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Ernie Boch confuses, charms presidents

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2014
Even when meeting former presidents, Boston-area dealer and Subaru distributor Ernie Boch dresses like a rock star.... Read More »

 

Man U players leave free 'Vettes, Camaros parked

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Chevrolet's blockbuster $559 million sponsorship agreement in 2012 with British soccer club Manchester United ultimately drew a red card for General Motors marketing czar Joel Ewanick. Now it seems that one of the main perks for Man U -- a fleet of 15 free Corvettes and Camaros for the team's stars to drive -- has been left to warm the bench.... Read More »

 

Want to test drive the Lexus RC? Anyone?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Well, this is embarrassing. For Toyota, as well as Japan's so-called automotive press corps. Toyota notified journalists this month that a long-scheduled new-car test-drive event was scrubbed -- for lack of interest.... Read More »

 

Stop the Datsun Go, safety group requests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Nissan's budget-priced Datsun Go hatchback has sold poorly since it debuted with much fanfare in India last March, and a devastating new assessment of the car's crash safety surely won't help.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Good times are rolling for pickup makers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
What a terrific month October was for sales of pickups. Large pickups rose 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. The 10-month numbers for big pickups look pretty good, too. In fact, everyone has something to smile about.... Read More »

 

Benefits of Lithia-DCH deal go beyond numbers, CEO says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Before Warren Buffett bought Van Tuyl Group in October, the buy/sell sensation of the year was Lithia Motors' surprise acquisition of DCH in June. Lithia paid $340 million in cash and another $22.5 million in stock for the 27-store group. But did Lithia over- or underpay for DCH?... Read More »

 

An FCA-VW merger? Brilliant, Krafcik says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
In July, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Volkswagen denied they were in merger talks after a German magazine reported discussions were underway. Still, John Krafcik, former CEO of Hyundai Motor America, told a media gathering in Detroit last week that he has studied the idea. His conclusion: "This is an absolutely brilliant combination."... Read More »

 

DAVID BARKHOLZ

Edmunds ad crisis obvious before it even happened

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Edmunds.com President Seth Berkowitz had the guts last week to ask me what I thought of the shopping site's controversial ads that spoofed price haggling at dealerships. With his foreknowledge, I'll tell you what I told him.... Read More »

 

Parody Publicity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
If the success of an ad campaign -- and the brand it touts -- was measured by the number of parodies it generated, Lincoln's moody ads featuring Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey would already be in the Advertising Hall of Fame.... Read More »

 

Hammer price is high for lunch with a honcho

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Last week, an anonymous bidder going by the handle "FordFan" paid $100,000 to break bread with Ford CEO Mark Fields in the penthouse of Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn.... Read More »

 

Bill Ford and Co. laud The Affable One

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Just how special was Nick Scheele, the late Jaguar CEO, Ford president and all-around good guy, to Bill Ford? Ford missed seeing his Detroit Lions pull out a thrilling comeback 22-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 26 in London's Wembley Stadium. The Ford Motor Co. executive chairman feared he could not get back in time for Scheele's memorial service in Dearborn, Mich., the next day.... Read More »

 

Sales race tight; finish line nears

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
The race between Volkswagen and Toyota for No. 1 in global auto sales is going down to the wire in 2014, with the outcome to be decided in China and the United States.... Read More »

 

AutoNation takes cancer fight to football field

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
The country's largest dealership group will sponsor the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, a new bowl game debuting Dec. 19, 2015, on CBS and benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It will feature teams from the American Athletic and Sun Belt conferences.... Read More »

 

Dodge brothers back in action in new TV spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
The last time a Detroit automaker resurrected a dead guy for an ad campaign, the result was widely panned.... Read More »

 

Scion's iM concept suggests Toyota's Auris is U.S.-bound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp., on a mission to rejuvenate its youth-oriented Scion brand, may replace its boxy xB subcompact with a version of Europe's Toyota Auris, new images suggest.... Read More »

 

Lunch with Barra? That's $100,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
General Motors shares may be down from their 2014 peak as investors fret about recalls, Europe and prospects for higher U.S. discounts, but Mary Barra's star power remains high.... Read More »

 

Impala the king of rental cars? No, not that Impala, GM says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Since the stylish, redesigned Chevrolet Impala sedan rolled out in the spring of 2013, General Motors executives have been telling anyone who will listen that its days as a rental-lot staple are over. So this headline in The New York Times last week couldn't have gone over well at GM headquarters.... Read More »

 

LaSorda's fund finds new investor -- an old friend

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Dieter Zetsche's Chrysler days are long over, but he's pretty good at maintaining ties with old colleagues from Auburn Hills, Mich. The Daimler chairman is investing in the venture capital fund run by Tom LaSorda, who replaced Zetsche as Chrysler's CEO in 2006 when Zetsche returned to Germany to head Chrysler's then-parent.... Read More »

 

Hollywood comes calling for car designers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Detroit's automakers face tough competition from an unlikely but glamorous source when it comes to hiring hot young car designers: Hollywood.... Read More »

 

Lutz on the Aztek: Blame GM culture

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
It's always assumed that Bob Lutz got his job as GM's product czar in 2001, coming out of retirement at age 69, because of the spectacular failure of the Pontiac Aztek.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

CT6? Cadillac missed chance to sell 'em on a sexy name

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Car names derived from letters and numbers have been with us since at least the 1950s. So why the big fuss after Cadillac said it will name its big new sedan the CT6? Well, there's a good reason.... Read More »

 

A chance to bid farewell to Sir Nick

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
The Detroit auto industry will get a chance to celebrate a much-admired executive who passed away before many were ready to see him go. The family of Nick Scheele will host a service to honor his life at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Mich.... Read More »

 

End of the affair: CEO stays, consultant goes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
After Alex Molinaroli, CEO of Johnson Controls, had an affair with a consultant, the parts supplier fired her consulting firm -- and expressed support for Molinaroli, Bloomberg reported last week.... Read More »

 

Mustang leaves a bumpy ride in dust

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
With the 2015 Ford Mustang on its way to dealers, the early reviews are rolling in. Ford has let auto writers test two of the three models, the four-cylinder turbo and the V-8 powered GT. Here's a sampling. from the press.... Read More »

 

While you wait for service, make yourself at home

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Large, elaborate and packed with people -- that's what dealerships' service department waiting rooms are becoming, said Forrest McConnell, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, last week.... Read More »

 

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