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GM stock posting higher highs since IPO

Ask any investor who believes in technical analysis. Stocks that breakout to the upside or to the downside need to be accompanied by high volume. GM has yet to exceed any of the post-IPO high volume days, even on the breakout of December 30. At best, the GM stock price on Jan. 3 made a new high, with volume of 32 million shares registering #4 on the volume hit parade.

Toyota

Toyota slips to third place place behind Ford

A year that started badly for Toyota also ended badly. In December 2010, sales of Toyota brand vehicles dropped 5.9 percent from the same month in 2009. The decline put Toyota's total, 12-month vehicle sales for 2010 nearly a half percent lower than 2009 sales – a dismal performance for a major brand in a year in which total U.S. vehicle sales rose 11 percent. Toyota's overall rank among U.S. car companies slipped to third place in 2010, dropping below Ford for the first time in four years.

Chrysler leads the Big 3 in December 2010 sales thanks to Ram, Jeep

December 2010 sales numbers from around the industry are in and although the Dodge and Chrysler brands saw a decline in sales compared to December 2009, the Ram and Jeep brands had big months – helping to make the Chrysler Group to be the strongest of the Detroit automakers in terms of monthly growth.

TRW stock still showing bullish trend bias

According to the TRW news release, the presentation, which will be simultaneously webcast, is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. (Eastern Time), and is expected to run for approximately forty minutes.

During the presentation, TRW's president and chief executive officer, John C. Plant, and executive vice president and chief financial officer, Joseph S. Cantie, will provide a general business overview and discuss other related matters, followed by a brief question and answer period.

2011 will be the year of Electric Avenue reality

For certain we will see the continuation of technical innovations like Ford’s EcoBoost engines that have the power of a V8 in a 6 cylinder, but the gas mileage of a 4 cylinder. Moreover, we will continue to see the mainstream deliveries of a plethora of plug-in hybrid vehicles, like Chevy Volts, Nissan Leafs and Fisker Karmas. Even the Toyota Prius will follow suit with its own version of a plug-in.

Falken Tires ALMS Porsche

Falken Tire Partners with Walker Racing and ABC Will Broadcast Le Mans Series

Falken Tires of Fontana, Calif., has partnered with Walker Racing of Indianapolis, Indiana, for the 2011 American Le Mans Series. Falken is just coming off its first full-season championship effort in 2010. In related news, the American Le Mans Series will now be broadcast on ABC & ESPN.

2011 NAIAS to highlight diversity with themed events

Racial and cultural diversity is not new in Detroit. From Polish Hamtramck to Italian businesses, to Greek Town, to Mexican Town and the largest Arabic community in the country, “The D” will help the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) highlight diversity in a unique way, celebrating cultural diversity within the global automotive industry with three events.

Driving the Maserati GranCabrio and Three Other Delectable Droptops

Let me explain who she came to smile on me recently. The annual New England Motor Press Association Ragtop Ramble, a gathering where members drive convertibles and other sport cars north from Boston to Kennebunkport, Maine, commences with the selection of keys from a lockbox to determine what your first car of the day is going to be.

Being a Chauffeur Just Fine in 2011 Bentley GTC Speed 80-11

So, it was with no reservation that I welcomed the opportunity to make the drive recently with Cliff Atiyeh, auto channel guru at Boston.com. Then he dropped the bombshell that our ride would be a 2011 Bentley Continental GC Speed 80-11.

At first I feared my role would be as navigator (and even then I would be supplanted by an iPhone). Then when I found out the Bentley fleet specialist Robin March would be tagging along I was convinced it would be 240 miles of small talk while Cliff got all the fun.

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