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The video is dramatic. Especially if you've ever asked yourself how the smallest cars on the road would protect you in an accident. According to the latest head-to-head crash tests by the non-profit group Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, people riding in these "micro" cars would be at risk of a serious injury.
You can hear them virtually everywhere. You can call them pessimists, but I prefer the term realists. They are people within GM, the Obama administration, the auto industry, and elsewhere who now see GM filing for bankruptcy as the best move for a company with few good options.
Shortly after the doors opened to press days at the New York Auto Show someone asked me, "Do these auto shows really serve a purpose anymore?"
As I walk around the New York Auto Show and talk with executives from GM, Toyota, and Chrysler there is one question you hear over and over: Are buyers actually coming back into showrooms?
The first time you see the new PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility) 2 seat ride, you think to yourself, "well, that's pretty cool."
Ford rose 16 percent yesterday after reducing its debt by $10 billion and had plenty of options activity along the way.
Remember when Ford shares touched $1.01 a few months back and people were speculating about when the troubled automaker was "forced" into bankruptcy? Those days seem like a distant memory.
In the week since President Obama's Auto Task Force decided GM and Chrysler were not viable, much of the focus has been on the future of GM, who runs the company, and how the country can save its largest auto maker.
Shares of Mitsubishi Motors jumped to a three-month high on Friday after a newspaper said the automaker would double its annual production capacity target for electric cars in the business year to March 2012.
With members of President Obama's Auto Task Force hitting the ground in Detroit, the re-structuring of General Motors kicks into gear. Monday in Washington may have been all about justifying and selling the government calling the shots at GM, but Tuesday in Detroit is when the president's people get to work. No wonder critics are now saying GM now stands for Government Motors, not General Motors. So what happens next?
If you thought March 31 would be the day the government would make a final pronouncement on GM and Chrysler, it's time to think again.
Today, Toyota takes the wraps off the new Prius and many in the auto industry will be watching to see if it can remain king of the hybrid hill.
This morning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a new rating system for the strength of roofs for SUV's. These ratings highlight an area that is critical to whether passengers in an SUV will survive a rollover crash accident.
Amid all the hoopla about today's launch of the Tata Nano was a question and answer about when the $2,500 micro car might be on sales in the U.S. Tata CEO Ratan Tata said that it is conceivable his company could modify a European version of the Nano to meet U.S. safety standards within three years
Talk about a strange juxtaposition. On the same day Rolls Royce is bringing its new "Baby Rolls" to New York, the world's least expensive, "mass market" car is rolling out in India. The Tata Nano and Rolls Royce 200 EX. One will cost roughly $2,500, the other will be at least 100 times more expensive.
A very important program—the TALF—is off to a slow start due to political risks surrounding the program.
Life in limbo is costing GM and Chrysler. New numbers show the residual values of GM and Chrysler cars have taken a hit. Meanwhile, another survey of car buyers shows a sizable drop in the percentage of buyers who are considering buying a GM or Chrysler.
The announcement by the Treasury Department that it will provide up to $5 Billion in federal aid is the next move by President Obama's auto task force to help the auto industry avoid a collapse.
What a difference a week makes. The combination of a market bounce, favorable news from GM, and reports of Ford planning to offer a $2.95 Billion in TALF-related bonds have sent shares of Ford and GM surging in the last week.
Congress is once again kicking around the idea of giving people an incentive to trade in their old car or truck for a newer, more fuel efficient model. It's an idea that has sparked demand for new cars in other countries around the world. And frankly, it is one of the few incentive programs that is a win/win situation.