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Mar 19, 2014

GM Puts All Its Chips on Newly Minted CEO1

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 Truth18

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
Feb 27, 2014

Honda Insight Doomed From Start1

The Insight was too small when it needed to be big, too fuel-efficient when it wasn't necessary, not around when people cared about fuel economy and....More
Feb 26, 2014

Auto Industry Pushes for Currency-Manipulation Crackdown in TPP Trade Talks2

U.S. automakers are insisting any future bilateral trade agreements commit in writing promises not to manipulate currency-exchange rates, with Japan....More
Feb 24, 2014

Why Can’t UAW Sell Itself?1

In the business world, when your sales strategy fails, you know it’s time to develop a new approach....More
Feb 13, 2014

Another One Bites the Dust, Unfairly

Hyundai-Kia parts way with yet another executive, but he didn’t have much to work with....More
Jan 29, 2014

Renschler’s Resignation Should Be No Surprise

Renschler is ambitious and fearless. At the age of 37, he took on the incredibly daunting task of building a Mercedes-Benz luxury SUV when there was....More
Jan 28, 2014

Safety Tech Vs. Safer Drivers5

If we develop and fund serious driver programs that individually coach and train motorists to become better drivers, the impact will be immediate....More
Jan 16, 2014

Auto Bailout Critics Get Desperate6

Equating the U.S. auto industry with the city of Detroit is nonsense....More
Dec 27, 2013

Hyundai Loses in Krafcik Departure1

The departing U.S. CEO of the South Korean brand was devoted, passionate in his role....More
Dec 23, 2013

The End of a Road Well-Traveled2

In my 40-plus years of journalism, covering the international auto industry has been the best gig ever and one helluva ride....More
Dec 16, 2013

Mustang Almost Died in Early 1990s3

CEO Alex Trotman said “Mustang is an intrinsic part of Ford’s DNA,” and this rallied the troops....More
Nov 22, 2013

Opel Plus Chevrolet in Europe May Be Unsolvable Equation

GM would like to think there’s room for both brands in Europe, with Chevrolet appealing to more cost-conscious buyers and Opel chasing customers with....More
Nov 06, 2013

Reuss’ Facebook Exit Smacks of Same Old GM2

The president of GM North America having a Facebook account was refreshing in an industry where top executives typically dislike too cozy a....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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