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Oklahoma City-area tornado damage - helicopter overview

Judging by the destruction the Oklahoma City area experienced earlier this week, residents are going to need a lot of help in coming months. Fortunately, a number of automakers – including Toyota – have stepped up to donate money, supplies and vehicles to aid in the recovery and rebuilding processes.

Here’s a quick rundown of which automakers have pitched in and what each contributed so far:

  • Ford Motor Company has donating $250,000 and a here). Additionally, its local Oklahoma dealers have thrown in an extra $150,000 for the United Way and the automaker will be offering an extra $500 toward the purchase of a new Ford vehicle.
  • GM has given $50,000 and a Forgotten Harvest, which has set up a campaign called “Help 4 Oklahoma” to bring food, medical and hygiene products to the area.
  • Chrysler is donating $100,000 to First Response Team of America – a nonprofit that assists first responders and helps with disaster cleanup.
  • Toyota has announced that it is donating $250,000 to restore food service to the area, small businesses revitalization and home rebuilding, and in addition to this amount, it will also be matching employee contributions.
  • The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Honda is donating generators to the Red Cross – a big advantage of having a power equipment division.
  • Volkswagen says it made a $250,000 donation to the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity, but it isn’t clear if that was a combined donation or that much was given to each organization. VW is also matching the funds of its employees.

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retook the title in 2012 and has so far been able to keep it by selling 2.43 million vehicles in the first quarter of 2013.

The race is still tight – General Motors reports sales of 2.36 million vehicles, earning it the second spot globally with Volkswagen’s 2.27 million sales nabbing the German automaker third place. It’s not all smooth sailing for Toyota, either, as the brand’s first-quarter figures were down 2.2 percent when compared to last year. GM posted a 3.6-percent gain and VW managed a 5.1-percent gain over the same period.

Sales in China may be a deciding factor as to which automaker performs best in 2013. Toyota’s figures were down 13 percent in China. Meanwhile, GM and VW are continuing their upward trajectories in the crucial Chinese market.

As ever, each of the automakers says publicly it doesn’t care much about the title. Shino Yamada, a spokesperson for Toyota, told The Washington Post, “Rather than pursuing numbers, we try to sell one car at a time, producing good cars. We aren’t focused on being number one.” GM spokesperson Jim Cain echoed a similar note, saying, “A day doesn’t go by that we don’t try to increase our sales all over the world.”

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Chevrolet posting a one percent increase over last year (this marked Chevy’s tenth straight year of record global sales).

Volkswagen came in just behind GM, as the German automaker reported global sales from January through March at 2.27 million vehicles, an increase of five percent when compared to last year. While that number was strong, VW is cautioning that markets outside China and the US, such as those in Europe, are becoming a challenge as economies falter.

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Chevrolet posting a one percent increase over last year (this marked Chevy’s tenth straight year of record global sales).

Volkswagen came in just behind GM, as the German automaker reported global sales from January through March at 2.27 million vehicles, an increase of five percent when compared to last year. While that number was strong, VW is cautioning that markets outside China and the US, such as those in Europe, are becoming a challenge as economies falter.

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After Sunday’s big game, YouTube will be the place to watch every commercial that you missed when you left your seat for an emergency guac refill or, as we say in Cleveland, took the Browns to the Super Bowl. That makes YouTube the nation’s water cooler on Monday, and it’s got some preliminary stats to share in the lead up to kickoff.

As you know, Super Bowl advertisers, particularly automakers, like to endlessly tease their big budget commercials in the weeks before the game, many times revealing them outright days in advance. Because of this, YouTube can tell us which commercials have been viewed the most so far, and their top five list is all automakers.

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The data above is current and official as of 10:00 AM EST today, though things are changing quickly. For instance, while preparing this post, we noticed that VW’s ad has already passed Audi’s in overall views.

This order will almost certainly be upended on game day anyway when the full onslaught of Super Bowl advertising hits our retinas in real time. After all, we haven’t heard a peep from Comments

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BMW are the most likely to grow their market share over the next five years.

Tax advisory firm KPMG LLP has released its 14th annual Global Automotive Executive Survey, which includes responses from over 200 executives. A total of 81 percent of respondents said they expect to see Volkswagen make gains, compared to 70 percent last year. BMW, meanwhile, saw 70 percent of those surveyed say they believe the company will increase its market share. That’s a jump of 7 percentage points over last year. This is the first time in the history of the survey that BMW has claimed the second-place spot.

Meanwhile, Toyota also has a surprising year, but for just the opposite reason. While the manufacturer had slipped in ranking since 2011, it enjoyed the largest increase of any company in the 2013 survey, jumping to 68 percent from 44 percent last year.

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Meanwhile, analysts project GM will move some 2.7 million units in China next year. The automaker plans to roll out the all-new Opel models. Overall, China may see passenger vehicle sales jump by as much as 10 percent in 2013, pushed by a rebounding economy and better consumer confidence.

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Wards Auto has released its North American Light Vehicle Production Forecast for 2014, and the report predicts foreign manufacturers will increase production on the continent some 3.9 percent by 2014. If accurate, that should see 123,000 additional cars, trucks and vans produced in North America, swelling the total number of units produced both by domestic and foreign manufacturers to 16.9 million light vehicles from a projected 15.6 million in 2013. Much of the increase can be attributed to the fact that Lexus model at its Georgetown, KY facility in a year’s time.

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