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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.
This is for all of you who e-mail and call me "Toyota Phil" and for those of you who think I favor the Japanese automaker and never write anything critical.
Over the last two weeks I've done several reports on TV and written in this blog about tighter credit hurting auto sales. For the industry, September sales dropped 27% and nearly everyone in the industry admits that a big reason for the plunge has been the deteriorating credit markets.
How bad is the auto business right now? Every automaker is feeling the pain, not just the Detroit 3. In the last week, showroom traffic (people simply visiting a dealership) is down 50% compared to the same time last year.
Whether or not you agree with Congress voting down the $700 billion bailout, one thing is clear, this is bad news for automakers and auto dealers.
Call it the Prius Principle. Toyota's Prius was not the first hybrid, nor, you could argue, was it the best gas-electric car in terms of performance. Still, ask 90% of America about hybrids and Prius is the first thing they mention.
By the end of this weekend, lawmakers in Washington are expected to approve $25 Billion in low interest federal loans.
Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli says tighter consumer credit is making it tougher to sell a car. Now the industry as a whole wants the federal government to take bad auto loans off the hands of auto finance companies.
Ladies and gentleman, there's a new team entering the great race in the auto industry to build the first mass market electric vehicle: It's Chrysler.
Over the last six months as I've filed numerous stories about the Chevy Volt, Nissan's plan to build an electric car, and Ford's focus on increasing fuel efficiency, I have heard the same thing from you: That's great, but what's Toyota doing?
You know what I've heard a lot this week? Auto sales will stay weak through 2010. This has me wondering where the buyer has gone, and why some are convinced the buyer won't come around anytime soon.
I admit e-mail responses from bloggers and readers is not a scientific sampling. I admit these answers may only represent a small portion of the public.
Long before General Motors unveiled its new electric car, the Chevy Volt, there was a buzz around GM that this car should be a winner. That's right, I used the words: should be. Predicting any car will be a hit is often a fool's game.
Today marks the last day of General Motors first 100 years. While the company will mark the occasion tomorrow by unveiling it's new electric car, the Chevy Volt, I have a much more sobering question:
When Ford CEO Alan Mulally sat down with me and the anchors of "Squawk Box" this morning, his candid comments about federal loans to automakers show congress is likely to lend the money. As I've said before, I think it's money well spent.
In May 2008, the Ford F-150 truck, which had been the best-selling vehicle in the country for two decades, lost its title to the fuel-sipping Honda Civic.
Almost every day I get an e-mail from someone that says something along these lines: Why doesn't GM build better quality cars?
Already I've read some blog comments saying the Volt looks "boring" and "too much like a Toyota Prius." While the Volt's design is more conventional, the public forgets that there is a reason for that "softer", "less edgy" design.