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.
It sounds strange to say it, but it's true. The auto industry still has too many plants with the capacity to crank out millions more cars and trucks than needed.
I thought the final numbers on the Cash for Clunkers program were fairly straight forward. The Department of Transportation released the top 10 selling models and what percentage of vehicles were sold by each auto maker. But those numbers don't make sense to many of you.
Recent economic numbers suggest that the economy may be finally turning to a recovery, said Jim Hardesty, president, market strategist and chief economist of Hardesty Capital Management, and John Merrill, founder and CIO of Tanglewood Wealth Management.
Stocks ended flat Wednesday as investors shrugged off solid demand from today's five-year Treasury auction and some encouraging economic reports.
The popular Cash for Clunkers program generated nearly 700,000 new car sales during the past month, giving the U.S. auto industry a badly needed jolt of activity during the deepest decline in auto sales in two decades.
Stocks were flat Wednesday as investors shrugged off solid demand from today's five-year Treasury auction and some encouraging economic reports.
Stocks rebounded Wednesday after a sharp jump in new-home sales.
Stock index futures extended losses after an initial uptick as data showed June orders for durable goods, excluding transportation, rose less than forecast despite overall orders posting their largest advance since July 2007.
Higher sales from the government's Cash for Clunkers program have prompted General Motors to boost production at several of its factories, according to company and union officials.
The Transportation Department says consumers who want to purchase a new car not yet on a dealer lot can still be eligible for the car rebate program.
This is one of those weeks when the auto industry is slowly but surely showing that its darkest days have passed. The three year downturn in production is giving way to small, but important increases in the number of cars and trucks rolling off assembly lines.
Get used to seeing more triple digit fuel economy ratings as Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, and other niche players start rolling out the electric line-ups over the next 3-4 years.
Educating the public about electric vehicles will take a lot of time, but implementing them is our future, said Rebecca Lindland, director of the Autos Group at IHS Global Insight.
In the new GM, where the big push is getting closer to the customer, there's an interesting experiment the company is about to launch.
General Motors said Tuesday its Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car should get 230 miles per gallon of gasoline in city driving, more than four times the mileage of the current champion, the Toyota Prius.
That's the fuel economy GM expects the electric Chevy Volt to deliver when it comes out late next year. The company made the announcement this morning in Detroit and already skeptics, fans, and the general public are debating if the Volt's mega-fuel efficiency will be a "game changer" for the industry and General Motors.
One month after exiting bankruptcy and vowing to do business differently, GM is going on-line as it strives to improve its bottom line. The auto maker is teaming up with eBay to sell new cars on line in the state of California. It's a deal the two companies have been working on for a few months and it should be a win/win.
Ever since Washington first signed off on Cash for Clunkers, I've heard a steady chant of criticism about the program....While I've heard all these concerns, I'll be honest that there are very few I agree with.
For once in our lives, Washington spending is giving us a good bang for the buck.