual meeting this summer and will push for an $8 billion stock buyback to take place next year.

58. Why US inflation stays ultra-low while job growth is surging -

WASHINGTON (AP) — This isn't explained in Econ 101. Month after month, U.S. hiring keeps rising, and unemployment keeps falling. Eventually, pay and inflation are supposed to start surging in response.

59. Chrysler recalls 67,000 pickup trucks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 67,000 model year 2006 and 2007 pickups because of a problem that could allow the trucks to be started without the clutch being depressed. Chrysler said one death is associated with the problem.

60. Minivans do poorly in new crash tests -

DETROIT (AP) — The Honda Odyssey was the only minivan to earn the highest safety rating in new crash tests by the insurance industry.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday that the Nissan Quest, Chrysler Town and Country, and Dodge Caravan all garnered the lowest rating on the small overlap front crash test, which replicates what happens when a vehicle's front corner collides with another object at 40 miles per hour.

61. US factory output increases 0.2 pct in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing output grew modestly in October, as autoworkers churned out fewer cars and trucks.

Output at manufacturing plants rose 0.2 percent in October, the Federal Reserve said Monday. Gains came from the rising demand for machinery, plastics, clothing and furniture. Factory output has risen 3.4 percent over the past 12 months.

62. Chrysler 3Q earnings up 32 pct. on rising sales -

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group's third-quarter net profit rose 32 percent as worldwide sales continued to climb, helping the U.S. company prop up its ailing parent.

Chrysler made $611 million in the July-through-September quarter, compared with $464 million a year ago. Revenue rose nearly 18 percent to $20.7 billion.

63. Fiat Chrysler to spin off sports car maker Ferrari -

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Wednesday it will spin off sports car maker Ferrari into a separate company, a move to unlock the luxury brand's value and distinguish it from its mass-market parent.

64. Toledo nervously awaiting fate of beloved Jeep -

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The thought of losing the Jeep Wrangler — a direct descendant of the original olive-drab vehicle that rolled off the assembly line in Toledo on its way to the battlefields of World War II — feels a little bit like losing a family member to those who have spent generations on the factory floor.

65. Rogue, Leaf help Nissan sales jump 18.5 percent in September -

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan sales rose 18.5 percent to 102,955 in September. Sales of the newly revamped Rogue crossover jumped 52 percent, while sales of the electric Leaf were up 47 percent. Both are assembled in Smyrna.

66. GM says China sales this year to top 3.1 million -

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. expects its sales in China this year to top 3.1 million vehicles and sees no impact on business from an anti-monopoly probe of the industry, the president of the automaker's China unit said Wednesday.

67. Chrysler 2Q profit up 22 pct. on rising US sales -

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group's second-quarter net profit rose 22 percent, fueled by rising sales in the U.S.

The company on Wednesday reported that it made $619 million in the April-through-June quarter, compared with $507 million a year ago.

68. Chrysler US sales climb 20 percent in July -

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 20 percent in July from a year ago, its best performance for the month in nine years.

The automaker said Friday that it sold 167,667 vehicles in the U.S. during the month compared with 140,102 in the prior-year period.

69. US service firms grow at fastest pace since August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service firms grew more quickly last month as production, hiring and new orders increased, adding to signs that the economy is accelerating after dipping at the start of the year.

70. Chrysler reports $690 million first quarter loss -

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group saw big sales gains in the first quarter thanks to the new Jeep Cherokee and Ram pickup, but its results were overshadowed by charges related to its merger with Italian automaker Fiat SpA.

71. Chrysler to drop Dodge minivan in wider revamp -

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Chrysler Group wants to expand its sales with new vehicles — including a plug-in hybrid minivan and a new small Jeep SUV — and a more aggressive effort to differentiate its brands.

72. Carmakers bank on small SUVs as next big thing -

GENEVA (AP) — Carmakers are banking on the fast-growing demand for small SUVs to earn new customers in the U.S. and help turn around their businesses in Europe's still-fragile market.

U.S. carmaker Chrysler's Jeep brand launched the Renegade and France's Citroen introduced the funky Cactus at the Geneva Auto Show on Tuesday. And they are just the start of a long list of carmakers looking to "come to the party," said IHS analyst Tim Urquhart.

73. Consumer Reports names Tesla Model S its top pick -

DETROIT (AP) — The Tesla Model S electric sedan is Consumer Reports' top pick in this year's automotive rankings.

The magazine cited the Model S's sporty performance and technological innovations, including its 225-mile range. But it acknowledged that the car is expensive. Consumer Reports paid $89,650 for the Model S it tested.

74. 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.

75. Sedate Super Bowl ads upstaged by a coat -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks had a blowout victory Sunday night, but there was no big winner in the Super Bowl ad contest.

Many advertisers went for a more serious, toned-down feel than in previous years. Budweiser, Coca-Cola and Chrysler all hit patriotic notes. RadioShack got praise for its surprisingly frank acknowledgement of its dated image — and its use of 1980s pop culture figures including Alf. And "Seinfeld" characters Jerry, George and Newman got together for a mini reunion for Jerry Seinfeld's show "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

76. Nothing controversial in Super Bowl ads -

NEW YORK (AP) — What Super Bowl ads will people discuss over the water cooler a day after the big game?

There were no crude jokes. Sexual innuendo was kept to a minimum. And uncomfortable scenes were missing.

77. 10 Super Bowl Ads to watch out for -

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Scarlett Johansson gives SodaStream some sex appeal in a controversial spot, Kia revives actor Laurence Fishburne's "Matrix" character Morpheus in its commercial. And cute puppies and kids abound in ads for Cheerios to Anheuser-Busch.

78. 2013 auto sales best in 6 years; Nissan up 9.4 pct. -

DETROIT (AP) — December U.S. auto sales slowed a bit from the brisk pace earlier this year, but automakers still were on target to finish 2013 with the best numbers in six years.

For the year, Nissan had its "best sales year in history," according to Fred Diaz, senior vice president, sales & marketing, parts & service, U.S.A., with sales increasing 9.4 percent compared to 2012 with 1,248,420 cars sold. 

79. Fiat stock soars on Chrysler deal but unions worry -

ROME (AP) — Shares in Fiat soared on Thursday on the news the Italian automaker will take full ownership of Chrysler, but some Italian unions worried what the deal will mean for jobs and investments in the country.

80. Stocks sink as US consumer spending worries deepen -

NEW YORK (AP) — After eight weeks of gains, maybe the stock market pullback long anticipated by investors has arrived.

Stocks fell Tuesday, dragged lower by the Detroit automakers and consumer-focused companies such as GameStop and Amazon.com. The market could be headed for its first weekly decline since early October, putting at risk a remarkable rally that has sent indexes to record highs.

81. Holiday weekend gives a boost to Nissan, other automakers -

DETROIT (AP) — The holiday weekend was good to U.S. automakers, as sales reports indicate the auto industry is on track to beat strong numbers from a year ago.

Chrysler's U.S. sales rose a surprising 16 percent in November, while General Motors posted a 14 percent gain. Nissan sales rose 11 percent, while Toyota was up 10 percent. Ford notched a 7 percent gain and Hyundai sales rose just under 5 percent. Of major automakers, only Volkswagen and Honda reported sales drops. VW was off 16 percent, while Honda sales were down less than 1 percent.

82. Fiat says no Chrysler IPO in 2013 -

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Chrysler won't be offering its stock for sale on the public markets this year.

Italian automaker Fiat SpA, Chrysler's majority owner, said in a statement Monday that Chrysler's board has determined an initial public offering is "not practicable" in 2013.

83. 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.

84. Chrysler IPO could happen by year end, CEO says -

DETROIT (AP) — On the heels of a profitable third quarter, Chrysler Group said it will proceed with a public offering of shares before the end of this year.

Italy's Fiat SpA owns the majority of Chrysler shares. Sergio Marchionne, who runs both companies, wants to combine them by purchasing the 41.5 percent of Chrysler now controlled by a United Auto Workers-run trust.

85. Chrysler 3Q profit up 22 pct on truck demand -

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group's net income rose 22 percent in the third quarter as strong sales of the Ram pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee masked weaknesses elsewhere in its lineup.

Chrysler said Wednesday that it earned $464 million in the July-September period. It was the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based company's ninth consecutive profitable quarter.

86. 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.

87. US factories rebound with best growth in 2 years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories revved up production, hired more workers and received a surge of new orders in July, helping them expand at the fastest pace in two years. The gains suggest manufacturing is rebounding and could provide a spark to economic growth.

88. Chrysler's 2Q net income up 16 percent on US sales -

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group's sales picked up in the second quarter thanks to strong U.S. demand for trucks and SUVs, but the company still cut its full-year sales and profit targets after a slower than expected start to the year.

89. Former GM exec sees Toyota role as sign of change -

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — Mark Hogan, a former General Motors Co. executive tapped to join the Toyota board, sees his appointment as a sign of change at the Japanese automaker and hopes he'll play a role in the company becoming less insular and quicker in decision making.

90. Chrysler recalling nearly 46,000 2013 Ram trucks -

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group is recalling 45,961 Ram trucks because their electronic stability control systems may not turn on when the vehicles start.

Ram 1500 4x4 trucks built between June 26, 2012, and Feb. 5, 2013, are involved in the recall.

91. Chrysler agrees to recall of Jeeps at risk of fire -

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler abruptly agreed to recall 2.7 million older model Jeeps Tuesday, reversing a defiant stance and avoiding a possible public relations nightmare over fuel tanks that can rupture and cause fires in rear-end collisions.

92. Chrysler freezes pension plan for 8,000 employees -

Chrysler Group LLC says it is freezing the pension of roughly 8,000 U.S. salaried employees at the end of the year.

93. Chrysler refuses US request to recall vehicles -

DETROIT (AP) — A defiant Chrysler is refusing to recall about 2.7 million Jeeps the government says are at risk of a fuel tank fire in a rear-end collision.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent Chrysler a letter asking that the company voluntarily recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. 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.

98. Chrysler profit falls 65 pct. on lower shipments -

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler's first-quarter profit tumbled 65 percent as shipments of cars and trucks fell while it prepared to launch several key new vehicles.

The Auburn Hills, Mich., company said Monday that it earned $166 million in the January-March quarter, compared with $473 million a year ago. Revenue fell 6 percent to $15.4 billion.

99. Get started before graduation -

It’s always been easy to get a job out of college if mom or dad is chairman of the board.

It’s even easier if the graduate is chairman.

The experiential learning trend on university campuses fosters the career aspirations of students by helping individuals create their own companies and nonprofits – sometimes before graduation – by focusing on finding suitable internships and through course integration.

100. Health insurers lead stocks higher on Wall Street -

The Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high Tuesday after reports on auto sales and factory orders provided the latest evidence that the U.S. economy is strengthening. Traders plowed money back into European stocks as the financial situation in Cyprus appeared to stabilize.