WASHINGTON, Nov 24- South Korean parts makers Continental Automotive Electronics LLC and Continental Automotive Korea Ltd have agreed to plead guilty to rigging bids for parts sold to car makers, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Monday. The devices were sold to Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp, and the conspiracy ran from about 2004 to 2012, the...» Read More
Call this the tale of two brands going in opposite directions. One knows its core market and continues to roll out hot models that win over fans. The other is drifting with sales slumping and serious questions mounting about its future. When I look at the July sales, I'm struck by the numbers at Buick. How bad was it? Sales dropped 29 % and every single model was down at least 17%. Think that's bad?
On a regular basis, I hear from bloggers who think I'm pushing Toyota and would like nothing more than to see the Big 3 implode. In fact, I got an e-mail to that effect yesterday after blogging about the possibility of Chevy and Ford being outsold by the Toyota brand. For the record, Toyota has passed Ford, but still trails Chevy by a slight margin.
U.S. auto sales dropped in July as weakness in the housing market sapped demand, increasing pressure on the embattled Detroit-based automakers and hitting Toyota Motor with its first sales decline in almost three years.
When the July auto sales come out later today, the most interesting numbers to watch may be those for Chevrolet and Toyota. Halfway through this year the two were neck and neck in the battle to be America's top selling brand. I know some of you will read this and think, "who cares?". Well, the long list of people who care stretches from Detroit to Tokyo, and for good reason.
A selling wave in global stock markets is sweeping futures lower this morning as subprime and credit woes once more rise to the surface. A new disclosure about a third troubled hedge fund at Bear Stearns is rattling investors.
Auto parts supplier and tire maker Continental said Wednesday that its second-quarter net profit rose by 50% amid demand by car makers for its automotive parts and tires.
Luxury car maker BMW said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit slipped 4.3 percent, hurt by a strong euro, rising materials costs and the costs of launching new models.
General Motors on Tuesday said it flipped to a net profit, trouncing Wall Street estimates as it benefited from cost-cutting, a better mix of products and growing sales overseas.
When I sat down to talk with GM CEO Rick Wagoner this morning on "Squawk Box," I was expecting to see a man, beaming over the better than expected second quarter earnings. Instead, I saw the Chairman of a company who looked cautious. Why? Well, maybe it's because General Motors' glass is half full, and filling it up even more will be a challenge. Certainly the second half of this year will be tougher than the first half.
Truckmaker MAN said Tuesday that improved demand in eastern Europe for its trucks along with lower costs helped its second-quarter earnings more than double as it confirmed its outlook for the rest of 2007.
Digital mapping company Tele Atlas, in the process of being acquired by navigation device maker TomTom for 1.8 billion euros ($2.5 billion), Tuesday reported a second quarter net loss of 1.2 million euros ($1.6 million).
This job really does beat working for a living. I've just had the opportunity to drive a car worth, gulp, $435,000. That's about twice the price of your average home in the U.S. these days. The car is a new Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe (pronounced coup-AY). Drophead is a fancy name for convertible. The car will start selling in September, and the first year is pretty much sold out. Yeah. Sold out.
It sounds like a Hollywood script. Futuristic looking car generates the type of buzz needed to become a star: but it never shines as predicted, flames out amid scandal, and years later its devoted fans pine and plan for the icon's revival. It's only fitting I see this story in the Los Angeles Time this weekend. The star car in question is the DeLorean. The famed sports car that has achieved greater popularity since its limited production finished in 1982.
Luxury car maker Audi, a unit of Volkswagen, said Monday that sales and profit soared during the January-June period, putting it on track to a 12th consecutive year of record results.
German sports car maker Porsche is not currently considering raising its 31 percent stake in Volkswagen once a law capping voting rights is repealed, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.
There's a new sheriff at Dodge, and for that matter Chrysler as well. But the new boss is actually one of the old bosses. Either way you look at it, the return of Wolfgang Bernhard to be chairman of Chrysler is important for a few reasons. First, he brings the kind of urgency Chrysler needs.
French tire-maker Michelin said Friday that profitability increased sharply in the first half, with strong tire sales bolstered by a cost-cutting plan.
Volkswagen, the world's fourth largest carmaker, will meet its 2008 pretax profit target of 5.1 billion euros ($7 billion) a year earlier than planned, the company said on Friday.
Ford Motor Chief Executive Alan Mulally told CNBC Thursday that the company's latest results are an encouraging sign that its restructuring plan will help return the company return to profitability.
Credit worries and bad news from home builders trumped any positives from the stream of earnings being reported this morning. Wall Street is set up for a steep drop on the opening and the talk in the market focuses on whether the takeover boom is ending.