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Mar 03, 2010

Help Wanted: Ghost Busters

On Friday, General Motors became the first auto maker to publicly support legislation that would require installation....More
Mar 02, 2010

Geneva Shows Off Europe’s Best Cars, But Road to Recovery Still Bumpy

Europe is putting its best foot forward at this week’s annual Geneva international auto show, which opened to the media....More
Feb 24, 2010

Lap Dogs, Memos and Runaway Comments

We don’t mean to make light of a deadly serious subject, but the Toyota recall hearings in Washington on Wednesday were....More
Feb 23, 2010

Spare Us Dog and Pony Show and Get to the Truth

If all goes as planned, Toyota President Akio Toyoda will find himself on the hot seat Wednesday as he testifies before....More
Feb 23, 2010

Presto Change-O: GM Board’s Sudden Metamorphosis

It’s less than eight months after General Motors rose from its Chapter 11 ashes and the auto maker’s board of directors....More
Feb 11, 2010

On Stopping a Prius – and Maybe Some of the Panic

Amid all the frenzy surrounding the growing spate of Toyota recalls, comes the voice of calm – from a victim no less of....More
Feb 08, 2010

Total Recall

Toyota’s recall problems for sticky gas pedals, sudden acceleration and now complaints about electronic brakes remind....More
Feb 03, 2010

Recall’s Impact on Toyota’s Image? It’s Way Too Soon to Tell

There appears to be a big rush under way to judge the long-term impact on consumer confidence of Toyota’s widespread....More
Feb 01, 2010

Toyota’s Long Ride Home

Toyota says it has a fix for faulty gas pedals in millions of its recalled vehicles, as well a solution for cars still....More
Jan 28, 2010

Breaking a Taboo

The Democratic Party changed the face of political ads with its “Daisy” TV spots in the ʼ64 presidential race between....More
Jan 25, 2010

Whitacre to Rule GM With Intensity

When Ed Whitacre hinted to journalists at the recent Detroit auto show that General Motors needed a full-court press to....More
Jan 22, 2010

Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Score it as a Pyrrhic victory for the U.S. auto industry. Japan’s decision this week to open up its “cash for....More
Jan 19, 2010

Phoenix Rising

Several dozen members of the U.S. Congress and the Obama administration attended the press preview at the North....More
Jan 15, 2010

Death Has Its Benefits and Other Tales From the Russian Front

One-time General Motors purchasing chief Bo Andersson says there’s one headache he didn’t bring with him in his new job....More
Jan 06, 2010

Happy New Year

TGIO (Thank God It’s Over). Few will look back with fondness on the past year, punctuated by a 21% drop in....More

Dave 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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