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  • Family Loyalty Anchors Ford in Risky Times Tuesday, 23 Jun 2009 | 10:27 AM ET
    Ford announced today that it is cutting production by 21% resulting in downtime at the assembly plant in St. Thomas Ontario on Friday Aug. 18, 2006. Ford Motor Co. announces sharp cuts in its North American production that would force it to partially shut down plants in the U.S. and Canada in the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Canadian Press, Geoff Robins)

    The Fords have had their tense times, most recently in 2007 when a few family members tried - unsuccessfully - to hire a Wall Street firm to advise the family on possible exit strategies. But as they have done for decades after their meeting last January, the Fords rallied behind the family’s appointed leader: William C. Ford Jr., a great-grandson of the founder and chairman since 1999.

  • The Electric Car Race Heats Up Tuesday, 23 Jun 2009 | 9:22 AM ET
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    They've been jockeying for position for some time. But this morning, auto makers around the world will take big steps in the race to build mass market electric cars. When Energy Secretary Steven Chu announces grants for the development of fuel efficient vehicles and technologies, Ford, Nissan and Tesla will be the immediate beneficiaries.

  • Ford to Get Loan to Develop Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Monday, 22 Jun 2009 | 7:29 PM ET

    The Energy Department is lending money to the Ford Motor from a $25 billion fund to develop fuel-efficient vehicles, congressional officials said Monday.

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    A closely watched study of new vehicle quality says Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have improved, but they still lag behind foreign competitors like Toyota.

  • Small Carmakers Benefit From Detroit’s Woes Monday, 22 Jun 2009 | 11:05 AM ET
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    In addition to the recession, and the bankruptcies of Chrysler and General Motors, a new threat has appeared in the rearview mirror. Many smaller automakers are gaining a bigger share of the market, most notably Hyundai and Kia.

  • CarMax Profit Falls, but Still Tops Estimates Friday, 19 Jun 2009 | 11:03 AM ET
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    Auto retailer CarMax  said Friday its fiscal first-quarter profit fell 2.7 percent on a double-digit sales drop, a loss in its auto financing arm and charges related to loans, but still beat Wall Street expectations.

  • The Big Global Auto Shake-Up Friday, 19 Jun 2009 | 9:35 AM ET

    While most of us have been focused on the turmoil churning up GM and Chrysler the last 9 months, there's been far less attention given to the fact almost every other auto maker is struggling right now.

  • Girsky On GM Board Is Good For Company Thursday, 18 Jun 2009 | 5:08 PM ET
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    The UAW VEBA fund has named auto consultant and former auto analyst Steve Girsky to the board of General Motors. It's an appointment that should be applauded at GM, in Detroit, and on Wall Street.

  • Big Three: Ready To Give Them A Second Chance? Thursday, 18 Jun 2009 | 9:54 AM ET
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    Could it be we Americans are ready to take a new look at the Big 3? A couple of data points coming out this week show good news for GM and Chrysler, and by extension of being a domestic auto maker, for Ford as well.

  • Poll: Which US City Has The Worst Road Rage? Wednesday, 17 Jun 2009 | 12:51 PM ET

    It's your turn to vote on what you think is the worst US city for road rage! Also, check out our slideshow that lists the ten worst as reported in a recent survey!

  • Should GM Change Its Name? Wednesday, 17 Jun 2009 | 9:41 AM ET
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    It is an idea that has been floating around Detroit among those in the auto industry. Should General Motors change its name? When I first heard this question, I chuckled and thought, "Would it really be wise to throw out a well known name after 100 mostly successful years?"

  • Market Tips: Dollar and Cash Back in Fashion Wednesday, 17 Jun 2009 | 4:51 AM ET

    Global stocks were down Wednesday. Despite this the dollar fell against the euro and the yen, but experts told CNBC the greenback is still seen as a safe haven from falling stocks. They also said that holding cash is the right thing to do during the stock market correction.

  • Web Extra: Cash For Clunkers Tuesday, 16 Jun 2009 | 8:39 PM ET
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    The government's "Cash For Clunkers" incentive cleared an important hurdle on Thursday. How should you trade the auto sector now?

  • Cash For Clunkers Program -  A Clunker? Tuesday, 16 Jun 2009 | 9:58 AM ET
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    The bill would give people a voucher for $3,500 to $4,500 if they turn in their old car or truck for new fuel efficient model built in North America. On paper it sounds good. In reality, the number of people who may actually benefit from this program could be extremely limited.

  • Industrial Activity Dips More Than Expected in May Tuesday, 16 Jun 2009 | 9:24 AM ET
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    Industrial production tumbled more than expected last month as the recession crimped demand for a wide range of manufactured goods including cars, machinery and household appliances.

  • Kneale: Obama's 'Ridiculous' Promise Monday, 15 Jun 2009 | 3:42 PM ET

    President Obama is about to learn the unpleasant risks of trying to please most all of the people all of the time.

  • Ford's Fuel Efficiency Run Monday, 15 Jun 2009 | 9:56 AM ET
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    Ford CEO Alan Mulally has been saying it ever since he took over the blue oval. Ford Chairman Bill Ford Jr. has been backing the idea for just as long. Now we'll see if the company that got a lot of Americans hooked on SUVs (and made billions of dollars in the process) can be successful with fuel efficient cars and crossovers.

  • Bill Ford: Small Cars Will Be 'Profitable' Monday, 15 Jun 2009 | 8:29 AM ET

    Although GM and Chrysler’s bankruptcy may be playing into Ford Motor’s strong June numbers, "it’s really our products that are getting the best reviews they’ve ever gotten," said William Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor in a live interview on CNBC.

  • Dow Positive for Year; Bank of America Rises Friday, 12 Jun 2009 | 4:29 PM ET

    The Dow eked out a gain Friday, bumping it into positive territory for the year, as Bank of America shares  rallied. But techs, energy and commodities retreated as crude oil dropped to around $72 a barrel.

  • Dow Pares Losses as Bank of America Climbs Friday, 12 Jun 2009 | 2:58 PM ET

    Stocks opened lower Friday as crude oil dropped below $71 a barrel and banks dragged after Bank of America lowered its outlook for the sector.