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Chrysler & GM: What Happens if Your Car Blows Up?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

I know I'll never forget that horrible sight, I guess I found out for myself that everyone was right. Won't come back from Dead Man's Curve. -Jan and...

Foreign Companies Will Soon Be Leading Carmakers In U.S. | Rick Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Before long, you'll be more likely to get an American-made car by buying an import brand instead of a Ford, General Motors, or Chrysler vehicle. New d...

DoE's Chu Wants to Gut Long-Term/Long-Range Fuel Cell Vehicles Program in Favor of Short-Term/Short-Range Plug-In Hybrids

Peter Hoffmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Hoffmann

American car makers and the government didn't take the Japanese seriously with their funny little, cheap-to-run, quality cars. Ditto with the Koreans, Toyota and Honda.

George Will Disses the Prius, Obama and the Facts

Alex Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alex Pasternack

Contrary to what George Will said on This Week, Toyota and independent analysts say the Prius is a money maker for Toyota, and it has been since 2001. George has been on difficult terms with accuracy.

After the Golden Age, Can Car Design Go Green?

Matthew DeBord | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Matthew DeBord

In fact, the urgent demand to do something about global warming may bring about a second Golden Age in auto design.

Toyota Seeks Bailout From Japan

Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Toyota Motor Corp., forecasting the first loss in 59 years, is seeking loans from the Japanese government as private investors demand up to 50 percent...

Stimulus: Republicans Screw Car Makers and Buyers

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

The bill passed by Congress yesterday throws a one-two punch at our auto industry and consumers.

Toyota Trouble: Posts Largest Loss Since 1950

Huffington Post | Julie Satow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Toyota, which just last year posted record profit and dethroned General Motors as the world's largest automaker, said it was headed for its first annu...

January Car Sales -- a Final Reckoning Begins in Earnest ?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Until the travel business picks up and businesses in general start replacing their vehicle fleets, Detroit will be outside looking in.

Toyota Is Tops In Sales, But Where Is It In Efficiency? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

To illustrate the gap between the perception of Toyota as a fuel efficient automaker (at least in the US) and the truth, let's take a look at CNN's li...

Toyota May Displace GM As World's Biggest Automaker

Bloomberg | Jeff Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp. is poised to end General Motors Corp.'s 77-year reign as the world's largest automaker after avoiding the wo...

Five Things Mr. Obama Must Say About Detroit -- and Fast

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

While GM and Chrysler both remain on life support (and Ford has also been talking with the government about a credit line or loan), the car and truck business around the world is not doing much better than Detroit.

Toyota Making Further Production Cuts In North America

Reuters | Sachi Izumi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Toyota Motor Corp, the world's largest car maker, said it would cut production at several North American plants over the next few months in a bid to h...

The Stimulus Package Must Include a Commitment to Green Energy

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mitchell Bard

The stimulus package needs to do more than just jump-start the economy; it needs to make sure that as the 21st century energy world order takes shape, this time, the U.S. is at the forefront.

Car sales, 2008; even worse than we thought

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Monday brought three conference calls, each about an hour, with executives from each of the Detroit Three announcing, dissecting and, most of all, spi...

"Most Admired Companies" Mostly Underperformed Market | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

At the top of the list is Apple (AAPL) which deserves some recognition for rebuilding itself with what many people believe is the best line of persona...

"Detroit Three's Ten Most Significant Cars" -- 2008 and Beyond

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Since every automotive enthusiast publication runs some sort of "Best of" list, I'm listing those I think are Detroit's "Most Significant" for 2008 and 2009, and some early available news on 2010 models.

Some Good -- and Fun -- Automotive News for the Holidaze

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Really wish there were better news to post about, but the auto industry is reeling worldwide, and there's no better example than Toyota.

Toyota Republicans Should Cut Their Own Pay

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Clearly the allegiance of the Republicans who opposed the loan to save GM and Chrysler is not with the US, which would lose 900,000 jobs if just GM closed, and more than 2.1 million if the Big Three did.

What's Good for GM is Good for Toyota

Daniel Hernandez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Hernandez

By slashing the tires of the auto bailout, Shelby and McConnell have undone decades of image building by Toyota.

Motor Racing Reacts to Worldwide Recession

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

With car sales suffering worldwide, the marketing and advertising budgets, where many companies keep their racing dollars, are often the first budgets to be trimmed.

Don't Blame Japan, O.C. Welch. Blame Yourself.

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

South Carolina car dealer O.C. Welsh seems to take some comfort in taking a toe to the pup -- he released five radio ads last week attacking patriots for buying Japanese cars.

"Transplant" Automakers Get Over $3.6 Billion in Subsidies; More Unions, Ralph Nader Comment

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

This post has the latest news on the billions in subsidies which off-shore transplant carmakers have received from state and local governments.

Bottom-up Blindness; The Reason to Fire Detroit Execs

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Kall

The Big Three management is stuck with a petrified top-down mentality that's unable to provide the vision and leadership necessary for American auto manufacturing to succeed.

Auto bill clears House; Should it pass the Senate, too?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

And now, it's on to the Senate! The House today passed, 237 to 170, HR 7321, the automotive loan bailout bill, and has sent it on to the Senate. H...