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Lexus Tops Consumer Reports' Brand Report Card

Lexus topped the rankings in Consumer Reports's 2013 automotive brand report card. Detroit automakers didn't fare very well -- Cadillac's 14th place tie was the best for U.S. brand -- while Japanese automakers again dominated, taking eight of the top 10 spots.

Japan's Nikkei Pares Losses as Factories Reopen

Japan's markets got a slight reprieve today as the yen slipped a bit after hitting a record high yesterday. While the lower value helped exporters recover from severe losses earlier in the trading session, the country has a long way to go before confidence in its economy's resilience is restored.

Asian Markets Slide as Oil Passes $100

Asian markets closed lower Wednesday as investors focused on rapidly rising oil prices, which broke the $100-per-barrel mark in response to growing tensions in the Middle East. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index slid 2.4%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 1.5%, and China's Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.2%.

February's Sales Put Carmakers in the Fast Lane

It was a good month for auto sales despite inclement weather across much of the country and surging oil prices. Cars sold near an annual pace of 13 million vehicles. That would make February the best on record since the "cash for clunkers" rebate program in 2009.

China Now World's No. 2 Economy, Shares Surge

Investors piled into Chinese stocks after news broke that China's GDP surpassed Japan's for 2010, making the People's Republic the world's second largest economy after the U.S. The Shanghai Composite climbed 2.5% and in Hong Kong the Hang Seng gained 1.3%. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index advanced 1.1%.

Asian Markets Slide After Chinese Interest Rate Hike

Chinese investors returning from the New Year holiday were greeted by a 25 basis point hike in interest rates. The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.9%, in Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index fell 1.4%, and in Japan the Nikkei 225 Index declined 0.2%.

Nikkei Surges on Steel Merger Plans and Impressive Earnings

Japanese investors were giddy with excitement as positive earnings reports and the announcement of a major merger flooded the news. The Nikkei 225 advanced 1.1% on Friday, while markets in Hong Kong and China remained closed for the Lunar New Year.

January Auto Sales Should Build on 2010's Momentum

A slowly brightening economy combined with low financing rates and generally stable fuel prices have put consumers in a buying mood. New models, particularly from Ford and GM, are also helping to keep U.S. auto sales on a positive trajectory as 2011 starts.

Threat of Worsening Inflation Drags Shares Lower in China

Asian shares were mixed Monday. In China the Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.7% and in Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index edged down 0.3% as investors worried that inflation could rise further in the lead-up to Chinese New Year. However, Japan's Nikkei 225 Index climbed 0.7%.

Upbeat Consumers Push Auto Sales Higher

The nation's automakers ended 2010 on an upbeat note with most reporting higher sales for December. Consumers seemed to put concerns about the U.S. economy on hold and more than offset reduced demand by fleet customers, such as corporations and rental-car companies.

U.S. November Auto Sales Show Plenty of Zip

It's traditionally one of the slowest months of the year for vehicle sales, but most automakers reported higher U.S. sales in November compared to a year ago, despite continued consumer caution about the slow economic recovery.

Trucks and SUVs Should Fuel November Auto Sales

Rising confidence among U.S. consumers is expected to translate into healthier numbers for the nation's automakers when they report November sales figures Wednesday. Domestic automakers fared better than their foreign counterparts as sales rebounded further from last year's anemic levels, according to analysts.

Ford Cuts Mazda Stake, No Longer Biggest Shareholder

Ford Motor Company (F) will slash its stake in Mazda Motor Corp. to 3.5% from 11%. The deal, which is expected to be completed Friday, will mean that Ford is no longer the top shareholder in Mazda, The Associated Press said. Ford has been Mazda%u2019s biggest shareholder for more than 30 years.

October Car Sales Point to an Auto Rebound

Buoyed by consumers' increased confidence in the U.S. economy, automakers with few exceptions reported higher sales of cars and trucks in the U.S. during October compared to a year ago.

October Auto Sales: Is the Market Improving?

Automakers on Wednesday are expected to report a mixed picture for October: mostly better than a year ago, but down slightly from September. Still, the pace appears strong enough that the upper end of full-year sales forecasts of 11.5 million to 12 million units is reachable.

Mazda CEO Says Ford Partnership Will Continue

Addressing recent reports that Ford is looking to pull out of its partnership with Mazda, the head of the Japanese carmaker said Wednesday that the alliance remains intact. "We have an agreement with Ford," Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi said. "We are not considering alliances with others at all."

Ford May Sell Mazda Stake

Ford (F) may sell some or all of if stake in Japanese car company Mazda, the Nikkei newspaper reported.

Auto Industry Cruises on Slow, Steady Demand

Though vehicle sales have underperformed some analyst expectations in recent months, results are much improved compared to those of a year ago. The industry is seeing a broad trend that is benefiting nearly all automakers.

September Auto Sales: Don't Expect Much Sizzle

Overall demand for new cars and trucks, while better than a year ago, is likely to be lower than that recorded in August, itself an unimpressive month. That would mean auto sales are stuck in a four-month-long rut.