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  • Ford Hopes New Figo Will Help It Win Asian Buyers Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | 2:45 PM ET
    Ford Sign

    Ford Motor is increasing its focus on the fast-growing car markets of the Asia-Pacific region, executives said Wednesday as they rolled out a new small car in India, says the New York Times.

  • Battery Maker Stocks Charge Up Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | 10:12 AM ET

    As IPO's go, A123 has elicited a fair amount of discussion, much of it boiling down to this question: Is buying into the promise of the Massachusetts-based battery maker the same as buying into the hype that surrounded ethanol related stocks a few years back?

  • Do You Buy the Optimism? Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 11:35 AM ET
    Car on road

    They are the moves, comments, and reflections of a struggling auto industry finally getting back on its feet. In the last week several major automakers and their executives have sent clear signs they are preparing for better times.

  • Give the People What They Want: Owner's Manuals Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | 12:00 PM ET
    Chrysler

    My blog about Chrysler deciding to kill the owner's manual and replace it with a DVD and a small quick reference user guide prompted many of you to blast me for saying it seems like a smart move.

  • With Low Prices, Hyundai Builds Market Share Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | 10:16 AM ET
    2009 Hyundai Genesis

    It was not exactly a planned strategy, but the recession, particularly in the United States, has been very good for Hyundai, the South Korean automaker.

  • Chrysler Kills Owner's Manuals-What Else Should Go? Monday, 21 Sep 2009 | 11:53 AM ET
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    In the world of advancing the auto business, this doesn't rank up there with side curtain airbags in terms of importance. Heck, it's a change most people won't even notice. Still, Chrysler's decision to replace the bulky owner's manual with a DVD and small user's guide is one that a few folks out there will see as a no-brainer that is long overdue.

  • Google To Hit $500 Next Week? Friday, 18 Sep 2009 | 5:26 PM ET

    Tech investors are closely watching the price action in Google. Will shares hit the psychologically important $500 level next week?

  • Art Cashin: Stocks Will Fall if Dollar Rises Friday, 18 Sep 2009 | 10:26 AM ET

    The U.S. dollar rose against most major currencies on Friday, clawing off a one-year low against the euro as waning risk appetite cut demand for higher-yielding currencies. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, offered CNBC his market insights.

  • Plugged In: Electric Cars/Line-ups Charging Up Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 8:53 AM ET
    2010 Prius

    Every once in a while, you go to an auto show, and the future of the industry crystallizes before your eyes... ow there is another wave of vehicles that will drive the auto industry over the next 10-15 years. They are the electric, plug-in hybrids, and extended range electric cars.

  • Sergio Marchionne

    Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne candidly admits the troubled American auto maker was far weaker than expected when he finally took over as CEO. I caught up with him at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and he pulled no punches in assessing what he found at Chrysler when he became CEO.

  • Ghosn's Zero Sum Game Tuesday, 15 Sep 2009 | 9:55 AM ET
    Renault Twizy Concept

    Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is not a man to tiptoe into anything. When he leads his company into a new arena, he likes to go in charging. When Nissan stepped up to the U.S. full size pick-up truck market a few years back, he made a big splash in Detroit. Now, in Frankfurt, he's doing it again.

  • Can Frankfurt Bring Optimism Back to Car Lovers? Monday, 14 Sep 2009 | 11:32 AM ET
    Frankfurt Auto Show

    After a year of going to auto shows that felt more like wakes, there's a sense the Frankfurt Auto Show starting Tuesday will bring optimism back to the industry. Call it premature. Call it wishful thinking. Call it whatever you like. But for those who relish auto shows because of the new models, styles, and trends they unveil, this could be the start of seeing the car business focus on cars.

  • GM Money Back Offer Chance to Change Perceptions Thursday, 10 Sep 2009 | 3:56 PM ET
    Robert Lutz, as General Motors vice chairman.

    Bob Lutz is swinging for the fences. Knowing he has to move quickly to change the perception of GM cars and trucks, the head marketing man is putting his money where his mouth is. General Motors is offering a 60 day money back guarantee on the company line-up of '09 and '10 models.

  • Ultra Luxury Models Rolling Despite Slow Market Tuesday, 8 Sep 2009 | 10:16 PM ET
    Porsche Panamera

    Conventional wisdom says the very well off go through recessions with little or no impact...This fall, conventional wisdom will be tested. There are a slew of new models either hitting showrooms or being introduced for hitting the street next year

  • Big 3 Image Up, Sales Down Thursday, 3 Sep 2009 | 9:39 AM ET

    For as long as I've been covering the auto industry, I've seen some variation of this story on a regular basis. Every so often, there is a survey that shows a growing percentage of car buyers would be willing to consider sliding behind the wheel of a Big 3 car. Despite these encouraging reports, the Big 3 market share continues to slide.

  • China Gold for GM Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 10:36 AM ET
    China's National Flag

    While most of us fixate upon GM gaining or losing market share here in the U.S., the company's success in China is a huge story that deserves more attention. Especially when you look at the latest report. In August, GM doubled sales in the country, selling more than 152,000. And this year GM's China sales are up 49% with 1.11 million vehicles sold.

  • August Sales Give Most a One Time Pop Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 4:05 PM ET

    As expected, several auto makers posted their best monthly sales of the year as the industry report August results. The sales pace is expected to be close to 15 million thanks to Cash for Clunkers bringing in throngs of buyers. But for individual auto makers the results were wildly different.

  • Keep on Truckin': Small Biz Buyers Coming Back Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 9:47 AM ET
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    When auto makers report August sales later today, don't be surprised by the whopping numbers they put up.

  • S&P Could Reach 1,100 in September: Strategist Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 11:44 AM ET

    How is this last trading day of August going to setup the markets for a traditionally weak September? Alan Valdes, vice president at Hilliard Lyons and John Lynch, chief market analyst at Evergreen Investments shared their insights.

  • Could Ford Catch Toyota? Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 9:19 AM ET
    Ford

    These are fun days at Ford. After staring bankruptcy in the eye and surviving a horrific slump in sales, the auto maker is rolling. Sure, it's not yet back in the black, but it has the big "MO". It's adding production, cutting losses, and is in the sweet spot of new product cadence with models like the Edge and Taurus bringing back buyers.