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Dick Dauch Remembered

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Ford’s Caldwell Will Be Remembered for Taurus Gamble

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Jun 17, 2013

As Chrysler’s SRT Goes Full Speed, Dodge Sputters Along4

The auto maker unleashes a full-scale advertising campaign for the nascent performance brand, which had taken a back seat while the manufacturer was....More
Jun 10, 2013

Dear Taxpayer: Your Auto Bailout Loan Is Repaid, With Interest41

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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

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May 06, 2013

Turbos, Blowers and Real-World Fuel Economy9

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Apr 04, 2013

What Every CEO Should Know About Managing in a Shrinking World1

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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?

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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

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...

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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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