New vehicles sold like gangbusters last month, with several brands setting all-time records for November. Most major companies, from Toyota to Chrysler, posted impressive increases from a year earlier. Only General Motors was left struggling to explain its 3 percent sales gain and large inventory of unsold trucks.
NEW YORK — Daniel Ruf and Patrick Palme, budget-minded students from Hanover, Germany, drove across the United States this spring without paying for nearly any of their accommodations. During the trip, they stayed overnight in 20 cities with people they met through CouchSurfing, a social networking website whose members make their homes available to travelers free of charge. But after sending dozens of requests to… ... more