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Jun 10, 2013

Dear Taxpayer: Your Auto Bailout Loan Is Repaid, With Interest31

The auto bailouts were not speculative investments aimed at delivering a fat return to John Q. Public. They were designed to avoid an economic....More
Jun 07, 2013

Chrysler Says ‘Wait and See’ on Dispute With NHTSA2

The auto maker takes a stoic approach to addressing potential controversy, rather than explaining at length....More
May 24, 2013

A Lesson From Marchionne: Be Expressive, Not Offensive2

Everyone appreciates an executive who cuts directly to the chase and lays it bare, but that same attitude can be expressed without being offensive....More
May 17, 2013

Historic Piquette Avenue Plant Experiences Rebirth

The Piquette plant built 12,000 Model T’s by 1910, and by then the car’s runaway success gave birth to yet another big idea: Ford’s Highland Park....More
May 06, 2013

Turbos, Blowers and Real-World Fuel Economy8

If the public gets the idea auto makers are trying to pull a fast one, it could cripple one of the hottest technologies in the automotive industry....More
Apr 04, 2013

What Every CEO Should Know About Managing in a Shrinking World1

Auto makers need to view the world as one big business opportunity, says former GM executive Dave Herman. When it comes to emerging markets, that....More
Mar 11, 2013

Is Lincoln Driving Down Mercury’s Path?3

  There is increasing sentiment among some Ford employees that it’s too late to save the Lincoln luxury brand, despite recent....More
Mar 07, 2013

In Tesla Vs. NYT, Data Won

In a world where all facts now are fungible, data still carries weight: May it lead to better cars and journalism for all....More
Mar 06, 2013

New Models on Tap for 2014 Geneva Show?

Are Fiat's auto show models under dressed? Marchionne defends celebrating "female beauty in anything we do."....More
Mar 02, 2013

Can You Keep a Secret in the Auto Industry?

.Keeping future product under wraps becomes more challenging amid rookie mistakes....More
Feb 27, 2013

Today’s VW Looks Like Sloan’s GM

Volkswagen seems to have hit upon a structure well-suited to very large global corporations....More
Feb 08, 2013

So Far and Yet So Near

Roughly 5,000 miles apart, there’s a lot of Detroit in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod, where local auto maker GAZ kicked off assembly of Chevrolet Aveos....More
Feb 04, 2013

Super Bowl, Super Social

The industry’s big-budget advertising, strong messages, whimsical storytelling and celebrity guest spots may spark plenty of chatter, but will it....More
Jan 30, 2013

Suppliers Straining at the Seams

Production may rise by 1 million units this year just to keep pace with customer demand....More
Jan 08, 2013

Bob Lutz: From Doodler to Design Catalyst

His biggest achievement was to free GM’s design studios from a stultifying product-development bureaucracy so it could focus on creativity,....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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