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  • GM Volt Images "Leaked" As The Countdown Begins Tuesday, 9 Sep 2008 | 9:33 AM ET
    New Chevy Volt

    Already I've read some blog comments saying the Volt looks "boring" and "too much like a Toyota Prius." While the Volt's design is more conventional, the public forgets that there is a reason for that "softer", "less edgy" design.

  • Ford's F-Series Truck In A Real Tough Spot Monday, 8 Sep 2008 | 10:15 AM ET
    Ford F Series

    Talk about a tough time to come out with a new truck. The economy is struggling, the housing market is in the tank, high gas prices have spooked buyers out buying big rigs, and there's little enthusiasm for new models (unless they're hybrids).

  • A friend of mine said something the other day that surprised me. He said nothing, and I mean nothing, gets him stoked about the latest models out on the road right now. I suspect it's because he is like many other people and is tired of seeing cars touted for their fuel efficiency more than anything else.

  • Job Security More About The Job Than You Thursday, 4 Sep 2008 | 6:25 PM ET

    As layoffs accelerate and job creation slows, it's no wonder that more Americans are worried about their job security.

  • Investments Are Faltering in Chrysler and GMAC Thursday, 4 Sep 2008 | 11:48 AM ET

    Stephen A. Feinberg, one of the country’s most powerful — and secretive — financiers, hoped to make a fortune out of the detritus of the American auto industry. Instead, he seems to be losing one, reports the New York Times.

  • Chrysler's Fall: Could It Go Down To Number 6? Thursday, 4 Sep 2008 | 10:13 AM ET

    Much of Chryslers slump can be blamed on the fact trucks and SUVs have fallen out of favor because of high gas prices. And since Chrysler has the greatest exposure (percentage wise) to the so-called "gas-guzzlers" among the Big 3, it's suffering big time.

  • Are Nat Gas Cars a 'Distant Dream'? Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | 1:39 PM ET

    The New York Times seems to think so. But here's our case for their widespread adoption coming much, much sooner.

  • Auto Sales: Flat For The Next Year And A Half? Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | 9:35 AM ET

    This morning BMW's president for North America told me something that might surprise more than a few people in the auto industry.

  • You can save big money on your next set of wheels if you buy at auction. Here's how.

  • California Gas Rush Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 7:16 PM ET

    The Clean Energy Fuels CEO explains why a ballot initiative state will be a big boon to his company.

  • Gasoline is Dropping; Are SUVs Ready to Roll? Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 6:48 PM ET

    Filled up the tank lately? I have, and it's nice to see the cost of gas has come down a bit. I wouldn't call it a huge drop, but enough that it's noticeable.

  • GM Not Optimistic About the Rest of 2008: Exec. Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 7:43 AM ET

    U.S. carmaker General Motors is not looking at the rest of the year with huge optimism, its chief operating officer said on Tuesday.

  • GM Recalls 944,000 Vehicles for Fire Risk Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 4:43 PM ET
    2008 Buick Enclave

    General Motors said Friday it was recalling 944,000 vehicles because of a problem with a windshield wiper fluid system that could lead to a fire.

  • SUV Market Bottomed? Nope! Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 10:13 AM ET

    There's an interesting theory when it comes to the SUV market. It goes like this: now is the best time to buy an SUV because the used market has bottomed out and prices will soon start going up. The more I've heard this, the more I've talked with dealers. And you know what their reaction is? A good laugh.

  • Toyota Prius

    See, even mighty Toyota Motor is shifting into a slower gear. This morning in Tokyo, the company gave its business outlook for 2009 and beyond. It was mixed -- which is not surprising, given the economy. Here's Toyota's plan to stay ahead.

  • Hell No! Hell Yes! Bailout Plan Fires Up Emotions Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 | 11:08 AM ET
    Federal Loans

    Since I've started this blog I've have had people react strongly to some of the things I've said. But NOTHING compares to the e-mails I've read after advocating the need for Federal loans to help the Big 3 automakers re-tool and rebuild their operations.

  • Honda's Fit: Can It Crush Chrysler? Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 3:54 PM ET
    2007 Honda Fit

    They say timing is everything. For Honda nothing could be truer. In the next couple of weeks an updated version of the company's red-hot subcompact, The Fit, will start rolling into showrooms. Talk about having the right model in place at the right time.

  • Confessions from a Car Dealer’s Backroom Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 3:24 PM ET

    A former insider and an industry expert explain how to steer clear of financing tricks.

  • The Big 3 DO Need Federal Help Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | 2:04 PM ET
    The Big Three

    Let's get some things straight. As I write this blog, I'm fully aware some of you will scoff at the idea of the Federal government offering billions of dollars to the Big 3 in restructuring loans. I know some of you will say, "Don't give them a bail out. Let'em go under."

  • $10,000 Discounts -- But No Buyers Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 10:14 AM ET

    Don't look now, but something is coming back: deals. Not just little ones. Pretty decent deals. GM, Toyota and Mazda are currently running some of the more prominent marketing campaigns. But make no mistake, almost all the automakers are throwing more money and more generous financing terms behind their new models.