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  • CNBC's Schacknow: I Want It Now! How We Break News Friday, 16 Feb 2007 | 3:12 PM ET

    Anyone who’s ever worked in the news business -- be it radio, television, or print -- has it drilled into their heads from day one: get it on (or out) NOW! ... In television, we have many ways to deliver breaking news. On the surface, that sounds like a nice advantage, and most of the time, it is. But it also introduces variables that other media don’t need to consider.

  • Ford Expects to Miss U.S. Sales Goals: Source Friday, 16 Feb 2007 | 3:10 PM ET

    Ford Motor  expects to miss its U.S. retail sales goals for February and March because of a deepening slump in the market for pickup trucks and SUVs, a person who had seen the forecast said on Friday.

  • No Serious GM-Chrysler M&A Talks Friday, 16 Feb 2007 | 3:09 PM ET

    General Motors doesn't appear to be in serious negotiations to buy Chrysler Group from its German parent, DaimlerChrysler spacer. It doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen down the road, but it seems like we may be getting ahead of ourselves.

  • High Hopes, Big Hurdles For Hydrogen Friday, 16 Feb 2007 | 9:30 AM ET
    Harold Garabedian with the Agency of Natural Resources fills a hydrogen-powered auto at the new hydrogen fueling station in Burlington, Vt., Monday, July 3, 2006.  The station and auto are part of a testing program for the alternative fuel in colder climates.  (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    Hydrogen offers the prospect of pollution-free cars, but huge technological problems must be overcome first. The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland will discuss sustainable energy on January 24-27 and one thing is clear: There will be no immediate miracles. But that doesn’t reduce hydrogen’s potential and major companies are active in the field. 

  • Holding Out Hope For Hydrogen Friday, 16 Feb 2007 | 9:29 AM ET
    Harold Garabedian with the Agency of Natural Resources fills a hydrogen-powered auto at the new hydrogen fueling station in Burlington, Vt., Monday, July 3, 2006.  The station and auto are part of a testing program for the alternative fuel in colder climates.  (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    Hydrogen offers the prospect of pollution-free cars, but huge technological problems must be overcome first. Then there is the trillions of dollars in investment that will probably needed. But that doesn’t reduce hydrogen’s potential and major companies are active in the field. 

  • Goodyear Posts Quarterly Loss as Strike Weighs Friday, 16 Feb 2007 | 8:16 AM ET

    Goodyear Tire & Rubber, the largest U.S. tire maker, reported a wider quarterlyloss Friday due to a nearly three-month strike by union workers in North America that cost the company $367 million.

  • Chrysler CEO Seeks Deals To Boost Sales Abroad-WSJ Friday, 16 Feb 2007 | 3:45 AM ET

    The chief executive of DaimlerChrysler  said he wants to use new alliances to more than double sales outside North America, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

  • Chrysler, GM In Talks To Develop Large SUV: Report Thursday, 15 Feb 2007 | 12:06 PM ET

    DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group and General Motors are in talks to jointly develop a large SUV like the Chevrolet Suburban, which Chrysler doesn't have in its current lineup, according to a report in Wall Street Journal.

  • Michelin Reports 36% Drop in 2006 Net Profit Thursday, 15 Feb 2007 | 11:27 AM ET

    French tyre maker Michelin said Thursday that net profit for 2006 fell 36% from a year earlier, squeezed by restructuring charges and high raw material costs.

  • Toyota Surges as European Car Sales Rise in January Thursday, 15 Feb 2007 | 4:57 AM ET

    Japan's Toyota Motor boosted European car sales by more than a fifth in January, overtaking DaimlerChrysler and helping the overall market edge up 1.1 percent, industry data showed on Thursday.

  • Mercedes

    DaimlerChrysler will cut 13,000 jobs at its Chrysler operation in North America and indicated it could sell or spin off the money-losing unit, which would unwind a troubled 9-year-old merger between Chrysler and Mercedes.

  • General Motors declined comment on the report, which said the parties are working on it "at full speed."

  • A potential merger could see four major car rental brands, National, Alamo, Thrifty and Dollar combine in a deal worth $3 billion, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

  • Second-Hand Car Maker for Sale? Wednesday, 14 Feb 2007 | 11:13 AM ET

    Selling Chrysler “is not like selling a used car,” said Michael Robinet, Vice President at Global Vehicle Forecasts, to “Morning Call,” and you can see his point in more ways than one. Any automaker that can call itself no. 5 in America can hardly be ready for the scrap heap.

  • Can Chrysler and Mercedes Finally Fall in Love? Wednesday, 14 Feb 2007 | 10:12 AM ET

    Like a third-grade boy forced to hand out Valentine's Day cards to the little girls in his class he would rather not acknowledge, Chrysler and Mercedes are going to see if they can finally get together. My opinion: It won't work unless both the Americans and Germans change their attitudes.

  • GM -- Yes, That GM -- Is "Exciting" Again Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 | 4:34 PM ET

    No, your eyes aren't deceiving you: General Motors is "exciting."  The turnaround in the automaker's status comes courtesy of Merrill Lynch, which kicked GM's rating up two notches, from "sell" to "buy." Two industry-watchers joined "Closing Bell" to explain why.

  • Is GM Really Worth Buying? Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 | 2:11 PM ET
    General Motors

    As I woke in Detroit after flying in from New York this morning, I saw the story on "Squawk Box," - another Wall St. firm had raised GM to a buy rating. Why? Primarily on the idea that GM's 17 billion surplus on It's pension wil give it the leverage needed to strike a better deal with the uaw regarding retiree healthcare costs.

  • Volkswagen says Protected From Takeovers Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 | 5:49 AM ET

    A senior adviser to the European Union's highest court said Tuesday the German government is excessively protecting automaker Volkswagen AG, preventing any takeover of the business.

  • Honda to Recall 45,335 Civic Hybrids Worldwide Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 | 3:43 AM ET

    Honda Motor said on Tuesday it would recall 45,335 Civic hybrid cars globally to fix a faulty voltage converter that could cause a short circuit and stop the engine.

  • Mercedes "S" class: The "S" is for Sizzling Friday, 9 Feb 2007 | 11:44 AM ET

    Stylish, smokin', sensational sales. Pardon the alliteration, but it seemed the best way to characterize Mercedes "S" class. This luxury car is red hot. According to the Power Information Network, the "S" was one of the most popular leased vehicles in January. And on the sale side, the average "S" stays on dealer lots just 18 days. Making it one of the 10 fastest selling cars of the month.