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Aug 27, 2010

A Temporary Distraction?

Worried about driver distraction in an era of prolific text-messaging and complex onboard entertainment and information....More
Aug 19, 2010

Obama Factor the Wild Card in GM’s IPO

A year ago, we saw what having the U.S. President behind you can do for a bankruptcy filing. Now we’re about to....More
Aug 13, 2010

No Hollywood Ending as Whitacre Rides Off Into Sunset

Talk about a faster-moving General Motors. Ed Whitacre went from non-executive chairman to CEO to golden parachute....More
Aug 11, 2010

What’s the EV Endgame?

What rubs some the wrong way is the cash-back offer rewards the cause not the effect. Consumers get a break only on....More
Jul 30, 2010

Shooting Down the Satellites

Volkswagen is the latest to strike a blow against still-struggling satellite radio, announcing today it is partnering....More
Jul 15, 2010

Fiat 500 Offer Model for Others to Follow

Fiat 500 Offer Model for Others to Follow Credit Chrysler-Fiat with a stroke of marketing inspiration this week....More
Jun 24, 2010

Keeping Tabs on the EV Market’s Pulse

Want a barometer of the true underlying demand for electric vehicles as Nissan Leafs, Mitsubishi iMiEVs, Chevy Volts....More
Jun 10, 2010

Chevy Shorthand: Like a Rock

I’m sending $10 to Alan Batey, vice president for Chevy sales and service, as a down payment. Not for a car, but....More
Jun 04, 2010

GM’s Tiger Salute Perfect Pitch

General Motors hit a homerun this week, awarding Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a shiny red ’10 Corvette....More
May 28, 2010

Collateral Damage

Pulling the plug on the non-descript Mercury brand may make sense, but Ford better be on guard against the negative....More
May 27, 2010

Batteries Not Included

Look for the next capacity glut to center on electric-vehicle batteries. In recent months, plans for more than a....More
May 25, 2010

So Many Crises Bubbling, So Little Time1

The world has the jitters, and that can’t be good for the global auto industry, which suffers whenever there’s a lack....More
May 13, 2010

Walking the Razor’s Edge

UAW Vice President Bob King served notice this week that as the auto industry rebounds workers will expect to benefit –....More
Apr 27, 2010

Marchionne Goes All In

When Fiat offered to take a stake in Chrysler last year and assume management control, CEO Sergio Marchionne made one....More
Apr 16, 2010

Reality May Bite for BEV Backers

Reality may be setting in. A year ago, it was all EVs all the time, as auto makers, battery suppliers and regulators....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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