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  • 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...

  • Exclusivity? Try Lamborghini's $1.4 Million Car Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 4:05 AM ET
    Stephan Winkelmann, chairman of the brand Lamborghini, unveils the new Lamborghini Reventon, one out of a total of 20 existing.

    In a bid to add more prestige to what it already has, the Italian maker of super luxury sports car unveiled the Reventon at Frankfurt's international autoshow, a very limited editioncar that looks more like an arrow than anything on four wheels.

  • Lamborghini: The 1.38 Million Dollar Ride Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 10:50 AM ET
    Lamborghini Reventon

    How's this for exclusive? Lamborghini unveils its newest model today in Frankfurt, Germany with a pricetag of $1.38 million. And here's the best part: Lamborghini has already sold out ALL 20 of its new million dollar ride.

  • VW Takes on Toyota Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 4:23 AM ET

    CNBC Europe's Dan Scott reports from the Frankfurt Motor Show and VW's plans to become the world's biggest carmaker.

  • VW May Take 20% Stake in Proton: Report Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 3:17 AM ET

    Volkswagen may take a 20% stake inloss-making Malaysian carmaker Proton and will make a final decision no soonerthan a supervisory board meeting in February, Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitungreported, citing company sources.