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  • 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.

  • Poll: Which Automaker Will Have The Best Car On Show Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | 10:06 AM ET
    BMW X6 Concept

    It's the grand daddy of American auto shows, so it's about time the Detroit Auto Show goes "Prime Time." It finally happens next week and we couldn't be happier that CNBC is the network raising the profile of the auto show.

  • Slowdown talk hurts tech, commodities, defense stocks today. UBS downgrades IBM on concerns about a slowing in tech orders; Deutsche Bank downgrades Boeing and Goodrich. Commodities weak across the board—metals, steel, iron ore (2nd day in a row.) Defensive stocks—consumer, drugs all strong. Lilly upgraded at Morgan Stanley.

  • 2008 Ford Explorer Concept

    Have you seen the Ford Explorer lately? The current model shows just how far the once vaunted SUV has plunged, while the new Explorer America Concept is a vision of where sport utilities and Ford may be headed in the future.

  • GM's Volt: Not Ready To "Electrify" Anybody Yet Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 9:16 AM ET
    Chevy Volt Concept

    It still hasn't been built and it may not hit showrooms by the time people have been projecting. Yet, it's causing a puzzling amount of angst for investors and auto fans. I'm talking about the Chevy Volt, an electrically driven car GM is developing.

  • Critical Year Ahead for Renualt's Volume Target Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 8:29 AM ET

    Renault has called 2008 a "critical" year as it seeks to boost sales volumes by at least 10 percent helped by its recently revamped Laguna and Twingo and nine new models it will introduce.

  • Toyota Unseats Ford for No. 2 Spot; GM Slips Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 5:10 PM ET
    Toyota Tundra

    Toyota Motor overtook Ford Motor to become the No. 2 automaker by U.S. sales in 2007, using new products and relentless strategy to break Ford's 75-year lock on the position.

  • Cramer: Autos Are 'Just Terrible' Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 5:01 PM ET

    But don't expect the Fed to help.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Auto Sales Numbers: Toyota Creates Watershed Moment Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 3:43 PM ET
    2007 Toyota Camry

    As I was digesting the latest auto sales numbers, I saw one bullet point cross the newswires that I keep thinking about. For the first time since 1931 Ford is not #2 in U.S. Auto Sales behind General Motors. The second place slot is now controlled by Toyota.

  • Ford

    It was nowhere as close as the presidential races taking place in Iowa. Nor does it have the level of importance that goes with a presidential caucus. But when we asked you to let us know which automaker has the most to prove in 2007, you made it clear, by a long shot, that Ford is the automaker on the hot seat.

  • US Auto Sales Expected to Be Weak For December Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 9:43 PM ET

    U.S. automakers were expected to report on Thursday that sales finished 2007 weakly, hurt by the housing slump and high gasoline prices, and the resulting worst sales year in a decade for the industry was seen as likely to increase pressure for further production cuts.

  • Chevy Malibu 2008

    Maybe it's because of the Iowa caucus' taking place Wednesday night. Maybe it's because at the start of a new year, it's a good time to make predictions. Or maybe it's because the auto show season is about to kick off with the automakers putting out their visions for the future. Whatever the reason, I think today is the day to ask YOU which automaker has the most to show, prove, gain, lose in 2008?

  • Hyundai Motor Targets 20% Rise in 2008 Car Sales Tuesday, 1 Jan 2008 | 9:46 PM ET

    Hyundai Motor, South Korea's top auto maker, said on Wednesday it was aiming to sell 3.11 million vehicles in 2008, up 19.6 percent from 2.6 million last year.

  • GM's China JV Recalls 7,000 Buicks for Brake Problem Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | 12:54 AM ET

    General Motors' joint venture in China is recalling 7,056 Buick cars in the country due to front brake problems, Xinhua news agency reported, citing China's top quality watchdog.

  • The Yugo's Next Life (We're Serious) Friday, 28 Dec 2007 | 1:12 PM ET
    Yugo

    For sale: Auto company with a colorful, if unspectacular, track record. Located in the fast-growing Eastern Europe market, with plenty of capacity for building new models. The prize property on the block? Yugo! Yes, that Yugo!

  • China's SAIC Motor, Nanjing Auto Announce Merger Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | 7:48 PM ET

    Top Chinese automaker SAIC Motor and smaller rival Nanjing Automobile Group announced a long-expected merger on Wednesday, creating a national car champion that aims to rival big multinationals.

  • The 'Rodney' Awards: Cars That Get No Respect Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | 11:25 AM ET
    2007 Toyota Corolla

    With Detroit essentially shut down for the week between Christmas and New Year's, it's a good time to step back and hand out "The Rodneys": The car and auto brands that -- taking a note from comedian Rodney Dangerfield -- don't get enough respect, according to you, the reader.

  • Toyota to Cement Top Spot in 2008, Widen Gap with GM Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | 8:07 AM ET
    A Tacoma pickup truck on the lot of a Toyota dealership.

    Toyota Motor will charge further into emerging car markets to achieve another year of record sales in 2008, likely cementing its title as the world's biggest automaker ahead of General Motors.

  • Toyota to Cement Top Spot in 2008, Widens Gap With GM Tuesday, 25 Dec 2007 | 9:15 PM ET
    Toyota.

    Toyota Motor will charge further into emerging car markets to achieve another year of record sales in 2008, likely cementing its title as the world's biggest automaker ahead of General Motors.

  • Five Christmas Wishes for The Auto Industry Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | 1:21 PM ET
    Smart Car

    With Detroit and much of the auto industry shut down this week and gearing up for the Detroit Auto Show next month, I thought it would be a good time to take a few minutes and share my Christmas wishes for the auto world. I hope Santa brings you everything you want.