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  • 'Smart' Cars: Ford's Employee Test Drive Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 10:32 AM ET
    Ford

    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.

  • GM Won't Buy Advertising for 2009 Academy Awards Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 12:03 PM ET
    General Motors Headquarters

    General Motors has pulled out of its longtime sponsorship of the Academy Awards, one of the biggest annual events on broadcast television, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

  • Can Honda Beat the Prius? Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 9:32 AM ET
    Honda

    When a Honda executive said last week that his company plans to roll out a "Prius Fighter" hybrid next spring, it marked the latest proclamation from an automaker that it had a model to beat the king of the hybrids. And once again I'm curious if this challenge will truly be a challenge to Toyota.

  • Electric Bikes Selling Briskly as Gas Prices Climb Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 10:34 AM ET

    When Honora Wolfe and her husband moved to the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado, she wanted an environmentally friendly way to commute to her job as a bookshop owner in the city.

  • Car Sellers Slash Costs ... How You Can Profit Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 10:16 AM ET
    Woman looks at new Toyota Camry on dealer lot

    The fallout from the credit crisis and the downturn in the U.S. automobile market is picking up, and buyers who are in position to take advantage can benefit.

  • GM's Electric Volt: Is Hype Getting Out Of Hand? Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 9:16 AM ET

    I'm hearing the same question over and over as we move closer to the unveiling of the Chevy Volt: Will this car really work?

  • License to Economize: 007 to Drive Ford Minicar? Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 4:41 AM ET

    Ford Motor said Thursday its redesigned Ka city car would debut in the upcoming Bond film "Quantum of Solace," scheduled for release in North America on Nov. 7.

  • Are You Still Getting The "Thrill" Of Driving? Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 8:44 AM ET
    South California highway

    The latest numbers showing fewer Americans on the highway comes at a time when I was visiting dealers in Southern California. While all have seen business decline, they also say demand for performance remains strong.

  • GM Explores Selling Hummer to Russian 'Oligarch' Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 5:46 PM ET

    General Motors has had preliminary contact with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska on a possible sale of its Hummer brand, sources familiar with the matter said.

  • Toyota Sees Mild Recovery in US Auto Market Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 2:39 PM ET

    Toyota Motor sees an opportunity to increase sales through vehicle leasing as U.S. automakers pull back, Toyota U.S. sales chief said on Wednesday.

  • Honda's Clarity: Hydrogen's Hot New Ride Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 10:03 AM ET
    Honda FCX Clarity

    The Clarity is no science project that just puttters along. It has the power and feel of a standard gas-powered car. Granted, it's not a hot rod, but it's no wallflower either.

  • GM Revs Up 'Significant Interest' in Asset Sale Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 5:33 AM ET
    GM auto dealership with sign.

    GM chief Rick Wagoner said there was significant interest in the auto maker's planned sale of up to $4 billion of assets as it battles record losses and falling sales, but no deals were expected soon.

  • Ford Sticks to Plan Despite Gas Prices Slide Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 3:55 AM ET

    Ford Motor's plan to overhaul its North American operations to produce more cars remains unchanged amid recent declines in gas prices, a top executive said on Tuesday.

  • The SUV Market Has Collapsed Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 3:41 AM ET

    The market for sport utility vehicles is starting to look a lot like the housing market, spreading pain to consumers, automakers and dealers, the New York Times reports.

  • Car Salesmen's Dirtiest Tricks: What You Need to Know Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 8:39 PM ET

    If you're shopping for a car, arm yourself with information now so you aren't taken for a ride later.

  • Toyota Sees Potential for Exporting US Trucks Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 10:48 PM ET
    Toyota Tundra

    Toyota Motor is considering exporting U.S.-made trucks including its full-size Tundra after scaling back its sales expectations for the U.S. market under pressure from record fuel prices and a slumping housing market.