Ford Motor Co., seeking to challenge Toyota Motor Corp.’s dominance in gasoline-electric vehicles, said it will pass its full-year record for U.S. hybrid sales this month on demand for its Fusion and C-Max models.
Among the dry, scrub-covered hills outside the Mexican town of San Jose Chiapa, a plot of land the size of 45 football fields will soon give Volkswagen AG a boost in its effort to become the world’s biggest automaker.
General Motors Co., the biggest U.S. automaker, rose to the highest price in since July 2011 after reporting a narrower first-quarter loss in Europe than a year earlier and earning more money than analysts had estimated.
Detroit’s boom-and-bust history was built on a dependence on big, fuel-thirsty vehicles. Now, with freshly stocked showrooms of new cars and more-efficient trucks, U.S. automakers are gaining ground on their Asian competitors with the best lineup in a generation.
Ford Motor Co., reacting to U.S. pickup sales that have gained momentum for almost two years straight, said it plans to add workers at an F-150 truck factory to boost production of its most profitable model line.
The euro fell against the dollar for the first time in five days and the region’s bonds rallied as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said policy makers have an open mind about a negative deposit rate. U.S. stocks rose as American jobless claims decreased to a five-year low.