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  • Rolls Rolls on Topless Sunday, 7 Jan 2007 | 1:06 PM ET

    In a few days, a slew of new models will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Some will blow us away. Some will make us yawn and say, "are you kidding me?" But one in particular will take your breath away. It's the new Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe. Stunning. Impressive. Yowza. I'd use those adjectives to describe the Drophead convertible I rode in and examined while visiting the Rolls Royce Motors headquarters in Goodwood, England.

  • Satellite Radio Stocks Up, But Still Struggling Friday, 5 Jan 2007 | 5:00 PM ET

    Shares of XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio are up today. The gains come on news that XM recorded positive cash flow from operations during the fourth quarter. Some traders are reacting to the news as if the worst of the companies’ struggle into the black are over. Maria Bartiromo had two analysts on “Closing Bell” who would beg to differ.

  • Chrysler Expects Restructuring Plan by February Thursday, 4 Jan 2007 | 3:44 PM ET

    DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group should have a restructuring plan ready by February as it aims to recover from a loss expected to be near $1.3 billion for 2006, the automaker said.

  • Toyota Eyes More North American Capacity Thursday, 4 Jan 2007 | 3:13 PM ET

    Toyota Motor said it is considering expanding its manufacturing capacity in North America and is reviewing locations.

  • Ford's Honest Take on Toyota and its Future Thursday, 4 Jan 2007 | 10:55 AM ET

    When I walked in to dinner with Ford CEO Alan Mulally on Wednesday night, I knew the menu would include a tasty entree, a sweet dessert, and a  healthy dose of candor. All courtesy of the "outsider" trying to turnaround the struggling automaker. I expected the honesty since that's what I found while covering Mulally as he turned around Boeing Commercial Airplanes. And at this dinner, he was forthright in his praise of Toyota.

  • Ford CEO Alan Mulally says the struggling automaker is on target to return to profitability by 2009. Mulally also downplayed his meeting with Toyota's Chairman Fujio Cho saying he's talking with leaders from many automakers to better understand the industry and see if there are opportunities for mutual cooperation.

  • DaimlerChrysler's December U.S. auto sales rose 2.9%, while General Motors' sales fell 9.6% and Ford Motor's sales declined 9.4% for the same period, CNBC's Phil LeBeau reported.  Toyota garnered a 16.6% sales increase.

  • Report Shows U.S. Auto Cos. Lagging Japan Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 4:27 PM ET

    December is proving to be another disappointing month for the big three U.S. automakers. Today's sales report for last month showed a double-digit decline in trucks sold by General Motors, and Ford dropped almost 13% on the whole. Chrysler eked out half a percent gain. On today's "Closing Bell," CNBC’s Dylan Ratigan sifted through the data to find out what it all means going forward.

  • Auto Sales Run Out of Gas Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 3:45 PM ET

    As I'm reading the December auto sales numbers, it's clear 2006 will be remembered as a bleak one for the big 3. The healthiest of the trio, GM, is still not cash flow positive. And even though the company is in better shape today than a year ago, the fact remains, it's still in a turnaround. Look at their numbers for the final month of the year.

  • CNBC's Schacknow: Why I Hate Car Sales Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 2:41 PM ET

    You may recall a previous entry in which I stated my completely non-political dislike of presidential news conferences - strictly from a breaking news desk point of view, of course. Well, that pales in comparison with my loathing of auto sales numbers, easily the most stress-inducing, messy, difficult set of statistics of all the numbers we try to get on the air in a hurry. Of course, it could be worse.

  • Volvo Finalizes Chinese Order for 700 Buses Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 8:07 AM ET

    Swedish truck and bus maker Volvo AB said Wednesday it had finalized an order for 700 city buses from Shanghai, China. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

  • After years of ceding much of the car market to Asian competitors, Detroit's Big Three are preparing to roll out an array of new autos that they hope will bring buyers back to their showrooms to look for something besides trucks.

  • One Last Race for Chevy and Ford Tuesday, 2 Jan 2007 | 10:26 AM ET

    While most of us wrapped 2006 with holiday parties and hopefully a few days off - hey, at least that's what I did last week - Chevy and Ford dealers finished a pitched battle to see which brand would wrap up the year as number one in total sales. The winner gets bragging rights as being America's favorite nameplate for cars and trucks. The loser will claim it doesn't matter. The truth is...

  • Look For Chinese SUVs, Ford Motor M&A Tuesday, 2 Jan 2007 | 9:06 AM ET

    CNBC’s auto-market blogger Phil LeBeau told “Squawk Box” that the hottest development may come from Shanghai; and GM and Nissan alliance talks stoked merger mania.

  • FRANKFURT (Reuters) - DaimlerChrysler will recover about 168 million euros ($221.5 million) from insurers in settling a dispute over the costs of a U.S. class-action lawsuit in 2003, a German newspaper reported on Tuesday.

  • Chrysler to Build Small Cars With China's Chery Friday, 29 Dec 2006 | 5:46 PM ET

    Chrysler and Chery Automobile have agreed on a plan for the Chinese manufacturer to build small cars to be sold worldwide.

  • Tuesday Highlights: Seven Hours for 2007 Friday, 29 Dec 2006 | 5:27 PM ET

    From energy to gold, airlines to the Internet, specialists and analysts offer predictions for the new year, as our "7 For '07" special coverage continues. And don't miss our 2007 Money Manager Survey.

  • Today's Close: The Best and Worst Of 2006 Friday, 29 Dec 2006 | 4:01 PM ET

    As we end for today, we can safely report it's been a banner year for stocks--by just about everyone's measuring stick. Bonds didn't so bad either. Blue chips were certainly the big standouts of 2006. The Dow Jones industrial average--the index of 30 of the nation’s biggest companies, hit record levels dozens of times since closing at 12,011.73 on Oct. 19. It's since surged to an intra-day high of 12,529.87. All this despite....

  • 'Dow Dogs' Offer Double Path to Profit? Friday, 29 Dec 2006 | 11:04 AM ET

    Almost every analyst has an angle on how to beat the market, and investors pay big money for trading tips that promise guaranteed profits. But here on CNBC we give that advice away for free. John Prestbo, editor of Dow Jones Indexes, shared his “Dogs of the Dow” strategy on “Morning Call” today. It returned 32% in 2006.

  • The union representing about 14,000 striking Goodyear Tire & Rubber workers approved a new contract that includes plans to close a Texas tire factory and creates a $1 billion health care fund for retirees, the United Steelworkers said Friday.