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  • Auto Sales: Flat For The Next Year And A Half? Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | 9:35 AM ET
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    This morning BMW's president for North America told me something that might surprise more than a few people in the auto industry.

  • You can save big money on your next set of wheels if you buy at auction. Here's how.

  • California Gas Rush Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 7:16 PM ET

    The Clean Energy Fuels CEO explains why a ballot initiative state will be a big boon to his company.

  • Gasoline is Dropping; Are SUVs Ready to Roll? Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 6:48 PM ET
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    Filled up the tank lately? I have, and it's nice to see the cost of gas has come down a bit. I wouldn't call it a huge drop, but enough that it's noticeable.

  • GM Not Optimistic About the Rest of 2008: Exec. Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 7:43 AM ET

    U.S. carmaker General Motors is not looking at the rest of the year with huge optimism, its chief operating officer said on Tuesday.

  • GM Recalls 944,000 Vehicles for Fire Risk Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 4:43 PM ET
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    General Motors said Friday it was recalling 944,000 vehicles because of a problem with a windshield wiper fluid system that could lead to a fire.

  • SUV Market Bottomed? Nope! Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 10:13 AM ET
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    There's an interesting theory when it comes to the SUV market. It goes like this: now is the best time to buy an SUV because the used market has bottomed out and prices will soon start going up. The more I've heard this, the more I've talked with dealers. And you know what their reaction is? A good laugh.

  • Toyota Prius

    See, even mighty Toyota Motor is shifting into a slower gear. This morning in Tokyo, the company gave its business outlook for 2009 and beyond. It was mixed -- which is not surprising, given the economy. Here's Toyota's plan to stay ahead.

  • Hell No! Hell Yes! Bailout Plan Fires Up Emotions Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 | 11:08 AM ET
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    Since I've started this blog I've have had people react strongly to some of the things I've said. But NOTHING compares to the e-mails I've read after advocating the need for Federal loans to help the Big 3 automakers re-tool and rebuild their operations.

  • Honda's Fit: Can It Crush Chrysler? Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 3:54 PM ET
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    They say timing is everything. For Honda nothing could be truer. In the next couple of weeks an updated version of the company's red-hot subcompact, The Fit, will start rolling into showrooms. Talk about having the right model in place at the right time.

  • Confessions from a Car Dealer’s Backroom Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 3:24 PM ET

    A former insider and an industry expert explain how to steer clear of financing tricks.

  • The Big 3 DO Need Federal Help Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | 2:04 PM ET
    The Big Three

    Let's get some things straight. As I write this blog, I'm fully aware some of you will scoff at the idea of the Federal government offering billions of dollars to the Big 3 in restructuring loans. I know some of you will say, "Don't give them a bail out. Let'em go under."

  • $10,000 Discounts -- But No Buyers Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 10:14 AM ET
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    Don't look now, but something is coming back: deals. Not just little ones. Pretty decent deals. GM, Toyota and Mazda are currently running some of the more prominent marketing campaigns. But make no mistake, almost all the automakers are throwing more money and more generous financing terms behind their new models.

  • Today's Top Videos: Bill Gross, 'Green' Engines & More... Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 6:27 PM ET

    The "bond kings" gather to comment on the credit crunch while the CEO of BorgWarner says his company has come up with a technology that improves fuel efficiency and lowers emissions for automobiles. Following are today's top videos:

  • Alternative Investments Can Be Colorful and Profitable Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 11:38 AM ET
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    It’s hard to drum up much enthusiasm for investing these days. Yet, for the high net worth crowd with income to spare, there are some other asset classes to consider -- investments that not only hold the potential for powerful gains, but can help put the fun back in your portfolio. We're talking art, wine, horses and cars.

  • 'Smart' Cars: Ford's Employee Test Drive Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 10:32 AM ET
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    Here's a novel idea. Let's take the people who actually work at a car company and put them behind the wheel of the models crucial to that company's future. Ford Motor is starting to do that, and it's probably one of the smartest moves this company has ever made.

  • Tuning Up Your Portfolio: Part 2 Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 11:17 PM ET

    There are only a couple of pure plays when it comes to auto-repair companies. This is Cramer's favorite.

  • Tuning Up Your Portfolio: Part 1 Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 11:15 PM ET

    O'Reilly Automotive is a play on a new trend in American car ownership.

  • Big 3 Rides: Do You Love'em or Hate'em? Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 9:43 AM ET
    The Big Three

    The latest U. of Michigan survey on customer satisfaction with automakers are a bit perplexing. On one hand, they show there's a wider gap between the Big 3 and their foreign rivals. On the other, these results fly in the face of numerous other studies that show the Big 3 edging closer to competitors when it comes to quality and reliability. Who's right? Both, actually.

  • GM To Offer Employee-Level Pricing on Chevy Models Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 1:30 PM ET

    General Motors will offer employee-level pricing on nearly 90 percent of inventory for its main Chevrolet brand as part of a new nationwide sales promotion, a dealer briefed on the plans said Monday.