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  • Toyota Taps Japan for Exports to Small Markets: WSJ Tuesday, 17 Jul 2007 | 9:26 PM ET

    Toyota Motor, taking advantage of the yen's persistent weakness, will try to make Japan an export center to meet growing demand for automobiles in small markets around the world, a senior company executive was quoted as saying by the Wall Street Journal.

  • What happens when you take a best selling model, add more bells and whistles, and cut the sticker price? Chrysler hopes it leads to a resurgence of the Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans. This is another sign, Chrysler is serious about defending its dominance in vans. It sells roughly 42 % of all the new models in that segment. But in the last year, that lead has eroded while Toyota, Honda and Hyundai continue to pick-up business.

  • GM Pickup Truck with money

    Forget the ads touting which full size pick-up has more hauling capacity, or which one can stop just before going over the edge of a cliff, or even which truck makes you feel more American, rural, or cowboy. None of that matters. Here's what talks with truck buyers: cash. The more the better. And right now, pick-up buyers are picking up deals that have them sitting in the catbird seat. In fact, GM is doubling the cash back it's offering people who buy a new Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra. That's an extra $1,000 on top of 0% financing.

  • GM Sales Fall While Toyota Reports Another Increase Tuesday, 3 Jul 2007 | 2:17 PM ET

    GM, Ford and DaimlerChrysler  said Tuesday their U.S. sales fell in June, while Toyota sold more cars during the month.  The news came as an industry group reported that automakers are deepening discounts to entice consumers to buy cars.

  • Japan World's #1 Automaker: What's Ahead For Big 3? Monday, 2 Jul 2007 | 9:13 AM ET
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    The headline this morning from Automotive News is hardly surprising, but it is another reminder of how the U.S. auto industry has changed dramatically in recent years. The latest data shows Japan surpassed the U.S. last year to become the world's #1 vehicle producer. It's the first time in 12 years Japan has outpaced the U.S. Not only that, but the Asian country is on track this year to expand its lead.

  • Is Google's YouTube On Global Mission? Tuesday, 19 Jun 2007 | 10:45 AM ET
    Elvis on Youtube

    While everyone's talking about the shakeup at Yahoo, Google continues to take over the world. Google's video site YouTube is launching its first foreign-language Web sites. Already, over half of the site's audience comes from outside the U.S., but by translating its site into seven other languages is intended to fend off competition. Eventually YouTube will tweak the translated sites to the specific countries-- Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK, featuring local content and being sensitive to cultural issues.

  • Hertz, Avis Plan to Boost Hybrid Fleets Friday, 15 Jun 2007 | 6:32 AM ET
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    The increased demand for "green" vehicles is spilling over to the rental car counter, where many more drivers will soon be able to choose a hybrid vehicle. Hertz Global Holdings said Thursday it will spend $68 million to add 3,400 Toyota Prius hybrids to its fleets by 2008. And Avis Budget Group said this week it plans to make 1,000 hybrid Prius vehicles available for rent as early as next week.

  • General Motors Shares Up on Talk Delphi Near Union Deal Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 | 3:11 PM ET

    General Motors Corp. and bankrupt auto parts maker Delphi Corp. are near a deal with the United Auto Workers union that would provide a cash payout to Delphi workers in exchange for lower hourly wages, the Detroit News reported.

  • Toyota Tops GM in 2006 Global Sales: Automotive News Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007 | 3:50 AM ET
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    Toyota Motor edged past General Motors Corp. to become the world's biggest automaker by sales volume in 2006, leading industry paper Automotive News said.

  • Toyota's Global Hybrid Sales Top One Million Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 11:26 AM ET
    A Tacoma pickup truck on the lot of a Toyota dealership.

    A decade after the first Prius went on sale, Toyota's global sales of  hybrid vehicles have hit a landmark 1 million, underlining the Japanese automaker's lead in "green" technology that has changed the face of the auto industry.

  • Toyota China Sales Jump in May, Mulls New Factory Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | 11:22 PM ET

    Toyota Motor said sales in China jumped 87% in May, driven by the popular Camry sedan, and it was discussing a second car factory with Guangzhou Automobile in anticipation of continued strong growth in demand.

  • Ford Tops Toyota in J.D. Power Initial Quality Rankings Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | 2:19 PM ET

    Ford supplanted Toyota as the leader of the pack in initial quality rankings, taking the top spot in five of 19 segments in the 2007 survey by J.D. Power and Associates, released Wednesday.

  • Why Does Toyota Tick People Off? Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | 9:12 AM ET

    As long as I've been writing this blog I have received my fair share of insults ("Moron" is, by far, still my favorite) and complaints ("Phil, you just hate the big 3"). But more than anything else, the number one comment I hear from people is that Toyota has duped me and America into believing it's cars and trucks are better than others. These comments typically end with a variation of the line, "I hope you are happy driving your Lexus."

  • EBay to Auction Advertising on U.S. Radio Stations Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | 4:14 AM ET
    An Ebay sign is shown at Ebay offices in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, July 20, 2005. The San Jose-based company said Wednesday that it earned $291.6 million, or 21 cents per share, for the three months ended in June, a 53 percent increase from $190.4 million, or 14 cents per share at the same time last year. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

    Online auctioneer eBay. said Tuesday it is ready to begin auctioning advertising airtime on 2,300 participating U.S. radio stations, expanding on an existing plan to sell cable television ads.

  • Toyota Motor said U.S. auto sales rose 9.7% last month, pushing its sales above both Ford Motor and Chrysler. Ford sales fell in May, while GM and Chrysler sales rose.

  • Big Three Closing the Gap Thursday, 31 May 2007 | 11:18 AM ET

    If you're among those who think the Detroit "Big Three" are a lost cause that, despite improving quality and efficiency, are simply in a long, slow slide that shows no sign of ending, listen up. The latest study on the efficiency from Harbour Consulting shows the Big Three are closing the gap with Asian competitors. Want more?

  • It's Time for the Lightning Round! Tuesday, 29 May 2007 | 6:38 PM ET

    DivX, General Maritime, American Eagle and more...Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Toyota: Moving Forward to Dominate the U.S. Market Thursday, 17 May 2007 | 11:49 AM ET

    If history is any indication, Cerberus Capital will be slashing Chrysler down in size, making this Japanese automaker the last large car company left in America. He thinks it’s the only play worth considering in the sector. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Stocks Close Mixed Ahead of Key Inflation Data Monday, 14 May 2007 | 4:44 PM ET

    Stocks ended mixed on Monday as the latest batch of merger news failed to spark excitement among investors ahead of the release of key economic data. "The market has somewhat become like Pavlov's dog, waiting for some blockbuster merger deals to be announced," said Robert Pavlik, chief investment officer at Oaktree Asset Management.

  • Stocks sold off across the board, and the Dow fell almost 150 points, after mixed economic data prompted investors to book gains.  "A day like today was inevitable," said Michael Cuggino of Permanent Portfolio Funds. "I would caution investors not to get overly concerned based on today's (economic) statistics."