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  • To Lease Or Not To Lease? That's The Question Now Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 10:00 AM ET

    It's not quite 1999, but it sure is starting to feel like that again. Back then, leasing a car was all the rage. The percentage of leased cars, trucks, and SUVs was substantially higher, and you often heard people say, "Don't buy it. Lease it!!"

  • Automaker Winners In A Down Market Friday, 14 Mar 2008 | 11:10 AM ET
    2008 Mazda CX-7

    As we watch GM and Ford shares approach lows we haven't seen since the days when Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was topping the charts, and while mighty Toyota ponders cutting truck production in the U.S., I decided Friday deserves some lovin'.

  • Strong Rebound For Stocks Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 6:26 PM ET

    A 200+ point decline turns into a net gain on the Big Board as Standard & Poor's gives the market some confidence that the end is near. Also, oil and gold hit records and more in the Word on the Street.

  • BMW Hits 2007 Profit Target, Proposes Dividend Hike Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 2:20 PM ET

    BMW, the world's largest premium carmaker, reported slightly better 2007 results than expected on Thursday and named a new head of sales and marketing as its aims to boost sales at all three brands this year.

  • Auto Stocks Skid After Brokerage Cuts Forecast Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 12:33 PM ET
    Ford

    Auto stocks skidded Thursday after Morgan Stanley cut its sales and earnings outlook for major U.S. auto makers.

  • Toyota's Prius: Worthy Of Its Popular Praise? Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 11:25 AM ET
    2007 Toyota Prius

    If you are in that group of people sick and tired of hearing about the popularity of the Toyota Prius, click off this page. Do it. I won't be offended and based on the e-mails I get here at Behind the Wheel, I know there are a lot of you who think the Prius is praised too much.

  • Toyota Expects Steady U.S. Demand, Worried About Yen Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 5:56 AM ET
    2007 Toyota Corolla

    The head of Toyota Motor said he expected steady demand in North America this year despite a slowing economy, and said the automaker may need to take steps to counter a surging yen.

  • 0% Financing is Back! (That's Good & Bad) Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | 10:29 AM ET

    You figured the automakers would eventually scream "UNCLE!" I'm not sure it's a scream, but it's more than just a whisper. One thing is clear: the automakers are once again turning to 0 percent financing to spur sales that are stalling.

  • Lightning Round: Wachovia, Onyx, Oracle and More Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 8:26 PM ET

    Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • Jag and Rolls Revved -- For Different Reasons Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 11:00 AM ET
    2008 Phantom Rolls-Royce Coupe

    One is cruising. The other is sputtering. One has lived up to its fabled name. The other is a shell of what it once represented. So why is the one that is struggling getting more attention than the one riding high? Because Rolls-Royce and Jaguar are in different places and facing different questions with their new models.

  • Porsche Denies Seeking 75% Volkswagen Stake Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 1:38 PM ET

    German sports car maker Porsche will not seek to raise its Volkswagen stake to 75 percent, it said on Monday, noting talk of such a move "overlooks the realities in VW's shareholder structure".

  • VW Aims to Triple US Sales by 2018: WSJ Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 1:13 PM ET

    Volkswagen aims to more than triple annual car sales in the United States to more than 1 million a year by 2018, according to the Wall Street Journal on Monday, citing VW's top U.S. executive.

  • 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid

    Here we go again. Oil is spiking higher (over $107 a barrel) and the folks in the auto industry are once again projecting that $4 a gallon gas may be here this summer. It's sparking a new round of discussion about whether this will prompt people to change their driving habits or the type of cars/trucks/SUVs people will buy.

  • VW's Plans, Nine Year Auto Loans: Your Emails Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 11:59 AM ET

    After numerous road trips over the last week and half, it's been a while since I had a chance to share some of your e-mails about my recent blogs. And boy have some of them touched a nerve. On VW's turnaround plan, a number of you are skeptical. Glen told me, "Phil..it's all about "R.E.L.I.A.B.I.L.I.T.Y !!!!!!! Tell the new North American CEO to improve on that!!"

  • The Week in Europe: A Sea of Red Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 9:54 AM ET

    European markets closed lower every day except for Wednesday, with the financial stocks taking an especially hard battering on continued concerns over the state of the U.S. economy.

  • Volkswagen: Big Plans Beyond The Bug Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 8:49 AM ET

    When you think of Volkswagen, what pops into your mind? Let me guess: the Beetle, Microbus, and Jetta all bring a smile to your face. Then it fades as you think about the Touareg, Phaeton, and a company that often appears lost. I call it the split personality of VW.

  • Geneva Motor Show: A Bevy of Beauties Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 11:26 AM ET

    It was all about beautiful cars and gorgeous girls as CNBC took to the ground for the 78th Geneva Motor Show, where automakers revealed their latest models, concept cars and technical and environmental innovations for 2008.

  • GM Supplier American Axle to Resume Labor TalksĀ  Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 11:24 AM ET
    General Motors

    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings said Wednesday it plans to return to the bargaining table with striking workers, signaling movement in a strike that has shuttered plants and cut vehicle production at General Motors.

  • 9-Year Auto Loans?! 'Crazy' But True! Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 10:56 AM ET

    Here's something that should make you realize what crazy times we are living in: 9-year auto loans are popping up around the country. That's right, it wasn't a typo. Nine years! 108 months! Almost a third of the time used to pay off a conventional mortgage!

  • GM Idles 7 Plants in Wake of American Axle Strike Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 10:10 AM ET
    General Motors

    General Motors said Tuesday it will close a seventh facility next week as the impact from a strike against American Axle & Manufacturing continues to widen for the No. 1 U.S. automaker.