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  • European Car Sales Plunge in June Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 6:48 AM ET
    Woman looks at new Toyota Camry on dealer lot

    The European car market suffered another month of heavy declines in June and its fourth drop overall this year as rapidly deteriorating economic conditions kept new car buyers from leaving the house.

  • Continental Rejects $17.8 Billion Bid from Schaeffler Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 5:13 AM ET

    Tires-to-brakes maker Continental rejected a surprise 11.2 billion euro ($17.8 billion) bid from Schaeffler Group on Wednesday, saying only the  family-owned  firm would benefit and that its offer was too low.

  • Toyota to Cut 2008 Global Sales Goal by 3.6% Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 11:15 PM ET

    Toyota Motor will cut its global sales target for calendar 2008 by 3.6% to 9.5 million vehicles to reflect a sharp slowdown in the United States, Japanese national broadcaster NHK said on Wednesday.

  • GM Hopes to Add $15 Billion in Liquidity; Cuts Dividend Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 12:50 PM ET
    GM Headquarters

    General Motors said Tuesday it would cut salaried employment costs by 20 percent, sell up to $4 billion of assets and borrow at least $2 billion in a bid to bolster its liquidity by $15 billion through 2009.

  • European Stocks Hit 3-Year Closing Low Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 12:50 PM ET

    European stocks dropped 1.9 percent on Tuesday, knocked lower by growing fears over the fate of the financial services sector, but a steep fall in oil prices helped the market end above the session's lows.

  • GM: It Will Take More Than Cuts To Get Back On Track Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 10:48 AM ET

    For the second time in five weeks, General Motors is making major cuts to give its business the breathing room it needs to hopefully turn things around. Unlike the last restructuring, five weeks ago, where GM cut truck plants and put HUMMER up for sale, these latest moves are about saving cash as soon as possible.

  • Swedish Firm Speeds Up US Factory Closure Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 5:59 AM ET

    The world's number one bearings maker, Swedish SKF, is speeding up plans to close down a factory in Kentucky, moving production to Mexico as the financial markets turmoil has hit hard the automotive industry, SKF CFO Tore Bertilsson told CNBC.com on Tuesday.

  • GM Set to Announce Further Steps to Cut Costs Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | 4:28 PM ET

    General Motors Chief Executive Rick Wagoner is set to announce further steps on Tuesday morning to cut costs in the face of slumping sales.

  • Volkswagen: Welcome Back To the U.S. Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | 9:48 AM ET

    This week we could finally hear the location where Volkswagen plans to open a new assembly plant here in North America. Huntsville, Alabama is considered to be the favorite, but the fact is the only location that really matter is North America.

  • Well, I asked and you told me. When I asked earlier this week if you would buy a Volvo if the brand were sold to a Chinese automaker, and you answered emphatically, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

  • GM CEO: No Bankruptcy Plans, No Further Sell-Offs Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 3:42 PM ET

    GM will not consider selling or eliminating any brands besides Hummer and has no plans to declare bankruptcy, Richard Wagoner, General Motors chairman and CEO, said Thursday at the Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

  • GM's CEO Wagoner: No More Brand Cuts Planned Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 3:22 PM ET
    General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner.

    The message from General Motors chairman and CEO was clear and direct: The company has no plans to cut anymore of its brands. I asked Wagoner about cutting the brands when I caught up with him after a speech here in Dallas.

  • Know When to Sell 'Em and When to Hold 'Em Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 12:16 PM ET

    On Mad Money we pander to neither panic nor euphoria. On Tuesday, an up day, Jim urged everyone to get out of the financials. I can't emphasize how important it is that we go negative on up days, but history can. The 234 point rout yesterday afternoon is a pure example of what I'm talking about. We try not to be too down on down days, and emphasize extreme caution on up days because that's useful.

  • I've said it for some time, and will continue to say it to anyone who asks. The flexibility Asian automakers have to build different vehicles in different plants is the reason they'll ride out this tough time better than the Big 3.

  • Boeing Boosts Commercial Jet Demand Forecast Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 2:27 PM ET

    Boeing on Wednesday raised its outlook for spending on commercial airplanes over the next 20 years by 14 percent, helped in part by an expected 5 percent rise in worldwide air travel and the demand for new, more fuel-efficient planes.

  • A Chinese Volvo: Would You Buy One? Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 9:44 AM ET
    Volvo

    For as long as I've worked the auto beat, I've heard the same thing, "watch out for the Chinese car companies!" The theory/fear being, Chinese automakers will get to the U.S. market and work quickly to make their mark.

  • GM Says Developing Plans to Cut Costs, Save Cash Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 10:22 AM ET
    General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner.

    General Motors is developing plans to cut costs and improve its "cash and funding position," Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said in an e-mail to the automaker's managers and team leaders.

  • GM And Why It's Tough To Kill A Brand Name Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 8:45 AM ET
    General Motors Headquarters

    After blogging yesterday about the latest discussion at General Motors about keeping/selling/killing some of it's eight brands, I was inundated with e-mails suggesting what GM should do.

  • Mazda Is Confident of Reaching US Sales Goal Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 1:53 AM ET

    Mazda Motor is confident it will achieve its U.S. sales target of 290,000 vehicles in the business year to next March despite a sharp downturn in that market, a top executive said on Tuesday.

  • GM May Ditch Brands, Slash White-Collar Jobs Monday, 7 Jul 2008 | 1:50 PM ET
    2008 Saturn Aura

    General Motors may get rid of some brands, speed the introduction of small cars from other markets and make further white-collar job cuts as it tries to deal with a shrinking U.S. auto market.