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  • On The Road To Cult Status Friday, 9 Mar 2007 | 11:04 AM ET
    1967 Ford Mustang

    Cult cars emerge regardless of marketing efforts and BMW's MINI is on the verge of joining the Ford Mustang and a select group of other autos that captured the imagination of car lovers.

  • Your Questions: Cheesecake Factory, Toyota & More Tuesday, 6 Mar 2007 | 8:43 PM ET

    Ted from Connecticut asked: “With the China markets and other emerging markets cooling off, both PetroChina and Petroleo Brasiliero - China and Brazil's largest oil companies are off their 52 week highs. Do they look like a good buy or will they go even lower?”

  • No. 3 - The Asia Trade Monday, 5 Mar 2007 | 8:17 PM ET

    "Asia Trade Looking Bleak as Investors Flee Japan, Malaysia and China." Asia's financial markets began the week with more selling. Japan's Nikkei dropped the most in 9 months today on concerns that a stronger yen will hurt sales of Japanese exporters such as Toyota.

  • Stocks closed moderately lower, but well off session lows as investors went bargain hunting. "The market is trying to settle in at some level," says Barry Hyman, Equity Market Strategist at EKN Financial Services.  "There is a perception of change and there's a lot of nervous money still out here. "

  • GM, Toyota Post U.S. Sales Increases for February Thursday, 1 Mar 2007 | 2:57 PM ET

    General Motors said on Thursday that its U.S. sales rose 3.4% in February, with an 11% increase in retail sales offsetting a reduction in fleet sales to daily rental companies. GM's Japanese rival Toyota Motor, meanwhile, reported a 12.2% sales spike for the month.

  • Retail Auto Sales-Troubling Trends for Big 3 Wednesday, 28 Feb 2007 | 10:39 AM ET

    As we wait for the February auto sales and word of whether or not foreign automakers will pass 50% market share in the U.S. for the first time ever, there's another number to watch. It's retail auto sales.

  • Toyota Expands While Big Three Pay More Tuesday, 27 Feb 2007 | 10:25 AM ET

    Ever since I've started this blog, I've heard from a number of readers who think I'm biased in favor of Toyota. Well, if you are one of those people, you are not going to like today's post. Later today, Toyota will announce plans to build it's 8th North American final assembly plant. It will be located just outside Tupelo, Mississippi and should open in early 2010.

  • Toyota Cutting Labor Costs? Probably Not Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 | 4:34 PM ET

    Today at the Chicago Economic Club, Jim Press, the highest ranking American member of Toyota's executive corps caused a bit of stir, when he said the Japanese automaker would like to cut labor costs without cutting wages.  Though vague, the comment has investors wondering if Toyota is talking tough on labor -- and if this is a sign of problems for the folks that make the Camry.

  • On The Road To Cult Status Wednesday, 7 Feb 2007 | 12:23 PM ET
    1967 Ford Mustang

    Cult cars emerge regardless of marketing efforts and BMW's MINI is on the verge of joining the Ford Mustang and a select group of other autos that captured the imagination of car lovers.

  • As U.S. automakers have struggled over the past years, they have always been able to hang on to one last profitable stronghold – the large pickup truck market. But that fortress is about to be stormed by Toyota as its redesigned Tundra pickup hits the showrooms this week.

  • Toyota Quarterly Operating Profit Up 19% Tuesday, 6 Feb 2007 | 10:25 AM ET

    Toyota Motor posted a near-20% rise in quarterly profit on Tuesday on brisk sales in North America and Europe, but kept its full-year forecasts unchanged -- though still on course for an eighth straight year of record earnings.

  • Toyota's Surge; Taurus' Return? Tuesday, 6 Feb 2007 | 9:41 AM ET

    Tuesday in Japan the company reported it's quarterly profits and posted a 7.3% increase. Impressive given the company's home market of Japan is going through a slowdown. But Europe and North America more than made up for the sluggish market in Japan. Toyota's surge in Europe has long been one of the most under appreciated aspects of the automakers recent run.  ...  Automotive News is reporting Ford plans to re-name it's 500 sedan as the Taurus. An announcement could come as soon as tomorrow at the Chicago auto show. This change doesn't surprise me given the comments new CEO Alan Mulally has made about the demise of the old Taurus.

  • Toyota Sets Sights on Pole Position Among Automakers Tuesday, 6 Feb 2007 | 6:36 AM ET

    It seems only a matter of time before Toyota Motor takes the title as the world's top automaker, by any measure. The Japanese automaker is even entering a car in the Daytona 500 this year.

  • The Big 3's Big Drop Friday, 2 Feb 2007 | 9:48 AM ET

    It's a statistic that will have Detroit buzzing. In January, the Detroit 3-formerly known as the big 3- sold 50.6% of the cars and trucks in the U.S. A record low. Think about that stat for a minute. We are on the verge of seeing Americans buy more foreign brand cars and trucks than domestic nameplates. Don't be surprised if that happens in February or March. The biggest reason for the fall-off in domestic sales is ...

  • Ford Cash in Focus as Clock Ticks on Turnaround Friday, 26 Jan 2007 | 3:46 PM ET

    Analysts say Ford's recently raised $23.5 billion gives it two years to turn itself around, barring a steep decline in the U.S. economy.

  • The Alliance Dance: Don't Get Too Excited. Wednesday, 17 Jan 2007 | 9:53 AM ET

    The headlines crossed the wires hours apart, from different parts of the world, and but will do little to excite investors about auto stocks. A Toyota executive on Tuesday said the automaker would be open to forming an alliance with Ford to work on specific projects-such as sharing technology. Then last night, in a speech in Dearborn, Michigan, GM CEO Rick Wagoner said the world's largest automaker is open to pursuing a alliances with other automakers based on project cooperation. My reaction?  ...

  • Tundra's Tough Test Begins Tuesday, 16 Jan 2007 | 9:55 AM ET
    2007 Toyota Tundra

    A weekend of playoff football was the perfect place for Toyota to show it's new Tundra's are every bit as tough as the full size pick-ups from Ford, GM, and Dodge. The real test is not only how many American truck buyers paid attention to the Toyota ads, but ultimately, how many people buy the new Tundra.

  • China Is Coming -- Is Detroit Too Freaked Out? Friday, 12 Jan 2007 | 11:04 AM ET

    The headline on the Detroit News on Monday was big and bold. So bold, it caught my eye as I walked through the lobby of the hotel where I was staying. "China Is Coming" it read. The message was clear in a city that has watched thousands of jobs and billions of dollars disappear over the last 20 years because of foreign competition. If Michigan automakers thought the growth of Toyota, Honda and Hyundai were scary, they...

  • Will Exxon Make Green By Going Green? Friday, 12 Jan 2007 | 10:11 AM ET

    Exxon Mobil – the most profitable company in U.S. history and also one of the most loathed among climate change activists. But going green isn't just good for the environment – it could also be good for the oil giant’s bottom line. Chris Fox of Ceres – an organization that pushes companies on climate issues on behalf of institutional investors – and Paul Sankey, an oil analyst at Deutsche Bank, debated the issue on “Street Signs.”

  • Auto Show Winners Wednesday, 10 Jan 2007 | 4:14 PM ET

    Congratulations GM, Toyota, Rolls-Royce and BMW. After three days of watching new models being revealed, those 4 automakers are, in my opinion, the big winners from this year's North American International Auto Show. For the first time in many years, GM has people on the show floor buzzing. On the practical front, the new Chevy Malibu is a major improvement and better positions the Malibu to compete with...