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  • Oil Surging -- Why are Big Rigs Still Selling? Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | 12:12 PM ET
    Ford F Series

    There was a time when the idea of crude oil hitting $100 a barrel would have sent the auto industry into a panic. Funny, with oil now trading at roughly $82 and with a growing number of forecasters saying $100 is a possibility, the bread and butter big rigs (SUVs, pick-ups, crossovers) are still selling. People still want them, even if there's a greater chance of gas prices rising. Why?

  • Carmax Cuts Full-Year Outlook, Shares Tumble Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | 9:58 AM ET

    CarMax, the No. 1 used-car retailer in the United States, posted higher quarterly earnings and sales Wednesday, but cut its full-year outlook due to the tough automotive retail market, sending its shares down more than 12 percent.

  • Court Upholds Kerkorian Ruling in DaimlerChrysler Suit Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | 5:04 AM ET

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a Delaware judge's rejection of billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian's claims that he was defrauded in the 1998 merger of DaimlerBenz and Chrysler.

  • GM, UAW Contract Talks Push on, Key Issues Remain Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 11:24 PM ET
    A Chevrolet dealership in Loveland, Colorado.

    Negotiators for the United Auto Workers union and General Motors broke off contract talks on Tuesday night and prepared to return to the bargaining table on Wednesday as the union cautioned it could be forced to set a deadline if progress stalled.

  • AutoZone Profit Misses Forecasts on Slower Demand Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 12:30 PM ET

    AutoZone, the largest U.S. auto parts retail chain, posted weaker-than-expected quarterly earnings as high gas prices curtailed demand, sending shares lower.

  • GM, UAW to Continue Negotiations on New Contract Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 11:37 AM ET
    A Chevrolet dealership in Loveland, Colorado.

    Negotiators for the United Auto Workers union and General Motors were scheduled to resume discussions later on Tuesday as GM factory employees went to work as usual on the fourth day without a new contact.

  • American Cars: To Buy Or Not To Buy--Would You? Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 11:24 AM ET
    2007 Lexus LS

    We all know them. The person who swears they'll never drive anything but Mercedes, BMW, or Lexus. When it comes to brand loyalty and the prospect of considering different brand cars and trucks, the foreign guys have enjoyed the type of loyalty American car companies crave.

  • Ford Could Speed Cost Cuts as Economy Slows: WSJ Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 4:56 AM ET

    Ford Motor may accelerate cost cutting if a slowing U.S. economy puts the auto maker at risk of missing key financial goals in 2008 and 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition on Tuesday, citing an interview with an executive.

  • GM, Union Get Back to Bargaining Table Monday, 17 Sep 2007 | 3:53 PM ET
    A Chevrolet dealership in Loveland, Colorado.

    Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers resumed contract negotiations Monday amid optimism that they are getting closer to reaching a critical contract agreement.

  • GM/UAW Talks: Why Agreement May Take A While Monday, 17 Sep 2007 | 3:41 PM ET

    This afternoon negotiators for GM and the UAW resumed talks to iron out a new contract. Despite the growing sense in Detroit that the two sides are close to deal, it may be while before we see an agreement in principal. Why?

  • Ford/Microsoft Sync: Is 'Information Highway' Safe? Monday, 17 Sep 2007 | 11:23 AM ET

    This morning I'm in Seattle for the roll out Ford's Sync: a software program the automaker developed with Microsoft that will allow you to send and receive text messages through your car while you are driving. In many ways, it's the first true step toward making our cars and trucks internet portals. And I have mixed feelings about it.

  • GM, Union Talks Resume Second Day After Deadline Sunday, 16 Sep 2007 | 4:08 PM ET

    Contract talks between General Motors and the United Auto Workers union resumed late Sunday morning after negotiators talked all day Saturday, a person familiar with the talks said.

  • Chrysler Recalls Nearly 300,000 SUVs Saturday, 15 Sep 2007 | 5:28 PM ET

    Chrysler said Friday it would recall nearly 300,000 sport utility vehicles to address potential braking problems while driving uphill. In a separate move, Honda Motor Co. said it was recalling more than 180,000 Civics from the 2006-2007 model year to fix a wheel-bearing seal that could leak and lead to a wheel falling off the car.

  • GM, Union Make Progress, Deal Seen Likely Saturday, 15 Sep 2007 | 4:57 PM ET

    Negotiators from General Motors and the United Auto Workers union were making significant progress on Saturday on a new labor contract, but major issues remained unresolved, a person close to the talks said.

  • UAW Singles Out GM, Rallies for Possible Strike Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | 1:24 PM ET
    A Chevrolet dealership in Loveland, Colorado.

    Local leaders with the United Auto Workers union on Thursday began preparing to walk picket lines as soon as Friday if contract talks with General Motors break down after the UAW singled out the No. 1 U.S. automaker as its strike target.

  • UAW/GM Talks: All Worked Out By Next Week? Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | 12:06 PM ET

    While the United Auto Workers and General Motors negotiate a new labor contract, it's clear the two sides are on the cusp of a historic agreement. When I talked with one person close to the talks Friday they summed it up best by saying, "I think we'll see something worked out by early next week."

  • Lamborghini Ride: Was I Reckless? You Weigh In! Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | 8:59 AM ET

    Well, I asked and you told me. Yes, some of you do think I was reckless to drive a Lamborghini 150 mph while in Italy. However, others told me it's hard not to air out a lambo when you get the chance, so don't worry about it.

  • European Car Sales Zoom Ahead in July, August Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | 7:58 AM ET

    European car sales zoomed ahead in July and August after slow sales most of the year in major car-buying nations, netting strong results for BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Fiat and General Motors.

  • GM Shares Jump on Analyst Upgrade Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 12:09 PM ET

    Shares of General Motors jumped in early trading Thursday, after a Citi Investment Research analyst lifted his rating on the automaker, citing possible outcomes from labor negotiations.

  • Reckless Reporting? Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 10:54 AM ET

    Occasionally I will hear from those of you who have read my blog and what you write has me wondering, "Are they right?" The latest example follows what I wrote about driving a Lamborghini in Italy at 150 MPH. Upon reading that, I got this e-mail from John in Florida...