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U.S. awards patent for 3-point seat belt

Swedish engineer Nils Bohlin is issued patent No. 3,043,625 for his three-point automobile safety belt "for use in vehicles, especially road vehicles" on July 10, 1962, by the United States Patent Office.

June sales advance 5.2%; SAAR soars

UPDATED: 7/3/18 4:44 pm ET - adds details

U.S. light-vehicle deliveries, boosted by healthy deals, America's surging appetite for light trucks and an extra weekend of sales, rose 5.2 percent in June as the auto industry closed out the first half of 2018 on a high.

The first car, Karl Benz's Patent Motor Car, hits the road

The first car, Karl Benz's Patent Motor Car, hits the street publicly on July 3, 1886, on the Ringstrasse in Mannheim, Germany.

Ram christens outgoing 1500 pickup 'Classic' for 2019

FCA is giving a formal name to the outgoing Ram "DS" half-ton pickup: Ram 1500 Classic, and will target it at entry and commercial buyers.

Ram 'Classic' to be name of outgoing 1500 pickup

Fiat Chrysler is giving a formal name to the outgoing Ram "DS" half-ton pickup: Ram 1500 Classic.

Congress clears path for U.S. interstate highway network

Congress on June 26, 1956, approves the Federal Highway Act, dedicating more than $30 billion to build some 41,000 miles of

Tucker prototype bows in Chicago

Entrepreneur and auto designer Preston Tucker unveils the radical Tucker 48 Turbo prototype in Chicago on June 19, 1947.

FCA, Ford, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, trucks drive industry gain

UPDATED: 6/2/18 3:28 pm ET - add details

Led by strong Jeep sales at FCA and smaller gains at Ford, Honda, Hyundai-Kia and the VW brand, U.S. new-vehicle sales jumped 4.7 percent last month behind robust light-truck demand and holiday deals.

A Stutz paces the 2nd Indy 500, in 1912

Carl Fisher, the visionary behind what would become the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, drives a Stutz to pace the field for the second running of the Indianapolis 500 race, on May 30, 1912.

Hurst/Olds Cutlass sets pace for 58th Indy 500

A Hurst/Olds Cutlass paces the 58th Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 1974. The 1974 pace car featured a 455-cubic-inch Rocket V-8 that produced 230 hp.

Construction begins on Italy's Temple of Speed

Construction on Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, the longtime home of the Italian Grand Prix and synonymous with European motor racing, begins on May 15, 1922.

Cadillac scraps ATS sedan

General Motors will discontinue the Cadillac ATS sedan after the 2018 model year, just six years after introducing the small car as a worthy rival to the strongest German competitors.

Cadillac scraps ATS sedan

UPDATED: 5/10/18 11:13 am ET

General Motors will discontinue the Cadillac ATS sedan after the 2018 model year, just six years after introducing the small car as a worthy rival to the strongest German competitors.

Chrysler hatches midpriced DeSoto brand

Chrysler hatches plans to introduce the DeSoto brand on May 6, 1928, in what turned out to be a momentous year for one of Detroit's

U.S. sales slip in April; SAAR remains healthy

UPDATED: 5/1/18 4:48 pm ET

U.S. auto sales fell about 4.8 percent in April on weaker car and fleet volume, and two fewer selling days, but the pace of sales remained strong as the spring selling season continued to unfold with some gusto.

A red Alero marks the end of Oldsmobile

The last Oldsmobile, a dark metallic cherry red Alero sedan, is produced on April 29, 2004, in Lansing, Mich., ending America's oldest automotive brand after a 106-year run.

Retooled QX50 fills Infiniti's 'biggest void'

Infiniti has turned its aging QX50 into a true competitor in the compact premium crossover space, with an advanced engine, new safety technologies and an attractive sticker.

GM seeks faster Cadillac revival, parts with de Nysschen

UPDATED: 4/19/18 7:21 am ET - adds details

GM, seeking an accelerated revival at its flagship luxury brand, appointed Steve Carlisle president of Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, who will leave the automaker.

GM Canada President Carlisle replaces Cadillac chief de Nysschen

UPDATED: 4/18/18 3:30 pm ET - adds details

General Motors appointed its Canadian chief Steve Carlisle president of Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, who is leaving the automaker immediately. Travis Hester will succeed Carlisle.

Mercury Mariner makes debut in N.Y.

The Mercury Mariner crossover, a sibling of the Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute, is introduced at the 2003 New York auto show on April 17, 2003.

Hummer H2 SUT concept storms N.Y.

The Hummer H2 SUT -- for sport-utility truck -- concept is introduced in New York's Times Square on April 10, 2001.

U.S. market mix speeds toward 70% light trucks

The sprint to "70 percent" -- light trucks' share of the overall U.S. new-vehicle market -- took a giant leap in the first quarter, capped by a spectacular March.

Sales rise 6.4% as spring season starts with a bang

UPDATED: 4/3/18 2:52 pm ET

U.S. light-vehicle deliveries, behind higher discounts and fleet shipments, a surge in light-truck demand and an extra weekend of sales, rose 6.

AMC launches Gremlin in U.S.

The AMC Gremlin goes on sale in the U.S. on April 1, 1970, competing with the Chevrolet Vega and Ford Pinto introduced six months later, in addition to imports such as the Volkswagen Beetle and Toyota Corona.

Nissan Murano debuts in Big Apple

The Nissan Murano crossover makes its world premiere on March, 27, 2002, at the New York auto show. Nissan described the light truck as an "urban sports utility vehicle."


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