VW culture: No room to fail

After the smoke, or oxides of nitrogen, cleared last week, after the TV networks moved on and after Volkswagen Group finished cleaning house, one question lingered in the polluted air: How? How had a peerless automotive organization known for ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28

Frankfurt: Lights, cameras, technology!

FRANKFURT -- By 8:30 a.m. last Tuesday, about the time BMW's new CEO Harald Krueger tumbled to the stage inside cavernous Hall 11, the Frankfurt auto show was veering toward an odd theme. Amid all the predictions of European momentum -- as ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21

Marchionne waits at the gate, but who is there to answer?

DETROIT — Merger or no merger, General Motors, once unassailable in corporate America, is vulnerable. Not because of the precipitous drop in GM’s valuation last week after the wild ride on the financial markets — at one point GM ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31

Tesla strikes again at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Up the manicured lawn on Peter Hay Hill, past the live band at the enormous and electric Infiniti booth, across the path from the Cadillac and Lexus displays, the crowds gathered and gawked and pointed and stared. A Tesla ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24

Fore! A full recovery takes flight

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The rounds of golf on the long, undulating courses are fewer -- down dramatically from the clogged tee times during the prerecession heyday. The after-hours parties are smaller and quieter. And more and more executives who ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9

Putting Sergio's thesis to the test

Automotive News turns 90 this month.Nine decades and, to the best knowledge of anyone old enough to remember, we have never done what you see printed in this issue and what you'll see in the five installments of "Industry on Trial" that follow. In a ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3

Store renovation blues are back

Gray or white tile? Marble or balsa wood? Just when you thought it was safe to stop talking about grout and tile, along comes ... more talk of grout and tile. Suddenly a sloped roof in the Midwest must be flattened. White tile in Colorado needs to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27

Birthday wish for CFPB: Get real

Five years ago this week, with the stroke of a presidential pen, and with all eyes focused on Wall Street instead of America's auto malls, a federal bureau was born. Happy Birthday, CFPB. You've never looked more battered. The Consumer Financial ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20

Time to rethink Detroit 3-UAW ties

Before we paint a picture of the 2015 negotiations between the UAW and the Detroit 3, let's start with a picture. Actually, a photo op -- three of them. When the two sides stand before the popping flash guns this week, when UAW hands are extended to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13

Did Piech's prodding revive Alfa?

So now that the Alfa Romeo plan is more fully hatched and the strategy is clear -- horsepower and hair-raising versions come first, and mainstream models follow -- here's a nagging question: Do we have Ferdinand Piech to thank for all of this? Are ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6

Is Marchionne right? Let's find out

A few months ago, during a private lunch in Dearborn, Mich., a high-level Ford decision-maker set the scene for the industry in stark terms: "It's getting too expensive to make cars." The executive wasn't talking about tougher emissions regulations, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29

Maroone's guiding rule: Set yourself apart

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The stack of tributes, at last measure, is about 6 inches thick and growing. Those documents -- printouts of emails, congratulatory cards and handwritten thank-yous -- number into the hundreds, stacked neatly in a shoebox on ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6

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