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  • Chrysler Plans to Slash Product Lineup Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 5:35 AM ET

    Chrysler plans to cut its product line by half and also sharply reduce the numbers of dealerships as part of its strategy to cut costs and boost profitability, CNBC has learned.

  • A couple of items from the Chicago Auto Show that may not be getting the attention they deserve. Intellichoice has released its best overall value awards and, not surprisingly, Toyota's Prius is the best overall car under $24,000.

  • Volvo Shares Drop on Lower-than-Expected Earnings Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 12:39 PM ET

    World number-two truck maker Volvo posted a smaller-than-expected rise in fourth-quarter pretax profit on Wednesday, hitting its shares, but said itstill saw firm growth in its key European market.

  • There's a snow storm bearing down on us here in Chicago, and with the auto market almost as cold and uninviting as the weather, the Chicago Auto Show is trying to shake the winter blahs. The unveiling of the new Dodge Challenger should help.

  • Car "Experts": I Want To Hear From You Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 10:50 AM ET

    I often hear this from people as I walk around auto shows: "I'm pretty smart...I know my cars." It seems like everyone is a car expert, but how many really are so knowledgeable that they do influence others about what vehicles they drive?

  • Toyota's Profit Rises on Emerging Market Growth Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 8:41 AM ET
    A Tacoma pickup truck on the lot of a Toyota dealership.

    Toyota Motor reported a 7.5 percent rise in quarterly profit on Tuesday thanks to speedy growth in China, Russia and other emerging markets.

  • Super Bowl Ad Game: Audi Roars, Hyundai Stalls Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 2:08 PM ET

    Yes, the game was incredible. So good, you could argue that, for once, the Super Bowl commercials took a back seat to the game. But for two automakers, Audi and Hyundai, the big game was big chance to show off two big models. Audi's spot for the new R8 ran early in game and played off the famous scene in "The Godfather"...

  • GM US Sales Rise as Other Automakers See Drops Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 2:54 PM ET
    General Motors

    General Motors said that its total U.S. vehicle sales rose 2.1 percent in January -- making it the only major automaker to turn in positive results for the month.

  • We knew January auto sales would be lackluster. We knew that auto dealers weren't terribly confident about the consumer. The numbers today have lived up to our low expectations.

  • Nissan Profit Rises on Sales Gain, Keeps Forecast Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 4:16 AM ET

    Nissan Motor, Japan's third-biggest automaker, reported a 16 percent rise in quarterly profit on Friday, helped by the popularity of vehicles such as the Rogue and Qashqai SUVs, and stuck to its forecast for a small gain for the full year.

  • Speed Camera

    Got a lead foot? Well here's something that will make you slow down: Speed Cameras. Yes, the cameras we will see at an increasing number of intersections around the country that will catch us ripping through areas 10, 15, 20 miles over the speed limit. Seems this is one picture we'd all rather not be in.

  • Time to Buy a House? Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 6:49 PM ET

    With rates so low, Cramer just might.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Rising Gas Prices: Will They Change What We Drive? Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 2:35 PM ET

    This afternoon, a new survey of car buyers is hammering home a point I've heard about, and blogged about, many times in the past: When gas prices hit a certain level people will turn away from big trucks and SUV's and migrate into hybrids and smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles.

  • Euro Stocks End Lower Ahead of Fed Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:00 PM ET

    European stocks closed lower across the board Wednesday as bigger-than-expected writedowns from UBS added to the general gloom surrounding the banking sector and did nothing to calm investors’ jitters ahead of an expected interest rate cut in U.S.

  • Boeing Profit Rises on Commercial Planes Sales Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 10:59 AM ET
    Boeing's Dreamliner 787.

    Boeing said fourth-quarter profit rose a greater-than-expected 4 percent, but it cut its full-year revenue forecast to account for delays on its new 787 Dreamliner.

  • Since writing my blog earlier today about whether or not you would be willing to pay extra ($1,500-$6,000) for a car that could guarantee returning an average of 35 mpg, I've been surprised both at the number of answers I've received, and what many of you are saying.

  • There's a bit of a debate brewing in Detroit, and frankly with all of the automakers around the world. The question is: How much more will car/truck/SUV buyers pay to buy a model that delivers 35 MPG? Or for that matter, to buy a ride that will meet the new fuel economy standards?

  • Japan Automakers' Third Quarter Earnings to Grow Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 9:38 PM ET
    A Tacoma pickup truck on the lot of a Toyota dealership.

    Top Japanese automakers are due to report higher third-quarter earnings led by strong overseas sales, but the next few quarters could see profits fall as the dollar weakens against the yen.

  • Automakers: Cutting Production, But Not Prices Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 10:16 AM ET

    In asking you last week if now is a good time to buy a new car or truck, I was struck by how many people said, "Now, is not the time, but this spring it will be. That's when the auto companies roll out big discounts as sales slow down." Seems we've all become conditioned to expect spring sales.

  • Harley-Davidson Profit Tumbles on Weak US Sales Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 11:18 AM ET

    Harley-Davidson said Friday quarterly earnings fell 26 percent as sales of its iconic motorcycles tumbled in the United States, its biggest and most important market, sending shares down 5 percent.

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