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  • Glamour Dims as Hecklers Hit the Auto Show Tuesday, 14 Apr 2009 | 10:46 AM ET
    2011 Chevrolet Cruze

    Now that the government has helped General Motors and Chrysler stave off bankruptcy with billions of dollars in loans, these US automakers are finding somewhat hostile crowds at their exhibits at the New York Auto show.

  • Major Concerns Over Micro Car Safety? Tuesday, 14 Apr 2009 | 10:26 AM ET
    Crash Test

    The video is dramatic. Especially if you've ever asked yourself how the smallest cars on the road would protect you in an accident. According to the latest head-to-head crash tests by the non-profit group Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, people riding in these "micro" cars would be at risk of a serious injury.

  • Chrysler Lenders Expected to Counter Treasury Tuesday, 14 Apr 2009 | 10:19 AM ET
    Chrysler

    The senior lenders to Chrysler are planning to make a counteroffer to the Treasury Department this week, pushing back on a debt-reduction plan they say is too coercive.

  • 090413_Buffett_In_Car_Fortu.jpg

    Warren Buffett is in the driver's seat when it comes to the "car of the future," says Fortune.  The magazine has put Buffett on its cover ("Buffett's Electric Car") along with the BYD E6, for a major story on Berkshire Hathaway's investment last fall in the Chinese company that is working to challenge the world's biggest automakers. The cover asks, "If the Oracle's plugging in, shouldn't you?"

  • Drum Beats To GM Bankruptcy Monday, 13 Apr 2009 | 8:31 AM ET
    General Motors

    You can hear them virtually everywhere. You can call them pessimists, but I prefer the term realists. They are people within GM, the Obama administration, the auto industry, and elsewhere who now see GM filing for bankruptcy as the best move for a company with few good options.

  • Treasury Directs GM to Prepare for Bankruptcy Filing Monday, 13 Apr 2009 | 12:33 AM ET
    GM Bailout

    The Treasury Department is directing General Motors to lay the groundwork for a bankruptcy filing by a June 1 deadline, despite GM's public contention that it could still reorganize outside court, the New York Times reports.

  • Yoshikami: GM Unwound — The New Rules Sunday, 12 Apr 2009 | 8:59 PM ET
    GM Bailout

    With General Motors now negotiating with debtors and union leaders for a drastic revision to current agreements, it's time to stand back and reflect on the bigger impact of this drama.

  • Inspired by AIG? Humored by unemployment? As humbling as the economic crisis has been, some creative characters have managed to find inspiration amid the wreckage of the economy and their personal lives.

  • GM To Offer Tougher Deal To Bondholders Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | 11:53 AM ET
    General Motors Headquarters

    The auto task force, lead by Steven Rattner, wants GM to emerge with as little debt as possible once the restructuring process is done, according to numerous sources familiar with the situation.

  • New York Auto Show 2009 Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | 11:03 AM ET
    The times they are a changing. Sounds more like a much-needed slogan for any one of the ailing Big 3 than a throwback anthem from an era when they were infallible giants. The New York Auto show opens its doors to the public this holiday weekend to an ever more economy conscious public.Click ahead to see what they have to offer.

    The New York Auto show opens its doors to the public this holiday weekend to an ever more economy-conscious public. Click to see what they have to offer.

  • Is It Time To Kill The Auto Show? Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | 10:39 AM ET
    2010 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC

    Shortly after the doors opened to press days at the New York Auto Show someone asked me, "Do these auto shows really serve a purpose anymore?"

  • Auto Assistance Programs: The Best & Worst Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | 10:15 AM ET

    We break down the pros and cons of the plans being offered to entice consumers to buy a new car even if they are worried about their jobs.

  • How Ford Avoided the Meltdown that Hit GM, Chrysler Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | 10:04 AM ET
    Alan Mulally

    Because of the money it borrowed nearly three years ago, Ford is in far better shape than its two crosstown rivals, GM and Chrysler. The loans have kept it independent and on a course to survive the worst new-vehicle market in nearly 30 years.

  • In UK, New Cars Cheaper than Used: Report Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | 9:06 AM ET

    Aggressive price cuts and a lack of good-quality used cars has sent the price of some new autos below their second-hand equivalents, the Financial Times reported Thursday.

  • TARP the Life Insurers? This Is Nuts Wednesday, 8 Apr 2009 | 4:27 PM ET

    Is bailout nation about to strike again? Sure looks like it. According to this morning’s front-page Wall Street Journal story, life-insurance companies are about to get TARPed. This is nuts.

  • Web Extra: Best New Cars from the NY Auto Show Wednesday, 8 Apr 2009 | 3:20 PM ET

    NOT SEEN ON T.V.: Jalopnik.com Editor Ray Wert reveals the top three new cars on a value-basis, live from the NY Auto Show.

  • Chrysler Exec: Fiat Deal Possible, But Prepared For Worse Wednesday, 8 Apr 2009 | 12:52 PM ET
    Jim Press

    Chrysler is working hard to complete a deal with Fiat, but is also prepared if the deal doesn't go through, Vice Chairman and President Jim Press told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Are Car Buyers Actually Coming Back? Wednesday, 8 Apr 2009 | 11:18 AM ET
    toyota_logo.jpg

    As I walk around the New York Auto Show and talk with executives from GM, Toyota, and Chrysler there is one question you hear over and over: Are buyers actually coming back into showrooms?

  • Chrysler Rolls Out SUV After Government Scolding Wednesday, 8 Apr 2009 | 10:41 AM ET
    2007 Chrysler 300

    It sounds crazy: Just a week after the White House scolded Chrysler LLC for relying too much on gas guzzlers, the company is heading to a marquee auto show Wednesday to unveil a new SUV.

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    The bankruptcy option for GM seems to be gaining momentum.  If the automaker does file for Chapter 11 protection, are you worried about unitended consequences?