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Best of the Blogs, Transportation: Expedia Earns a Vacation With Optimistic Second Quarter


Plus, Ford may cut weight but raise costs with aluminum body on F-150.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful financial commentary on transportation from around the Web.

The Wall Street Journal
Link: Expedia Hotel Growth Keeps Profit Slide Modest; Shares Jump

"Expedia Inc.'s (EXPE) robust hotel revenue growth offset pressure from continued heavy technology spending, keeping the second quarter's profit decline unexpectedly shallow.

"The report relieved market worries about online travel demand. Shares in the online travel agent--which operates its namesake brand, as well as and Hotwire--jumped 14% to $52.20 in after-hours trading. Through the close, the stock has risen 57% so far this year."

Detroit Free Press
Link: Ford Looking to Aluminum for Pickups?

"Ford Motor (F), which has seen hidebound pickup buyers embrace gas-saving technology, appears to be headed a step further: an
F-150 that makes extensive use of aluminum panels instead of steel.

"Ford Motor will embrace aluminum when the next-generation F-150 appears in July 2014 as a way of saving gas, although it'll raise costs, says Richard Schultz, managing director of consultant Ducker Worldwide, who was briefed on the change by a Ford executive with knowledge of the plans."

Bloomberg Businessweek
Link: Toyota Extends Global Sales Lead Over General Motors, VW

"Toyota Motor Corp. (TM), rebounding from lost production after last year's natural disasters in Asia, is on pace to outsell General Motors Co. (GM) and Volkswagen AG and reclaim its title as the world's top-selling automaker.

"Toyota sales rose 34% in the first six months of the year to 4.97 million globally, leading GM by 300,000 and VW by 520,000 deliveries. GM global deliveries rose 2.9% to 4.67 million during the first half while VW sales increased 8.9% to 4.45 million, according to the companies."

The Cranky Flier
Link: American Reveals Plenty of Bells and Whistles for Domestic Aircraft

"American continues to leak bits and pieces of its planned onboard improvements, and now we know some more about its planned offering for domestic flights. What do I think? The amenities all sound great to me as a traveler, but I'm not sure they make sense for a domestic fleet.

"Yesterday's announcement was about what will happen on the new A319/A321/737-800 deliveries that will come into the fleet starting next July. These 230 airplanes will replace a lot of the MD-80s, 757s, and yes, the 767-200s that currently fly from New York to LA and San Francisco. Want to see what they'll look like? Watch the first part of this video."

The Detroit News: Autos
Link: Mazda Recalling 215,000 Tribute SUVs for Throttle Issue

"Mazda Motor Co. (MZDAF) said Friday it will recall 217,500 Tribute SUVs to repair sticky gas pedals that can lead to unintended acceleration incidents.

"The recall comes a day after Ford Motor Co. announced it is recalling 485,000 Ford Escape SUVs worldwide to address the same problem. The Tribute was a nearly identical vehicle to the Escape built by Ford on the same platform at its Kansas City Assembly plant."
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