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  • 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.

  • Today's Top Videos: Bill Gross, 'Green' Engines & More... Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 6:27 PM ET

    The "bond kings" gather to comment on the credit crunch while the CEO of BorgWarner says his company has come up with a technology that improves fuel efficiency and lowers emissions for automobiles. Following are today's top videos:

  • Alternative Investments Can Be Colorful and Profitable Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 11:38 AM ET

    It’s hard to drum up much enthusiasm for investing these days. Yet, for the high net worth crowd with income to spare, there are some other asset classes to consider -- investments that not only hold the potential for powerful gains, but can help put the fun back in your portfolio. We're talking art, wine, horses and cars.

  • '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.