Stocks are mixed as disappointing manufacturing data for November offsets earlier gains.
There is a significant opportunity up for grabs for the automakers ready to bet on these cars becoming more mainstream within the American market.
The Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens this week, reflects the peculiarities of the state's market.
The plug-in hybrid may be trailing sales projections and facing a right-wing backlash, but October sales set a record and fuel-efficiency standards are rising.
The Japanese carmaker's Kentucky-built Avalon is just part of its larger U.S. production strategy.
The Motor Trend honor doesn't always mean increased car sales.
Despite production problems, recalls, legal expenses -- oh, and tensions between Japan and China -- the automaker reported better-than-expected earnings.
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