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  • The Carbon Challenge - A CNBC Special Report - See Complete Coverage

    The Tokyo Motor Show is a case study in the electric car split. Some companies, like Nissan are trumpeting future EV models and talking about the coming age of electric vehicles.

  • Honda Pins on Electric Hopes, as F1 Dreams Get Dashed Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 4:23 AM ET

    Nearly two years ago to this date, at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda showcased their environmental F1 car concept. Going green was its aim. This year, Honda might be going a different shade of green

  • Automotive X PRIZE Finalists Show Green Ingenuity Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 1:28 PM ET
    Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE

    The beauty of the X PRIZE is that it highlights a growing, but largely overlooked segment of inventors and entrepreneurs who are building cars that do not run on gas or diesel. These are folks experimenting with batteries, ethanol, even algae as the fuel to power our cars ad trucks.

  • Why The Chinese Should Be Bold With Hummer Monday, 12 Oct 2009 | 9:26 AM ET

    Maybe it's because there were few other options. Maybe it's because HUMMER has fallen in relevance among automakers. Or maybe it's because people finally realize it was inevitable for a Chinese company to buy an American automaker.

  • Nissan's Newest Concept Car Tilts into Corners Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 2:39 AM ET

    Nissan unveils its concept "Land Glider" electric  car capable of tilting from side to side, sashaying into curves by up to a 17-degree angle.

  • Charts Predict: The Weakest of the Big Stock Indexes Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 6:46 AM ET

    The Nikkei 225 is currently the weakest of the major stock indexes and could fall toward its March lows of around 7,000 points next month, Roelof van den Akker, chartist at ING Wholesale Banking, told CNBC.

  • Leaf Turning Potential Buyers Green With Excitement Friday, 2 Oct 2009 | 9:52 AM ET
    Nissan Leaf

    Ever since Nissan announced the Leaf would be coming out next year, prospective buyers have been clamoring to get on the waiting list - 22,000 so far!

  • Charts: Asia Dip Could Sink Global Stocks Friday, 2 Oct 2009 | 5:21 AM ET

    The rising trend in Tokyo and Chinese stocks has broken and selling pressure is ahead for the two Asian indexes, Royce Tostrams, technical analyst at Tostrams Groep said Friday. And weakness in Asian markets could affect global stock markets, he warned.

  • Auto Sales: A September Not to Remember Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | 4:35 PM ET

    We knew September sales would be terrible following the Cash for Clunkers pop in July and August. So when you see both GM and Chrysler down more than 40% it's not a shock. Ford, after posting its first monthly sales gain in August, fell 8.8%. Toyota down 6.1%.

  • Saturn: Final Orbit Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | 8:54 PM ET
    2008 Saturn Aura

    After 20 years, plenty or promise, and plenty of "what ifs", Saturn is approaching the end of the road.

  • Toyota's Fight to Maintain A Safe Record Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | 7:46 PM ET

    When the Toyota first announced a safety alert, two questions crossed my mind. First, how serious is this problem to fix? Second, how much will this stain Toyota's sterling reputation?

  • GM and eBay End Online Sales Experiment Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | 12:42 PM ET

    Less than two months after GM and eBay hooked up to try online sales of new cars in California, CNBC has learned the program will end as scheduled tomorrow.

  • Hyundai's Hunger Leading to Big Bites Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | 9:52 AM ET

    Hyundai is picking up market share here in the U.S. thanks to a potent combination of much better product (both in terms of quality and styling) and savvy marketing. A company that was once dismissed as weak imitator of the Japanese automakers is now taking it to the folks from Toyota, Nissan, and Honda.

  • Market Tips: When to Short Energy Firms Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | 5:28 AM ET

    Global stocks were slightly lower in subdued trade on Tuesday, with weaker commodity shares offsetting gains in bank stocks. Experts tell CNBC to short energy companies when oil prices rise and that Japan is still cheap.

  • Charting Asia | Sony, Game on! Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | 3:36 AM ET
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  • Chrysler's Comeback Plan and Hiring Outlook Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | 7:30 PM ET

    After 3 months of kicking the tires and looking under the hood at Chrysler, CEO Sergio Marchionne is about to roll his game plan for fixing the troubled American auto maker.

  • US May Face 'Armageddon' If China, Japan Don't Buy Debt Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | 5:22 PM ET
    Julian Robertson, founder and former CEO of Tiger Management

    The US is too dependent on Japan and China buying the country's debt and could face severe economic problems if that stops, Tiger Management founder Julian Robertson told CNBC.

  • Battery Maker Stocks Charge Up Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | 10:12 AM ET

    As IPO's go, A123 has elicited a fair amount of discussion, much of it boiling down to this question: Is buying into the promise of the Massachusetts-based battery maker the same as buying into the hype that surrounded ethanol related stocks a few years back?

  • Do You Buy the Optimism? Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 11:35 AM ET
    Car on road

    They are the moves, comments, and reflections of a struggling auto industry finally getting back on its feet. In the last week several major automakers and their executives have sent clear signs they are preparing for better times.

  • Charting Asia | JAL Weely Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | 3:09 AM ET
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