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Aug 05, 2013
Dick Dauch Remembered
Industry veteran Dauch started his automotive career at General Motors in 1964, and he was only 30 when he was selected to manage one of its largest....
Jul 22, 2013
Ford’s Caldwell Will Be Remembered for Taurus Gamble
Like most executives with finance credentials, the Harvard MBA was a stickler for metrics and details. But Caldwell, the conservative bean counter,....
Jun 27, 2013
Germany’s ‘AutoCity’ Celebrates 13th Birthday
VW’s success with Autostadt suggests perhaps there is more than one Motor City....
Jun 17, 2013
As Chrysler’s SRT Goes Full Speed, Dodge Sputters Along
The auto maker unleashes a full-scale advertising campaign for the nascent performance brand, which had taken a back seat while the manufacturer was....
Jun 10, 2013
Dear Taxpayer: Your Auto Bailout Loan Is Repaid, With Interest
The auto bailouts were not speculative investments aimed at delivering a fat return to John Q. Public. They were designed to avoid an economic....
Jun 07, 2013
Chrysler Says ‘Wait and See’ on Dispute With NHTSA
The auto maker takes a stoic approach to addressing potential controversy, rather than explaining at length....
May 24, 2013
A Lesson From Marchionne: Be Expressive, Not Offensive
Everyone appreciates an executive who cuts directly to the chase and lays it bare, but that same attitude can be expressed without being offensive....
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....
May 06, 2013
Turbos, Blowers and Real-World Fuel Economy
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....
Apr 04, 2013
What Every CEO Should Know About Managing in a Shrinking World
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....
Mar 11, 2013
Is Lincoln Driving Down Mercury’s Path?
There is increasing sentiment among some Ford employees that it’s too late to save the Lincoln luxury brand, despite recent....
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....
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."....
Mar 02, 2013
Can You Keep a Secret in the Auto Industry?
.Keeping future product under wraps becomes more challenging amid rookie mistakes....
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....
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