Barbara McClellan has covered the international auto industry for Ward's since 1997, specializing in business strategy, with extensive travel throughout Asia. She also writes about alternative fuels and environmental issues. She retired in September 2013 after serving as Editor of WardsAuto.com for 11 years and currently contributes freelance stories and blogs.

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Apr 11, 2014

Venezuela President Plays With Fire as Auto Sales Plunge

New-vehicle deliveries tumbled 87% in January and 89.9% in February, marking the lowest level since 2003 when the country was ensnarled in a....More
Mar 26, 2014

Mary Barra's Leadership Not for Faint of Heart

GM’s faulty-ignition crisis, though unfortunate, presents Barra with a teachable moment, as all eyes focus on the new CEO to see if she has the right....More
Feb 26, 2014

Auto Industry Pushes for Currency-Manipulation Crackdown in TPP Trade Talks

U.S. automakers are insisting any future bilateral trade agreements commit in writing promises not to manipulate currency-exchange rates, with Japan....More
Dec 23, 2013

The End of a Road Well-Traveled

In my 40-plus years of journalism, covering the international auto industry has been the best gig ever and one helluva ride....More
Oct 23, 2012

Breaking Bread, Knocking Down Barriers

One of the things that make the auto industry special is that it really is a global village. What affects one region of the world touches us all....More
Feb 23, 2012

General Motors-PSA Euro Talks Tip of Iceberg?

The debt-ridden eurozone should be a no-fly zone for global auto makers looking to shore up their bottom lines. And post-bankruptcy GM should be....More
Oct 21, 2010

Major Auto Makers Find Solace, Risks in Emerging Markets

Putting together Ward’s annual state of the international industry package, posted this week on our website, at times....More
Sep 21, 2010

GM Would Benefit From Chinese Partner’s IPO Investment

The U.S. Treasury is hoping for the greatest bang for the buck from General Motors’ upcoming initial public offering as....More
Jun 10, 2010

Chevy Shorthand: Like a Rock

I’m sending $10 to Alan Batey, vice president for Chevy sales and service, as a down payment. Not for a car, but....More
Jun 04, 2010

GM’s Tiger Salute Perfect Pitch

General Motors hit a homerun this week, awarding Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a shiny red ’10 Corvette....More
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