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    Study: Outstanding auto loans total higher than ever
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    It looks like Americans are feeling more confident about borrowing money again, at least when it comes to their cars. Credit reporting giant Equifax has released its latest National Consumer Credit Trends Report, and the data suggests that auto lending is booming in 2014. The total amount of ...

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    Study: Volvo buyers have best credit scores among all auto shoppers
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    Experian, the US credit reporting agency, recently concluded a study into the financing and credit scores of US car buyers. One of the prime findings was that Volvo buyers enjoy the strongest credit scores among new car shoppers from all brands (nota bene, these are Experian's own numbers and can ...

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    European insurers quit covering Ford and GM suppliers
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    Soaked in bad news, GM and Ford received yet another dousing when their three big European credit insurers dropped them this week. Euler Hermes, Atradius, and Coface have all refused to write policies for suppliers trading with both automakers. The three giant insurance companies control more than ...

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    GM cuts 1,100 staff at Lordstown plant to meet slowing demand
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    Click above for more high-res shots of the Chevy Cobalt SS
    Less than 2 months ago the headline here was GM ramps up Cobalt production to meet demand. It's amazing how quickly things change in this crazy environment. Just months after adding a third shift at the Lordstown, OH assembly plant where ...

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    GM launches new campaign to ease credit worries
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    After announcing earlier this week that GMAC would only finance customers who hold credit scores higher than 700, General Motors has decided it would be prudent to reassure consumers that they are still in the business of securing loans and selling vehicles. Starting Friday, GM will launch a ...

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    Bad credit hurting sales more than fuel prices
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    The auto industry is in a bad sales slump, and while trucks and SUVs are being hurt particularly by fuel prices, the rest of the market has an even bigger problem. The tight credit market is making it much harder for dealers to sell you transportation, and the problem isn't relegated to just those ...

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    All VW and Mercedes diesels eligible for tax credit
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    We knew last month that the Jetta TDI was qualified for the tax credit. Now, word is out that all of the new-generation clean diesels for Volkswagen (TDI) and Mercedes-Benz (Bluetec) will be joining the elite handful of vehicles that qualify for a federal alternative-powertrain tax credit. Formerly ...

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    Cerberus gives reasons why Chrysler could flop
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    Cerberus Capital Management shot off a nine-page letter to investors outlining ways that Chrysler could sink, while also pointing out that they believe Chrysler's on the track for success. Some of the possible failure scenarios include a nasty recession, an extreme slowdown in the car market, or a ...

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    Riding out the storm: Ford applies for $18 billion restructuring package
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    Ford announced today that it plans to acquire a financing package worth a heady $18 billion. The extra money will ensure that Ford survives the next couple of years while Alan Mulally and company attempt to turn the automaker around and bring profits back to the Blue Oval. Automotive News reports ...

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    Bad credit? No credit? Ford doesn't care with new 0-72 loans
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    Facing the ignominy of huge dealer inventory and falling behind Toyota for 2nd place in July sales, Ford has decided to let anybody with a pulse finance one of its cars. Well, you do have to have some credit, but Ford is lowering the bar in this new incentive drive to include buyers with sub-prime ...

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    Recent Ford bond issues to pay out record returns
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    From all appearances, Ford Motor Company feels it will need a well-baited hook in order to attract investors to its most recent issue of bonds. As such, the Blue Oval crew is offering $2.5 billion with rates as high as 10.75 percent - a record for the company. Analysts state that this is ...

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