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  • Behind The Curtain: What You Can Expect Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 4:28 PM ET
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    Friday afternoon I walked into Cobo Hall in Detroit and there was a flurry of activity with cars being brought in, stages being set up, and elaborate new model introductions being rehearsed. Welcome to Detroit two days before the city's big auto show.

  • Ford's Mulally: Showing The Quiet Confidence To Lead Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 10:43 AM ET
    Alan Mulally

    Having covered and coming to know Alan Mulally during his time running Ford and previously as head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, I've come to expect him to be upbeat, even in the most dire of times. I've also been with him enough to know when his optimism turns to quiet confidence.

  • Ford Gets Microsoft and Sirius to Pimp Its Ride Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | 1:59 PM ET
    Ford shows off its Focus model equipped with "Sync" connectivity, which will be available on nearly all Ford, Lincolns and Mercurys by the end of 2008.

    Ford Motor has signed up some tech heavyweights to help with "Sync," its in-car satellite communications system, With help from Microsoft, Sirius and others, Ford's car of the very near future is something like a GPS, digital music player, cell phone and voice recognition system on wheels.

  • Poll: Which Automaker Will Have The Best Car On Show Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | 10:06 AM ET
    BMW X6 Concept

    It's the grand daddy of American auto shows, so it's about time the Detroit Auto Show goes "Prime Time." It finally happens next week and we couldn't be happier that CNBC is the network raising the profile of the auto show.

  • Job Numbers Forcing "Review" Of Stock Models Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 4:19 PM ET

    The poor jobs report is causing a rethinking of stock models, which are weighted toward certain sectors based on earnings expectations. Up until recently, many large traders were overweight tech, industrials and materials stocks on two assumptions.

  • Toyota Unseats Ford for No. 2 Spot; GM Slips Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 5:10 PM ET
    Toyota Tundra

    Toyota Motor overtook Ford Motor to become the No. 2 automaker by U.S. sales in 2007, using new products and relentless strategy to break Ford's 75-year lock on the position.

  • Auto Sales Numbers: Toyota Creates Watershed Moment Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 3:43 PM ET
    2007 Toyota Camry

    As I was digesting the latest auto sales numbers, I saw one bullet point cross the newswires that I keep thinking about. For the first time since 1931 Ford is not #2 in U.S. Auto Sales behind General Motors. The second place slot is now controlled by Toyota.

  • Stocks Close Flat Ahead of Jobs Report Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 2:58 PM ET

    Stocks closed little-changed ahead of Friday's jobs report after ringing in the new year with a record decline.

  • Ford

    It was nowhere as close as the presidential races taking place in Iowa. Nor does it have the level of importance that goes with a presidential caucus. But when we asked you to let us know which automaker has the most to prove in 2007, you made it clear, by a long shot, that Ford is the automaker on the hot seat.

  • Futures Looking Up On Good Economic Numbers Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 9:07 AM ET

    Futures up on several economic reports that are better than expected: 1) ADP report of gain of 65,000 jobs for December ( 40,000 private sector jobs in December + 25,000 government jobs = 65,000 total).

  • Toyota to Cement Top Spot in 2008, Widen Gap with GM Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | 8:07 AM ET
    A Tacoma pickup truck on the lot of a Toyota dealership.

    Toyota Motor will charge further into emerging car markets to achieve another year of record sales in 2008, likely cementing its title as the world's biggest automaker ahead of General Motors.

  • Toyota to Cement Top Spot in 2008, Widens Gap With GM Tuesday, 25 Dec 2007 | 9:15 PM ET
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    Toyota Motor will charge further into emerging car markets to achieve another year of record sales in 2008, likely cementing its title as the world's biggest automaker ahead of General Motors.

  • Five Christmas Wishes for The Auto Industry Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | 1:21 PM ET
    Smart Car

    With Detroit and much of the auto industry shut down this week and gearing up for the Detroit Auto Show next month, I thought it would be a good time to take a few minutes and share my Christmas wishes for the auto world. I hope Santa brings you everything you want.

  • Eight Predictions For Autos in 2008 Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 2:57 PM ET
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    As we close out this year, I know some of you are asking, "Hey Toyota Phil (a nickname a friend gave me after accusing me of giving the Japanese automaker too much praise) what do you think will happen in the auto industry next year?" Well, since you asked, and I know some of you haven't asked, here are my prognostications for 2008.

  • Car Sales: Europe Ready To Pass U.S. As Number One? Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 9:32 AM ET
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    Want further proof we're in a global auto market where the countries outside the U.S. are playing a bigger role? Consider this: there are reports that Europe is on the cusp of passing up the U.S. as #1 in the world for sales. Think about that for a second.

  • Big Three to Cut Pickup Production in Jan: WSJ Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 7:10 AM ET
    Chrysler

    The big three automakers plan to curtail production of full-size pickups for several weeks as economic worries hit sales of their most profitable products, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Chrysler CEO Predicts $1.6 Billion Loss this Year: WSJ Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 3:07 AM ET

    Chrysler Chief Executive Robert Nardelli expects the automaker to lose $1.6 billion this year, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition, citing sources familiar with the matter.

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    Who'd have thunk it. Russia has become one of the hottest and fastest growing auto markets in the world. Now Chrysler wants a piece of the action and it may wind teaming up with a Russian automaker GAZ. Today in Michigan Chrysler executives and Michigan's governor are reportedly set to meet the president of GAZ to discuss the Russian automaker investing in the U.S.

  • Better Mileage or Fewer Features? Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 10:22 AM ET
    2008 Ford Expedition

    I hear it everyday. "Why can't we get cars, trucks and SUVs that give us 30 miles per gallon of gas?" My answer is usually along the lines of, "Yes, the automakers can do that, but there's a trade-off. You want a big SUV to haul people and stuff, then you have to accept lower fuel economy."

  • GM's Red Tag Sale: Do They Really Need It? Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | 1:33 PM ET
    General Motors

    The question now is whether GM's new red tag sale is the prudent use of incentives to clear some inventory, or if it's a sign of things to come for the automakers struggling with flat sales? I think it's a one-time thing.