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  • Who Should Determine What Fuels Our Cars/Trucks? Thursday, 21 May 2009 | 9:50 AM ET
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    How do you define "free market". Yesterday, I argued the "free market" should determine if cars and trucks are powered by diesel fuel or by the conventional gasoline most vehicles currently use. This baffled some of you.

  • Kneale: New CAFE Menu Will Give Detroit Heart Attack Wednesday, 20 May 2009 | 2:34 PM ET

    A daunting litany of ills imperils U.S. banks, from toxic assets to rising loan defaults. After the irritating spectacle that played out in Washington yesterday, we can add a new threat: the Congressional Oversight Panel tracking TARP.

  • Why New Fuel Rules Tick Off Some People Wednesday, 20 May 2009 | 11:01 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Over the last two days, as I've blogged about new fuel efficiency rules President Obama laid out at the White House, I've been struck by the opposition to these changes.

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    With the new mandate from Washington, this efficiency movement in the auto industry will pick up momentum, and several companies are positioned to profit.

  • Better Mileage Doesn't Mean The Death Of SUV Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 8:51 AM ET
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    For years, we've heard Detroit and other auto makers lobby against higher fuel economy standards because it would drive up costs and ultimately hurt sales of SUV's and pick-ups- vehicles Americans want.

  • Farrell: He's Just Not That Into You Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 8:42 AM ET

    I have never bought a car in my life. My wife has bought a lot of them. I'm just not that into cars. I have usually referred to the cars we own by their color.

  • Automakers, Obama Announce Mileage, Pollution Plan Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 8:20 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama wants drivers to go farther on a gallon of gas and cause less damage to the environment—and be willing to pick up the tab.

  • Auto Sales Will Remain Weak in May: GM CEO Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 7:45 AM ET
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    Auto sales continue to be week this month as consumers struggle with lack of confidence and lack of credit, General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson said Tuesday.

  • "Governator" Arnold Wins Fuel Efficiency Battle Monday, 18 May 2009 | 3:41 PM ET
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    "UNCLE!!!!!!!!!" That's the cry you'll hear from Detroit to Washington as President Barack Obama announces a new tailpipe emission standard that mirrors the tough measures California has been trying to impose for years.

  • Obama to Unveil New Vehicle Emission Standards Monday, 18 May 2009 | 2:46 PM ET
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    President Barack Obama will issue new vehicle emission standards and pair them with a broader goal of reducing pollution, marking the first time limits on greenhouse gases will be linked to federal standards for cars and trucks.

  • Dealer Closings Mean Deals As Cars Have To Go Monday, 18 May 2009 | 11:52 AM ET
    Customer at an auto dealership.

    At 789 Chrysler lots across America sit 44,000 potential bargains—cars and trucks that are stuck between shell-shocked dealers and a troubled company that no longer wants their services.

  • Now The Tough Part: Keeping Chrysler Relevant Monday, 18 May 2009 | 9:28 AM ET
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    Ask yourself these questions: If you are looking for a new car, truck, or minivan right now, will you buy a Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep? Will you seriously consider one of those models?

  • GM May Focus on Cheaper Imports, Cut US Jobs Monday, 18 May 2009 | 6:33 AM ET
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    General Motors is engaged in negotiating a reorganization that could increase vehicle imports from its plants in Mexico and Asia while closing factories and cutting the work force in the United States.

  • Volkswagen Halts Talks with Porsche on Tie-Up Sunday, 17 May 2009 | 8:52 PM ET
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    Volkswagen, Europe's largest carmaker, has halted tie-up talks with Porsche as it said its smaller peer and major shareholder was not ready for a merger.

  • Dying Detroit: How to Profit From It Friday, 15 May 2009 | 8:01 PM ET

    American automakers are struggling to stay alive, allowing smaller firms the chance to take market share. Here are Cramer’s favorites.

  • Stocks End Down Week With a Flop Friday, 15 May 2009 | 4:49 PM ET

    Stocks flopped Friday, capping a dismal week, as bank stocks pulled back after recent gains.

  • From TARP To Obama To Command-And-Control Friday, 15 May 2009 | 4:31 PM ET

    Speaking near Albuquerque, New Mexico, at a town-hall meeting on Thursday, Pres. Obama said the federal debt load is unsustainable and warned of skyrocketing interest rates. He neglected to say that his massive spending-and-borrowing policies are directly causing this problem.

  • GM Dealer: It's Like Willy Wonka Friday, 15 May 2009 | 12:07 PM ET
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    It's a tough day waiting for the mail. Hundreds of GM dealerships are getting letters telling them that time is running out, that it's unlikely their franchise contracts with the automaker will be renewed. Most of those contracts expire in October of NEXT year, so this doesn't mean 1,100 dealerships are disappearing overnight.

  • Stocks Struggle Despite Shot of Confidence Friday, 15 May 2009 | 11:23 AM ET

    Stocks opened flat Friday as investors were encouraged by a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings but dismal economic data out of Europe and weak U.S. retail reports capped gains.

  • Futures Pare Losses After Factory Reports Friday, 15 May 2009 | 9:21 AM ET

    Futures pared losses Friday after a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings.