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    Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn could not have been any clearer about how many people will buy electric vehicles 10 years from now.

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    For all its financial troubles and shortcomings as an automaker, no aspect of G.M. has confounded its critics as much as its hidebound, command-and-control corporate culture. The New York Times looks at the carmaker's effort to change.

  • Texas Man Drives Bugatti Into Pond; Blames Bird Friday, 13 Nov 2009 | 10:01 AM ET

    Police say a low-flying pelican distracted a driver in Texas, causing him to veer off a road and drive his million-dollar sports car into a salt marsh.

  • Road Rage Rants Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 | 2:34 PM ET
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    Is it possible to profit from road rage? One Web site hopes so.

  • Ford, Hyundai, Audi Gaining Interest Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 | 8:54 AM ET
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    In the auto world, everyone is searching for the "Big Mo" - momentum. It's elusive and some of the best-laid plans rarely wind up producing it. But for three companies, the latest report from Kelley Blue Book shows Audi, Ford and Hyundai are generating more interest with potential buyers.

  • Cadillac Converj Smart Extension of Volt Wednesday, 11 Nov 2009 | 8:41 AM ET

    It stole the show at last year's auto show. Now the Cadillac Converj is getting the green light from General Motors. This is not only a smart move that could pay off over time for GM, but it also shows how far the auto maker has come in moving quicker when it comes to taking new models from concept to production.

  • Chrysler Makes Smart Call Staying Unplugged—For Now Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 | 9:36 AM ET
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    Ever since Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and his management team unveiled their plan for reviving Chrysler last week, much has been made about what the plan is and is not built around: A heavy emphasis on four cylinder engines and very little mention of hybrids and electric cars.

  • Classic Car Market on Bumpy Road Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 | 4:43 AM ET

    Owning a classic car is often a childhood dream and in May this year the highest price ever was reached at an auction for a classic car: 9 million euros ($12.2 million) for a 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa.

  • CNBC's Winners & Losers of 2009 Monday, 9 Nov 2009 | 1:50 PM ET

    In some cases, the difference between a winner and loser is often in the eye of the beholder--who can be a victim or a beneficiary--or simply a political ideologue. That’s why we want readers to weigh in and vote on a variety of people and concepts. We’ll report back with results and rankings on December 1.

  • China Growth Shows GM Good Fortune Monday, 9 Nov 2009 | 10:29 AM ET
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    The latest sales numbers out of China this morning are further vindication that General Motors strategy in that country is paying off.

  • Consumer Borrowing Falls $14.8 Billion in September Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 4:18 PM ET
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    Consumers borrowed less for a record eighth straight month in September amid rising unemployment and tight credit conditions.

  • What's in a name? They found out in Proctor, Minn., this week when the motorized chair, formerly known as La-Z-Boy, sold for just a fraction of what it was going for before La-Z-Boy made them stop using their name.

  • Why German Opel Workers Can't Stand GM Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 6:59 AM ET
    Workers of the Opel plant, a subsidiary of General Motors, in Bochum, western Germany, block the entrance gate on Monday Oct. 18, 2004. Workers protest against plans of the carmaker's parent company General Motors to cut some 10,000 jobs in Germany. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    General Motors is already feeling the backlash of its decision not to sell European automaker Opel to Magna International, as workers in Germany went on strike.  GM faces not just ire over American-European cultural differences, but worker unease at job security, European-style.

  • Party’s Over: A New Tone for Chrysler Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 10:35 AM ET
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    The old Chrysler was famous for its aggressive marketing and auto-show stunts, like running a cattle drive down the streets of Detroit to publicize a new pickup. But for its coming-out party on Wednesday, the new Chrysler stuck to a far more serious and subdued script, says the New York Times.

  • Inflatable Seat Belts Aimed At Second Row Safety Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 9:36 AM ET

    After 10 years of research and development, Ford is unveiling inflatable seat belts....A potentially ground breaking innovation in safety aimed at better protecting people in the second and third rows of cars involved in accidents.

  • Cramer: 6 Lies The Bears Are Telling You Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 8:01 PM ET

    Warren Buffett doesn’t know what he’s doing? Really?

  • Do You Buy Marchionne's Turnaround Plan? Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 2:59 PM ET
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    As I sit through a lengthy explanation of how Sergio Marchionne plans to turn around a struggling Chrysler, one question keeps running through my mind: Do we think this plan will work?

  • GM Monthly US Sales Bounce, Hyundai Soars Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | 6:38 PM ET
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    General Motors posted its first monthly sales increase in nearly two years as a rebound in industrywide U.S. auto sales in October pointed toward a gradual recovery for the battered sector. 

  • GM Monthly Sales Increase; Ford Sales Edge Lower Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | 3:52 PM ET
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    General Motors reported an increase in auto sales last month while rival Ford Motor saw sales decline, as market watchers look for an industry-wide increase from September's levels, which were hurt by a Cash for Clunkers hangover.

  • October Shows Auto Rebound Will Be Slow Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | 3:48 PM ET

    If you want to get a sense of just how unclear the auto industry is about how much sales will rebound, ask the different sales chiefs at the automakers.