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  • Ford Warns On U.S. Industry Sales; GM Offers Rebate Friday, 27 Apr 2007 | 4:08 PM ET

    U.S. auto industry sales have dropped far below expectations for April, a Ford Motor executive said on Friday, as rival General Motors rolled out an incentive program intended to boost crucial month-end sales.

  • Earnings News Continues To Boost Stocks Friday, 27 Apr 2007 | 2:04 PM ET

    Why are earnings so important? Well, this CNBC-TV news report today from Bob O'Brien shows what they can do. Bob focused on Goodyear, which admittedly is not a contest stock that might put you over the top, but with their earnings report out, the stock saw a 6.345 rise at one point today.

  • Steven Landry, who was named on Friday to take over Chrysler's sales efforts in North America, said the automaker plans to reduce fleet sales to 21% of its total sales volume by end 2009.

  • General Motors is offering lower-interest financing to customers with weaker credit ratings through this weekend in an effort to boost sales for April, sources familiar with the sales plan said.

  • Cummins, a diesel engine maker, posted a better-than-expected increase in quarterly profit as strength at its power generation and distribution businesses offset an expected decline in truck engine sales in North America.

  • General Motors suspended development work at two U.S. plants after talks between the union and management on cost cutting ended, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Friday.

  • Renault said first-quarter sales fell 2.7% to 10.256 billion euros ($13.948 billion) from a restated 10.541 billion euros ($14.336 billion) a year earlier, as a decline in European sales led to a 3.8% fall in the group's worldwide car sales.

  • Ford Loss Narrows on Cost Cuts, Improved European Sales Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | 9:06 AM ET

    Ford Motor  said Thursday its first-quarter loss narrowed as cost-cutting and improved results at its European and luxury vehicle operations partially offset weaker sales and charges for restructuring.

  • Car dealership chain AutoNation on Thursday said quarterly profit fell, hurt by higher interest expense and weaker demand for new vehicles in the key markets of California and Florida.

  • Honda Fourth-Quarter Drops, Sees Decline This Year Wednesday, 25 Apr 2007 | 3:49 AM ET

    Honda Motor sees a tough year if the yen firms and dents export earnings, but it should still increase market share in Europe and the United States with its Civic and CR-V models and a new Accord sedan.

  • Toyota Tops GM in First-Quarter Global Auto Sales Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 7:23 PM ET

    Toyota became the world's top auto seller in the first three months of the year, passing rival General Motors for the first time, the Japanese automaker said Tuesday.

  • Today's Trivia Questions For Bonus Bucks Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 11:53 AM ET

    Hey folks, here are today's trivia questions. The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: According to the Alix Partners brand survey, which company was voted the least trusted brand in America? Your selection of answers is: Microsoft or Kraft or Ford or Sony. The news question is worth $1,000 Bonus Bucks: How many vehicles did Toyota sell worldwide in the January-March quarter? Your selection of answers is: 2.348 Million or 4.663 Million or 5.347 Million or 5.139 Million.

  • Toyota #1 & Mulally's Greenhouse Comment Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 10:28 AM ET
    2007 Toyota Camry

    The news out of Tokyo that Toyota eclipsed General Motors in 1Q sales is likely to elicit the usual round of "Detroit is dying" stories in the media. However, this news is not a surprise and does not mean Detroit is dead. Are the Big Three struggling to find their way domestically and globally? You bet.

  • Toyota Takes Top Sales Spot; Are Shares a Buy? Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 6:58 AM ET
    Toyota and GM

    Toyota Motor became the world’s top car manufacturer in terms of global vehicle sales for the first-quarter, taking the top spot from U.S. car maker General Motors, according to Toyota's figures out Tuesday.

  • Nissan Aims to Cut 1,500 Jobs in Japan Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | 9:11 PM ET

    Nissan Motor will announce details of a voluntary early retirement program in Japan Tuesday, aiming to cut up to 1,500 blue and white-collar jobs amid a shrinking domestic market.

  • The crisis in the U.S. mortgage market has hurt U.S. auto sales this month, General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz said on Monday.

  • Cars for Developing Markets Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | 12:17 PM ET
    Renault Logan

    At last week's Shanghai Auto Show, the GM CEO got an up-close view of the latest trend in the auto business -- cheap cars for developing markets. Oh make no mistake; this is not a trend that Wagoner is just stumbling upon. He's known about it for some time, and in some ways, General Motors is testing out the idea of selling "mini" cars -- with presumably a rather low price point. We'll talk more about that in a bit.

  • Italian car maker Fiat posted an almost four-fold rise in first-quarter trading profit at its auto unit, beating forecasts, as it squeezed more money from a rise in sales of its smaller city cars, like the Panda.

  • UAW Group, Tracinda Discuss Bids for Chrysler: WSJ Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | 1:32 AM ET

    Representatives of billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian, met with United Auto Workers members Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • Celeb Tucker "Stages" Comeback--Tops Stars! Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | 10:25 AM ET

    Time to put back Jonathan Tucker's photo in the blog post as the actor has pushed out poker champion Chris Moneymaker from the top spot in Trading With The Stars.  Jonathan is now followed by fellow actor Stephen Collins in 2nd. Moneymaker lost on Cubist Pharma which fell 7.46% Thursday. It's a close race between the top 3, with only....