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  • US Carmakers Tout New Products at Detroit Autoshow Sunday, 11 Jan 2009 | 7:17 PM ET

    Just weeks after ending a year marked by dismal sales and a federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, U.S. automakers Sunday touted new products with a focus on fuel efficiency that they say will help ensure that their cars and trucks will roll off assembly lines for years to come.

  • Calvin, Cars, California And Your Emails Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 3:29 PM ET
    Calvin & Hobbes

    Calvin & Hobbes, like "Peanuts" or "The Simpsons" or "I Love Lucy", has a certain timelessness. Fifteen years later, a particular C&H classic is making the rounds on the internet.

  • Yes Virginia—The Electric Car Is Coming Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 10:25 AM ET
    Chevy Volt

    As I have spent the last two weeks preparing for the Detroit Auto Show, which starts this Sunday, it's become clearer than ever to me the electric car is coming and coming fast.

  • Car Buyers May Buy American! Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 1:03 PM ET

    Last month I got a lot of email after pondering what it might take to get me to buy an American car. I suggested that Detroit needed to come up with some sort of marketing campaign to convince me it's the cool, hip, right thing to do.

  • The Best Time to Buy a New Car? Right Now Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 11:49 AM ET

    Dealers and manufacturers are taking unprecedented steps to move their inventory as the recession keeps consumer spending at bay.

  • An Electrifying Ride In The Chevy Volt Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:16 AM ET
    New Chevy Volt

    I spent part of Wednesday afternoon tooling around GM's tech center in a "mule" version of the Volt. When I hit the gas, the acceleration was instant. The Volt will deliver the same performance you would get from a car with 250 horse power

  • Former NFL Player Tries to Find Financial Footing Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 12:13 PM ET

    Ron was living his dream of being a professional defensive end until suffering a career-ending injury. Now he's playing offense with his money.

  • Hyundai's Money Back Offer Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 10:33 AM ET
    Hyundai

    The Hyundai offer is significant because it addresses the one issue that is keeping people out of showrooms. Potential buyers are worried about keeping their jobs so they are putting off a new car for the family.

  • Auto Industry Has Hit The Bottom? I Say Yes Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | 10:07 AM ET
    Toyota Dealership

    As I was watching the dismal auto sales numbers come in on Monday, I was waiting for somebody to drop me an e-mail and sarcastically remind me that it was just a few months ago when I said, "Things can't get much worse in the auto industry."

  • Market Tips: Dollar Faces Big Bear, $1.60 Vs. Euro Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | 4:26 AM ET

    Despite the dollar's two-day rally against the euro and the yen, experts tell CNBC the greenback's positive run may be over shortly, as a fast recovery in the U.S. economy seems more unlikely.

  • GM's Downsizing Of Dealers Won't Be Easy Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | 10:33 AM ET
    GM Dealership

    For all the hand wringing you see from people wondering if GM and Chrysler can get the UAW to re-work wages and benefits or for debt holders to agree on a debt for equity swap, the real trick will be closing dealerships.

  • Happy New Year!  Yes, I was bummed to see my Blackhawks get blown out by the Wings at Wrigley. But as I watched a hockey game played outside (very cool!), I read through your predictions for next year in the auto industry. Karnac has nothing on you guys.

  • Ford Hybrid Emphasizes High Mileage Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 11:04 AM ET

    The midsize Fusion Hybrid is Ford’s strongest effort yet to break the dominance of Japanese automakers in hybrid passenger cars.

  • Black Workers Hurt by Detroit’s Ills Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 1:19 PM ET

    Since millions of African-Americans began leaving Southern farms for Northern factories nearly a century ago in what is still known as the Great Migration, the destinies of many of them have been entwined with the auto industry’s. Now, with Detroit reeling, many blacks find their economic well-being threatened, the New York Times reports.

  • See What People Are Saying About... Auto Turnaround Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 12:16 PM ET

    General Motors and its GMAC funding affiliate launched programs on Tuesday to lure U.S. car and truck buyers back into showrooms...

  • Monday night, the Treasury Department agreed to lend GMAC $6 Billion out a new TARP fund set up to specifically help the struggling auto industry.  This move, along with GMAC getting bank holding status last week are two huge steps in reviving a struggling auto industry.  They may not be sexy moves, but they are critical moves.

  • As the US Buys Less, Germany Suffers Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 4:00 AM ET

    When American consumers stop buying, companies around the world suffer — even those that do little business in the United States, the New York Times reported.

  • You Tell Me: What'll Happen in '09? Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 10:11 AM ET

    With the auto companies on their holiday breaks, this is always a week when I think about the year ahead for the auto industry. In past years, some of the predictions I've made to myself have come true, while many more were so off the mark it was kind of funny. So: What will happen in '09?

  • So Bad It's Good? Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 6:08 PM ET

    Is Toyota so bad, it's good! Find out why Jeff Macke is bullish on Japan’s largest car maker despite a slew of negative headlines.

  • A Christmas Break Before A Rough '09 Wednesday, 24 Dec 2008 | 1:28 PM ET
    Chevrolet Dealership

    When I called folks I know in the various auto companies to wish them a Merry Christmas, I heard the same thing over and over. I'm thankful to still be working and I'm wondering how much worse things will get next year.