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  • GM Facing What Could Be Biggest Challenge Ever Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | 9:08 AM ET
    2008 Chevy Malibu

    What was shaping up to be a tough summer for GM has rapidly worsened and become a major gut-check for GM, its investors, and fans of the American automaker. Which brings up the most frequently asked question I get from readers and viewers: can GM successfully shift gears from trucks to cars?

  • Kerkorian Boosts Ford Stake to 6.49% Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | 7:54 AM ET
    Ford

    Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian's Tracinda reports it has increased its ownership stake in Ford Motor Co. to 6.49 percent from 5.5 percent.

  • Auto Industry Feeling Economic Squeeze Wednesday, 18 Jun 2008 | 11:35 AM ET

    Auto stocks are notably weaker here, with new lows for GM, CarMax, and AutoNation; Ford is down 7 percent but not at a new low.

  • Carmax Profit Tumbles, Suspends Earnings Forecast Wednesday, 18 Jun 2008 | 10:35 AM ET

    Carmax, the largest U.S. retailer of used cars, said Wednesday quarterly profit fell by 55 percent as a slowing economy and falling resale values for fuel-hungry light trucks and sports utility vehicles brought lower than expected sales.

  • GM: Should It Send "Dear John" Letter to Big Oil? Wednesday, 18 Jun 2008 | 9:40 AM ET
    GM logo, General Motors logo

    Over the last two days General Motors has found itself dancing around the potentially delicate question of whether to run an ad this summer that might tick off oil companies. GM execs outlined an ad in Washington that has been described as a "dear john" letter to big oil.

  • Big Three Automakers: What's Their Biggest Threat? Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 10:28 AM ET
    Big 3's Biggest Threat

    Over the last two weeks I've been inundated with e-mails from readers venting about the latest round of cutbacks Detroit's automakers have announced. What's surprised me the most has been the wide range of reasons why you think the Big 3 are in big trouble.

  • Honda FCX

    If you've read this blog for long, you know how I feel about hydrogen fuel cell cars. Great potential. Limited real world possibilities right now. That said, this morning Honda gave us a glimpse into hydrogen's promise.

  • Right Time To Buy An SUV? It Sure Is! Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 11:28 AM ET

    Relax. I haven't lost it. I agree that for many people (soccer moms, the guy putzing around the suburbs, etc) driving a gas guzzling SUV makes no sense. But there is a market out there.

  • UK Gas Stations Struggle as Fuel Strikes Continue Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 6:53 AM ET

    A four-day strike over pay by hundreds of tanker drivers hit Shell fuel stations across Britain on Friday after last-ditch pay talks broke down.

  • Americans Want Hybrids And Toyota's Ready To Build More Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | 11:05 AM ET

    A new survey today by Auto Futures Group/TechnoMetrica concludes that people would rather buy gas/electric hybrids instead of diesel powered cars. Diesel fans will roll their eyes and say that's ridiculous, but that's the way it is.

  • Ford Truck Plants Going Into Car-Building Business Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 1:18 PM ET
    Ford announced today that it is cutting production by 21% resulting in downtime at the assembly plant in St. Thomas Ontario on Friday Aug. 18, 2006. Ford Motor Co. announces sharp cuts in its North American production that would force it to partially shut down plants in the U.S. and Canada in the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Canadian Press, Geoff Robins)

    Ford Motor is assembling a plan to retool its North American truck plants to build cars in a bid to keep up with changing consumer demand in the United States, the Detroit News reported Wednesday.

  • 2008 Honda Civic

    The switch to 4 cylinders is picking up momentum, with the small engines powering almost half of all the vehicles sold last month. Yes, that's right, the 4 banger is doing a lot more than driving small and mid size cars. The reason? People are desperate to save money and these engines do that on two fronts.

  • Chrysler Boss: Cerberus Not Second-Guessing Deal Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 4:14 AM ET

    Chrysler Chief Executive Robert Nardelli said Tuesday that the private equity buyers of auto maker Chrysler weren't second guessing their decision to buy Chrysler, and that the business was ahead of target.

  • Chrysler May Cut Output Amid Truck Sales Fall: WSJ Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 4:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chrysler LLC may cut production further amid a steep drop in truck sales, according to a Wall Street Journal online report citing an interview with Chief Executive Robert Nardelli on Tuesday.

  • Kerkorian's Ford Tender Attracts Huge Interest Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 9:46 AM ET
    Ford

    Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian's investment company said Tuesday its tender offer for 20 million additional shares of Ford Motor attracted a huge response and will easily enable it to increase its stake in the automaker to about 5.5 percent.

  • Ford, Chrysler "Power" Rides Face Difficult Road Ahead Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 9:39 AM ET
    2008 Dodge Challenger

    Chrysler is not playing up the Challenger's HEMI engine as the classic muscle car returns. Who can blame them. The HEMI was a hot selling point a few years ago when gas was cheap and buyers clamored for power.

  • Four Dollar A Gallon Gas Fueling Hope For Hydrogen Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 8:44 AM ET
    2007 Honda FCX

    When gas prices spike, the public finally opens its eyes to alternatives. It happened in the mid '70's when compact cars became big sellers. It's happening again today with hybrids flying off of lots.

  • Making Big Bucks From Batteries Friday, 6 Jun 2008 | 7:18 PM ET

    If speculation makes investing fun, then these stocks offer a wild ride.

  • Week Ahead: Oil Gusher Could Swamp Stocks Friday, 6 Jun 2008 | 7:14 PM ET

    Gushing oil prices could swamp stocks in the week ahead, and even if crude pulls back, expect volatility.

  • Oil Price Spike Makes Auto Flexibility Crucial Friday, 6 Jun 2008 | 6:10 PM ET

    With oil surging to $138.54 and being projected by some to hit $150 by July 4, it's putting immediate pressure on automakers to adjust production and push small cars and crossovers while pulling back on trucks and SUVs. On paper, this shift seems simple enough. In reality, it's not so easy.