CNBC's Phil LeBeau speaks to Volkswagen of America president & CEO Jonathan Browning, about the Beetle Convertible coming out mid-December. Unveiled this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new 2013 Beetle represents fun and freedom in the marketplace, says Browning, and there is still a demand for a convertible car.
Flexing its metal muscles is the 4-meter or 13-foot-tall Kuratas robot. Creator Kogoro Kurata wanted to bring to life the machines of his childhood fantasies, even though he realizes his prototype doesn't hold too much value for society.
It's the latest marketing ploy in car-crazed Japan: A car made specifically for women in an almost too predictable pink. This is a new version of the Honda Fit, a model named not "Hers", but "She's." The car's designer, Eri Tomonari, says the car's windshield cuts down on UV rays and the plamsa cluster A/C won't leave drivers with dry skin.
CNNMoney visits Israel's biggest defense manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries, and gets special access to the drones of today and the future. Owned by the Israeli government, the company does over $3.5 billion in annual sales. Of that, about a quarter goes to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, which makes one of Israel's most valuable tools.
The 2013 SRT Viper has tons of power and lots more refinement, and is the best Viper ever by a mile, says Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN Money senior editor. Driving with only one hand on the steering wheel (something not so easily done in the older models), he shows off the new Viper here.
Mike O'Shaughnessy, the company's CEO, argues that consumer demand is a primary driver for the recent success of locally-made TVs. By calculating the total costs of production, and by weighing duty and freight against labor, the company found a positive financial picture of producing in the U.S.A. And it seems to be working. The "Made in the U.S.A." packaging can't hurt, either.
When it rains, it pours for HP. Hewlett Packard shares have plunged to a decade low any many are now wondering what Meg Whitman can do to save this company, if anything. Once the pride of Silicon Valley, HP's write-down and sales woes could force the company to make drastic changes to stay competitive.
Can Intel go from being king of the PC market to a master of mobile? A fund manager and an analyst tell us what three steps the incoming CEO needs to make. Joshua Spencer, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Global Technology Fund, sees two important steps for the chipmaker: pushing the manufacturing advantage and integrating Intel's chips with cellular chips.
The first reaction a lot of people have to the new Ford Fusion is disbelief that the new model is really a Ford. It is, and it's a mid-size family sedan competing against cars like the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. The new Fusion is "a pretty interesting package," says Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN senior writer. Take a look.
Warren Buffett says that whether the U.S. goes over the fiscal cliff or not depends on if the Republicans in congress, and the president, can agree. Even if the U.S. temporarily goes over the cliff, the Oracle of Omaha doesn't think that will push the country in another recession.
Ruth Campbell Bigelow decided to create a food company in her home, and introduced flavored tea to the U.S. more than 60 years ago. Bigelow Tea has since become the number one specialty tea company in the country, producing about 1.6 billion bags of tea each year.
Swedish researchers believe the problem of battery efficiency in electric cars can be solved by turning the car's entire frame into one, big battery. They say their solution would remove the drag created by today's heavy batteries, vastly increasing the range of electric cars.
German scientists have taught a humanoid robot to find its way by asking for directions from people in the street. Fitted with an array of cameras and sensors, the automaton represents a significant step in the development of robots that can intergrate with society.
What can go zero to sixty miles per hour in just three seconds? The new Lamborghini Aventador, and the luxury automaker's Singapore showroom had the privelege of giving car lovers the first look. The LP700-4 roadster operates with a 12 cylinder, 700 horsepower engine that takes it to a top speed of just about 220 miles per hour.
Motor Trend made a truly revolutionary choice for its car of the year this year, choosing the Tesla Model S. The Model S is Tesla's all-electric, plug-in luxury sedan. With prices ranging from $50,000 to over $100,000, the Model S is priced to compete against big luxury cars, and stands up well against its competition, according to the magazine.
Millions of jobs are waiting to be filled, but employers say they can't find qualified workers because of "the skills gap." It's not that the United States doesn't manufacture anymore. That's a myth. Companies are ready to grow, but they can't find the labor to take things to the next level.
Fresh industrial production data among a raft of figures shows that China's lukewarm rebound is on track. China's manufacturing sector had been hit earlier in the year by Europe's steep slowdown, but the latest figures show that it is now on the rebound.
The United States may have shifted to a postindustrial economy, but that does not mean the manufacturing sector is dead. Far from it. From coast to coast, manufacturers are making more products, but with fewer people, as the sector makes an improbable rebound after a tough recession.
German engineering giant Siemens unveils a 6 billion euro cost-cutting plan, more than expected, as it fights to stay competitive in a weak global economy. Some German media reports suggest up to 10,000 jobs could go. Siemen's chief Peter Loescher wouldn't confirm the numbers, but said job losses were inevitable.
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