The U.S. auto industry is kicking back as 2013 draws to a close, if only for a brief moment, to revel in its best year since 2007.
Ford is boasting about having one of the best years in its history, but it isn’t the only company ready to ring in 2014 after a year of gains. In fact, Subaru is about to exit 2013 with bragging rights as the volume seller that grew most. Month after month, the Japanese company known for building pragmatic all-wheel drive sedans, hatchbacks and crossovers reported big gains.
The company marked its fifth consecutive annual increase this year and saw a 28 percent gain in the U.S., breaking its old record two months before the year ended.
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It wasn’t the only brand that saw impressive gains, either. Jaguar, now owned by Tata, saw a 41 percent gain in U.S. sales this year thanks in large part to stronger demand for is XF sedan. For 2013, Jaguar stopped offering the XF with a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, replacing the powerplant with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6, which is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. A four-cylinder model also joined the lineup.
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Jaguar still lags behind Land Rover, its sister brand in overall sales. In an effort to remedy that, the company will introduce a new compact sedan aimed at the BMW 3 Series next year. It will be the first model built on the company’s new aluminum architecture set to underpin several other models likely including a crossover previewed by the C-X17 concept.
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[Source: CNN Money]
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