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  • 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...

  • Detroit Auto Show: Where are the Hybrids? Tuesday, 9 Jan 2007 | 5:38 PM ET

    When I walked up to the Toyota display here at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit I was struck immediately by the automakers change of pace. Hybrids are on the back burner.  Trucks in front center. Toyota's turnaround reflects what all the automakers are feeling about hybrids.  They're important, but no more so than well designed internal combustion cars, trucks and SUV's.

  • Nissan Revving Engines For Larger Market Share Monday, 8 Jan 2007 | 4:40 PM ET
    Nissan

    Toyota has been grabbing headlines and market share. But can rival Nissan grow just as aggressively? On CNBC’s “Closing Bell” Nissan's General Manager for North America--William Bosley--explained his company's plans to "shift" into high gear. In a first on CNBC interview (live from the Detroit Auto Show) Bosley showed CNBC’s Phil LeBeau the car that he's banking on to expand market share.

  • On The Road To Cult Status Monday, 8 Jan 2007 | 9:04 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.

  • Chrysler Expects Restructuring Plan by February Thursday, 4 Jan 2007 | 3:44 PM ET

    DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group should have a restructuring plan ready by February as it aims to recover from a loss expected to be near $1.3 billion for 2006, the automaker said.

  • Toyota Eyes More North American Capacity Thursday, 4 Jan 2007 | 3:13 PM ET

    Toyota Motor said it is considering expanding its manufacturing capacity in North America and is reviewing locations.

  • Ford's Honest Take on Toyota and its Future Thursday, 4 Jan 2007 | 10:55 AM ET

    When I walked in to dinner with Ford CEO Alan Mulally on Wednesday night, I knew the menu would include a tasty entree, a sweet dessert, and a  healthy dose of candor. All courtesy of the "outsider" trying to turnaround the struggling automaker. I expected the honesty since that's what I found while covering Mulally as he turned around Boeing Commercial Airplanes. And at this dinner, he was forthright in his praise of Toyota.

  • DaimlerChrysler's December U.S. auto sales rose 2.9%, while General Motors' sales fell 9.6% and Ford Motor's sales declined 9.4% for the same period, CNBC's Phil LeBeau reported.  Toyota garnered a 16.6% sales increase.

  • Report Shows U.S. Auto Cos. Lagging Japan Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 4:27 PM ET

    December is proving to be another disappointing month for the big three U.S. automakers. Today's sales report for last month showed a double-digit decline in trucks sold by General Motors, and Ford dropped almost 13% on the whole. Chrysler eked out half a percent gain. On today's "Closing Bell," CNBC’s Dylan Ratigan sifted through the data to find out what it all means going forward.

  • CNBC's Domm: Opening Bell And Trading Day Ahead Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 8:02 AM ET

    FAST MONEY IN THE BIG APPLE: The Fast Money five will ring in the opening of 2007 trading at the NASDAQ this morning. Our Dylan Ratigan and company will share their market insights every night at 8 pm, starting next Monday. Meanwhile...stocks in the U.S. look set to spring higher at the open on the first trading day of the New Year.

  • One Last Race for Chevy and Ford Tuesday, 2 Jan 2007 | 10:26 AM ET

    While most of us wrapped 2006 with holiday parties and hopefully a few days off - hey, at least that's what I did last week - Chevy and Ford dealers finished a pitched battle to see which brand would wrap up the year as number one in total sales. The winner gets bragging rights as being America's favorite nameplate for cars and trucks. The loser will claim it doesn't matter. The truth is...

  • Japan's Surge: Giving Americans What They Want Thursday, 28 Dec 2006 | 12:13 PM ET

    While the big 3 continue to struggle with costly (both in dollars and human terms) plant closings, the Japanese auto plants are surging.  And the reason for this is America's growing appetite for fuel efficient vehicles. Which reinforces the hangover GM, Ford and Chrysler are feeling from years of focusing on SUV's and pick-up trucks. The latest number from the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association shows...

  • Bullish sentiment took hold of markets as stocks charged higher--albeit on thin volume--with auto and homebuilding shares leading the way.

  • Mulally Meets Toyota - Changing Ford's Mindset Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006 | 11:18 AM ET

    When I heard that Ford CEO Alan Mulally met earlier this month in Tokyo with Toyota CEO Fujio Cho, I wasn't surprised. Nor should Ford investors and fans of the #2 American automaker. This is yet another sign, Mulally is bound and determined to move his company into a more competitive position - even if that means learning from a fierce competitor that is about to pass Ford.

  • Ford and Toyota: Rolling Out An All-New Alliance? Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006 | 9:42 AM ET

    This morning the market is buzzing about a meeting in Japan between Ford's CEO and Toyota's Chairman. They said they did not discuss forming an alliance, but that didn't stop speculation in this morning's Japanese newspapers which are ablaze with rumors that it’s the first step of a partnership. CNBC’s Bob Pisani reveals how this news (and other events) are moving markets.

  • Today on cnbc.com Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006 | 8:12 AM ET

    Good morning. Our quote of the day comes from Gerald Ford: "Our long national nightmare is over." That of course was the former president referring to the end of Watergate. As you probably know-- Ford died last night in California.  He was 93. Ford was the only U.S. president to serve--without having been elected to the office.

  • The meeting was also attended by Ford Executive Vice President Mark Fields, who is in charge of restructuring the automaker's loss-making North American operations, a newspaper said.