Road to mythical 54.5 mpg not likely to change

So how goes the long, steep climb to corporate average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg by the 2025 model year? Pretty well, according to speakers at a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute conference last week. But even ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28

Scheele wasn't too big to solve a paint problem

Former Ford Motor Co. President Nick Scheele, who died this month at age 70, left warm memories throughout the auto industry. Scheele ran both Ford of Europe and Jaguar before coming to the United States in 2001. In those days, he ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help. When it comes to small cars, American buyers have a limit to how low ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28

Golfer gets a hole-in-one; dealer whiffs

A California Kia dealership was basking in the glow of its sponsorship of a hole-in-one challenge at an annual charity golf tournament when the unthinkable happened. On May 7, for the first time in the event's history, a golfer, Allan ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21

Now Mark FIelds knows how Gene Bartow felt

What do Gene Bartow, David Moyes, Tim Cook and Harry Truman have in common with new Ford CEO Mark Fields?
All had to follow legends. It’s Fields’ lot to succeed ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14

GM recall blitz spotlights used-car sales loophole

WASHINGTON -- Right now, for less than $10,000, an unsuspecting used-car buyer could easily drive off the lot in a Chevrolet Cobalt or Saturn Ion equipped with General Motors' defective "switch from hell." Used-car retail giant ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30

Three takeaways from Barra's return to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON -- General Motors’ ignition switch defect has done the impossible: It has unified a bitterly split Congress in a desire for closure.
It’s not yet clear how lawmakers will get ... 3:11 pm U.S. ET | June 19

How the feds might take aim at General Motors

WASHINGTON -- When federal prosecutors reached a settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. to resolve its unintended acceleration case, it seemed like they had found a legal template for General Motors' ignition switch case as well. The ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14

Ford of Europe's quiet designer made a big impact

The Sunday Times of London once referred to him as "Audi's Modest Mr. Smith." Indeed, Martin Smith, Ford's longtime European executive design director, is not a man of many words. The taciturn native of Sheffield, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2

Why global trade alliances will eclipse the power of Detroit, U.S. automakers

WASHINGTON -- We don't regard Chrysler, Ford and General Motors as the Big 3 anymore, and for good reason. Detroit's near-total dominance of the American car market and the U.S. policies that shape it is a fading memory. They ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31

Electronics: What's lost is simplicity

DETROIT -- Several industry executives spoke last week about the challenges of integrating more and more electronics, apps, features and connectivity into automobiles and making them very easy for us to operate. In a few years, you ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26

Brace yourself for the fiscal pothole

WASHINGTON -- Cars are getting more efficient. Congress is not. That confluence of factors has brought Washington to the brink of another fiscal crisis, this time over highway funding. And it should be deeply frustrating to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25

Along for the ride on a course set by Silicon Valley

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- If you have ever wondered how it feels to ride through town in one of Google's self-driving vehicles, there's just one word to describe it: ordinary. And that's the extraordinary thing. Last week, for ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19

Behind DOE's supplier outreach: Self-defense

WASHINGTON -- Consider this parable of corporate politics. A major auto company creates a $25 billion fund to invest in high-risk, high-reward technology ventures. A few years later the portfolio is performing well, but a couple of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10

For diehard fans, loving Olds never gets old

April 29 was a bittersweet day for Florida Chevrolet dealer George Nahas. A decade ago, Nahas sat in the passenger seat of the last Oldsmobile ever built, a dark red Oldsmobile Alero, as it rolled off an assembly line in Lansing, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5

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