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Original Batmobile For Sale

December 3, 2012 11:06 am | by CNN Money

It looks as if the Batmobile used in the 1960s TV series will be sold at auction in January at the annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona. Unlike most TV show cars, the Batmobile is a singular creation - famed car creationer George Barris got the assignment to create the car in 1966 with a tight deadline of 15 days and $15,000.


Why Austin's Tech CEOs Are Optimistic

December 3, 2012 11:06 am | by CNN Money

Austin, Texas, is a growing hub for technology startups, and these companies' leaders see a bright future. Mobile software, cloud computing, 3D printing and greentech businesses are just some of the areas that these CEOs feel will continue to move forward in the coming year.


Take A Look At Porsche's New Ride

December 3, 2012 11:04 am | by NBC News

CNBC's Phil LeBeau talks with Matthias Muller, Porsche AG president & CEO reveals what makes the 2013 Porsche Cayman so special. Muller says the brand new car features new interior and exterior designs, while still including key elements of the traditional "Porsche DNA."


Bregier: EADS Stake Shuffle Nothing To Fear

December 3, 2012 10:59 am | by Reuters

Germany will soon get an equal stake with France in EADS as part of EADS's shareholder reshuffle. Reuters' Axel Threlfall asks Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier if that means fresh tension between Berlin and Paris over Europe’s flagship planemaker.


Corning Sales Shatter Expectations

November 30, 2012 1:44 pm | by CNN Money

If you saw any of the highlights of Black Friday sales, you probably witnessed a lot of people buying flatscreen TVs - and that is great news for Corning, which owns the Gorilla Glass unit making glass for LCD screens. While the glass manufacturer has been struggling this year, Corning said that LCD shipments should be better than forecasts.


New Beetle Hits The Streets

November 29, 2012 12:54 pm | by NBC News

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.


Giant Movie Robot Comes To Life

November 28, 2012 3:48 pm | by Reuters

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.


Honda's New 'Car For Women'

November 28, 2012 3:47 pm | by CNN Money

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.


An Exclusive Look Inside Israel's Drones

November 28, 2012 3:41 pm | by CNN Money

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.


Check Out The Best Viper Yet

November 28, 2012 3:36 pm | by CNN Money

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.


Yes, Some TVs Are Made In The USA

November 28, 2012 12:50 pm | by CNN Money

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.


HP May Have To Split Up

November 27, 2012 1:51 pm | by CNN Money

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.


New Intel CEO Needs Mobile Roadmap

November 26, 2012 12:32 pm | by Reuters

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.


Ford Fusion: No Really, That's A Ford

November 16, 2012 11:06 am | by CNN Money

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.


Buffett: Fiscal Cliff Won't 'Torpedo' Economy

November 15, 2012 11:03 am | by CNN Money

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.


Bigelow Tea: From One To A Billion Bags

November 14, 2012 4:34 pm | by CNN Money

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.


The Future Electric Car May Be One Big Battery

November 14, 2012 4:06 pm | by Reuters

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.


Robot Gets Around By Asking The Way

November 14, 2012 4:05 pm | by Reuters

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.


Lamborghini Debuts Its Fast And Furious Aventador

November 14, 2012 4:03 pm | by Reuters

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's Car Of The Year: Tesla Model S

November 14, 2012 12:31 pm | by CNN Money

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.



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