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  • Chick Car? Not So Easy To Tell Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | 10:35 AM ET
    woman in new car

    For years people have derisively said, "oh that's a chick car" when describing a certain model supposedly favored by women. Whenever I would hear people in the auto industry use this term, I'd think to myself, "Talk about making a broad, often incorrect generalization."

  • Skeptics Voice Doubt About Domestic Quality Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 11:05 AM ET

    It's ok to admit it. It's ok to say that you are skeptical of the J.D. Power report that the Big 3 have passed up foreign automakers when it comes to quality. There are more than a few of you out there who e-mailed me last week to say that you aren't buying it.

  • Kaminsky's Call: Tesla Motors' Hot New IPO Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 9:58 AM ET

    These energy-conscious companies have fared well this year and continue to attract portfolio mangers' interest.

  • A Bold Move by Toyota to Keep Up With Competitors? Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 1:55 PM ET
    Toyota Dealership

    There are reports out of Japan that Toyota is setting a target of cutting prices 30% by 2013 in a strategy shift designed to keep up with hard charging competitors Volkswagen and Hyundai.

  • Deflation, Not Inflation, May Be Big Threat to Economy Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 12:02 PM ET

    Deflation is the economy's version of a vicious cycle. As prices fall, so do wages and profits. Demand, consumption and production also fall. Jobs are cut. Consumers put off purchases . The negative forces feed off of each other.

  • Detroit Finally Passes Foreign Competition in Quality Thursday, 17 Jun 2010 | 1:00 PM ET

    For the first time ever, the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study has found America's automakers build new models with fewer problems than their foreign competitors.

  • GM to Keep US Plants Open During Summer, Cites Demand Thursday, 17 Jun 2010 | 9:40 AM ET
    Chevy Volt

    Most General Motors' U.S. plants will forego traditional summer shutdowns to help meet buyer demand for popular models, the automaker said Thursday.

  • Six in 60 Seconds: AutoNation, Reliance Steel, More... Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 10:43 AM ET

    Today's six stocks worth watching.

  • VW Tries to Jumpstart US Interest with New Jetta Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 | 2:26 PM ET
    2011 Volkswagen Jetta

    Despite a woeful track record in the U.S. In the last ten years, they haven't given up on winning over Americans. In fact, the folks at VW believe they can eventually sell a million vehicles here in the U.S. It's an ambitious goal for a company that sold roughly 300,000 (including it's luxury line Audi) here last year.

  • Mad Mail: The Best Autos Play on China? Monday, 14 Jun 2010 | 7:28 PM ET

    Plus, get Cramer's take on BP, Teva Pharma and more.

  • Automakers Waiting for a Summer Surge Monday, 14 Jun 2010 | 11:54 AM ET

    They're all increasing production. Building more cars and trucks, gearing up for what we've been told to expect: a steady increase in auto sales. But increasingly, there are indications we may not see a summer surge.

  • Ford's Mulally Out to Make Lincoln World Class Brand Friday, 11 Jun 2010 | 11:21 AM ET

    When Ford CEO Alan Mulally joined me on "Squawk Box" Friday for an extended conversation about where the Blue Oval is today and where it's headed, he didn't shy away from proclaiming the Lincoln brand must provide a true world class experience for buyers.

  • Saving Chevrolet Means Dumping ‘Chevy’ Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 | 12:09 PM ET
    Chevrolet grille

    Bye-bye, indeed, Miss American Pie. If General Motors has its way, you won’t be driving your Chevy to the levee ever again.

  • Don't Call It Chevy? You Can't Be Serious Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 | 11:03 AM ET

    Looking for a good chuckle? Read the New York Times article from today outlining how GM sent a memo to employees suggesting they stop saying Chevy when referring to Chevrolet.

  • GM, Chrysler Recalls Not the Same as Toyota Tuesday, 8 Jun 2010 | 12:56 PM ET
    2008 Buick Enclave

    On the surface, the massive number of models recalled and the threat of vehicle fires has people asking, "Are GM and Chrysler now going down the same path as Toyota earlier this year?"

  • 2008 Cadillac CTS Coupe

    General Motors said Tuesday it was recalling about 1.5 million vehicles worldwide to address a problem with a heated windshield wiper fluid system that could cause a fire.

  • Big Ed Keeps Shakin' Up GM Monday, 7 Jun 2010 | 3:38 PM ET
    General Motors Headquarters

    You'd think by now the message would be clear: Ed Whitacre Jr. is not going to stop making changes. Once again, he shook up the management at the automaker. And once again, people are asking why Whitacre keeps moving executives around—and whether or not he knows what he's doing.

  • Ford F Series

    There has long been a belief in the auto industry that as pick-up truck sales go, so goes the broader economy. After all, as business and spending picks up, the folks who drive pickups (contractors, builders, small business operators) are likely to buys a new work truck. And for the most part, the historical evidence points to truck sales and housing starts trending up or down together.

  • Ssangyong Says Bidders Shortlisted to Six Friday, 4 Jun 2010 | 3:16 AM ET

    South Korean SUV maker Ssangyong Motor, said on Friday it had shortlisted six out of seven firms submitting letters of intent to buy the troubled carmaker, under court-led restructuring since early 2009.

  • 'Pickup Truck Indicator' Says Economy Improving Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | 10:38 AM ET

    It's no secret that the major auto companies knocked it out of the park with their May sales. But dig a little deeper into the numbers, and you can find some even better signs of strength for certain areas of the economy.