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  • Ford's Turnaround Plan Not Affected by U.S. Slowdown Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 12:23 PM ET

    Ford Motor plans to to return its North American operations to profitability in 2009 are progressing well and are not affected by signs of slowing U.S. economic growth, top officials said Sunday.

  • Why Rams Can't Stop Steers Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 11:38 AM ET

    Chrysler's idea to use 150 steers as part of its promotional efforts for the new Dodge Ram went as planned until company executives started to address the crowd. And that's when nature called.

  • Fake Jane

    There are orange cars here at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (man, that’s a long name for an event). Apparently orange is a hot color. There are a lot of other bold colors as well. Phil Lebeau has been telling you all about the cars, but I thought I’d tell you about the vibe. Not the Pontiac Vibe, but the “vibe” vibe.

  • Detroit Auto Show: What's A Car Without A Concept? Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 10:03 AM ET

    They are the rock stars of the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit. They come with loud music, fog machines, dancing girls and acrobats. One even came with it's own skating rink. "They" are the concept cars. They are the future of the automobile business. Or not.

  • When the two largest automakers in the world announce major commitments to go green within minutes of each other, it is more than just a statement about the environment. Is about winning the battle for eco-friendly cars and trucks.

  • Audi Sells 964,151 Cars Worldwide in '07 Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 5:12 AM ET

    Luxury automaker Audi said Monday that it is closer to its goal of selling 1 million cars a year after it set a global sales record in 2007.

  • Nissan Says Speedy Progress in BRIC Markets Key Sunday, 13 Jan 2008 | 7:37 PM ET

    Conquering the fast-emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China, commonly referred to collectively as BRICs, is the main priority for Nissan Motor, a top executive said on Sunday.

  • Hummer Goes Young And Green Sunday, 13 Jan 2008 | 2:53 PM ET
    Hummer HX Unveiled

    General Motors unveils a smaller, sporty model, the Hummer HX,  that can be turned into a convertible or off-road vehicle and runs on ethanol.

  • BMW "Open" To Ventures, Will Boost US Payroll Sunday, 13 Jan 2008 | 2:31 PM ET

    CEO  Norbert Reithofertold  says the German carmaker is "open to cooperation" with other companies on ventures, and plans to add workers at its US plant as part of a big boost in  production.

  • Chrysler Unveils New Dodge Ram Sunday, 13 Jan 2008 | 12:05 PM ET

    The new Dodge Ram pick-up is a big deal for Chrysler. As you’ll learn in the accompanying video, the heated competition is about more than size and power. It turns on how much luxury, convenience and cargo capacity an automaker can design into a vehicle.

  • Cars And Stars On Stage Sunday, 13 Jan 2008 | 11:59 AM ET

    Kid Rock rocked Detroit Saturday night with an inspired concert to cap off General Motors' Style event.  Rock, Mary J. Blige and Maroon 5 performed for a packed house while the latest GM models rolled up and down a model runway.

  • Behind The Curtain: What You Can Expect Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 4:28 PM ET

    Friday afternoon I walked into Cobo Hall in Detroit and there was a flurry of activity with cars being brought in, stages being set up, and elaborate new model introductions being rehearsed. Welcome to Detroit two days before the city's big auto show.

  • Top Things You Need To Know About The Show Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 2:52 PM ET

    Like most big trade shows, the North American International Auto Show, (aka: The Detroit Auto Show), kicks off with closed-door sessions for the news media before opening to the general public Jan. 19.

  • The Greatest Show On Four Wheels Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 1:56 PM ET

    From where I'm standing right now there must be 150 workers pounding or moving or sawing something. It is a symphony of construction that has been over 100 days in the making. The fate of some presidencies is settled in less time that it takes to build this thing.

  • Tata's Nano: You Love It, You Really Love It! Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 8:54 AM ET
    Tata Nano

    Talk about a little car making a big impression. Yesterday, when you saw Tata's new microcar, the Nano, and its equally small price of $2,500 you sent me e-mails. You love it! You really, really love

  • Rolls-Royce to Cut 2,300 Jobs Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 3:00 AM ET

    British aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce Group plans to cut 2,300 jobs from among its managerial, professional and clerical staff to help offset rising costs and the effect of the weak dollar.

  • Tata's Nano: A Small Car With A Big "Buzz" Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 10:15 AM ET
    Tata Nano

    We won't see it here in the states anytime soon and there are still plenty of questions about how much of a market there is for this pint size car. Still, the new Nano by Tata is getting big buzz. The company unveiled the car yesterday in India, and since its reveal I've been inundated with questions from other bloggers...

  • India's Tata Motors Unveils Ultracheap $2,500 Car Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 5:27 AM ET

    India's Tata Motors on Thursday unveiled its much anticipated $2,500 car, an ultra-cheap price tag that brings car ownership into the reach of tens of millions of people. But critics worry the car could overwhelm the country's roads and create an environmental nightmare.

  • Nissan Set to Supply Chrysler with Small Cars Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 7:55 PM ET

    Nissan Motor, Japan's third-biggest automaker, is set to supply Chrysler with fuel-efficient small cars, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday.

  • Ford's Mulally: Showing The Quiet Confidence To Lead Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 10:43 AM ET
    Alan Mulally

    Having covered and coming to know Alan Mulally during his time running Ford and previously as head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, I've come to expect him to be upbeat, even in the most dire of times. I've also been with him enough to know when his optimism turns to quiet confidence.