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May 14, 2014

GM and NHTSA Need to Dig Deeper

I’m not convinced throwing more money at a government agency will fix anything....More
May 12, 2014

Carry Me Home, and Home

A Nissan NV200 arrives in the office just in time to help me with a move. How did it do? Read on to find out....More
May 09, 2014

RIP Dodge Caravan: 1984-2016

I’m so upset I may even donate, to the Salvation Army, my black crewneck sweater with the blue and white checkered shirt at the collar, the preferred....More
Apr 30, 2014

Ford’s Fields the Right Man for Top Job

Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields has been groomed his entire professional life to take the helm at Ford and has proved he is ready for the job....More
Apr 28, 2014

Toyota Texas Move: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

The industry’s self-professed greenest automaker is said to be uprooting its U.S. sales-and-marketing operations to the country’s least-green state....More
Apr 24, 2014

GM Profit Report Further Clouds Spotlight on CEO Mary Barra

The chief executive caps her first 100 days on the job by reporting a razor-thin profit of $125 million, down 86% from year-ago, and bruised by the....More
Apr 22, 2014

The Key to GM’s Recall

If it is determined top brass has been negligent, CEO Mary Barra could be joined in the searing spotlight by some heavyweights who have since....More
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
Apr 04, 2014

Small Budget, Thin Skin Roadblocking Agency, Former NHTSA Head Says

Former U.S. safety chief Joan Claybrook says agency administrators “have to act like a cop on the beat,” but too often those at the top have been....More
Apr 01, 2014

Who Does Tesla Want to Buy?

Analysts now define Tesla as a technology company, not an automaker. As a result, the company’s market capitalization is more than $30 billion....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
Mar 24, 2014

Packard Plant: From Abandoned to Embraced

Detroit Free Press photographer Brian Kaufman captures the tragic decline of a historic vehicle assembly plant on the city's east side in a riveting....More
Mar 19, 2014

GM Puts All Its Chips on Newly Minted CEO

Barra will need to convince the car-buying public the recall scandal is a relic of the old GM if public confidence is to be restored and market share....More
Mar 13, 2014

When It Comes to Mileage, Cars Tell the Truth

A vehicle’s trip computer is the most accurate way to judge its thirst for fuel....More
Mar 12, 2014

Warranty Costs the Next Supplier-OE Battleground

Parts makers currently spend a fraction of what vehicle manufacturers do annually to cover warranties, and automakers are eager to share the pain....More
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