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Dart was best-selling all-new car of 2012

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Despite all the concerns about supplies, lack of automatic transmissions and general criticisms of the launch, the new Dodge Dart can claim an important December achievement: It was the best-selling of any of the all-new passenger cars introduced in 2012.

For the calendar year, the Dart beat every new vehicle, car or truck, except the Mazda CX-5, which debuted earlier than the Dart. Total year statistics are of lesser importance as new vehicles are introduced throughout the year, which has a significant impact on the volume they can accumulate.


HOW THE NEW-FOR-2012 VEHICLES STACK UP
DECEMBER 2012 12 MONTHS 2012
Rank Make & Model Sales Rank Make & Model Sales
1 Dodge Dart 6,105 1 Mazda CX-5 43,319
2 Mazda CX-5 5,956 2 Dodge Dart 25,303
3 Ford C-Max 4,310 3 Infiniti JX 21,674
4 Subaru XV Crosstrek 3,409 4 Cadillac XTS 15,049
5 Cadillac ATS 2,979 5 Ford C-Max 13,309
6 Cadillac XTS 2,939 6 Chevrolet Spark 12,385
7 BMW X1 2,806 7 Acura ILX 12,251
8 Infiniti JX 2,708 8 Scion FR-S 11,417
9 Acura ILX 2,485 9 BMW X1 8,947
10 Chevrolet Spark 2,229 10 Subaru XV Crosstrek 7,396
11 Scion FR-S 1,495 11 Cadillac ATS 7,008
13 Audi Allroad 872 13 Subaru BRZ 4,144
14 Subaru BRZ 497 14 Audi Allroad 3,115
15 MINI Roadster 273 15 MINI Roadster 2,371

Source: Allpar data

July sales forecasts

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While sales numbers won’t be released until a week from today and even though there’s one more selling weekend in the month, industry analysts have already issued their forecasts for July light vehicle sales. Edmunds.com, Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com, and TrueCar.com all see Chrysler Group reporting the highest growth of the top automakers with sales more than 20% higher than they were in July 2013, a month where Chrysler temporarily fell to fifth in the volume rankings, outsold by American Honda....

Wrangler: aluminum and/or hybrid?

As government rules get tighter, and to avoid losing customers if/when gas prices rise, automakers are trying to increase gas mileage. At Chrysler, Ram has been slashing fuel consumption by cutting parasitic losses, using eight-speed automatics, and spreading diesels to the 1500 line. Jeep is busily creating the new Wrangler, with an eye towards saving weight, and Chrysler has been advertising for a senior buyer for large aluminum castings....

No FCA-PSA Peugeot merger talks (either)

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The slow week for Fiat news has journalists scrambling again. Thursday’s Financial Times reported that Fiat-Chrysler and PSA Peugeot have discussed a merger. Unlike the story in Manager Magazine about a possible FCA-Volkswagen tieup, the Financial Times said “people familiar with the talks” were fairly straightforward: the automakers did have discussions but nothing progressed beyond that point....

Advisors call for Fiat-Chrysler merger rejection

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Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), the world’s leading provider of corporate proxy voting services, has issued a recommendation that Fiat shareholders reject the proposed merger of Fiat and Chrysler. Fiat needs the approval of the holders of at least two-thirds of the shares being voted. According to a Reuters report, an ISS recommendation document says, “Despite the potential benefits of a NYSE-listing in attracting new investors, (the merger) would decrease shareholder rights.” Frontis Governance, a smaller, Italian proxy advisor based in Rome, has made the same recommendation....

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