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  • Porsche Leaves Market Guessing on Plans for VW Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 8:54 AM ET
    Porsche

    German sports car maker Porsche Automobil Holding unveiled sharp gains in four-month unit sales and revenue on Wednesday but left investors guessing about its plans for Volkswagen.

  • Pep Boys Loss Grows Amid Restructuring Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 3:46 AM ET

    The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack, an automotive parts and service chain, posted a wider third-quarter loss Tuesday and said it closed 31 stores, which will result in a work force reduction of about 3 percent, or about 550 employees.

  • GM to Build Hybrid Cars in China from 2008 Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 12:39 AM ET

    General Motors will begin producing a hybrid car in China from next year, in time for the Beijing Olympics in August, the U.S. automaker said on Wednesday.

  • Volkswagen: Can It "Drive" Down A Successful Road? Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 11:03 AM ET

    It's hard for me to find a more perplexing automaker than Volkswagen. Mainly because it is a brand and a company with so much potential, so much brand loyalty, and yet, from my perspective, it has not achieved what it should.

  • Volkswagen's Core Brand Unveils Investment Plan Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 10:13 AM ET

    Volkswagen said Tuesday its core brand plans to invest 9.5 billion euros ($14.1 billion) over the next three years in new products, plants and production capacity.

  • Better Mileage or Fewer Features? Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 10:22 AM ET
    2008 Ford Expedition

    I hear it everyday. "Why can't we get cars, trucks and SUVs that give us 30 miles per gallon of gas?" My answer is usually along the lines of, "Yes, the automakers can do that, but there's a trade-off. You want a big SUV to haul people and stuff, then you have to accept lower fuel economy."

  • Nissan Recalls US Cars, Engine May Stop Running Friday, 23 Nov 2007 | 1:32 PM ET

    Japan's Nissan Motor said on Thursday it will recall 713,986 Altima and Sentra cars in North America, mostly in the United States, because their engines may suddenly stop running.

  • Your "Free Car" Wishes And More Ford Comments Friday, 23 Nov 2007 | 12:29 PM ET
    An interior view of the 2008 Cadillac CTS is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. Whether on luxury cars or entry-level vehicles, consumers want to be delighted by an interior's extras, automotive industry executives and designers said this week at the auto show. The inside extras can run the gamut, from ambient or LED lighting to music-storing hard drives and USB ports in sound systems to pop-up navigation screens and cup holders that can heat o

    What one car would you drive if you had to get a model with a brand other than your favorite? Here are some of your responses.

  • Asian Stocks Close Lower on US Concerns Thursday, 22 Nov 2007 | 5:13 AM ET

    After a volatile trading session, Asian markets ended mostly lower as caution prevailed amid worries about the health of the U.S. economy -- the region's top export destination.

  • Big 3 Automakers: Why They Really Can Be Thankful Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 1:13 PM ET

    In a year that has included two strikes, billions of dollars in losses, tens of thousands of layoffs, and more of the "Why can't the Big 3 get their act together" comments, there is reason to give thanks in Detroit (and no, it doesn't involve the Lions).

  • Holiday Wish List: Which Car Do You Want As A Gift? Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 9:03 AM ET
    2009 Nissan GT-R

    When I was walking around the Los Angeles Auto Show last week, I remarked to a friend of mine how impressed I am with Nissan's GT-R. I am usually not the type to geek out on the chance to drive a new car, but with the GT-R, I am.

  • Fill'er Up? For Some Big Cars, It Now Costs $100 Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 4:43 PM ET

    Nearly 32 million Americans will take to the roads this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, seemingly undeterred by retail gasoline prices over $3 a gallon — a figure that is translating to $100 fill ups for some.

  • Chrysler $4 Billion Loan Sale Postponed: WSJ Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 2:00 PM ET
    2007 Chrysler 300

    A $4 billion sale of loans being raised by automaker Chrysler following its takeover by buyout firm Cerberus has been indefinitely postponed, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Ford's Image: What You Would Do To Fix It Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 8:45 AM ET

    OK, I've been out of the office (and out of the country) for more than a week. So I'm just getting around to seeing the suggestions you sent me for how you would fix Ford's image. In a nutshell, all of you, and yes, I heard from a lot of people, would start by improving the quality and appeal of Ford's vehicles. But beyond that, it's clear many of you think this is a company that needs a serious infusion of fresh marketing and image building ideas.

  • GM's Red Tag Sale: Do They Really Need It? Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | 1:33 PM ET
    General Motors

    The question now is whether GM's new red tag sale is the prudent use of incentives to clear some inventory, or if it's a sign of things to come for the automakers struggling with flat sales? I think it's a one-time thing.

  • China Key in Race for Cleaner Cars Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | 4:19 PM ET

    Automakers racing to find affordable ways to make cars environmentally friendly are zeroing in on polluted, fuel-scarce China to help them take clean car concepts from the laboratory to the market.

  • Court Rejects Federal SUV Fuel Standards Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 | 1:53 PM ET

    A U.S. federal appeals court Thursday threw out planned federal fuel economy standards for many sport-utility vehicles, minivans and pickup trucks.

  • Ford's Image: What Would You Do To Change It? Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 | 9:25 AM ET

    Here's a tough one: you've been put in charge of marketing a struggling automaker that has many positives, but just as many, maybe even more, negatives. How would you change that automakers image?

  • Big Three Going "Green" With Envy Over Toyota? Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 1:05 PM ET

    Forget about L.A. being tinsel town, and style capital. At this year's Los Angeles Auto Show the automakers are trying to wrap themselves in the "Green Leaf" of fuel efficiency. Ford announced a new sustainability plan that will include developing direct injection gas engines, lighter cars, and more hybrids.

  • Ford, VW Now Making "In Roads" With Consumers? Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 10:08 AM ET
    Ford

    As I'm getting my first peak at the Los Angeles Auto Show, there's some good news for a couple of struggling automakers. Ford CEO Alan Mulally had dinner with a handful of reporters Tuesday and shot down the suggestion Ford will need to partner up with another automaker or private equity firm. In fact, he says Ford is in "terrific" shape for growing the business globally.