Auto News for Jan. 27

For the fourth year in a row Toyota was the top selling brand worldwide in 2015, beating out VW and GM. Toyota sold 10.151 million vehicles and that figure even topped company projections. To help it remain in first place, Toyota may make an offer to acquire the 49 percent it already doesn’t own in Daihatsu but it denied a report out of Japan that it might go after Suzuki.

Fiat Chrysler profits fell last year even with a good showing here in North America thanks to continued strong demand for its Jeeps. Recalls, slowing markets in Brazil and Asia, along with investment charges reduced the profit figure down to about $410 million, or about a 40 percent decline. The company is expected to have more to say about all this during a conference call with Wall Streeters later today that may include what CEO Sergio Marchionne has called a significant realignment of products in North America.

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Say hello to the GMC Sierra All Terrain X designed for rugged off road experiences thanks to 4WD with an Eaton locking rear differential and Rancho monotube shocks among other goodies. An inclinometer is situated in the driver information center to keep things on the up and up. Traction should be aided by 265/65R18SL Mud-Terrain Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires that carry a name almost as big as the tires themselves. The package will be offered on the Sierra 1500 4WD crew cab/short box models with SLT trim.

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