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  • Chrysler plans to offer a new round of rebates in December in preparation for what is expected to be a tough sales year in 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday citing people familiar with the matter.

  • Ford Narrows Loss; Sees Deal for Jaguar, Land Rover Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 1:30 PM ET

    Ford Motor posted a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss Thursday and said it was nearing a deal to spin off British luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover.

  • 2008 Buick Enclave

    So there I am driving to the Northwestern/Iowa football game last Saturday when my friend Bruce says, "Hey, what do you think of the Buick Enclave? I think it's pretty sharp." Well Bruce, you are not alone. The latest stats from J.D. Power's Power Information Network shows the Buick Enclave was the fastest selling vehicle in the U.S. last month.

  • Calmer Day on Wall Street ahead of Bernanke Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 8:18 AM ET

    Stocks are striking a much-improved tone after Wednesday's high energy selloff, as investors await testimony this morning from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Monthly chain store sales and some big earnings could also influence direction.

  • GM: Yes, I Think They Will Come Back--Here's Why Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 12:12 PM ET

    GM's record loss of $39 billion is a stunner that has investors once again questioning whether the country's largest automaker is any closer to consistently turning a profit. For what it's worth, I think GM will get there, and I'll explain why in a bit.

  • GM: A Sign Of Lower Auto Profits Ahead? Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 11:24 AM ET

    The takeaway from the GM numbers is that expectations for auto sales, particularly in North America, appear too high and is exacerbating concerns about a softer U.S. consumer. Forget about the somewhat confusing $39 billion non-cash charge.

  • GM CEO: 'No Cash Impact' From Record Charge Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 9:22 AM ET
    General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner.

    General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner sees "tough circumstances" in the marketplace, but expects "no cash impact" from a massive charge that left his company with a record $39 billion third-quarter loss.

  • Toyota's Quarter Profit Up on Weak Yen, Sales Rise Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 9:11 AM ET
    2007 Toyota Camry

    Toyota Motor, the world's biggest and most profitable automaker, posted a 2.7 percent rise in quarterly operating profit thanks to a weaker yen, cost cuts and stronger sales, and it raised its full-year forecasts.

  • Ford's Bullitt Is Back But You Want Other Models Gone Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 8:44 AM ET
    2008 Ford Bullitt Mustang

    I'm not a car geek, but I have to admit, there are certain models that immediately make me smile. Ford's Bullitt Mustang is one-mainly because I still say the chase scenes in Steve McQueen's movie "Bullitt" are among the best I've ever seen ("The French Connection" is another favorite).

  • GM to Take $39 Billion Charge, Faces Challenges Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 10:00 PM ET
    GM logo, General Motors logo

    General Motors said it would book a $39 billion non-cash charge in the third quarter, reflecting the risk of a slower turnaround that could keep it from claiming expected future tax credits in key markets.  GM will report third-quarter results on Wednesday.

  • Auto Earnings Ahead Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 8:16 PM ET

    The trade as U.S. automakers prepare to report earnings.

  • Ford Aims To "Hit The Mark" With The Mustang Bullitt Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 6:14 PM ET
    2008 Ford Bullitt Mustang

    "Bullitt" was a hit cop drama movie in 1968, with two super stars in the cast: Steve McQueen and a hotter than hot Ford Mustang featured in what was then one of the most exciting cars chases ever filmed (by the way, the car McQueen was chasing was a Dodge Charger)

  • Hydrogen Car "Debate" Drives Some Of You Crazy! Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 10:47 AM ET

    I know the debate over how long until we see Hydrogen powered vehicles can be a heated one, but I have to admit I'm a little surprised at some of the e-mails sent to me about my blog yesterday. In a nutshell I told you I believe the hype surrounding the potential of hydrogen powered vehicles is overshadowing the reality that these clean burning rides won't be out on the street for a long, long time.

  • BMW Misses Profit Estimate; Shares Fall Sharply Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 5:47 AM ET
    2007 BMW 335i Convertible

    BMW, the world's largest premium carmaker, reported third-quarter pretax profit that fell far short of market expectations amid a strong euro and higher raw material costs, sending its shares sharply lower.

  • Ford Labor Pact Would Spare 3 US Plants: UAW Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 3:15 PM ET

    Ford Motor agreed to keep three U.S. plants open and pour significant new investment into its other manufacturing facilities as part of a tentative contract with the United Auto Workers, union officials briefed on the deal said on Monday.

  • Hydrogen Cars: Are They Real Hope Or Just Hype? Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 8:54 AM ET
    BMW Hydrogen 7

    With this being the start of "Green Week" here on the networks of NBC, it's only natural the guy who covers the one industry responsible for a good chunk of the world's pollution, look at the great hope for reducing emissions in automobiles: Hydrogen.

  • 2008 Dodge Magnum

    Shortly after I blogged yesterday about Chrysler cutting four slow-selling models (Pacifica, Crossfire, convertible PT Cruiser, and Dodge Magnum) as part of its effort to stem losses, I heard from people saddened to see these models go. Earl wrote, "Too bad about the Magnum. I have one and it is a great car. Much better than my old Five Series BMW! I would buy another in a second."

  • Ford Drops While Rivals Gain in Auto Sales Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 2:42 PM ET
    Ford

    Ford's U.S. sales fell 9.3 percent in October, leaving it slightly behind rival Toyota, which reported a 4.5 percent sales increase for last month.

  • Chrysler's Job And Model Cuts: What They Really Mean Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 11:22 AM ET

    As expected, Chrysler is wasting little time in downsizing both its work force and struggling line-up of vehicles. Today, the automaker announced it will cut another 8,500 to 10,000 jobs, including 1,000 white collar employees. This round of downsizing is on top of the 13,000 job cuts announced earlier this year as part of the plan to get Chrysler back in the black.

  • Hollywood's Newest Hit: The Color Green Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 5:03 PM ET

    In the entertainment industry, the idea of being green is very, very cool. You can't go two feet without seeing a Prius--they're even becoming the limo-of-choice for the Oscars. I myself bought a Prius in May and I love it. Not only is it eco-friendly, but it's also incredibly convenient. Not having to fill up that often saves a ton of money, and all that time wasted at the gas station. Tons of time.