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  • Europe Preview: Big Names Roll Out Results Thursday Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 12:25 PM ET
    Fiat's 2007 Nuova 500 car.

    Thursday will be a big day for European earnings, with heavyweights like Credit Suisse, Fiat and ABB set to hit the tape.

  • Can Washington Really Push Alternative Cars? Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 10:47 AM ET

    Are we finally at the tipping point? You know, the point where people are so fed up with spending $40, $60, or $80 to fill up their car, truck or SUV that they clamor for something to be done? If word of mouth is worth anything, I say we've hit that point.

  • RBS Sends Euro Shares Lower; Miners Rise Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 12:10 PM ET

    European shares fell for a second consecutive day on Tuesday, led lower by banks after Royal Bank of Scotland unveiled a record rights issue, while gains in mining and oil stocks lent some support.

  • GM's Asian promise Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 10:21 AM ET
    GM logo, General Motors logo

    There is a fondness and attraction to Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet that is helping GM make headway in China.

  • Beijing Auto Show: Is It Bigger Than Detroit? Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 11:10 AM ET

    Talk about coming of age. The Beijing Auto Show and China's auto market are making a statement this week. It's loud and clear: "We are world players!" In fact, it brings up the question about whether this show and the Chinese market are bigger than the Detroit Show and U.S. Market?

  • Hybrids Find Growing Acceptance on Main Street USA Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 1:52 PM ET
    2005 Toyota Prius.

    Hybrids are finding growing acceptance around the country - including the Midwest, although the West Coast , thanks to California, is still the largest market.

  • Chrysler on Track for 2008 Goals: CEO Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 2:39 AM ET

    Chrysler is on target to meet the goals set by its private equity owner Cerberus Capital Management, despite a weakening U.S. economy, the company's top executive said on Thursday.

  • American Axle, UAW Talks Progressing; No Deal Yet Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | 8:53 AM ET

    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings and the United Auto Workers have made progress in talks aimed at ending a seven-week strike at five U.S. plants, but talk of a tentative agreement remains premature, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

  • Toyota's Operating Profit May Fall by Quarter Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 10:14 PM ET

    Toyota Motor's 2008/09 operating profit is likely to fall by around a quarter, underscoring tough business conditions for Japanese manufacturers, the Nikkei business daily said on Thursday.

  • Chrysler And Nissan Alliance: I Think It's Going To Work Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 9:48 AM ET
    Deal, Handshake

    There are hook-ups that work, and hook-ups that don't. In the car business, there are many that fail to live up to their promise. Which has many people wondering if the partnership formed between Chrysler and Nissan will pay off for both companies. I think it will. In fact, it's a smart move for both companies.

  • Chrysler, Nissan Unveil Production Alliance Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 9:03 PM ET

    Chrysler and Nissan Motor unveiled a production alliance on Monday that gives the U.S. automaker the small car it lacks and allows the Japanese company to stay in the competitive full-size U.S. pickup truck market.

  • Covering Asia And The Beijing Auto Show Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    I'm in Asia for the next two weeks, covering stories. One of them is the Beijing Auto Show and I hope to have some posts about that. Please look for them in the days ahead.

  • When I heard that Toyota is finally getting into the sports car business two thoughts jumped into my head. First: it's about time. Second: those who accuse me of fawning all over the Japanese automaker will have a field day.

  • Triage Trade – General Motors Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 6:40 PM ET

    General Motors, America’s largest carmaker, looks ready to drive off into the sunset. What’s the treatment for saving this sick Dow component

  • Mid-Size Sedan Safety Performance: Do You Really Care? Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 11:31 AM ET

    Figuring out how crash tests impact consumers is a tricky thing. Yes, if we see a model perform horribly, we'll talk about it and that model will likely see weaker sales. But when models improve, do we notice? What if they only rate as adequate?

  • The auto world may increasingly be steering itself towards doing business on the web, but at Ford, it's time to see if TV can still help shape the brand and image of a company. This week, Ford starts rolling out its "Drive One" marketing campaign, with TV spots hitting the airwaves. Ford execs are laying out the campaign for dealers at meeting in Las Vegas...

  • European Earnings to Hold Up in First Quarter Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 6:25 AM ET

    European corporate profits for the first quarter of 2008 are expected to hold up, but weaker economic growth resulting from the credit crisis and a stronger euro will take their toll on earnings later in the year.

  • Hyundai Opens $1 Billion China Plant Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 11:39 PM ET

    Hyundai Motors, opened a $1 billion plant in China on Tuesday with partner Beijing Automotive, part of an aggressive expansion that could turn the mainland into its largest overseas market by 2010.

  • Mad Mail: A Viewer's Appeal to the FCC on XM-Sirius Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 6:51 PM ET

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  • Auto Industry Blues: Here's Why Things Are So Bad Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 8:47 AM ET

    So I come back from vacation, and while I feel refreshed, I find most of the folks I deal with in the auto industry are tired, sluggish, and looking for a break. I can't blame them. This is a rough time in the car biz, and I don't think it will get better.