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  • Is Chrysler Ready For Washington? Wednesday, 11 Feb 2009 | 2:34 PM ET

    From The Chicago Auto Show, Frank Klegon of Chrysler

  • Can Ford Keep The "Mo" Wednesday, 11 Feb 2009 | 2:29 PM ET

    From The Chicago Auto Show, Jim Farley of Ford

  • Have Sales Bottomed Out For Toyota? Wednesday, 11 Feb 2009 | 2:23 PM ET

    From The Chicago Auto Show, Don Esmond of Toyota North America.

  • GM Cuts Again, And It's Likely Not The Last Tuesday, 10 Feb 2009 | 12:50 PM ET
    General Motors

    GM is trying to pull off a very tricky and painful double play. On one hand it is moving as quickly as possible to downsize the second largest auto maker in the world. On the other, it is trying to show Washington lawmakers that it is a viable company worthy of more government aid.

  • Dow Slides; Banks Get Bailout Boost Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | 5:05 PM ET

    Stocks ended mixed Monday as the much-anticipated bank-rescue plan was delayed for another day. Banks jumped amid hopes the bailout will save the stocks.

  • Stocks Fall as Bank Bailout is Delayed  Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | 12:22 PM ET

    US stocks opened lower Monday as the much-anticipated bank rescue plan was delayed for another day.

  • Bob Lutz Retires: GM Loses Its Maverick Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | 11:23 AM ET
    Bob Lutz

    When I broke the news this morning about GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz retiring I had mixed emotions. On one hand I thought to myself, "Good for him. If this is what he wants to do, he should do it." On the other hand, I was thinking to myself, "It's too bad he won't be 'in the arena' because this industry needs someone like Bob Lutz."

  • Looking For A Used Car? Look To Pay More Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | 8:53 AM ET
    used cars

    At a time when there is little good news, I hate to be the bearer of even more bad news, but it kind of goes with the territory. So here it is: Used vehicle prices have bottomed out and are moving higher.

  • Futures Fall as Bank Bailout is Delayed  Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | 8:21 AM ET

    US stocks looked set to hand back some of last week’s gains at the open Monday as the much-anticipated bank rescue plan was delayed for another day.

  • Toyota Tumbles With Everyone Else Friday, 6 Feb 2009 | 9:23 AM ET

    Yes, even the seemingly bullet proof auto makers have stalled. This morning, Toyota reported abysmal third quarter results and warned that it's heading toward its first annual loss since 1950.

  • Formula One: Racing Against Time Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 10:32 PM ET

    In just over a month, Melbourne will once again, be filled with the screams of high-revving engines and the scent of Formula One petrol fumes.  But can F1 survive the global recession? Is the sport still relevant?

  • The Real Crisis In The Auto Industry Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 8:55 AM ET

    The suppliers are now talking with the Treasury Department about getting $20.5 Billion in federal aid. These guys are hurting, close to collapsing, and on the verge of blowing a hole through the auto industry.

  • Advertisers May Need to Embrace Consumer Fear Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009 | 2:46 PM ET

    Companies are trying to find the right pitch for these tough times, and those who think it’s just about cutting prices, extending warranties, or throwing in something for free are sadly mistaken.

  • The Losers (And A Few Winners) In Dismal Auto Sales Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009 | 8:43 AM ET
    Auto Sales Drop

    When auto sales plunge 37%, it may seem like I'm piling on pointing out the auto makers who really struggled during the worst month for the industry in 27 years.

  • Is Anyone Out There Still Buying Cars & Trucks? Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | 4:02 PM ET

    All right, before you fire off an e-mail to me and tell me to "get a clue" because tens of thousands of people did buy a new car or truck last month, take a deep breath. Exhale.

  • Ford

    Ford reported January sales dropped 42 percent, which is far worse than the estimate on Wall Street of a decline of 31 percent. On the surface, this would appear to support concerns that the auto market has not stabilized. I'm not sure that is a fair conclusion. Here's why.

  • January Auto Sales: Expect Cold Numbers Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | 10:00 AM ET
    Auto Sales Drop

    Strange as it sounds, January auto sales could wind up being worse than the dismal numbers we saw in December. While that may lead some people to think the auto market and consumer are getting weaker, the reality could be far different.

  • GM, Chrysler Offer New Retirement, Buyout Packages Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | 5:37 PM ET
    GM logo, General Motors logo

    General Motors and Chrysler are offering blue-collar employees another round of buyout and early retirement offers as the automakers try to cut their work forces and reduce expenses, union officials said.

  • One Month Down, Two To Go For GM And Chrysler Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | 9:36 AM ET
    General Motors

    For GM and Chrysler, this is when the good stuff will start happening. After a month of seeing relatively little from GM and Chrysler about how they plan to restructure their operations, we could be on the verge of a couple busy months.

  • Super Sunday Coming Out Party For Hyundai Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | 9:47 AM ET
    Hyundai

    In truth, few Super Bowl car ads ever really stick with viewers. Think about it? How many can you remember? Aside from Cadillac's "break through" ads featuring Led Zeppelin, few have staying power.