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  • Who Should Determine What Fuels Our Cars/Trucks? Thursday, 21 May 2009 | 9:50 AM ET

    How do you define "free market". Yesterday, I argued the "free market" should determine if cars and trucks are powered by diesel fuel or by the conventional gasoline most vehicles currently use. This baffled some of you.

  • Why New Fuel Rules Tick Off Some People Wednesday, 20 May 2009 | 11:01 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Over the last two days, as I've blogged about new fuel efficiency rules President Obama laid out at the White House, I've been struck by the opposition to these changes.

  • With the new mandate from Washington, this efficiency movement in the auto industry will pick up momentum, and several companies are positioned to profit.

  • Better Mileage Doesn't Mean The Death Of SUV Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 8:51 AM ET
    2007 GMC Acadia

    For years, we've heard Detroit and other auto makers lobby against higher fuel economy standards because it would drive up costs and ultimately hurt sales of SUV's and pick-ups- vehicles Americans want.

  • "Governator" Arnold Wins Fuel Efficiency Battle Monday, 18 May 2009 | 3:41 PM ET
    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    "UNCLE!!!!!!!!!" That's the cry you'll hear from Detroit to Washington as President Barack Obama announces a new tailpipe emission standard that mirrors the tough measures California has been trying to impose for years.

  • Now The Tough Part: Keeping Chrysler Relevant Monday, 18 May 2009 | 9:28 AM ET
    Chrysler

    Ask yourself these questions: If you are looking for a new car, truck, or minivan right now, will you buy a Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep? Will you seriously consider one of those models?

  • Chrysler Cuts Show End For Small Dealer Thursday, 14 May 2009 | 8:59 AM ET

    For decades, they've been the backbone of auto sales in the U.S. The smaller independent dealer is what most of America grew up with. Now those smaller dealers are about to dwindle in number and influence.

  • Dealers Split On Plans To Close Stores Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | 11:49 AM ET
    GM Dealership

    They are in the crosshairs of the auto task and passionate about their feelings over GM and Chrysler plans to drop dealers. What's interesting is that not all dealers are against the idea of trimming the dealer ranks, while others are fearing the end of business' that have been in their family for years.

  • Dealers Fighting Day Of Reckoning Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | 9:45 AM ET

    For auto dealers, this may go down as the worst week ever. GM will announce plans to cut 2600 dealerships while Chrysler drops roughly 850. That's roughly 42% of the GM dealerships and 27% of the Chrysler stores going away.

  • GM Shareholders, Executives Run For Cover Tuesday, 12 May 2009 | 1:06 PM ET
    General Motors

    It's kind of like watching a car crash. You know it's sad. You know it's awful. But you can't stop looking at it. I'm not trying to be trivial about the plunge in GM shares this week.

  • Auto Bankruptcy 'Babies' About To Be Born Tuesday, 12 May 2009 | 8:41 AM ET
    Empty GM Dealership

    For months we've all heard the warnings. If GM and Chrysler go bankrupt it will trigger a host of other bankruptcies from suppliers to dealers.

  • Toyota Tumbles: Slow Reaction Hammers Auto Giant Friday, 8 May 2009 | 11:00 AM ET

    The fact Toyota posted it's first annual loss in 75 years is not surprising- almost every auto maker lost money this year. The fact this company lost $6.9 Billion in the quarter ending this March is staggering, but not so out of line that people are shocked. What is surprising is Toyota CEO Katsuaki Watanabe telling reporters in Tokyo his company was "lacking in the scope and speed of dealing with various issues."

  • GM's 'Revenue Implosion' Blows Hole In Q1 Results Thursday, 7 May 2009 | 9:18 AM ET
    General Motors logo

    When you burn through $113 Million every day, it seems ludicrous to say that the quarter turned out a little better than expected. Equally disturbing is the fact few will seem phased by the fact spent $113 Million more than it took in every single day of the first quarter.

  • Ford's Big Bet Going Small And Green Wednesday, 6 May 2009 | 9:35 AM ET
    Ford

    This is for all of you who have complained, groused, wondered, and offered pointed opinions about the Big 3 not being committed to smaller, greener cars. For those of you who have scoffed at the idea of Detroit making money on compact cars built in the U.S., Ford believes it will prove you wrong.

  • Fast Track Bankruptcy? Chrysler Looking To Fly Tuesday, 5 May 2009 | 3:01 PM ET
    2007 Chrysler 300

    As the bankruptcy hearings about creating a new Chrysler pick up steam in New York, it's becoming crystal clear how quickly the Federal Government wants to re-structure the ailing auto maker.

  • Honda Pushes Higher Tuesday, 5 May 2009 | 10:55 AM ET
    2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

    Last Friday, as most people focused on Chrysler going bankrupt, making its first appearance in bankruptcy court and the mounting questions about whether its future was bright or bleak, Honda moved a little higher. It was typical Honda done with little fanfare. The "Steady-Eddie" of the car business moved past Chrysler to become number 4 in U.S. auto sales this year.

  • Chrysler's Money Pit: Losing $46 Million A Day Monday, 4 May 2009 | 3:24 PM ET
    Chrysler

    When the bottom fell out of the auto industry late last year, we all knew that Chrysler was losing gobs of money. Heck, last December on Capitol Hill Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli said that his company was burning through a billion dollars of capital a month. That said, when you see Chrysler lost $16.8 Billion last year, you have to stop and ponder the enormity of that loss.

  • Marchionne's Bold World Play Monday, 4 May 2009 | 9:29 AM ET
    Sergio Marchionne

    It's a gutsy move. If it works out, he will be called a genius. If it doesn't, critics will say he tried to bite off more than he could chew. Either way, Sergio Marchionne is clearly on center stage for an auto industry in turmoil. Whether or not his performance leads to rave reviews is very much up in the air, but so far he's hitting all the right notes.

  • Auto Sales In US Decline, Chrysler Down 48 Percent Friday, 1 May 2009 | 3:21 PM ET

    Chrysler's sales in the U.S. for April were down 48 percent. The now bankrupt automaker sold 76,682 total vehicles versus 147,751 a year ago.  Despite the big declines, all the numbers were well above forecasts.

  • Chrysler Recovery? It Depends on the Cars Friday, 1 May 2009 | 9:49 AM ET

    You cover enough bankruptcies, you get used to the strange and painful routine. Closing the plants, targeting the jobs to be cut, and outlining how a company in Chapter 11 will be filed in court papers and pretty clear from the beginning. In other words, the cutting and paring of costs is the easy part. It's the re-building and changing of the company that is the tough part.