Mary Barra became GM's product-development chief in early 2011. This year, she took on added duties as board member of the automaker's ailing Opel unit. On March 14, she discussed GM's efforts to reduce its number of global vehicle platforms. She also addressed hybrids, diesels and the Chevy Volt.
Mitsubishi unveiled its new subcompact for Europe at the Bangkok auto show. In Europe, the car will replace the slow-selling Colt that is currently made at Mitsubishi's soon-to-closed plant in Born, Netherlands.
The restyled 2013 Chevrolet Traverse will bow at the New York auto show in early April. The crossover is similar in size to the outgoing model and mechanically identical. It gets Chevy's new corporate face for crossovers and some safety upgrades for the model year.
The price of gasoline again has replaced the price of milk as the American household's touchstone of how far its spending dollar goes. And there is an interesting -- though perhaps coincidental -- connection between rapidly rising gasoline prices and presidential election year results.
A year after Japan's earthquake took Nissan's Iwaki engine plant offline, the company is still repairing damage. But instead of just making the factory more quake-resistant, Nissan also wants to make it more efficient.
Some items related to auto lending could come under scrutiny by government regulators, speakers at the Consumer Bankers Association convention in Texas said last week. And that could be cause for worry, they said.
Dealers and bankers can be cynical about their relationships -- dealers gripe that banks bail out of auto lending when the going gets tough; banks complain dealers casually switch lenders to pursue cheap rates and easy approvals.
A judge ruled against Fiat for anti-union behavior at its Magneti Marelli plants in the first verdict concerning the Italian carmaker's new labor contract. Fiat introduced a new contract for its Italian workers beginning in January that includes longer shifts and shorter breaks.
When a California appeals court handed down a July 2010 ruling that held San Diego dealership Pearson Ford liable for backdating sales contracts, it grabbed the attention of many dealers. Backdating occurs when the date on a document is earlier than the one on which the document was prepared.
Providers of aftermarket products increasingly are bundling their offerings -- especially for second-tier products such as tire-and-wheel and paintless dent repair -- in customizable 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 programs.
The United States Treasury, which put $17.2 billion into a bailout of Ally Financial, has indicated it would prefer a breakup and sale of the lender -- including selling the company's captive finance auto business back to GM, its original owner.