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  • Global Recovery Might Be Earlier: IMF Head Tuesday, 8 Sep 2009 | 6:15 AM ET

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  • Suzuki to Spend $215 Million on New India Factory Sunday, 6 Sep 2009 | 7:50 PM ET
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    Japan's Suzuki Motor said it plans to invest about $215 million to build a new car factory in India, aiming to upgrade its production facilities in the face of growing competition.

  • Daiwa to Buy Out SMFG from Banking Venture Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | 12:33 AM ET
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    Japan's Daiwa Securities Group plans to buy out Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group from their investment banking joint venture, a source familiar with the matter said.

  • 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.

  • Toyota Revs Up Production in U.S. Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 8:29 PM ET
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    Toyota Motor plans to raise production of its Tacoma and Tundra pickups to meet expected demand for trucks and increase production of fuel-efficient vehicles through the end of the year, executives said on Tuesday.

  • Japan's Nomura Mulls Investing in Lehman: Report Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 5:50 PM ET

    Japan's Nomura Holding is considering acquiring a stake in U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers, the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Saturday.

  • 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.

  • Why September May Not Be that Scary Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 8:38 AM ET

    September has historically been a month when stocks rose only if they had fallen in the preceding months, but this does not mean this month should be the same, as conditions now are very different, two market analysts told CNBC Tuesday.

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

    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.

  • Toyota's NUMMI Call Painful Reminder of Industry Glut Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | 10:17 AM ET

    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.

  • Why the Clunker Numbers Baffled People Thursday, 27 Aug 2009 | 11:56 AM ET
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    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.

  • Clunkers Closes With a Bang for Toyota, Honda Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 12:25 PM ET

    The final numbers are in, and Cash for Clunkers ended with bang for Toyota and Honda, which both had three of the top-10 best selling models.

  • Clunker Blues? You Aren't Alone. Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 | 4:21 PM ET
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    A new survey of Cash for Clunker participants by CNW Research found a higher than normal percentage of buyers "...have some or serious doubts they should have made the new-vehicle acquisition."

  • Japan's Nikkei Seen Soft after Rally; Election Eyed Monday, 24 Aug 2009 | 7:25 PM ET

    Japan's Nikkei average is likely to  take a breather on Tuesday, weighed down by exporters such as  Canon  that led a rally the previous day, while trade  may be cautious ahead of U.S. economic data and the election.

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  • Hell Hath No Fury Like Clunker Sellers and Dealers Monday, 24 Aug 2009 | 4:14 PM ET

    It is a story I've heard people whispering about over the last week.  Talk of dealers holding off on completing Cash for Clunker sales until paperwork is "approved" by the Federal government has picked up in the last week.

  • Caught in Clunker Hell? Monday, 24 Aug 2009 | 12:40 PM ET
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    It is a story I've heard people whispering about over the last week.  Talk of dealers holding off on completing Cash for Clunker sales until paperwork is "approved" by the Federal government has picked up in the last week.

  • Chrysler and Press Driving in Different Directions. Friday, 21 Aug 2009 | 2:28 PM ET

    The rumors have been swirling for a few weeks.  Now there are reports Toyota President Jim Press is in fact leaving the company before the end of the year.  While the company will not officially comment on the reports, it appears to be the end of a strange marriage between Press and Chrysler.  It also would mark the end of a relationship that never flourished as many expected when Press left Toyota for the American auto maker.

  • Can Auto Makers Thrive Post Clunkers? Friday, 21 Aug 2009 | 2:24 PM ET
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    A comment from Bill Ford Jr. is one that explains why I, and many other reporters, are spending so much time reporting on the latest developments with electric cars.

  • Cocaine Traces Found in Up to 90% of US Paper Money Monday, 17 Aug 2009 | 2:49 PM ET

    Up to 90 percent of paper money in the United States contains traces of cocaine, according to a study by the American Chemical Society released Monday.