Automobiles and Components


  • Hyundai Thinking Of You: But Will You Think Of Them? Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | 10:12 AM ET

    Quick, when I mention Hyundai, what do you think? If it's along the lines of "well made cars for the middle and entry level markets" you are not alone. In fact, this reputation for solid but inexpensive cars has the Korean automaker at a crossroads.

  • Momentum Builds Toward Ratification of GM Contract Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | 5:13 AM ET

    Momentum has been building toward the United Auto Workers accepting a tentative contract with General Motors, though members at some key locals backed it by narrow margins in results released Thursday.

  • Daimler AG: Why It Was Very Good To Sell Chrysler Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 10:17 AM ET
    Dieter Zetsche, DaimlerChrysler CEO

    Today in Germany, DaimlerChrysler is officially changing its name to Daimler AG. While this is a formality, this change made me realize just how much the German automaker has benefited from selling Chrysler. Yes, I know what you are gonna say: "They paid $38 Billion for Chrysler and sold it for $7 Billion. Where's the benefit?"

  • Mercedes' Sept. Sales Rise 7.4% Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 2:11 AM ET

    DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes Car Group division achieved a 7.4% rise in sales in September to a record 124,600 vehicles, boosted by the new C-Class sedan, it said on Thursday.

  • Auto Sales: You'll Be Surprised On What's Selling Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 8:43 AM ET
    2007 GMC Acadia

    Sometimes those of us covering the auto business fall into the trap of believing the "conventional wisdom". Take the idea with gas prices still holding at roughly $3 a gallon, small, fuel efficient cars will be big sellers.

  • Driverless Truck Lurches Out of Lab Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 6:35 AM ET

    Sitting high in the cab of the hulking lime-green TerraMax truck, a driver can be excused for instinctively grabbing the steering wheel. There's no need. TerraMax is a self-driving vehicle, a prototype designed to navigate and obey traffic rules -- all while the people inside, if there are any, do anything but drive.

  • What's in a Name? For Daimler, Its Future Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 6:05 AM ET

    The ill-fated merger of Daimler-Benz and Chrysler in 1998 will officially fade into history's rear-view mirror on Thursday if shareholders approve changing the German carmaker's name to just Daimler.

  • GM Sales Rise in September, While Ford, Toyota Fall Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | 3:28 PM ET

    General Motors said U.S. sales rose nearly 4% in September, boosted by incentives on its pickup trucks, while Ford Motor and Toyota Motor posted declines.

  • Auto Sales Numbers: Not So Bad Now, But Wait A Bit Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | 2:52 PM ET

    As I watched the latest sales numbers come in for the month of September, I was expecting another month of the Big 3 posting lackluster numbers. And while the sales figures by mid-afternoon Tuesday were not great, the sales last month were not a disaster.

  • Axle's Rosy Outlook Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | 10:55 AM ET

    GM’s good fortune should trickle down to this auto-parts company, which gets 80% of its sales from the Detroit carmaker.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.

  • GM Paves Way for Ford Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | 10:54 AM ET

    The United Auto Workers gave up so much it’s inevitable the rest of Detroit will have demands of its own.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.

  • Ford/Chrysler: Will They Buy The GM/UAW Deal? Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | 10:28 AM ET

    Well, that didn't take long. Just 5 days after the UAW and General Motors struck a deal there are already people complaining that they don't like the agreement and questions about whether or not it will be the pattern and language of the contracts Ford and Chrysler strike with the union. I'm not surprised, to hear the complaints.

  • UAW Locals Begin Voting on UAW-GM Contract Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | 1:31 AM ET

    United Auto Workers members at a local headquartered near Detroit voted overwhelmingly on Monday to approve the union's tentative contract with General Motors in one of the first tests for the new labor pact.

  • Big 3 Automakers: Which One Will Turn It Around? Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 11:05 AM ET
    GM logo, General Motors logo

    On a regular basis, I get some variation of this question: Which one of the Big 3 has the best shot at picking up market share and giving Toyota and Honda a run for their money. In other words, which one of Detroit's automakers has the pipeline of cars, trucks and SUV's to become the "hot" brand?

  • GM May Close 2 More Plants Under Deal Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 4:25 AM ET

    The tentative contract between General Motors and the United Auto Workers would allow GM to close a plant each in Michigan and Indiana and possibly shut down several other facilities, according to a detailed copy of the agreement.

  • September Auto Sales Expected to Decline Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 4:20 PM ET
    2008 Honda Accord

    September auto sales are expected to be weak due to a credit crunch, high gas prices and the troubled housing market, reflecting an overall slowdown for the year but little effect from the brief strike against General Motors, industry analysts say.

  • GM Grants U.S. Job Security Guarantees to UAW Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 3:16 PM ET

    The United Auto Workers won guarantees in its tentative contract agreement with General Motors that many new products would be built at U.S. plants to save jobs, union President Ron Gettelfinger said Friday.

  • BMW Expansion: Should They? You Tell Me Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 11:04 AM ET
    BMW 1 Series

    The latest news out of Germany about BMW considering adding a fourth brand to compliment its BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce line-up raises an interesting question. How do you add to one of the most successful auto companies in the world and get it right? It's not as simple as it sounds.

  • BET's Johnson 'Drives' Into New Business (Cars) Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 8:52 AM ET

    The founder of BET, Robert L. Johnson, just announced he's going into a new business--one that has very little to do with his media background. He's going to be buying and operating car dealerships in the southern and midwest regions of the country, partnering with the McLarty-Landers Automotive Group.

  • GM Could Get Labor Pay Savings from UAW Deal: WSJ Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 6:50 AM ET

    General Motors would be able to buy out as many as 24,000 UAW workers and replace them with lower-paid hires under a tentative contract agreement, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Friday.