Alan Mulally, 67, will stay on as Ford CEO for at least two more years, while Mark Fields, 51, currently president of the Americas, will become COO on Dec. 1. Ford appears to be cruising along smoothly, but some problems persist.
Ford Motor Co. is battling problems with new technologies, as shown by consumer complaints about the MyFord Touch controls system. But CEO Alan Mulally is adamant that Ford will continue to be a technology leader.
Alan Mulally says the automaker's MyFord Touch infotainment system is still a reason to buy a Ford. One of his main tasks in his final years as CEO will be to continuously improve the much-criticized technology. Mulally also must make Lincoln relevant again.
In a number of decent-sized markets, Chrysler's bankruptcy approach was riskier and more unusual. It decided to simply start over, ceding untold business to competitors in the interim, rather than working with established dealers who had been there for decades.
Just 18 months after the Civic's 2012 model year redesign hit the market, Honda is launching a mid-cycle change for the compact sedan and coupe. The 2012 Civic's interior layout and materials were widely panned by critics at the time, although the nameplate has continued to sell well.
Faurecia, Europe's largest maker of car interiors, plans to cut about 3,000 jobs in its home region, or 7.5 percent of the workforce, by the end of next year as it retrenches in lackluster European markets.
Suzuki dealers face a decision: Give up their franchises in exchange for cash or fight the factory in bankruptcy court. The question for dealers: Are the offers comparable to what they would have received under state franchise laws?
For Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, these are the best of times and the worst of times. While Fiat is being hammered by the economic turmoil in Europe, Chrysler continues to pile up profits and rack up market share gains in the United States.
Faurecia, Europe’s largest maker of car interiors, plans to cut about 3,000 jobs in its home region, or 7.5 percent of the workforce, by the end of next year as it retrenches in lackluster European markets.
Hertz has agreed to shed more airport locations than previously offered, which may lead the Federal Trade Commission to allow the $2.6 billion acquisition of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. to go forward, two people familiar with the negotiations told Bloomberg.
With President Obama's auto agenda likely to be unchanged in his second term -- electric cars and stricter fuel economy rules -- industry leaders have turned their attention to a more immediate concern inside the Washington beltway.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has had a dismal year. But President Osamu Masuko isn't discouraged. He has a U.S. comeback plan that aims to boost sales 45 percent to 80,000 units in the next fiscal year, from a projected 55,000 in the one ending March 31.
After Hyundai and Kia admitted this month to selling 900,000 2011-13 vehicles with overstated mileage ratings, the South Korean companies have a big problem: a credibility gap with customers that could turn into long-term damage to the brands.
This is a time of retrenchment in electric vehicles and alternative powertrains. Entrepreneurs are flaming out and major automotive players are quietly putting their more adventuresome technologies on the back burner.
It was revealed on Nov. 2 that Hyundai Motor America and its Kia Motors America affiliate had overstated fuel economy ratings on 900,000 vehicles. It's not the first time Hyundai has been caught in its own false claims Mark Rechtin is West Coast editor for Automotive News.
It has been more than three years since General Motors emerged from bankruptcy. So why is GM still far less profitable than archrival Ford Motor Co.? We recently got a refreshingly candid answer Mike Colias covers General Motors for Automotive News.
Now that President Obama has been re-elected, one might assume that his second term will be a continuation of policies from the first four years. But we should expect changes and additions in the next couple of years Keith Crain is editor-in-chief of Automotive News.
All seven current and former dealers running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives won on Election Day, mostly by comfortable margins. But the one hotly contested race -- in Ohio -- involved Washington's handling of the auto industry.
Reviews have become an integral part of dealership online marketing because Internet shoppers are more likely to visit a store if they see good reviews. That has created an opportunity for some companies, such as Chicago-based Cars.
Gabe Nelson has joined Automotive News as a reporter in the Washington bureau, where he will report on government policy as it affects automakers, suppliers and dealers. He also will cover Volkswagen of America and Audi of America.
On Feb. 11, 2009, just months after the Detroit 3 were first called to Washington to testify before Congress, Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik spoke at the Midwest Automotive Media Association's annual breakfast during the Chicago Auto Show.
For American Suzuki employees, the first hints that something was awry surfaced on Nov. 2. The company unexpectedly deposited large sums of money into the bank accounts of many automotive division employees.
Used vehicles from the West Coast could be shipped across the country to help East Coast dealers meet the anticipated demand for replacing vehicles damaged by Hurricane Sandy, says Paul Lips, executive vice president for operations and finance at auction company ADESA.
It's a small stumbling block in the mountain of problems plaguing beleaguered Suzuki in America. But its ugly fallout with partner Volkswagen made it even more untenable for Suzuki to keep selling cars in the United States Hans Greimel is Asia editor for Automotive News.
In interviews at least, Ford CEO Alan Mulally does not come across as one of those F-bombing Detroit auto bosses of yesteryear, the tough-talking guys who used profanity early and often -- and quite creatively.