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Ten Brands That Will Disappear in 2014

Every year, we predict 10 major brands that won't survive to the end of the following year. Click through the gallery to see which of your favorite brands might bite the dust.

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.

Resurgent Ford Awards Top Two Execs $99 Million in Stock

Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Executive Chairman Bill Ford, have been awarded $56.5 million and $42.4 million in stock, respectively, in recognition for the company's stunning turnaround, which resulted in the automaker raking in $6.6 billion last year -- its best performance in more than a decade.

Ford and Toyota in Dead Heat Among Consumer Perceptions

Toyota's recent spate of quality woes have allowed competitors to steal sales from the beleaguered automaker. Ford is also catching up with Toyota in another important measure of auto industry success -- consumers' opinions of vehicle brands.

Seat Problem Prompts Volvo to Recall 7,420 Vehicles

Swedish automaker Volvo is recalling 7,420 sedans and wagons to fix seats that may allow front passengers to move the seats too far forward, putting them at risk of injury in a crash, federal safety officials said Monday.

To Topple Toyota, Volkswagen Must Accelerate in the U.S.

VW has set a hefty goal for itself: to displace Toyota as the world's No. 1 car company. The German automaker is actually within reach, thanks mainly to its huge lead in China. To overtake Toyota, however, VW will need to really ramp up sales in the American market.

GM Vehicles Rise in Consumer Reports' Latest Quality Survey

Although Honda and Toyota remain the benchmark of reliability in the U.S. automobile industry, General Motors has made considerable strides in improving the quality of its cars and trucks, according to the magazine's 2010 Annual New Car Reliability Survey.

Volvo Recalls About 10,000 Vehicles for Faulty Airbags

Swedish automaker Volvo is recalling 9,746 cars in the U.S. to repair driver's side airbags that may not deploy during a crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported Wednesday. Models affected are the 2010 and 2011 S80 and XC70; the 2010 V70; and the 2011 XC60.

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 Earnings Preview: Sales and Profits Hit the Gas

FordFord Motor is set to deliver strong earnings when it reports second-quarter results Friday. After disastrously low sales in 2009, the auto industry as a whole has been in recovery mode this year -- and Ford has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the revival.

China's Geely to Buy Volvo for $1.8 Billion

On Sunday, a pivotal deal got done that highlights China's growing power: Zhejiang Geely Holding announced an agreement to buy Volvo Cars from Ford. Geely's ambitious founder Li Shufu has a goal of selling 200,000 Volvos in China by 2015. Ambitious? Yes. Easy? Not at all.

Ford, GM Sales Surge in January as Toyota Tumbles

Ford Motor and General Motors, the two largest U.S. auto makers, reported higher sales in January, as consumers steered cleared of the showrooms of the companies' nearest Japanese competitor, Toyota Motor, which is mired in massive recall involving millions of vehicles.

Ford Posts Profit, but Debt Is a Concern

Ford Motor's turnaround plan appears to be working. The automaker earned $2.7 billion in 2009 and saw sales rise 13% in the fourth quarter. But how will the automaker meet the many challenges still ahead while burdened by some $34 billion in debt?

Preview: Ford to Report Peppy Q4 Results

By all accounts, Ford Motor is on a roll, and analysts are hoping to see an upbeat fourth quarter when the automaker reports earnings on Thursday. Compared to other manufacturers, Ford is in an enviable position.

GM and Spyker Seal a Deal
for Saab

After a year-long search, General Motors finally found a buyer for Saab in Spyker Cars, a Dutch sports-car maker. The offer comprises $74 million in cash and $326 million in preferred shares. Saab workers and customers finally have a strong reason to be hopeful.

Detroit Ends Tumultuous Year with Mixed Results

Detroit automakers closed 2009 with mixed results. While overall sales for the year fell at Ford Motor, General Motors and Chrysler Group, each reported strong December sales as bargain-hungry consumers sought to cinch deals before year's end.

GM to Spyker: No Deal for Saab

Unswayed by the latest offer from Dutch sports car maker Spyker Cars, Detroit-based GM is preparing to mothball Saab for good, The Economic Times has reported, citing a news report published Wednesday in Sweden.

No country for old brands

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