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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
Aug 13, 2012

Memo to Romney-Ryan: It’s the Auto Economy, Stupid4

Unlike most industrialized nations, the U.S. ignores the importance of the auto industry to its economic future....More
Aug 08, 2012

Opel Dragging GM Down

General Motors, even under new management and government ownership, continues to lose billions in Europe....More
Aug 03, 2012

Chrysler Starting to Go Hollywood Again

The OEM makes appearances in two summer blockbusters and takes the Dart on the road....More
Jul 31, 2012

Be Careful What You Wish For

In the end, marketing guru Joel Ewanick’s fast-acting, shoot-from-the-hip style didn’t play well at the new GM....More
Jul 30, 2012

Getting ‘The Kids’ Interested in Cars

Nissan’s plan to hook future customers involves online gaming and a “batmobile” race car....More
May 16, 2012

GM’s Europe Problem: Maybe Ex-CEO Saw Writing on Wall

With strong unions and nationalistic governments intent on protecting their industries, there is no fast fix for GM in Europe, as CEO Dan Akerson and....More
Mar 22, 2012

Ford More Good Than Lucky, Book Contends

“American Icon” details Ford’s near-death experience and subsequent turnaround under CEO Alan Mulally, concluding the auto maker made its own breaks....More
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

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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