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  • US Withheld Data on Risks of Distracted Driving Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 1:13 PM ET
    Driving while using a cellular phone.

    In 2003, researchers at a federal agency proposed a long-term study of 10,000 drivers to assess the safety risk posed by cellphone use behind the wheel. But such an ambitious study never happened.

  • Obama Auto Task Force Warns Against Dealer Plan Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 12:59 PM ET
    GM auto dealership with sign.

    The Obama administration warned Congress on Tuesday that a House-approved plan to restore shuttered General Motors and Chrysler dealerships would threaten the auto companies' bankruptcies and recovery.

  • Strong Earnings Boost Dow; CIT Skids Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 10:09 AM ET

    The Dow bolted out of the gate Tuesday as a slew of components beat earnings expectations. But there were pockets of weakness throughout the market, including chips, hardware, banks and retail. The Nasdaq was lower.

  • Can Toyota Build Cars of Passion? Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 9:25 AM ET

    The question was blunt. The answer telling. Yesterday as I sat with a handful of other reporters for aone hour chat with Yoshi Inaba, the new President of Toyota North America talked about Toyota building cars that evoke passion.

  • Futures Turn Higher on Earnings Strength Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 8:45 AM ET

    Futures indicated a slightly lower open for Wall Street Tuesday ahead of a slew of earnings and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's Capitol Hill testimony.

  • Auto Sales Could Rebound Next Year: Toyota Exec Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 5:10 PM ET

    Auto sales could bounce back to the $12- to 13-million annual sales rate within a year, Toyota Motor's North American President Yoshi Inaba said Monday.

  • S&P Hits 8-Month High Amid Earnings Optimism Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 4:24 PM ET

    Stocks rallied to the finish line Monday after a wobbly morning as a CIT deal to avert bankruptcy and strong earnings gave investors cause for optimism.

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    The new man in charge of Toyota North America, Yoshi Inaba, is focused on getting the Japanese auto maker back on track in the states by making decisions faster and getting closer to the customer.

  • Stock Rally Begins to Fizzle; CIT Jumps Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 10:53 AM ET

    A strong start for stocks began to peter out Monday, though CIT continued to rally.

  • Stocks Open Higher, Buoyed by CIT, Earnings Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 10:31 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher Monday as investors were cheered by news of a deal that will avoid bankruptcy for commercial lender CIT Group and a better-than-expected start the earnings season.

  • Futures Higher on CIT, Earnings Optimism Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 7:50 AM ET

    Futures indicated a positive open for Wall Street Monday as investors were cheered by news of a deal that will avoid bankruptcy for commercial lender CIT Group.

  • Ford Pushes Fuel Economy, For a Price Friday, 17 Jul 2009 | 11:34 AM ET

    Boulder, Colorado is the perfect place to try out Ford's new EcoBoost engine. After all, zipping up Flagstaff Mountain in a Ford Flex is the way to truly feel the increased torque you get with EcoBoost.

  • New Cars Coming Closer To Giving Us What We Want Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | 9:43 AM ET

    It's the one thing auto execs constantly worry about. Making sure the launch of a new or re-designed model hits the target. It sounds simple, but historically there are numerous cases where an auto maker puts a new car or truck in showrooms and it falls short of expectations. Sometimes woefully short.

  • GM Investing $1 Billion in Brazil for New Cars Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 12:07 PM ET

    General Motors says it is investing $1 billion to develop two new car models in Brazil.  The president of GM's operations in Brazil and the Mercosur countries says it is GM's biggest investment since the onset of the global financial crisis.

  • To Shrink a US Car, Chrysler Goes to Poland Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 10:48 AM ET
    The Fiat 500

    For decades, automakers looking for the secret to small-car success would journey to Toyota City in Japan. These days, they are coming to Tychy. Since Fiat effectively took over Chrysler this year, engineers from Detroit have been making monthly pilgrimages here to see something they can only envy: an auto plant that is hiring workers and earning a profit.

  • $8.6 Million For Your Thoughts Mr. Wagoner Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 9:46 AM ET
    Rick Wagoner

    Whatever you think, and I know many of you reading this believe the guy ran GM into the ground and is now gone so who cares about him, what Wagoner thinks remains a mystery. Ever since the White House fired him at the end of March, Wagoner has been silent. As GM went in and out of bankruptcy, he said nothing publicly.

  • Cutting Sponsorships The Start of GM Make Over Tuesday, 14 Jul 2009 | 11:32 AM ET
    General Motors logo

    Taking full advantage of bankruptcy court, and the ability to drop contracts it no longer wants, GM is dumping dozens of sponsorships around the country.

  • Auto Task Force Shifts Gears Without Rattner Monday, 13 Jul 2009 | 6:17 PM ET

    Like the whirlwind trips in and out of bankruptcy for GM and Chrysler, Steve Rattner is leaving Washington just a few months after stepping into a high profile position with the Treasury Department. Rattner is leaving the Auto Task Force and heading back to private life in the investment world. Talk about making a splash and then getting out of town.

  • Lutz Takes Control of GM Ad Image Monday, 13 Jul 2009 | 10:16 AM ET
    Robert Lutz, as General Motors vice chairman.

    Today in Detroit, GM Vice Chair Bob Lutz is hitting the ground running in his move to change the image of the auto maker. Everything is up for review.

  • Rival Bidder for GM's Opel Says Deal is Near Monday, 13 Jul 2009 | 9:27 AM ET

    General Motors’ plan to sell its European operations to a Canadian auto parts maker and a Russian bank appeared Monday to be in trouble, when another bidder said it was nearing a deal for the unit, the New York Times reported.