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Mar 13, 2012

Making It Pay May Be Auto Infotainment’s Biggest Distraction

Designing advanced entertainment and telematics systems so they are safe to operate, meet regulatory benchmarks and work the way they are meant to....More
Mar 05, 2012

VW May Be Real Matchmaker Behind GM, PSA Courtship

The GM-PSA purchasing and product-development deal announced last week is about one thing: keeping pace with VW’s growing purchasing power....More
Feb 23, 2012

General Motors-PSA Euro Talks Tip of Iceberg?

The debt-ridden eurozone should be a no-fly zone for global auto makers looking to shore up their bottom lines. And post-bankruptcy GM should be....More
Feb 09, 2012

It’s a Fine World After All

It was mostly smiles at the NADA convention in Las Vegas, where everything seemed to be breaking the dealer body’s way for 2012....More
Oct 07, 2011

Pent-Up Demand? What Pent-Up Demand?

With annual U.S. sales running nearly 5 million units below pre-economic-crash peaks and the average age of vehicles on....More
Sep 23, 2011

U.S. Gets Failing Grade on Fuel Economy

America hasn’t achieved all that much when it comes to conserving fuel – most of us included. That failure jumps out....More
Aug 25, 2011

Making Chevy the Apple of GM’s Eye

General Motors wants to position its automotive brands among the best on the planet, telling financial analysts earlier....More
Jul 28, 2011

Labor Talks: No Game-Changer, Still Great Theater

United Auto Workers President Bob King doesn’t believe labor talks that kicked off this week – billed by some as the....More
May 31, 2011

It’s Complicated

Automotive interiors is an awfully complex business. I couldn’t help but draw that rather simplistic conclusion....More
May 12, 2011

No Such Thing as Free Ride

A coalition of environmental groups is calling on President Obama to “create long-term relief for drivers at the pump”....More
May 04, 2011

Believe It or Not: U.S. Manufacturers Having Trouble Finding Workers

It’s not often “worker shortage” and “manufacturing” can be used in the same sentence, at least not in the U.S., where....More
Mar 17, 2011

One U.S. Car Maker About to Bet Big on Emerging Markets?

U.S. auto makers still may be a little gun shy when it comes to pulling the trigger on new-product development as the....More
Dec 08, 2010

Hawaii Hot Bed for What Comes Next

Who knew when the U.S. first got its hands on Hawaii back in 1898 there eventually would be an automotive angle to the....More
Nov 24, 2010

Uh-Oh, Oprah Likes the Bug

Volkswagen’s Beetle giveaway on the Oprah Winfrey show this week may turn out to be a good marketing ploy – or simply....More
Nov 10, 2010

Charting the Comeback

Maybe it’s time to recalibrate. Most of this year was spent repeating the same monthly vigil, as we waited anxiously....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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