As head of global product development before retiring in 2007, Richard Parry-Jones became known as Ford's alchemist of vehicle dynamics. He was a rally-car driver in his spare time, and pushed hard to make all Fords a blast to drive.
Understanding the supplier business is child's play compared with trying to grasp the meaning of one of Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte's bizarre paintings. But Wilbur Ross, the billionaire who controls the giant International Automotive Components Group, enjoys the nuances of both.
Toyota kept its lead over General Motors and VW Group based on nine-month global sales. Toyota's total was about 7.41 million vehicles, up less than 1 percent. GM sold 7.25 million vehicles in the period and VW sold 7.03 million vehicles.
Three times during the third-quarter earnings conference call with journalists and analysts Ford CEO Alan Mulally was asked to comment on reports that he may leave the automaker to become CEO at Microsoft.
Tiny recalls are growing across the industry, experts say, as automakers, like drug companies and food manufacturers, build sophisticated data-mining operations to guard against costly and reputation-crippling recalls.
What has Ford executives crowing is that Ford's three global regions -- South America, Asia Pacific and Africa and Europe -- posted a combined profit for the quarter for the first time since the second quarter of 2011.
TOKYO -- The redesigned Nissan Rogue crossover scheduled to arrive in showrooms next month is a watershed vehicle for Nissan Motor Co., the first product of a new modular development strategy that aims to slash costs.
General Motors CFO Dan Ammann, who as a young outside banker advised GM during its spiral into bankruptcy and subsequent restructuring in 2009 and then joined the company to help lead its 2010 initial public offering, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress in January.
With an eye to increasing its commercial van business, Mercedes-Benz USA has appointed marketing chief Bernhard Glaser, 49, to the new job of vice president and managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans USA.
The redesigned Mercedes-Benz C class scheduled to debut at the Detroit auto show in January has a new lightweight body structure that Mercedes says will shave as much as 220 pounds, depending on the engine used.
The cab-rearward proportions, revamped grille and taut new sheet metal on Hyundai's re-engineered Genesis are part of a plan to pit the rear-wheel- drive sedan more directly against German luxury models.
Honda will introduce concepts of a mini-roadster that previews a new design language and its NSX sports car, alongside production versions of the upcoming Fit-based small crossover at the Tokyo auto show next month.
Over the years, car designers occasionally have tried to capture some of the charm and practical benefits of athletic shoes in cheeky auto show concept cars. Now one of those concepts is headed for production.