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  • US Auto Sales Expected to Be Weak For December Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 9:43 PM ET

    U.S. automakers were expected to report on Thursday that sales finished 2007 weakly, hurt by the housing slump and high gasoline prices, and the resulting worst sales year in a decade for the industry was seen as likely to increase pressure for further production cuts.

  • Chevy Malibu 2008

    Maybe it's because of the Iowa caucus' taking place Wednesday night. Maybe it's because at the start of a new year, it's a good time to make predictions. Or maybe it's because the auto show season is about to kick off with the automakers putting out their visions for the future. Whatever the reason, I think today is the day to ask YOU which automaker has the most to show, prove, gain, lose in 2008?

  • Hyundai Motor Targets 20% Rise in 2008 Car Sales Tuesday, 1 Jan 2008 | 9:46 PM ET

    Hyundai Motor, South Korea's top auto maker, said on Wednesday it was aiming to sell 3.11 million vehicles in 2008, up 19.6 percent from 2.6 million last year.

  • GM's China JV Recalls 7,000 Buicks for Brake Problem Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | 12:54 AM ET

    General Motors' joint venture in China is recalling 7,056 Buick cars in the country due to front brake problems, Xinhua news agency reported, citing China's top quality watchdog.

  • The Yugo's Next Life (We're Serious) Friday, 28 Dec 2007 | 1:12 PM ET
    Yugo

    For sale: Auto company with a colorful, if unspectacular, track record. Located in the fast-growing Eastern Europe market, with plenty of capacity for building new models. The prize property on the block? Yugo! Yes, that Yugo!

  • China's SAIC Motor, Nanjing Auto Announce Merger Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | 7:48 PM ET

    Top Chinese automaker SAIC Motor and smaller rival Nanjing Automobile Group announced a long-expected merger on Wednesday, creating a national car champion that aims to rival big multinationals.

  • The 'Rodney' Awards: Cars That Get No Respect Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | 11:25 AM ET
    2007 Toyota Corolla

    With Detroit essentially shut down for the week between Christmas and New Year's, it's a good time to step back and hand out "The Rodneys": The car and auto brands that -- taking a note from comedian Rodney Dangerfield -- don't get enough respect, according to you, the reader.

  • Toyota to Cement Top Spot in 2008, Widen Gap with GM Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | 8:07 AM ET
    A Tacoma pickup truck on the lot of a Toyota dealership.

    Toyota Motor will charge further into emerging car markets to achieve another year of record sales in 2008, likely cementing its title as the world's biggest automaker ahead of General Motors.

  • Toyota to Cement Top Spot in 2008, Widens Gap With GM Tuesday, 25 Dec 2007 | 9:15 PM ET
    Toyota.

    Toyota Motor will charge further into emerging car markets to achieve another year of record sales in 2008, likely cementing its title as the world's biggest automaker ahead of General Motors.

  • Five Christmas Wishes for The Auto Industry Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | 1:21 PM ET
    Smart Car

    With Detroit and much of the auto industry shut down this week and gearing up for the Detroit Auto Show next month, I thought it would be a good time to take a few minutes and share my Christmas wishes for the auto world. I hope Santa brings you everything you want.

  • Stop Trading!: Ag's a Bounty Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | 12:06 PM ET

    The sector's so hot even sprinklers are making money.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.

  • The 'Vette: 'Rodney Dangerfield' of Autos? Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | 11:44 AM ET

    Occasionally, when I state my opinion about a particular car or automaker, I get swamped with e-mails from people who think I'm an idiot. Yesterday was one of those days: I was talking about the new Corvette ZR1...

  • GM's $100,000 Corvette: Okay, I'm "Sold" On It Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 8:45 AM ET
    2009 Corvette ZR1

    I'll admit it, I've never really been a big Corvette fan. Don't get me wrong, I clearly see the car's appeal. But for my money, the 'vette has always been a solid sports car that failed to blow my doors off. I know, you 'vette fans are reading this and saying, "You are wacked Toyota Phil."

  • Strong €uro, Bad €uro? Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 5:04 AM ET

    Hedge wise and sleep well. Or, as they say in German: Gut gehedged ist halb gewonnen! Silvia Wadhwa gives her take on the single currency.

  • Eight Predictions For Autos in 2008 Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 2:57 PM ET

    As we close out this year, I know some of you are asking, "Hey Toyota Phil (a nickname a friend gave me after accusing me of giving the Japanese automaker too much praise) what do you think will happen in the auto industry next year?" Well, since you asked, and I know some of you haven't asked, here are my prognostications for 2008.

  • Armored-Car Makers Win Big Pentagon Deal Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 11:26 AM ET

    On Tuesday night, the Pentagon issued a $2.7 billion order for 3,100 more Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles, or MRAPs -- designed to protect troops from roadside bombs in Iraq. Herer are the seven manufacturers that will gain from the order.

  • Auto Branding: Hold That Thought, You Might Be Wrong Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 9:35 AM ET
    2008 Saturn Aura

    Just for a minute, I want you to block out the opinions you have about certain auto brands. So if you always see BMW's as refined and stylish, stop. Or if you think Hyundai's are overrated, hold it. OK, now that you have a clear mind, think about this: Saturn, Suzuki, and Buick are changing their acts and are increasingly being seen in a positive light by car buyers.

  • Honda Eyes 3% Rise in 2008 US Sales Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 12:22 AM ET

    Honda Motor said on Wednesday it would aim for U.S. sales of 1.59 million cars in 2008, up 3 percent from its estimated record sales of 1.55 million there this year.

  • Gas Prices: "Driving" You To Buy A Different Car? Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 9:25 AM ET

    As I've been talking about for some time, and as we've seen from auto sales in the last couple of months, the price of gas IS causing people to shift the kinds of vehicles they are planning to buy. The latest evidence comes from Kelley Blue Book.

  • GM: Will It "Two-Peat" As Car And Truck Of The Year? Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 9:20 AM ET
    GM logo, General Motors logo

    For the second straight year, General Motors is in a position to win the honors of North American Car and Truck of the year. The winners will be announced at the start of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit January 13th.