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Ford and GM are making recession-style staff cuts even as sales and profits remain relatively strong.
A series of high-level executive departures at AutoNation -- highlighted by COO Bill Berman's abrupt departure last week -- has raised questions about the succession plan for CEO Mike Jackson, 68.
As much as Mark Reuss, a licensed road racer who created General Motors' Performance Division, relishes the fast lane, his appreciation for the carpool lane also runs deep.
North American trade officials say synchronizing regulations and improving infrastructure at ports of entry are as important as trade agreements. The goal is the free movement of cross-border goods.
For PSA CEO Carlos Tavares, racing is perhaps more natural than running a global car company with annual revenues of $59 billion.
GM CEO Mary Barra signaled that GM isn't planning any more major reductions to its geographic profile. Still, she said the company would aggressively pare costs everywhere it can.
Dealer Rick Hendrick divides his time between two companies, one in stock-car racing and the other in automotive retail. Here's how it all comes together as one brand.
A year into the Lexus Plus no-haggle pricing program, the expected waves of dealers joining are only ripples. But brand executives say a slow and steady pace has its benefits.
Nissan is working on a concept vehicle that will showcase its ideas for intelligent mobility and foreshadow an all-electric crossover.
Jeep's first pickup in a generation was spotted in Michigan by spy photographers.
Mike Maroone, former COO of AutoNation Inc., spent the bulk of his two-year retirement searching for a way back into auto retail. He found it at an off-the-radar meeting last November.
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson, who has pushed the Swedish automaker to new heights in the past five years, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 21 in Barcelona.
Automakers rationalize racing as a proving ground for performance and safety technology. I totally buy that, even for brands that make mainstream family haulers.
The most important day of my life, I always thought, was the day I got my driver's license.
Racing is the soul and maybe even the starting point of the auto industry. That's why this issue of Automotive News is dedicated to the sport of automobile racing.
While many in the industry may believe EVs are the future, the unfortunate reality is that they're not the present, writes Edmunds CEO Avi Steinlauf.
When Mazda global design chief Ikuo Maeda was a boy, he saw the 1971 Steve McQueen racing epic Le Mans. The led to a passion for racing that feeds his creative side.
A not-so-great driving performance at the Bob Bondurant Racing School in Arizona in 1992 prompted Kim McCullough, then Mazda's national advertising manager, to get serious about racing and to eventually compete in amateur race events.
In the early days of racing, it was questionable if a car could even cross the finish line. Vehicle engineering was still a new science, and completing a race in one piece was half the battle.
California dealer Mike Sullivan, the self-branded LAcarGuy, has headed to the track to promote his Porsche of South Bay store. He's racing in a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport series and taking his customers along for the ride in his Weekend Warriors web video series.
Akio Toyoda not only runs Toyota Motor Corp. but is its master driver, the final arbiter of what makes a Lexus a Lexus and a Toyota a Toyota. Knowing how to drive - no, race - a car makes him like no other CEO in the 79 years since his grandfather founded the company.
There's retiring, and then there's retiring at age 35 with millions of dollars in the bank and a passion for racing, owning and selling some of the world's most pedigreed car brands.
In an interview with Asia Editor Hans Greimel, Akio Toyoda, 61, talked about his interest in racing and how it now influences the flavor of Lexus and Toyota vehicles.
As a young man, Penske did well enough to be named Driver of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 1961. But Penske soon would make a decision that would change his life.
The love of racing extends beyond auto execs and dealers. Consider dealership builder Bill Heifner, who owns and drives vintage race cars.
In his youth, Toyota executive Bob Carter would visit the short tracks of western Pennsylvania on Saturday nights with his brother, soaking up the local racing culture.
A car guy working for a car company is lucky. Sage Marie is luckier than most.
Wolfgang Duerheimer is a strong believer in the old adage "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday," but his love of racing comes from a place where money is the means rather than the end.
For Ford of Europe President Jim Farley, racing is the antidote to the pressures of working life.
Mazda's footprint in the auto industry is tiny. But its reach in the world of club and amateur racing is unparalleled.
Whipping a high-revving sports car or a torquey low-revving Detroit muscle car around a track at high speeds is a form of therapy for Bill Kozyra, CEO of TI Automotive, a Tier 1 supplier of fuel system parts.
Jaguar Land Rover's engineers using big data at the dawn of the self-driving era are getting their feet wet on a racetrack in the ocean.
There's no disputing it -- Ralph Gilles is one of the coolest guys in the auto industry. But when does Fiat Chrysler Auto-mobiles' global head of design achieve peak cool?
A lifetime around racetracks has taught Mazda's Robert Davis that if you can trust someone at a track, you can trust that person anywhere.
Raj Nair, the head of Ford's product development, doesn't remember when he first fell in love with motorsports. But he knows his parents certainly didn't have anything to do with it.
The Tasca family of auto dealers claims its founder conceived the slogan "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday." It neatly sums up the business case for why dealers and automakers race.
"Me driving the car isn't going to help us win." Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is blunt about that.
Racing is a huge part of the marketing strategy across Cox Automotive's media brands, which include Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader. Here's why.
Winning doesn't come cheap for dealer Bob Bruncati, who fields two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West teams. So why does he do it?
Ford Motor Co.'s 2016 return to racing with the GT supercar had a storybook ending: victory at Le Mans 50 years after it beat rival Ferrari to put American motorsports on the map.
Technological advancements tested on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's historic 2.5-mile oval have transitioned to everyday production models since the very first race.
For a company that makes turbochargers, it's hard to imagine a happier event than last year's Indianapolis 500.
Ford will build an eight-speed front-wheel-drive transmission, downsized from a planned nine-speed, at a Michigan plant.
A federal judge in Detroit may need to find someone else to oversee a compensation fund for victims of defective Takata airbags.