The stakes are high for Detroit and for dealers because add-ons like navigation systems boost profit margins.
The surge in large vehicle sales is also prompting more thefts of trucks like Ford's F-250.
The nascent energy boom will help propel these core companies producing in the US.
After months in the doldrums, equities are perking up for the first time since May.
Stocks are higher amid encouraging data on June auto sales and May factory orders.
The Napster founder defends his lavish Big Sur wedding in a 9,000-word screed: 'Nothing is sacred on the Internet, not even a wedding.'
Ford is likely to outpace competitors in June, after gaining more than a point of market share in the first 5 months of the year.
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