Final Assembly

Mr. K, hero of the Datsun dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Yutaka Katayama, the fabled Nissan executive who built the Datsun brand in the western United States in the 1960s and 1970s, returned to a largely ungrateful Nissan in Japan in 1977 to finish out his career. He was most proud of the extensive dealer body he built from the ground up. And he was revered by those American dealers because he fought for them, frequently pestering Nissan bosses in Japan with their wishes and demands.... Read More »

 

DeLorean took Brown on a wild ride

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Dick Brown, who died in January at age 81, and for whom a memorial service was held last week in California, was a key figure in Mazda's emergence in the U.S. But his most adventurous days may have been spent as a top lieutenant of John DeLorean during the former General Motors executive's effort to get the DeLorean Motor Co. up and running.... Read More »

 

Diess a shoo-in for VW CEO? Not so fast

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
When Volkswagen poached Herbert Diess from BMW in December, the 56-year-old product development ace became the front-runner to succeed Martin Winterkorn as CEO. But it ain't over till it's over.... Read More »

 

Elegance and honors

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain, right, received the 2015 Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award at the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance in Florida on Feb. 21. AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson, left, was the event's honorary chairman.... Read More »

 

VW and Bjork collaborate on a 'Sound Journey'

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Volkswagen has sponsored New York's Museum of Modern Art since 2011. This year, VW is helping to make some art for MoMA: an interactive soundscape for an exhibit on Icelandic musician Bjork's three-decade career.... Read More »

 

Powerful? In this race, Ferrari trails Lego

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Lego has toppled Ferrari from the top spot as the world's most powerful brand, says a new study. The annual study by consultancy Brand Finance tracks brands on such measures as their familiarity, loyalty, promotion, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation. Lego, the consultancy says, got a boost this past year from The Lego Movie.... Read More »

 

Ghosn's 10% share goal: No worries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Carlos Ghosn's audacious drive to claim a 10 percent U.S. market share for Nissan and Infiniti by March 2017 looks to some in the competitive industry like a tall order. But Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Corp., says no one needs to doubt him.... Read More »

 

A debut befitting the Kia K900?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
To take the wraps off the Ford Police Interceptor Utility at the Chicago Auto Show, Ford called on Keegan, a 3-year-old protection dog, who sank his teeth into the task.... Read More »

 

Tesla: The one company that can get Kochs, Sierra Club to see eye to eye

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The Koch brothers' businesses market fossil fuels and turn forests into toilet paper. The Sierra Club, well, doesn't do those things. But on this much they agree: Tesla should be able to sell its electric cars directly to consumers.... Read More »

 

Did you hear the one about the GM phone?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
News reports about Apple getting into the car business were the talk of Detroit and Silicon Valley last week. Many in Detroit think the maker of the iPhone is biting off more than it can chew. Many in Silicon Valley think an Apple car would be better than anything from Detroit. Jokesters on the Internet also had a field day.... Read More »

 

Jeep Cherokee grille remains polarizing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The Jeep Cherokee's front fascia was -- to say the least -- controversial when the first images of it leaked out in February 2013. In fact, Ralph Gilles, Fiat Chrysler's head of design, admitted that the design was "polarizing" on purpose. Turns out, Gilles was more accurate in his description than he knew.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Car stores could be just like Apple stores, right?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
"How's it going?" I asked my friend Gene-Erik Marketer. I hadn't seen him since the NADA convention. "Great!" he replied. "I really got our dealers fired up at our make meeting with my pitch to make our dealerships more like Apple stores!" I had to ask: "What does that mean?"... Read More »

 

Ram not hot over scorching grille reviews

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Hot design topic at the Chicago Auto Show: the grille on the Ram Laramie Limited. The critics did not hold back.... Read More »

 

Taurus 101: It's a sales ranking, not a class

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Ford rocked the auto world 30 years ago, and became a player again in the U.S. midsize sedan wars, when it replaced the slow-selling LTD with the pleasingly aerodynamic, front-wheel-drive Taurus. But the old magic is gone. The Taurus has fallen on hard times, along with the entire large sedan segment.... Read More »

 

Harry Wilson's way

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Harry Wilson, who intends to nominate himself for a seat on the board of General Motors and propose an $8 billion stock buyback, was a central figure on the government auto task force that restructured GM and Chrysler in 2009. Task force leader Steven Rattner wrote about Wilson's "tough as nails" style in his 2010 book Overhaul.... Read More »

 

Dead for 54 years, Borgward now staging a comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Germany's Borgward brand declared bankruptcy 54 years ago and hadn't built a car since. But a new Borgward AG, formed in 2008 by Christian Borgward, grandson of company founder Carl Borgward, is expected to reveal an all-new car in Geneva next month.... Read More »

 

The numbers tell the story: Toyota's back

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Some questioned whether Toyota could re-create its glory days after the one-two punch of unintended acceleration and earthquake/tsunami in the early part of this decade. Of course, it has.... Read More »

 

Ford III embraces racing heritage -- and his own

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Henry Ford III, the great-great-grandson of Henry Ford and grandson of Henry Ford II, says he downplayed his identity while growing up. "To be honest, for a while when I was younger, I sort of tried to avoid it," he told sister publication Autoweek. "You know, when you're a young kid -- especially fifth grade, sixth grade -- you don't want to stick out."... Read More »

 

Georgia gov. has JLR on his mind

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Who's next among European brands to build an assembly plant in the United States? In January, there were reports from China that Geely-owned Volvo was considering the idea. And last week, the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Jaguar Land Rover executives recently met Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to discuss opening a factory in his state.... Read More »

 

Jackson's good news: Buyers await F-150, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Be patient, Ford's shift from one F-150 pickup to another will take some time, says Mike Jackson, CEO of retail group AutoNation. During the group's earnings call last week, Jackson said swapping out the No. 1 selling vehicle in the U.S. is "probably one of the biggest production changeovers ever attempted in industrial history."... Read More »

 

Look down the list for the real brand battles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
The five top-selling vehicle brands in the U.S. make for a stable bunch. It's Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Nissan and Honda -- the Fab Five. But in the bottom half of the top 10, there's a lot of volatility.... Read More »

 

Trouble in the oil patch? Group 1 says it's ready

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Houston's Group 1 Automotive hasn't seen sales soften yet in the oil patch because of the drop in energy prices. But the nation's third-largest auto retailer is bracing for a drop.... Read More »

 

Uh, here's how Odell survived the '89 quake

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Stephen Odell has moved to America in his new role as Ford's global sales and marketing chief. But the native Londoner, who previously ran Ford of Europe, has held several U.S. jobs in the past.... Read More »

 

Dealership's billboard brings in business -- to 911

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
The Des Moines County Sheriff's Department noted that about 20 people who drove by the sign called 911 to report a possible jumper.... Read More »

 

Mr. Cub made history in the car business, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Here's a largely forgotten fact about Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, who died Jan. 23 at 83: He was a Ford dealer from 1967-71.... Read More »

 

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