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  • 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.

  • Ford Line-Up Cut Would Be A Good Thing Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 11:36 AM ET
    Ford Taurus X

    The report today from the Detroit News that Ford is preparing to stop building the Mercury Sable and Ford Taurus X crossover is one of those stories I read and immediately said, "It's about time". In my opinion, these are the types of moves Ford needs to make quickly if it's going to jump start sales with fresh, attractive models.

  • Toyota to Raise Prices of Some Japan Models Sunday, 10 Aug 2008 | 10:02 PM ET
    2007 Toyota Prius

    Toyota Motor is set to raise prices of hybrid cars and commercial vehicles by 1% to 3% in Japan as costs for steel and other materials soar, the Nikkei business daily reported on Monday.

  • Bridgestone Suffers Profit Fall, Cuts Forecasts Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | 5:14 AM ET

    Top Japanese tyre maker Bridgestone posted a worse-than-expected 18 percent drop in first-half operating profit on Friday citing expensive raw materials and a stronger yen, and slashed its forecasts as vehicle sales slump in Western markets.

  • Following are Thursday's biggest winners and losers. Even with today's rough market, there were a number of pops, such as an internet florist, a Canadian fast food chain and a certain star athlete making the move to the Big Apple.

  • Today's Top Videos: Olympics, Citigroup & More... Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 6:01 PM ET

    AIG reports weak earnings and further write-downs, while GE says the Beijing Olympics will help boost the company's brand image. Following are today's top videos:

  • Toyota's Profit Hit Shows Even The Big Boys Feel Heat Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 10:57 AM ET

    When Toyota reported a drop in fiscal first quarter profits of 28%, it immediately sparked a slew of e-mails from those of you who think I "favor" the Japanese automaker. In general the comments say, "Take that Toyota Phil, even your beloved auto company is hurting."

  • Chrysler, Nissan in Talks to Make Midsize Cars: WSJ Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 2:27 AM ET

    Chrysler is in talks with Japan's Nissan Motor about jointly producing midsize cars, the Wall Street Journal said Thursday.