Edward Lapham

EDWARD LAPHAM

Baby boomer(angs): Retirees come back

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2013
In this era of Millennial Madness, when many people you meet in the workplace think of Star Wars as an old movie, it is gratifying that General Motors recruited about 160 retirees on a contract basis to help with a number of projects, including launching the redesigned Chevrolet and GMC full-sized pickups.... Read More »

 

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DeLorean's name still gets tongues wagging

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2013
After all these years, it's still interesting to read about John DeLorean and his wonderful, wacky stainless steel sports car project. It has been more than 30 years since the factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was shuttered and eight years since DeLorean died, at age 80. Against this backdrop, yet another book about the man and his machine has landed at booksellers Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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A St. Paddy's Day reminiscence of the papal ride

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2013
As a tourist, I've visited the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square and many of the other attractions in and around the Vatican that we saw on TV news reports last week. But as an automotive reporter, I connected with the so-called Irish Popemobile that shuttled Pope John Paul II around the Emerald Isle in 1979. With the new pope's election coming just a few days before St. Patrick's Day, it seems like a good time to share the story.... Read More »

 

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Edsel Ford II does it again for dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Warning! If you like surprises, don't read this story. I'm about to reveal the names of the dealers who will be honored by Ford in February for their outstanding community service and involvement in charitable causes Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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Like Reuss, GM took its time on tech moves

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2012
Mark Reuss made a telling admission last week. "I was a BlackBerry person, probably for too long," said Reuss, General Motors' North American president, relating how he had waited and waited before switching to an iPhone Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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On a clear day you can see Penske's vision

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2012
The sculptured urban skyline viewed from the roof of Penske Automotive Group's seven-story Nissan-Infiniti dealership in downtown San Francisco last week was chillingly similar to what I had seen from the roof of a Penske dealership at 11th Avenue and 56th Street in New York, nearly a quarter of a century earlier Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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Cruisin' for burgers pollutes less than charbroiling them

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2012
A new study by the University of California-Riverside has found that charbroiling a hamburger generates more particulate emissions than diesel trucks create while hauling stuff back and forth across America. Ah, finally, an environmental story with data you can get your teeth into Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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It used to be the most wonderful time of the year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2012
This is the time for a "Quantitative Easing" in the auto industry. No, not for more money. That shouldn't be necessary because lenders already are buying just about every deal. What the industry really needs is a serious infusion of new-product excitement Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

EDWARD LAPHAM

The new Lutz? Not me, says Marchionne

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2012
There has been some talk around Chrysler that its CEO has an eye for design details and likes to get involved in the vehicle design process -- even occasionally suggesting changes -- the same way Bob Lutz did Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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LaHood warns pedestrians to be careful out there

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2012
With Congress in recess mode, things are so slow in Washington that federal agencies struggle to justify their existence. The NHTSA last week issued a consumer advisory warning pedestrians to walk with care and use crosswalks. Really? Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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Is 54.5 mpg just science fiction?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2012
It's curious that no automaker is seriously opposing the proposed CAFE standard of 54.5 mpg by the 2025 model year, says Ted Robertson, Magna International's chief technical officer for the Americas. Why? "No one knows how to make that number. No one knows how to get there," Robertson says Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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Ford meetings once featured conflict, comedy

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2012
So the excitement at the Ford annual meeting last week was whether 66-year-old CEO Alan Mulally has a timetable for leaving. He said no. Big whoop. What did you expect him to say? Once upon a time you could go to the Ford annual meeting and expect excitement Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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Flint Buick dealer saves UAW hall, but story won't make the movies

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2012
Flint, once the proud home of Buick, has had a tough time. Most of what America knows about Flint comes from Michael Moore's bitter movie Roger and Me. That's too bad Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

EDWARD LAPHAM

For execs, many ways to walk the auto show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2012
Media days at an international auto show are as much about the people as they are about the cars on display Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

EDWARD LAPHAM

Here's the scoop on Edsel Ford's all-star team

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2011
Thanks to a highly placed source, I can disclose the names of the dealers who will be honored by Ford Motor Co. in February for charitable service and community involvement above and beyond the call of duty. Ethically, I am compelled to reveal that my source is Edsel Ford, a member of Ford's board of directors and the driving force behind the Salute to Dealers program Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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Muller set sail to save ailing Saab, but the boat wound up docking in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2011
Victor Muller had bold intentions of saving Saab and enhancing the brand's Scandinavian mojo. He figured he could succeed where General Motors had failed. Like Kirk Douglas in the 1958 movie The Vikings, Muller thought he was invincible. But Saab ran out of money. So Muller washed his hands Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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Darvish dishes up tidbits about dealership battles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2011
Car dealer Tammy Darvish's tell-all book may not tell everything. But it tells a lot. Outraged: How Detroit and the Wall Street Car Czars Killed the American Dream, written by Tamara Darvish and reporter Lillie Guyer, is definitely worth reading. The title gives a clue to the tone of the book, which went on sale at amazon.com last week Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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Stop the presses! Ford's TV spot is a sham

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2011
Something is rotten in TV land. And it's Ford's fault. You know those commercials where owners of Ford vehicles are rushed into a press conference to answer a couple of softball questions about how much they love their cars? Well, they're a complete, unmitigated fraud Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

EDWARD LAPHAM

Saab's struggle reminds me of DeLorean

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2011
Victor Muller's struggles to save Saab increasingly remind me of John DeLorean's futile efforts to save his fledgling DeLorean Motor Co. three decades ago. Of course they're not exactly alike. More like variations on a theme. Muller is trying to save a brand and a car company that were discarded by General Motors.... Read More »

 

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