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New book details Mary Barra's big break

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

In Road to Power: How GM's Mary Barra Shattered the Glass Ceiling, a new book by Bloomberg reporter Laura Colby, the author suggests that a key person in Barra's career rise was Ken Varisco, her boss in the mid-1990s.... Read More »

A long drive: 100-year-old still selling Chevys

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Derrell Alexander has lived a century, and for most of that time, he's been on the showroom floor. The Wyoming car salesman celebrated his 100th birthday on March 17. Despite his age, "like clockwork," he reports for work at White's Mountain Motors in Casper at 8 a.m. sharp and leaves at 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.... Read More »

Rising sums: A surge in share for the Japanese

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

After rising in 2014 by four-tenths of a point to 37.5 percent, Japanese automakers captured 38.2 percent in the first two months of 2015. U.S., European and Korean carmakers all have declined this year in combined share.... Read More »

Porsche dealers' profits keep piling up

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

The reason Porsche dealers are generally happy? They make a lot of money, and that only improved last year. Porsche Cars North America CEO Detlev von Platen said Porsche's U.S. dealerships posted an average net profit margin of 3.9 percent in 2014, up from 3.6 percent the year prior.... Read More »

The LF-SA minicar's bold design is from out of this world

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Caught in a polarizing vortex at the Geneva auto show this month was the Lexus LF-SA minicar concept. Here are some reactions.... Read More »

China's got sales, U.S. has riches

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Last year, some 19.7 million new light vehicles were sold in China, compared with 16.5 million here. But according to a new study by TrueCar, the total value of sales in the United States exceeded that of China by as much as $161 billion.... Read More »

Sergio's payday? Huge any way you count it

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

How much did Sergio Marchionne earn last year? News reports ranged from $8 million to $72 million for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO. So what was the actual sum? Reporter Larry P. Vellequette dove into FCA's Securities and Exchange Commission filing and came up with $55.5 million in cash, bonuses and benefits.... Read More »

'House of Cards' Lexus line lights up Twittersphere

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

"I want the Lexus," says Viktor Petrov, fictional Russian president in an episode of the hit series "House of Cards." A nifty bit of product placement? No, but darn memorable.... Read More »

So how much for a Ford GT? Think Lamborghini

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Ford gave a broad hint last week about a burning question for many performance car fans: How much will it charge for the eye-catching, 600-hp GT supercar it debuted at the Detroit auto show?... Read More »

Car dealers make 'self-made' grade on Forbes list

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

A lot of the billionaires on Forbes' annual list of the world's richest people either inherited their great wealth or at least had a pretty good head start.... Read More »

Zetsche: Appetite for Apple opportunities

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche can't figure out why Apple would want to be an automaker. "I don't see a battle [with Apple]," said Zetsche, "but I do see a huge opportunity."... Read More »

Luxury brands jostle for position

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

We pay very close attention to the three-way sales race involving Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus, but so far this year, there's been a lot of action in the second-tier luxury realm -- namely, Audi, Cadillac, Acura and Infiniti.... Read More »

Tonka grows up

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Ford knows the first truck most boys loved was not an F-150, but a Tonka. So last week, it had some fun at the annual NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis by showing a real, working, life-size Tonka dump truck based on an F-750.... Read More »

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 »

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