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Q: On Fast Money’s trader radar we look at the stock that was lighting up screens across Wall Street. In the 1930s, this automaker created the Datsun, the first mass-produced vehicle in Japan. And in the 90’s, its SUVs were popularized through their use on the show Baywatch, but this automaker was in need of a rescue today, after a 30 percent plunge in October sales sent shares diving . Who is it?
Later today we'll find out if Toyota passes up GM in October auto sales to become the first foreign auto maker to lead the U.S. in monthly auto sales. If it happens, it would be a watershed moment in the auto industry and in American business.
Rick Wagoner meet Charlie Brown. GM's Chairman and CEO now knows how the cartoon character felt getting a box of rocks for Halloween. It looks like Washington/Bush Administration is saying "no thanks" to providing the money needed to make a GM/Chrysler merger happen
Nissan Motor and Suzuki Motor capped a turbulent week for automakers everywhere with their own profit warnings on Friday, as executives predicted a rough ride for the foreseeable future.
The massive ice jam around credit markets is beginning to show signs of thawing under the heat of government intervention. As investors are distracted by the wild gyrations in the stock, the credit markets this week are showing signs that a slow healing process may be taking hold.
As we move closer to seeing the Treasury Department approving $5-10 billion in federal loans to back a merger of GM and Chrysler, I've been hit with a wave of comments from readers, viewers, and others that basically amounts to this: We should let GM go bankrupt because they aren't worth saving.
Today the number two Japanese auto market, Honda Motor Co, warned of lower-than-expected annual profits as a deepening financial crisis has hammered demand for cars and sent the yen soaring according to Reuters.
This week is not only the last one of the month. It's also the week that could determine if GM holds on to the top spot in monthly auto sales in the U.S.
Whether it's the Wall Street Journal speculating about Cerberus Capital pushing for "fresh air" in the management at GM, or the steady flow of e-mails I get from people saying "Wagoner must go!", there is no shortage of people suggesting GM's leadership needs to change.
This morning GM and Chrysler announced a fresh round of job cuts due to the stunning drop in business and their balance sheets.
The billionaire investor who said he bought Ford stock as a long term investment is pulling out of the automaker after a short, money losing ride. Kirk Kerkorian still owns more than 6% of Ford's outstanding common shares.
As discussions between GM and Chrysler heat up, there's a steady flow of questions about road blocks that could stop this merger of American auto giants. Any other time, I'd agree with some of the points being raised. But given the economy and the weakened state of the auto industry, I think few of these are going to stop GM from acquiring Chrysler- IF the country's largest automaker decides it wants this deal.
After a week of stating in this blog and on the air that I don't see the logic behind a combination of GM and Chrysler, I took the last two days to ask people familiar with the talks and inside the auto industry if I'm missing the boat.
Like a python squeezing the air out of its victim, Toyota is in the midst of a move that will further hurt the Big 3.
After a few days of tracking the latest talks between GM and Chrysler, I'm more convinced than ever before that these two companies will not merge. It's an idea that ultimately creates more headaches than solutions for GM.
If you think GM is just a short drive from steering into bankruptcy, think again. This morning, while everyone says this company is on the verge of collapsing, a GM spokeswoman emphatically said "NO!"
If you are GM CEO Rick Wagoner, what do you do? The man in the top job at the struggling automaker is pulling every move possible to keep his company from collapsing. And by all accounts, he's done a hell of a job.
Want a sign of just how screwed up this economy has become? Auto repo companies are finding business has slowed down because banks and lenders are reluctant to take back cars and trucks people can no longer pay for.
These are gut check times for Ford & GM investors. Shares of the two automakers slid to lows not seen since the early 80's for Ford and mid 50's for GM. As one Wall Street veteran told me, "These are dire times for Ford & GM."
Could this finally be the big breakthrough diesel fans have been clamoring for? Could this be the start of Americans getting over their lack of interest for diesel cars? Audi certainly hopes so. Audi is on a cross country publicity push spreading the word about clean diesel.