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  • BMW Says Car Sales to rise Above Last Year Wednesday, 14 Mar 2007 | 7:14 AM ET
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    Automaker BMW AG said Wednesday that its pretax profit this year was set to rise above the 4.12 billion euros it posted in 2006 on the sentiment that its car sales would also rise.

  • Time to Buy a Hybrid? Tuesday, 13 Mar 2007 | 2:51 PM ET

    These are interesting times for those who have toyed with the idea of buying a gas-electric hybrid. According to some analysis by Edmunds.com, hybrids have become much more attractive in terms of pricing, incentives and as a hedge against prices rising at the pump.

  • Ford Without Aston: Smart Move Monday, 12 Mar 2007 | 11:09 AM ET
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    The news this morning of Ford selling it's Aston Martin luxury auto line brings to the end a 20 year run where Ford tried to make a high-end niche brand work for the world's third largest automaker. While Aston Martin has been a profitable operation, it has never been a good fit- for either Ford or Aston Martin.

  • This one is a sign of the times: As Internet-connected TVs proliferate, and cable companies increasingly tighten the screws on customers to squeeze more money out of them, an increasing number of customers are cutting ties with their old cable companies and keeping the set-top boxes. These are pretty pricey little items, so Redleaf reports that companies will pay you $500 to $1,000 per week to recover those boxes. A on Craigslistfor one of these jobs called the technicians “road warriors” and counted "street smarts" among the skills required.Road warriors? Paying handsomely to recover a precious box? Sounds like the plot to the next movie!

    Cash-strapped Ford Motor  has sold a controlling stake in the Aston Martin brand, made famous by its exotic sports cars in James Bond movies, raising $848 million to help fund its turnaround plan.

  • CEO Frank Stronach said it was vital that Magna be involved in a possible sale of Chrysler to protect itself and help its biggest customer, the Globe and Mail reported.

  • Slideshow: International Motor Show, Geneva Friday, 9 Mar 2007 | 1:27 PM ET
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    Fast cars, smart cars and politically correct cars are all on display at one of the Europe's top auto shows.

  • Video Roundup: Going Green at Geneva Auto Show Friday, 9 Mar 2007 | 12:55 PM ET
    The new Subaru R1e Electric vehicle with rapid electricity charger is shown during the press day  at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show, Tuesday, March 6, 2007, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Motor Show will open its gates to the public from March 8 to 18. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

    The 77th International Auto Show in Geneva, Switzerland this year will no doubt be remembered by the presence of automakers exhibiting alternative powered technology.

  • Volkswagen Fourth-Quarter Profit Nearly Triples Friday, 9 Mar 2007 | 11:13 AM ET

    Volkswagen, Europe's largest automaker, said Friday its fourth-quarter profit nearly tripled on strong vehicle sales.

  • On The Road To Cult Status Friday, 9 Mar 2007 | 11:04 AM ET
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    Cult cars emerge regardless of marketing efforts and BMW's MINI is on the verge of joining the Ford Mustang and a select group of other autos that captured the imagination of car lovers.

  • European Stocks to Watch Friday, 9 Mar 2007 | 10:49 AM ET

    Here some of Wednesday's big movers on European stock markets: Alliance Boots, WM Morrison, Sainsbury, Tesco, Volkswagen, EADS, Xstrata and Deutsche Postbank.

  • BMW 2006 Profit Hits Record as 3-Series Buoys Thursday, 8 Mar 2007 | 1:42 PM ET

    Germany's BMW, the world's largest premium carmaker, said on Thursday its 2006 pre-tax profit rose by a quarter to a record 4.124 billion euros ($5.4 billion) on buoyant demand for its top selling 3-Series sedan.

  • Chrysler Future Hinges On Unions Thursday, 8 Mar 2007 | 10:36 AM ET

    While representatives from two private equity firms meet with Chrysler executives outside Detroit this week, there will be plenty of speculation about what it would take for them to bid on the American automaker.

  • Wheels Of Fortune Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | 9:02 PM ET
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    Since the days of Barney Rubble, the wheel has been one of the basic indicators of global progress, and that's still true today. From 18-wheelers to hybrid vehicles, demand for tires  is surging because of a healthy global economy. For some investors, the tire industry has been the proverbial road to riches. Should you be following along or is it time to wave the checkered flag on this trade

  • Battle-Tested Buys Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | 6:10 PM ET

    Right now, the best move for investors is to find stocks that made it through the sell-off without a scratch. Luckily, Cramer’s here to help.

  • European Stocks to Watch Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | 10:49 AM ET

    Here some of Wednesday's big movers on European stock markets: Telekom Austria, Scania, Resolution, MAN, Iberia, Endesa, Vallourec, Lloyds TSB, RBS and ITV.

  • Geneva Eye Candy, GM's Subprime Worries Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | 10:35 AM ET
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    If you've seen as many auto show's as I have, you rarely are impressed by the new models, displays, and "shows" put on by the automakers. Well, Geneva has changed that.

  • VW Increases Scania Stake, Aiming for Alliance with MAN Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | 8:12 AM ET

    Volkswagen  said Wednesday it has increased its holdings in Swedish truckmaker Scania  to more than 35% of the voting rights, in an attempt to pave the way for a friendly alliance with German rival MAN.

  • Daimler CEO Says Chrysler Won't be Auctioned: Paper Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | 6:05 AM ET

    DaimlerChrysler  will not auction off loss-making U.S. division Chrysler and could decide to keep the business at the end of a strategic review, Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche told a German paper.

  • Chrysler Split Could be Difficult: New York Times Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | 3:57 AM ET

    The chief executive of DaimlerChrysler, Dieter Zetsche, said it would be difficult to break up Chrysler, as analysts and other experts have speculated recently, due to an integrated production system that binds together its various brands, The New York Times said.

  • Your Questions: Cheesecake Factory, Toyota & More Tuesday, 6 Mar 2007 | 8:43 PM ET
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    Ted from Connecticut asked: “With the China markets and other emerging markets cooling off, both PetroChina and Petroleo Brasiliero - China and Brazil's largest oil companies are off their 52 week highs. Do they look like a good buy or will they go even lower?”