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Asians Overtake Detroit; F-Series Falls to Civic

Asians Overtake Detroit; F-Series Falls to Civic

If all the plant closings, production shifts, and job losses haven’t gotten out the word that there’s a massive sea change reshaping the U.S. auto industry, then the sales numbers for May should certainly complete the picture. For the first time, Asian automakers outsold the U.S. Big Three last... read more

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Toyota May Build Prius in U.S. Plant

I’ve been out in Northern California this weekend, attending a family wedding. It doesn’t take much time on the road to recognize that the Toyota Prius has become has... read more June 2, 2008 by 

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Scooter Sales Soar

As many of my regular readers know, I frequently appear on broadcast outlets around the world, from Chicago's mega-station WJR -- where I spent nearly an hour with host Jon... read more June 1, 2008 by  4

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Is It Smart to Put Premium in Your Little Fortwo?

Among the cars I am test-driving this week is a BMW M3 Coupe. It is, as you might expect, a joy to drive. But it is painful to refill, averaging barely 17 mpg and demanding... read more May 28, 2008 by  10

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Finding Cheap(er) Gas

Sunny, my local Sunoco dealer, broke through the $4-a-gallon mark, just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. His prices seemed to vary by the hour, ranging anywhere... read more May 27, 2008 by  1

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Trading in on a Small Car Could COST You Big Money

If you want to get a sense of what’s happening in the U.S. new car market, just ask Alan Mulally. The CEO of Ford Motor Co. has just ordered a sharp cut in production for... read more May 22, 2008 by 

Fuel Prices

Is $6 Gas Coming?

It seemed like only a few weeks ago – actually, it was – when oil prices cracked through the seemingly impenetrable $100-a-barrel barrier, leaving analysts, investors... read more May 21, 2008 by  5

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Mr. President-to-Be: How About Cutting DIESEL Taxes?

If you’ve lived through enough elections, you come to expect the pious promises from politicians who are shocked, shocked, I say, over some bit of negative economic news... read more May 15, 2008 by  5

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GM Expands Ethanol Efforts

General Motors is expanding its already aggressive efforts to make ethanol the green fuel of choice in the U.S. market. The automaker is taking an undisclosed equity stake in... read more May 7, 2008 by 

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Shifting Sales Slam Big Three

The raw numbers are painful enough, but dig a little deeper into the latest monthly sales reports and you can see why Detroit’s Big Three have reason to worry about the... read more May 7, 2008 by  1

Fuel Prices

Oil's Still a Bargain in the U.S. (Relatively Speaking, Anyway)

Like everyone outside of those few New Yorkers who spend their lives commuting by subway, bus, or cab, I’m acutely aware of the run-up in oil prices. But as regular readers... read more May 7, 2008 by 


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