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  • Toyota's Fight to Maintain A Safe Record Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | 7:46 PM ET

    When the Toyota first announced a safety alert, two questions crossed my mind. First, how serious is this problem to fix? Second, how much will this stain Toyota's sterling reputation?

  • GM and eBay End Online Sales Experiment Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | 12:42 PM ET

    Less than two months after GM and eBay hooked up to try online sales of new cars in California, CNBC has learned the program will end as scheduled tomorrow.

  • Hyundai's Hunger Leading to Big Bites Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | 9:52 AM ET

    Hyundai is picking up market share here in the U.S. thanks to a potent combination of much better product (both in terms of quality and styling) and savvy marketing. A company that was once dismissed as weak imitator of the Japanese automakers is now taking it to the folks from Toyota, Nissan, and Honda.

  • GM's Money Back Promotion is On the Money Friday, 25 Sep 2009 | 10:45 AM ET

    Almost two weeks into its campaign offering buyers of GM vehicles their money back if they are not satisfied, Bob Lutz likes what he is seeing. In fact, the Vice-Chairman is so confident the program will work, he is predicting fewer than 1% of those who buy a Chevy, Buick, Cadillac and GMC under this promotion will ask for their money back.

  • Chrysler's Comeback Plan and Hiring Outlook Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | 7:30 PM ET

    After 3 months of kicking the tires and looking under the hood at Chrysler, CEO Sergio Marchionne is about to roll his game plan for fixing the troubled American auto maker.

  • Ford Hopes New Figo Will Help It Win Asian Buyers Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | 2:45 PM ET
    Ford Sign

    Ford Motor is increasing its focus on the fast-growing car markets of the Asia-Pacific region, executives said Wednesday as they rolled out a new small car in India, says the New York Times.

  • Battery Maker Stocks Charge Up Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | 10:12 AM ET

    As IPO's go, A123 has elicited a fair amount of discussion, much of it boiling down to this question: Is buying into the promise of the Massachusetts-based battery maker the same as buying into the hype that surrounded ethanol related stocks a few years back?

  • Do You Buy the Optimism? Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 11:35 AM ET
    Car on road

    They are the moves, comments, and reflections of a struggling auto industry finally getting back on its feet. In the last week several major automakers and their executives have sent clear signs they are preparing for better times.

  • The Hottest IPO of 2009? Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | 8:24 PM ET

    This company is certainly one of them, Cramer says. Find out how to play it.

  • General Motors Adding Shifts at 3 Plants Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | 2:18 PM ET
    Chevy Malibu 2008

    General Motors will go to 24-hour operations at factories in Kansas, Michigan and Indiana to make up for production lost due to a large-scale factory consolidation announced earlier in the year.

  • Give the People What They Want: Owner's Manuals Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | 12:00 PM ET

    My blog about Chrysler deciding to kill the owner's manual and replace it with a DVD and a small quick reference user guide prompted many of you to blast me for saying it seems like a smart move.

  • With Low Prices, Hyundai Builds Market Share Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | 10:16 AM ET
    2009 Hyundai Genesis

    It was not exactly a planned strategy, but the recession, particularly in the United States, has been very good for Hyundai, the South Korean automaker.

  • Carmax Profit Soars on Sales, Auto Financing Business Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | 9:52 AM ET

    Car dealership chain CarMax said Tuesday its fiscal second quarter profit surged on higher sales and a one-time gain related to its auto financing business.

  • Chrysler Kills Owner's Manuals-What Else Should Go? Monday, 21 Sep 2009 | 11:53 AM ET

    In the world of advancing the auto business, this doesn't rank up there with side curtain airbags in terms of importance. Heck, it's a change most people won't even notice. Still, Chrysler's decision to replace the bulky owner's manual with a DVD and small user's guide is one that a few folks out there will see as a no-brainer that is long overdue.

  • Cramer: Next Week’s 8 Essential Earnings Reports Friday, 18 Sep 2009 | 8:29 PM ET

    Some of the market’s key drivers could rise or fall based on these quarterly numbers, the Mad Money host says.

  • It's gotten so bad in real estate that condo developers can't even give away a FREE CAR to lure buyers.

  • The Power of Positive Thinking Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 8:20 PM ET

    That’s positive, not Pollyanna. Cramer explains why his bullish outlook is downright realistic.

  • Plugged In: Electric Cars/Line-ups Charging Up Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 8:53 AM ET
    2010 Prius

    Every once in a while, you go to an auto show, and the future of the industry crystallizes before your eyes... ow there is another wave of vehicles that will drive the auto industry over the next 10-15 years. They are the electric, plug-in hybrids, and extended range electric cars.

  • Sergio Marchionne

    Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne candidly admits the troubled American auto maker was far weaker than expected when he finally took over as CEO. I caught up with him at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and he pulled no punches in assessing what he found at Chrysler when he became CEO.

  • Steel's New Style: Lighter, Stronger, Better Tuesday, 15 Sep 2009 | 2:27 PM ET
    Auto assembly line

    Automotive steel has changed quite a bit since the first Model T rolled off the assembly line. Prompted by crash-worthiness requirements and the need to make cars lighter to improve gas mileage, automakers are replacing conventional steels with advanced high-strength ones.