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Automobiles and Components


  • Covering Asia And The Beijing Auto Show Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    I'm in Asia for the next two weeks, covering stories. One of them is the Beijing Auto Show and I hope to have some posts about that. Please look for them in the days ahead.

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    When I heard that Toyota is finally getting into the sports car business two thoughts jumped into my head. First: it's about time. Second: those who accuse me of fawning all over the Japanese automaker will have a field day.

  • Triage Trade – General Motors Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 6:40 PM ET

    General Motors, America’s largest carmaker, looks ready to drive off into the sunset. What’s the treatment for saving this sick Dow component

  • Mid-Size Sedan Safety Performance: Do You Really Care? Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 11:31 AM ET

    Figuring out how crash tests impact consumers is a tricky thing. Yes, if we see a model perform horribly, we'll talk about it and that model will likely see weaker sales. But when models improve, do we notice? What if they only rate as adequate?

  • The auto world may increasingly be steering itself towards doing business on the web, but at Ford, it's time to see if TV can still help shape the brand and image of a company. This week, Ford starts rolling out its "Drive One" marketing campaign, with TV spots hitting the airwaves. Ford execs are laying out the campaign for dealers at meeting in Las Vegas...

  • European Earnings to Hold Up in First Quarter Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 6:25 AM ET

    European corporate profits for the first quarter of 2008 are expected to hold up, but weaker economic growth resulting from the credit crisis and a stronger euro will take their toll on earnings later in the year.

  • Hyundai Opens $1 Billion China Plant Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 11:39 PM ET

    Hyundai Motors, opened a $1 billion plant in China on Tuesday with partner Beijing Automotive, part of an aggressive expansion that could turn the mainland into its largest overseas market by 2010.

  • Mad Mail: A Viewer's Appeal to the FCC on XM-Sirius Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 6:51 PM ET

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  • Auto Industry Blues: Here's Why Things Are So Bad Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 8:47 AM ET

    So I come back from vacation, and while I feel refreshed, I find most of the folks I deal with in the auto industry are tired, sluggish, and looking for a break. I can't blame them. This is a rough time in the car biz, and I don't think it will get better.

  • Luxury Car Sales On The Skids And Could Be For A While Thursday, 3 Apr 2008 | 8:49 AM ET

    After several years of steady growth, even as the rest of the market slowed down, the luxury auto segment is finally hitting the brakes. I'm not surprised, nor should you be. In fact, I will not be surprised if the slower luxury sales last a while.

  • Toyota Says Prius is not Government-Funded Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 11:08 PM ET
    **FILE** Unsold 2007 Prius hybrid sedans sit on the lot of a Toyota dealership in Boulder, Colo., on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007. Hybrid vehicles are on track to achieve record U.S. sales this year despite signs consumer interest in hybrids is waning, an auto information company said Thursday.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

    Toyota Motor on Wednesday challenged a claim by a former senior executive that Japan's government funded the development of technology that drives the market-leading Prius hybrid.

  • US March Auto Sales Drop, GM Off 13% Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 2:37 AM ET

    U.S. auto sales dropped 12 percent in March in a decline blamed on shaky consumer confidence, high fuel prices and concern that a housing market downturn could spread into a full recession.

  • New Quarter, New Life Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | 6:28 PM ET

    New hope that the credit crisis is nearing an end sends stocks soaring as investors say good riddance to Q1. Also, the latest on Microsoft-Yahoo, Merck and Schering and more.

  • Automakers Post Steep Declines in March US Sales Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | 3:25 PM ET
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    Automakers reported double-digit U.S. sales declines in March as demand for trucks and sport utility vehicles plummeted and consumers held back because of concerns about gas prices, the housing slump and tightening credit.

  • Truckers Snarl Traffic in Protest of Fuel Prices Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | 2:46 PM ET
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    Independent truckers around the country pulled their rigs off the road and others slowed to a crawl on major highways in a loosely organized protest of high fuel prices.

  • Setting The Record Straight On Car Deal Incentives Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | 10:28 AM ET

    There are some commonly held perceptions among car buyers that are getting tossed out the window right now. The biggest, in my opinion, involve the incentives dealers and automakers are rolling out to sell cars, trucks, and SUVs. So, with the March auto sales coming out, it seems appropriate to set the record straight.

  • Auto Makers Seen Ending Quarter on a Down Note Monday, 31 Mar 2008 | 3:17 PM ET
    Woman looks at new Toyota Camry on dealer lot

    Major automakers are expected to report lower U.S. vehicle sales for March Tuesday, ending the first quarter on a weak note and adding to evidence that the housing slump and tighter credit have crimped demand.

  • Time For Me To Say "Ta-Ta" To Jaguar Dealership Friday, 28 Mar 2008 | 3:32 PM ET

    You've probably heard that Tata Motors--producer of the least expensive new car on the planet, the $2,000 Nano--is buying Jaguar. I always wanted a Jag. Even when people joked that you needed to own two because one was always broken down, I wanted one.

  • Stop Trading!: Buy Nat Gas Stocks Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 3:42 PM ET

    They're some of the S&P's best performers today and with good reason.

  • Daimler CEO Sees Fuel Cell Use in Near Future Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 2:33 PM ET

    With summer driving season around the corner, and the cost of gasoline at record highs, pain at the pump has become an everyday reality. And that has some automakers shifting their focus to alternative fuels, like hydrogen cells.