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Oct 29, 2015

American Motors’ Former HQ for $500?1

How things got to this sad state of affairs is a story much too long to recite here, but it reflects AMC’s often-stormy history from its creation in....More
Oct 13, 2015

Can U.S. Automakers Compete?1

Toyota has created a new class of stock that locks shareholders into holding their certificates for at least five years. Toyota says it needs a....More
Sep 24, 2015

No Easy Way Forward for VW Post-Dieselgate3

Coming back from the scandal will take resolve, patience, a big strategy shift and an awful lot of money....More
Sep 22, 2015

VW’s Deception Hurts Entire Auto Industry10

This action is so cynical, brazen and devious it has left even VW’s biggest supporters feeling betrayed....More
Aug 31, 2015

Why Are CUVs So Popular?

There’s a big difference between CUVs and SUVs. The first typically is unibody with limited off-road capabilities; the other usually is body-on-frame....More
Aug 10, 2015

Information Technology Making Mean Streets Less Mean1

While private vehicle ownership is not particularly desirable, it can be regulated economically while complementing growth of the transportation ‟....More
Jul 30, 2015

Honda Makes Bold Move But Will It Stick?

Honda puts a designer in charge of its Acura brand, but recent history shows similar moves at other automakers haven't been long-lived....More
Jul 17, 2015

Chrysler Building Ram 1500 Diesels, But Sales Lag2

Through June, FCA says the diesel makes up 18% of the Ram 1500s shipped from the plant but only 12% of the retail mix. The automaker says a 20%....More
Jul 02, 2015

FCA Defends Ram Diesel Take-Rate

General Motors has questioned Fiat Chrysler’s claimed 20% take-rate for the Ram EcoDiesel, and FCA says the rampup continues. An FCA executive says....More
Jul 01, 2015

Fewer U.S. Households Buying New Cars5

If the same percentage of Americans bought cars and trucks this year as in 1978, we would see 22 million sales....More
Jun 12, 2015

New GM, Barra Find ‘If It Ain’t Rough, It Ain’t Right'

Barra and her executive team have plenty stacked against them these days, and the next few months will be as pivotal for GM as a winner-take-all NBA....More
Jun 10, 2015

Merger Mania, Marchionne Style1

The real force that will bring everyone to Marchionne’s line of thinking is mobility services....More
Jun 08, 2015

New Biography: Mary Barra Earned Her Way to Top at GM

What makes the CEO’s story all the more compelling is that she grew up in a middle-class GM family and wound up leading the world’s second-largest....More
Jun 02, 2015

Talks No Usual Throwdown for GM Korea, Union in 2015

Employees’ specialized skills make GM Korea’s new-vehicle and engine-development centers valuable assets. Line workers, however, differ mainly from....More
May 28, 2015

Hey Cadillac, I Double-Dog Dare You

Turns out Teddy Roosevelt used the phrase in a 1910 speech: “…who best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who, at worst, if he....More

David E. Zoia

As Editorial Director, I oversee much of what goes into, enjoying a ringside seat that lets me observe up close just about every facet of the industry worldwide. I have covered the...

James M. Amend

James Amend is an associate editor at, covering day-to-day business and product news at General Motors. He also leads coverage of regulatory and environmental issues, as well as the...
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