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    If all goes as planned and GM comes out of bankruptcy Thursday afternoon the country's largest auto maker will have gone in and out of Chapter 11 in 40 days.

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    Hyundai is trying to ease consumer fears about rising gas prices by running a new promotion where buyers of most Hyundai models join a program where they never pay more than a $1.49 a gallon for the next year. As promotions go, I think it's a smart move. It will get Hyundai in the conversation with many buyers.

  • Ford

    It's been a long time coming. Roughly two years if you're keeping score. That's the last time Ford was locked in as the #2 automaker in the U.S. Well, after the first six months of 2009 Ford as once again pulled ahead of Toyota in U.S. sales year-to-date.

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    After we get the June auto sales today, we will be halfway through a year that has thrown the auto makers and American car buyers for loop. Some thoughts on what's changed, what's the same, and some trends/ideas worth examining.

  • Customer at an auto dealership.

    If you have, you've probably noticed things are a little different. Those deals that we've seen for months (ok, in many cases years) offering huge discounts are harder and harder to find. It's a little early to say we are done with the days when the buyer could call the shot on most models. You still, have some leverage, but not as much as in the past.

  • GM Bankruptcy

    It may not emerge from bankruptcy as quick as Chrysler, but GM is entering the stretch run, and can see the finish line. Tomorrow, the country's largest auto maker will be back in bankruptcy court to finalize plans to sell the "good assets" to a new GM that will emerge from bankruptcy with a clean balance sheet.

  • It's a regular question around Detroit and in the auto industry: When will we finally here from new Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne?

  • Texting and driving

    The folks at Car and Driver Magazine have now documented just dangerous it can be. Rigging a car with a red light to alert drivers when to brake, the magazine tested how long it takes to hit the brake when sober, when legally drunk at .08, when reading and e-mail, and when sending a text. The results are scary.

  • Ford

    If actions speak louder than words, watch how the Obama administration is dealing with Ford lately.

  • Investor Spring Cleaning - A CNBC Special Report

    U.S. stocks turned mixed Tuesday after a quick boost from a well-received Treasury auction. U.S. Treasurys rallied, adding slightly to their earlier gains after a solid auction of two-year notes. But it was a see-saw day, with any boost or dip quickly fizzling. Read and listen to what the experts had to say...

  • Jack Ablin, CIO of Harris Private Bank and Thomas Lee, chief US equity strategist of JPMorgan, discussed whether the recent rally is over or whether this snap-back is an invitation for investors to get back into the game.

  • Tesla

    They've been jockeying for position for some time. But this morning, auto makers around the world will take big steps in the race to build mass market electric cars. When Energy Secretary Steven Chu announces grants for the development of fuel efficient vehicles and technologies, Ford, Nissan and Tesla will be the immediate beneficiaries.

  • Futures indicated a fairly flat open for Wall Street Tuesday, after the stock market saw its worst one-day loss in two months, as defensive stocks rose.

  • The Energy Department is lending money to the Ford Motor from a $25 billion fund to develop fuel-efficient vehicles, congressional officials said Monday.

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    In addition to the recession, and the bankruptcies of Chrysler and General Motors, a new threat has appeared in the rearview mirror. Many smaller automakers are gaining a bigger share of the market, most notably Hyundai and Kia.

  • While most of us have been focused on the turmoil churning up GM and Chrysler the last 9 months, there's been far less attention given to the fact almost every other auto maker is struggling right now.

  • General Motors Headquarters

    The UAW VEBA fund has named auto consultant and former auto analyst Steve Girsky to the board of General Motors. It's an appointment that should be applauded at GM, in Detroit, and on Wall Street.

  • Ford

    Could it be we Americans are ready to take a new look at the Big 3? A couple of data points coming out this week show good news for GM and Chrysler, and by extension of being a domestic auto maker, for Ford as well.

  • General Motors

    It is an idea that has been floating around Detroit among those in the auto industry. Should General Motors change its name? When I first heard this question, I chuckled and thought, "Would it really be wise to throw out a well known name after 100 mostly successful years?"

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    The bill would give people a voucher for $3,500 to $4,500 if they turn in their old car or truck for new fuel efficient model built in North America. On paper it sounds good. In reality, the number of people who may actually benefit from this program could be extremely limited.