Nick Bunkley

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Recent articles
Ford hires 400 more than planned in Canada to support output of new Edge
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26
Ford has hired about 400 more workers than it previously said it would need to build the redesigned Edge crossover in Canada. ...


U.S. auto sales roar toward strongest February since 2002
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25
U.S. auto sales are on pace for the best February since 2002, forecasters say, even as relentless snow slowed demand in the Northeast. ...


Fields lures another Ford newbie in push for fresh thinking
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
Ford CEO Mark Fields has plenty of reasons to fear being left behind as Tesla, Google and Apple shake up the auto industry. ...


Year of the Recall wasn't all GM's fault
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
The final tally is in. In 2014, automakers sent out some 64 million recall notices in the United States, more than double the previous calendar-year record. GM was a big ...


Ford hires analyst Casesa as VP of global strategy
11:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 | UPDATED: 2/17/15 3:11 pm ET - adds background
John Casesa, who created the closely watched “Car Wars” report that ranks the competitiveness of automakers' product lineups, will become Ford's head of globa ...


Ford tops GM in U.S. factory jobs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15
For the first time since at least the 1930s, Ford employs more U.S. factory workers than its larger rival, General Motors. ...


Why you can't blame only GM for the Year of the Recall
10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13
Don't blame General Motors for the Year of the Recall. At least not entirely. Sure, GM started it. ...


Ford's new GT will be built by racing partner in Ontario
9:52 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12 | UPDATED: 2/12/15 1:12 pm ET - adds details
The Ford GT will be built in Ontario by Multimatic Motorsports, a longstanding partner in Ford's racing programs, the automaker said today. ...


Ford to unveil Police Interceptor Utility
10:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11
It's not a 600-hp supercar, but Ford is unveiling a vehicle Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show that most people would find even more intimidating if it suddenly appeared i ...


Lincoln rides the MKC to sales revival
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8
Lincoln, a marque synonymous with big, barge-like sedans, is now staking its comeback hopes mostly on utility vehicles. ...


How Ford kept the GT a secret
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
For 14 months, Ford Motor Co. managed to conceal a 600-hp secret in an unassuming basement storage room. The secrecy helped Ford make a big splash with its $200,000-plus ...


Ford predicts big '15 gains after '14 earnings drop
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Ford Motor Co. last week said it expects a "breakthrough year" ahead after its earnings fell by $4 billion in 2014 amid a flurry of vehicle launches. ...


Lincoln is looking for elusive sales repeat
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Lincoln executives told dealers that the brand is in position to achieve something it hasn't done since the 1990s: Increase sales for two consecutive years. ...


Ford goes after share, profits with an F series
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Ford division's market share slipped a full point in 2014, but its dealers generated record earnings for a third consecutive year, executives said. ...


Ford on verge of promoting newer UAW hires to top-tier pay for first time
6:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30 | UPDATED: 1/30/15 9:22 pm ET - adds UAW statement
Ford has exceeded its cap on employees earning second-tier wages and will promote 55 workers hired in 2010 to its top wage scale, the UAW said late Friday. ...


Ford's 2014 profit fell 56 percent amid new-product blitz
7:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29 | UPDATED: 1/29/15 4:17 pm ET - adds stock close
Ford posted a drop in fourth-quarter profit and said earnings fell 56 percent in 2014 as it introduced 24 vehicles worldwide while US market share declined. ...


Ford recalls 221,000 vehicles for door handle, seat belt problems
9:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28
Ford said it is recalling about 221,000 cars and vans for door handle and seat belt problems. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the two reca ...


Auto sales forecast calls for a hot January
4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27
Forecasters say U.S. auto sales have begun 2015 much stronger than 2014, when a deep freeze kept shoppers away from many dealerships in much of the country. ...


Volvo's revival plan 'starts now'
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
After its U.S. ...


Could a Super Bowl loss deflate car sales in New England or Seattle?
4:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Cars are emotional purchases for consumers. A Wisconsin dealer told me he got clear evidence of that this week, after the Green Bay Packers were eliminated from the NFL p ...


Lincoln, counting on Black Label for conquests, to expand program to more states
4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Lincoln’s new Black Label program, which offers customized themes and an elite level of customer service, is helping the brand make conquest sales and will expand t ...


Ford dealers want U.S. market share back
2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Ford's new sales chiefs aim to recapture the 1 point of U.S. market share that the brand gave up in the past year. ...


McConaughey spots, MKC fuel Lincoln optimism
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
2014 not only halted Lincoln's three-year streak of declining sales, it produced the brand's biggest year-over-year gain since 1997. ...


Dealership group invests for 'nice, exciting, fun' stores
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Merit Earl Fields was sales manager at Cadillac before becoming a Cadillac dealer on Chicago's North Shore in 1971. ...


NADA, Tesla, pitchforks and torches -- a missed opportunity
1:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23
If there's one thing many car dealers can't stand right now, it's Tesla. Yet here they are, thousands of them, spending a few days right in Elon Musk's backyard. ...


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