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Dec 11, 2012

Packard Plant: Mother of Motor City Ruins4

An abandoned Detroit factory that stopped making cars 58 years ago has long overstayed its welcome....More
Nov 26, 2012

How Auto Makers Can Take ‘Imported From Detroit’ a Step Further

Each of Chrysler’s Detroit plants, all on the city’s east side, sit in the shadows of blighted neighborhoods filled with crumbling houses and empty....More
Nov 07, 2012

Detroit’s Worst Mistake Ever19

Detroit auto makers wasted at least $50 billion during the past two decades in failed efforts to impress Wall Street and raise their stock prices....More
Nov 01, 2012

Keeping Score Between Romney, Obama and Chrysler: Everyone Loses

The back-and-forth over misinformation about Jeep’s intent in China gets ugly with attack ads and executive expletives....More
Oct 31, 2012

Marchionne Goes All In

The bid to rely on new products and market conquests rather than cost-saving capacity cuts is a risky, but potentially lucrative, bet on a long-term....More
Oct 30, 2012

VW Looks Terribly Inefficient, Except on the Bottom Line

Volkswagen rakes in more money every year than any other auto maker by far. While VW’s stated goal is to become the world’s largest car company by....More
Oct 26, 2012

Chrysler Falls Victim to Internet Fear-Mongering1

What’s lost in translation was a quickly spread miscommunication that Chrysler would end Jeep production here in the States....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
Oct 18, 2012

Auto's Next Hiring Boom May Not Be From Silicon Valley

The problem, some say, is that no one wants to jump from the software industry to the auto industry. Unlike the software industry, which is capable....More
Oct 17, 2012

From Worst to Best: Cadillac Cimarron Vs. ATS1

The ATS is looking like a big success in part because the development team focused on creating a true sports sedan, lighter than all the key....More
Oct 09, 2012

Most Over-Hyped Automotive Trends of Past 25 Years5

My take on the biggest non-events of the last 25 years. Let me know what other boondoggles I should have included....More
Sep 12, 2012

It's Sink or Swim Time for Ford's Fields1

Mark Fields, currently head of the Americas for Ford, reportedly will be named CEO following Alan Mulally's expected 2013 retirement. Fields, 51, has....More
Sep 11, 2012

GM’s Volt Miscalculation Not Cost, Cachet

The hybrid-electric car has evolved into a political football, not the image-builder initially envisioned. Now’s the time for the auto maker to go....More
Aug 28, 2012

Lincoln May Have Life Left After All

CEO Alan Mulally reportedly had backed killing the brand when he first arrived at Ford during the depths of the recession. Now he is promising to....More
Aug 21, 2012

A Different Plan to Save Opel

GM should immediately spinoff Opel as its own stand-alone company.Then Opel needs to kick all the Americans off the board with no more ties to....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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