Zacks Analyst Interview Highlights: GM, Ford, Toyota and Honda

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 4, 2006
Zacks.com releases the latest Analyst Interview. Today's
interview is with senior analyst Paul Raman, who discusses GM
(NYSE:GM), Ford (NYSE:F), Toyota (NYSE:TM) and Honda (NYSE:HMC). 
A synopsis of today's Analyst Interview is presented below. The
full article can be read at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2678. 
Do you see any improvement of company guidance among the Big Three
automakers? 
Guidance for automakers remains dim. Sales are weak due to rising
interest rates, a weakening real estate market, high gas prices and
slow SUV sales. GM's (NYSE:GM) sales are down 12% YTD and Ford's
(NYSE:F) are down 7% YTD. 
Japanese car companies like Toyota and Honda continue to take
market share. What makes them so much stronger these days? 
Toyota (NYSE:TM) and Honda (NYSE:HMC) are gaining share by
supplying high quality automobiles that get good gas mileage. They
also don't have the same legacy healthcare and pension issues that are
burdening the Big Three. 
Are you seeing much progress with hybrids, biodiesel and other
types of fuel sources in future models of U.S. autos? 
Hybrids are now only 1% of the market, but they are growing.
Toyota, Honda and Ford appear to be the most aggressive in this area.
It will take a long time for them to be a sizable part of the market. 
Read the full interview at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2647. 
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