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  • GM Needs to Take a Page Out of Hyundai's Playbook Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 11:32 AM ET

    The hiring of former Hyundai marketing man Joel Ewanick to spearhead GM marketing is a shrewd move and shows that the folks running the country's largest automaker is realizing it can't wait around to improve sales.

  • Chrysler Stops the Bleeding, Now Comes the Tough Part Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 9:46 AM ET
    Chrysler grille

    there is little talk about America's fifth largest automaker. Well, in case you haven't been watching, Chrysler has quietly stopped the bleeding.

  • Toyota Shows No Signs of Slowing Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | 10:43 AM ET
    Toyota Dealership

    It is hard to imagine an auto company going through a more challenging start of the year than Toyota. And yet, April auto sales show the company is weathering the storm far better than most expected.

  • Lutz Leaves GM and a Legacy Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | 9:52 AM ET
    Bob Lutz

    Of all the auto executives I have covered, GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz may be the one who generates the most spirited response from viewers and readers. His fans love him. Critics think he gets too much praise.

  • Would You Bet Against Ford? Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 11:26 AM ET
    Ford truck grille

    There's an interesting choice facing Ford investors right now. Sell some stock and take profits after a spectacular run-up in the last year, or hang on and bet that Alan Mulally and company can prove Wall Street wrong again and outperform expectations, pushing the stock even higher.

  • Honda Quietly Shifts into Growth Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 11:14 AM ET
    2010 Honda Insight

    They aren't sexy. In fact, some might even call them boring. But one thing that stands out about Honda cars, SUV's and minivans is their appeal to buyers who want reliability and fuel efficiency.

  • Ford's Mulally Expects Solid Profits from Here on Out Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | 10:41 AM ET
    Alan Mulally

    The cautious optimism is gone - replaced with a confidence in a profitable future. For Ford CEO Alan Mulally the company has transitioned into a new phase of growth. From here forward, Ford not only will be expected to be solidly profitable. And not just in most parts of the world, but in every region- including the U.S.

  • Ford Shifts into a Higher Gear Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | 11:37 AM ET

    As Ford prepares to file quarterly earnings that are expected to show the company earned at least a billion dollars in profit for Q1, investors are starting to ask themselves, "Where does Ford go from here?"

  • Why China's Car Market Matters To America Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | 9:36 AM ET
    2010 Beijing Auto Show

    Whenever I blog about the Beijing Auto Show I invariably get a slew of e-mails from people saying one of two things: Detroit is a more important auto show and/or who cares about what happens in China.

  • GM's Confident It Is Speeding Toward Profitability Wednesday, 21 Apr 2010 | 11:53 AM ET
    Ed Whitacre

    The smile on the face of GM Chairman Ed Whitacre Jr. says it all. The quiet confidence from GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky makes it clear. Read between the lines, you'll see GM is speeding toward profitability.

  • Valuations Reasonable; Japan Looks 'Cheap': Strategist Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 6:10 AM ET

    We're in a cyclical bull market with equity valuations hovering at reasonable levels, said Ajay Kapur, global strategist at Mirae Asset Securities.

  • Toyota SUV Tests Show They Are Getting Message Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 | 11:04 AM ET
    Lexus GX 460

    Overnight, Toyota executives in Japan made the decision to test all of the company's SUVs to see if any of them have an issue with their electronic stability control, as is suspected with 2010 Lexus GX 460 models.

  • Consumer Reports Hits Toyota Where it Hurts Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 | 12:40 PM ET
    Lexus GX 460

    In my opinion, it's far more significant. Will it cripple Toyota or Lexus? No. But it's sure not just another warning from an auto industry analyst.

  • Yo Toyota Fans, It's Time to Smell the Coffee Friday, 9 Apr 2010 | 9:55 AM ET
    Toyota headquarters

    This week once again showed me how some people some people can't see the forest from the trees. And yes, I'm talking about many of you Toyota supporters.

  • Europeans Warned of Toyota Pedals Before US Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 3:42 AM ET
    A Tacoma pickup truck on the lot of a Toyota dealership.

    Long before Toyota told U.S. regulators about sticking accelerator pedals, the Japanese automaker warned its distributors throughout Europe about similar problems, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

  • LaHood Admits Toyota Fine Not Big Enough Tuesday, 6 Apr 2010 | 2:50 PM ET
    Ray LaHood, the transportation secretary.

    The message from the Secretary of Transportation is clear: If he could, he would fine Toyota more than the proposed $16.4 million the Feds are seeking for the automaker failing to alert the government quickly enough about defective gas pedals.

  • Feds Slap Toyota With a Fine That Won't Hurt Tuesday, 6 Apr 2010 | 9:56 AM ET
    2010 Toyota Prius

    As I was reporting the announcement of the Department of Transportation's fine against Toyota of $16.4 million, I kept thinking of the star athlete who makes gobs of money and is fined by the commissioner of the league for breaking a rule.

  • GM Brake Override a Sign of What's to Come Monday, 5 Apr 2010 | 9:25 AM ET
    GM Headquarters

    Slowly, surely, and somewhat quietly we're starting to see the fall out from the Toyota unintended acceleration scandal.

  • History Doesn’t Always Repeat Itself Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 | 8:00 PM ET

    Hey, did you hear? The US today is like Japan in the 1990s. (Well, maybe not.)

  • $25,000 for Electric Leaf Will Spark Early Buyers Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 | 9:41 AM ET
    Nissan Leaf

    $25,280. Would you pay that for an all-electric car promising to get up to 100 miles per charge? Nissan believes many of you will.