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Automobiles and Components


  • Red Ferrari

    For Ferrari fans, outside of a owning/driving a vintage model, the only thing better is climbing into a new model for the first time. This is the reason, many will be watching with great anticipation when Ferrari unveils its newest model, the California, at the Paris Auto Show in October.

  • Tata's 100 Miles Per Gallon Bet Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 10:23 AM ET
    Tata Motors

    Here's one for those of you who think auto manufacturers should be trying to build cars that get 100 mpg (and yes, there are a lot of you out there based on the e-mails I get from you). Tata Motors is the first mass-market automaker to enter the automotive X Prize competition...

  • Smart Fortwo Cars Might Be Safer Than You Think Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 10:48 AM ET
    2007 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet

    I have to admit that I was like many of you when it came to the Smart Fortwo compact car. I thought it was a cute little car, but how could that pint size ride possibly keep you safe in an accident?

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    The future of mass market quantities of electric cars is getting a big push today from one on the more "electric" leaders in the auto industry. Nissan/Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn is expected to announce his company plans to sell its first electric cars in the U.S. by 2010--according to the New York Times.

  • Nissan Plans Electric Car in U.S. by ’10 Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 9:51 AM ET
    Electric Car Prototype

    The Nissan Motor Company plans to sell an electric car in the United States and Japan by 2010, raising the stakes in the race to develop environmentally friendly vehicles

  • Nissan's Profit Falls 14%, Sees Decline in 2009 Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 2:19 AM ET

    Nissan Motor posted a 13.7% drop in fourth quarter operating profit on Tuesday and forecast a sharp fall in annual profits this year due to a weaker dollar, rising commodities prices and sinking U.S. demand.

  • Hybrid Backlash: Your Comments On My "Critical" Post Monday, 12 May 2008 | 9:15 AM ET

    I knew there would backlash from my blog on Friday. Listen, any time you write or say something about hybrids, there's a flurry of comments, on both sides, from those who think you have no clue.

  • A True Turnaround Story Friday, 9 May 2008 | 6:17 PM ET

    This auto-parts company is slashing costs but the Street isn't paying attention. That doesn't mean you have to miss it.

  • Hot Hybrids: Paying More to Save on Gas Friday, 9 May 2008 | 1:29 PM ET
    Toyota Prius

    Here's one to make you scratch your head and say, "what the heck is going on here?" I suspected that higher gas prices have probably kept demand and prices up for hybrids, so I asked the folks at J.D. Power's Power Information Network and Kelley Blue Book to run the numbers.

  • Ford CEO Says Turnaround Effort Gaining Traction Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 12:46 PM ET

    Ford Motor Chief Executive Alan Mulally said Thursday the automaker has seen a number of signs that its turnaround is gaining traction in the face of challenging North American conditions.

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    The news out of Tokyo should not come as a surprise. Toyota, running neck and neck with GM to become the world's largest automaker, is running a little slower. The first quarter earnings make sense given the auto market slowing down in the U.S. and Toyota finding fewer markets and segments to enter.

  • Toyota Profit Falls on Strong Yen, Weak US Market Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 3:26 AM ET

    Toyota Motor posted a 28% fall in quarterly net profit on Thursday, hit by a stronger yen and finance-related losses, and forecast its first annual profit drop in seven years as the U.S. auto market slows.

  • Honda to Boost China Capacity by 20% Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 9:44 PM ET
    2008 Honda Civic

    Honda Motor will boost its annual output capacity in China by about 20 percent to 650,000 vehicles, aiming for a larger share of the fast-growing market, the Nikkei business daily said onThursday.

  • Chevy Malibu: A Good (Selling) Car For Tough Times Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 10:50 AM ET
    2008 Chevy Malibu

    There's an old adage in the car business that even in tough times, good cars will still sell. That might explain why certain models continue to fly off dealer lots and even sell at a higher price, even though the overall auto market is down. Perhaps the most interesting example is the new Chevy Malibu.

  • Sell a Car Like a Cell Phone@f0 Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 7:16 AM ET

    Car companies, oil and gas companies have vowed to clean-up the air.  But an Israeli investor is actually doing something. 

  • Chrysler's "Free Gas" Offer: Not Sure I'm Buying It Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 9:45 AM ET

    So it's come to this. Giving customers a guarantee they won't pay more than $2.99 a gallon if they buy a new car, truck, SUV. On the surface, it's a smart move by Chrysler. But I'm not sure how much it will help sales at the struggling automaker.

  • UAW Strikes at GM's Kansas Plant Monday, 5 May 2008 | 11:42 AM ET
    GM Headquarters

    General Motors workers at a Kansas assembly plant making the hot-selling Chevrolet Malibu went on strike as of Monday morning, an official at United Auto Workers union Local 31 said.

  • Ford

    Ask yourself a question, and be honest: If you ran Ford, would you hang on to Volvo and continue sinking money into turning around the brand or would you unload it as soon as you got a decent price?

  • Remember Cars? Sales Show Their "Death" Premature Friday, 2 May 2008 | 11:09 AM ET

    After years of lamenting the "death of the car" and the rise of the SUV and CUV, fans of the sedan are finally seeing things turn their way. Last month, for the first time in roughly 20 years, cars outsold trucks (Pick-ups, SUVs, CUVs and minivans).

  • As Gas Costs Soar, Buyers Flock to Small Cars Friday, 2 May 2008 | 11:08 AM ET

    Soaring gas prices has forced more Americans to buy smaller cars.