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  • 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.

  • Toyota Hits A Pothole at Daytona Beach Friday, 16 Feb 2007 | 1:23 PM ET
    2007 Toyota Camry

    Discovery of an illegal fuel additive in one of Toyota's cars at the Daytona 500 are a distraction to the company's marketing efforts with NASCAR, but are likely to have little lasting impact. There is no charge the Toyota or its team knew about the oxygenate, let along sanctioned its use. NASCAR is second only to the NFL in sports marketing muscle.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Dow Sets New Record Close; Bulls Shrug Off Weak Data Thursday, 15 Feb 2007 | 4:18 PM ET

    The Dow Jones Industrials closed at another record high as positive momentum trumped a weak manufacturing report. "The markets are floating on a sea of liquidity, but the real driver of this market is the increasing risk appetite of investors." Jeffrey Saut, Chief Investment Strategist at Raymond James, told CNBC.com.

  • 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.

  • Microsoft's Big Play; The Big Push For Mobile Video Thursday, 15 Feb 2007 | 9:18 AM ET
    Microsoft Zune

    Microsoft is busy pushing its entertainment offerings. The tech company's new secret weapon in selling digital downloads to play on a cell phone or other devices is a new digital rights management technology called PlayReady. The upside for consumers: content purchased for one mobile device isn't limited to just that gadget. Users can register several devices to share content. This is a rather controversial approach, but could really catch on eventually.

  • 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."

  • "It's more company-specific news items than anything else," Tony Dwyer, equity market strategist at FTN Midwest Securities, said in an interview with  CNBC.com. "You had a very near-term oversold market, you've had a back-and-forth tape over the last few days,  so today evens it out."

  • Merrill Lynch Raises GM To Buy, Cuts Ford To Sell Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 | 4:45 PM ET
    General Motors

    Merrill Lynch raised its rating on General Motors  to buy from sell, favoring shares of the largest U.S. automaker over Ford Motor , which were downgraded to sell from neutral.

  • 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.

  • "It looks like the market is sort of struggling here a little bit, but there is too much skepticism and negativity on the street for me to think that the bottom is going to fall out," said Jeffrey Hirsch, editor-in-chief of the Stock Trader's Almanac, in an interview with CNBC.com.

  • Chicago Showdown: GM, Chrysler Take On Tundra Wednesday, 7 Feb 2007 | 2:21 PM ET

    The Tundra truck -- Toyota Motor’s postmodern combo of blue-collar ruggedness and advanced electronics -- goes on sale this week.   How will top automakers confront the competition? That’s one question that drew CNBC’s Phil LeBeau to the Chicago Auto Show.

  • On The Road To Cult Status Wednesday, 7 Feb 2007 | 12:23 PM ET
    1967 Ford Mustang

    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.

  • Let the Truck Wars Begin! Wednesday, 7 Feb 2007 | 9:48 AM ET

    Well at last, the battle for America's heartland has begun. Armed with bigger quad cabs, more torque, and plenty of bravado ... Detroit's 3, Toyota, and Nissan are working harder than ever to win over truck buyers. This week, Toyota's long anticipated, and much hyped Tundra full size pick-up goes on sale.

  • As U.S. automakers have struggled over the past years, they have always been able to hang on to one last profitable stronghold – the large pickup truck market. But that fortress is about to be stormed by Toyota as its redesigned Tundra pickup hits the showrooms this week.

  • Toyota Quarterly Operating Profit Up 19% Tuesday, 6 Feb 2007 | 10:25 AM ET

    Toyota Motor posted a near-20% rise in quarterly profit on Tuesday on brisk sales in North America and Europe, but kept its full-year forecasts unchanged -- though still on course for an eighth straight year of record earnings.

  • Toyota Sets Sights on Pole Position Among Automakers Tuesday, 6 Feb 2007 | 6:36 AM ET

    It seems only a matter of time before Toyota Motor takes the title as the world's top automaker, by any measure. The Japanese automaker is even entering a car in the Daytona 500 this year.