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  • Hybrids: Worth the Price? Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 5:29 PM ET

    Why it makes more sense to stick with a cheaper, but still fuel-efficient, set of wheels.

  • GM Shares Fall; Merrill Note Stokes Bankruptcy Fears Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 10:22 AM ET
    General Motors

    General Motors will need to raise as much as $15 billion in cash to shore up liquidity and bankruptcy is "not impossible" if the U.S. auto market continues to slump, Merrill Lynch said.

  • Chrysler's Decline: Will It Fall Behind Nissan? Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 9:15 AM ET

    Talk about a tough week. On Monday Chrysler announced it would be shutting an assembly plant outside St. Louis and stripping out the shift of another one in Missouri. Then yesterday, the company reported June sales that put the company's market share for the month at 9.9%.

  • To Buy or to Lease? Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | 6:26 PM ET

    Here are some easy rules to help you figure out which is the better option for your lifestyle.

  • GM Sales Fall Less Than Expected, Topping Toyota Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | 3:35 PM ET
    A Chevrolet dealership in Loveland, Colorado.

    General Motors surprised investors with a sales decline that was much less steep than expected, and the company's shares skyrocketed higher.

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    Talk about throwing a curve to the experts. June auto sales shows that some people have been too quick to jump the gun and assume certain automakers would sell, or not sell.

  • Stand Behind GM? Here's What You Have To Say Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | 9:24 AM ET

    Yesterday, I wanted to take a pulse of the American car/truck owner. I asked a simple question: Are you giving up on GM? Why or why not? Granted, this is a highly non-scientific poll, but the answers were intriguing.

  • Shares of General Motors tumbled to a 54-year low while smaller rival Ford Motor hares fell as much as 10 percent on Monday on concerns record oil prices would further hit U.S. demand for vehicles.

  • GM, Ford Shares Decline Ahead of June Sales Report Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 1:59 PM ET
    Woman looks at new Toyota Camry on dealer lot

    Shares of General Motors tumbled to a 54-year low while smaller rival Ford Motor hares fell as much as 10 percent on Monday on concerns record oil prices would further hit U.S. demand for vehicles.

  • Are You Giving Up On GM? I Want To Know Why Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 1:34 PM ET
    GM auto dealership with sign.

    With Shares of GM stock trading at 54 year lows, there's renewed talk about GM being in a slide it can't stop. I won't go that far. But this week could go down as one of the toughest in the company's 100 years.

  • GM Or Toyota As Number One: Does It Really Matter? Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 9:01 AM ET

    As I watched my White Sox finish a sweet sweep of the Cubs last night, I talked to my friend Mike from Detroit. He's a great guy, despite his love of the Tigers. But he said one thing that could summarize how many in motown may feel by tomorrow night. "It's not like we didn't see this coming," said Detroit Mike about Toyota closing in on #1.

  • Gas Prices Hit NASCAR Fans Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 3:28 AM ET

    Many NASCAR fans think nothing of jumping in their recreational vehicles or pickup trucks and driving 300 miles or more to watch races in places like Talladega, Alabama; Bristol, Tennessee; and Las Vegas.

  • Your Rants On GM, Energy Prices, And Me Friday, 27 Jun 2008 | 9:22 AM ET

    After a couple of weeks of being on the road in New York for the "Today Show," Detroit for auto stories, and other places around the country, I've finally had a chance to take in the e-mails you've been sending me about the increasingly dicey auto business. While I have, and will continue to directly answer your e-mails, there are a few I'd like to share.

  • Toyota May Consider Future Car Price Hikes Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 | 11:19 PM ET
    A Tacoma pickup truck on the lot of a Toyota dealership.

    Toyota Motor said on Friday it may need to consider raising the prices of its passenger vehicles in the future due to surging raw materials costs, though fierce global competition would make such a move difficult.

  • General Motors

    GM's shares  have plummeted to less than $12, the lowest level since 1955. That means the  world's largest auto maker has a stock market value of only about $7 billion.

  • Cramer: Trading General Motors Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 | 3:21 PM ET

    The CEO says his company has plenty of liquidity. But at what cost?

  • New Survey: You're Ticked Off About Lack Of Energy Policy Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 | 10:50 AM ET

    So who do you blame for high gas prices? According to the latest survey from Consumer Reports, the fault lies with the federal government for not having a national energy policy. This is not a Republican complaint or a Democrat complaint, it's a government complaint.

  • California Unveils Major Plan to Slash Emissions Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 | 5:57 AM ET
    Los Angeles, California

    California on Thursday took a major step forward on its global warming fight by unveiling an ambitious plan for clean cars, renewable energy and stringent caps on big polluting industries.

  • GM And Ford To Merge? Don't Hold Your Breath For That One Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | 8:46 AM ET
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    Let me be clear about what a mis-guided and bad idea this would be. As a friend of mine said when I brought this up, "Two wrongs do not make a right." Right now, these guys are going in the wrong direction for similar reasons and there's little reason to believe a marriage would make things right.

  • Ford's Volvo Lays Off 2,000 Workers Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | 8:07 AM ET

    Ford-owned Volvo said Wednesday it had given layoff notices to 1,200 workers in Sweden following a $151 million first-quarter loss on declining U.S. sales.