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Chairman's style was part of Ferrari

Like football and baseball coaches, the heads of automakers seldom depart peacefully into retirement. Last week, the current longest reigning auto boss, Luca di Montezemolo, announced that he will step down as chairman of Ferrari, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15

New F-150 could be a game changer

Some time ago Audi introduced an aluminum-bodied car. Because Audi didn't plan to sell that many in the U.S. and didn't want to force dealers to invest much money, it set up a few service centers around the country where dealers could ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8

Dollie Cole was a remarkable woman

Last week Dollie Cole died at the age of 84. She was the widow of Ed Cole, the consummate car guy who also was the president of General Motors. Ed Cole had a lot of automotive credits, but certainly the most famous and ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1

China's government flexes its muscles

Audi just paid a fine of about $40 million. Mercedes-Benz is in line to get fined as well. Nearly every automaker is at risk these days of doing something wrong in the eyes of China's government. A good friend told me ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25

It was a weekend of celebration

This past weekend, there were two events separated by 2,500 miles that in many ways describe the love affair with the automobile. Both have been single-day events for decades, but with all the activities surrounding them, the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18

You ain't seen nothing yet

With car shows filling the calendar across the country, it's a good time to contemplate your favorite car from the 1960s or 1970s. It's great fun to remember the cars and the state of the industry back then. But after the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11

Automakers need state departments

There was a time in the automobile business when all you did was build and sell cars and trucks. You might have shipped a few overseas to a distributor or had someone build cars in foreign lands. No big deal; such operations ran ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4

It was one heck of a night

Last week, the Automotive Hall of Fame celebrated its 75th anniversary and inducted four people. I was very honored to be one of them, along with data guru Dave Power; Ferdinand Piech, chairman of Volkswagen AG's supervisory board ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28

No end in sight to GM mess

Last week brought more revelations about General Motors and the infamous ignition switch, and there was more grueling testimony, from executives at GM and Delphi. It is a mess, and it keeps going. There is a never-ending ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21

A contradiction or a cornucopia?

I am told that Bugatti may add a vehicle to its lineup with something like 1,500 hp, and, I am sure, a purchase price to match. Meanwhile, some other European companies are prospering by making small, frugal vehicles that drive the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14

GM is doing the right thing

Last week, Kenneth Feinberg released his plan to compensate the victims of defective ignition switches in General Motors cars. It's going to be very expensive for GM, but the company made the right decision to hire Feinberg and ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7

An easy solution to recall compliance

I recently had a conversation with Joan Claybrook, former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about the extremely low rate of recalled vehicles that actually get repaired. I have heard some pretty low ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30

A brand is built 1 customer at a time

Dodge, that historic automobile brand, is celebrating its 100th year. To help celebrate the anniversary, I decided it was time to visit my local Dodge dealer. Actually, it was with a certain amount of fear and trepidation ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23

Changing GM will take time

Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally was in the right place at the right time. General Motors CEO Mary Barra may or may not be in the right place at the right time. After working at one company for a third of a century as she has, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16

States meddle in car sales again

It wasn't that long ago that California adopted a zero-emission vehicle policy that cost a lot of money and didn't do a thing. The state mandated that ZEVs had to be 2 percent of major automakers' sales in California, increasing to 10 ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9

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At Courtesy Auto Group in Illinois, second-generation dealers Ray and Rik Fregia have seen a 30 percent boost in sales this year, thanks largely to million-dollar overhauls at their three stores. Mon., September 15
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