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  • As firms like Foxconn shift factories away from higher-cost centers, they are discovering that workers in new locations across China are not as abundant as they had expected, prompting multinationals and their suppliers to use millions of teenage students from vocational and technical schools on assembly lines.

  • Japanese Stocks Soar on First Trading Day of 2013 Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | 4:17 AM ET

    Japan's Nikkei share average climbed to a 22-month high on its first trading day of 2013, as a deal in Washington to avert the "fiscal cliff" buoyed investor risk appetite and the weaker yen lifted exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp.

  • Automakers ended the year with the December sales rate expected to be about 1.5 million vehicles stronger. The final monthly sales rate is projected to be 15.5 million vehicles.

  • US Auto Sales Expected to Drive Past 15 Million in 2013 Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 12:01 AM ET
    Cars parked at the Toyota auto terminal in Port of Portland, Oregon.

    The rebound in U.S. auto sales shows few signs of slowing, according to a new report that projects new vehicle registrations will top 15 million this year.

  • South Korea's Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors are targeting a 4 percent increase in global sales this year to a combined 7.41 million vehicles, their slowest growth since 2003.

  • Hybrids Are Best Value for Auto Buyers: Report Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 12:01 AM ET
    The Toyota Prius C.

    They may not be sexy or exciting to drive, but a new study by Consumer Reports says hybrids offer the best value for those buying a new vehicle.

  • Crash Tests: Luxury Cars vs Cheaper Models     Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 2:55 PM ET

    Crash tests reveal whether expensive luxury cars are safer than less expensive models.

  • Manufacturing Jobs Making a Comeback in Southern U.S. Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 11:40 AM ET

    The Southern part of the United States has become a laboratory for new manufacturing jobs, with companies as diverse as Boeing, Starbucks and Lenovo racing into the region.

  • Cheaper Midsize Cars Rated Safer Than Luxury Models Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 12:01 AM ET
    Suzuki Kizashi

    New crash tests show less expensive midsize cars are safer than many luxury midsize cars.

  • Midsize Cars Better in Crash Tests     Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Video of crash tests that offers examples of midsize cars performing well in crash tests

  • Treasury Exits GM     Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 1:30 PM ET

    Treasury will exit investment in GM in the next 12-15 months, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • GM Bets Big on Its Next Generation Pickups Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 | 10:27 AM ET
    2014 Chevy Silverado

    At a time when pickup truck sales are picking up, General Motors has taken the wraps off of the next generation of its bread and butter pickup trucks.

  • Don’t Expect Ford Hybrid MPG Dispute to Slow Sales Thursday, 6 Dec 2012 | 5:54 PM ET
    Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Co., speaks during the unveiling of the Ford Fusion in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.

    Fuel economy is the number one factor for people when deciding what car to buy. Just a few days after Mulally made that claim while making the rounds on morning TV shows, the miles per gallon (mpg) ratings of two Ford hybrid models are being questioned.

  • Why Subaru Is Outpacing the US Auto Industry Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 11:44 AM ET
    2012 Subaru Tribeca

    Subaru has sold more than 300,000 cars in the U.S. this year for the first time in its history, Thomas Doll, Subaru of America COO, told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Tuesday.

  • Austin, Texas

    Every day, about 10 Kansas City Southern trains hauling everything from cars to chemicals crisscross the border between Mexico and the United States at Laredo, Texas, up from about six three years ago.

  • Who Ate GM's Lunch? Chrysler and the J3 Monday, 3 Dec 2012 | 7:26 PM ET

    You hear it all the time: market share doesn't matter, profits do. True, at the end of the day I'd rather have a profitable automaker selling fewer vehicles than a money loser leading in market share.

  • Sticker Shock: New Car Prices Are Going Up Thursday, 29 Nov 2012 | 2:37 PM ET

    “With the content going into new cars and trucks, the costs will have to be passed along to buyers,”says John Humphrey, Senior Vice President of J.D. Power.

  • Optimism Fuels L.A. Auto Show Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012 | 11:55 AM ET
    1929 Lincoln L Dietrich Convertible Coupe appears as part of Lincoln's Heritage On Display At Los Angeles Auto Show Press Day at Los Angeles Convention Center on November 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

    In a city where it's all about building buzz, the auto industry is quietly generating the kind of optimism it hasn't seen in at least five years.

  • Cars With the Best Resale Value Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 4:39 PM ET

    Kelley Blue Book is the go-to resource for new car shoppers with performance and resale value in mind. CNBC.com presents Kelley's list of 10 cars with the best resale value for 2013.

  • Automakers Gear Up for a Green Holiday Season Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 9:26 AM ET

    If the upcoming L.A. Auto Show is any indication, American motorists are in for a green holiday season. NBCNews.com reports.