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Back to Britain for ex-Volkswagen exec Browning

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
Jonathan Browning, who departed as CEO of Volkswagen's U.S. operations in December after a tumultuous year, has returned to his native England -- but not as an auto exec, exactly.... Read More »


Guitars, not cars, get rockin' Boch a magazine spread

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Guitar Aficionado found a car guy to profile in its current issue: Massachusetts dealer/distributor/rocker Ernie Boch. The magazine's cover blurb: "BOSTON'S BILLIONAIRE CAR KING GOES GUITAR CRAZY."... Read More »


500L, spiffs help propel Fiat past Mini

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Ever since Fiat re-appeared in the United States in early 2011, it has been comparing itself to BMW's Mini brand. But the cars, though similar in size, aren't similar in price and seemed aimed at different consumers.... Read More »


Recall/sale ratio gives GM cause for cheer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Here's a list on which General Motors doesn't mind lagging behind rivals. A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows GM was one of just a few automakers to recall fewer vehicles than it sold in 2013.... Read More »


Say what?!?! Nissan softens ad language

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
"Japanese carmaker uses profanity to promote atheism among the English." That could be the headline describing a Nissan marketing brouhaha in the United Kingdom.... Read More »



How Granatelli broke the code, saved his life

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Andy Granatelli, the renowned race-car owner and STP oil treatment mogul who died last week at age 90, is best remembered for the cars that won the Indianapolis 500 in 1969 and 1973, and for building and sponsoring Parnelli Jones' radical turbine car that almost won the 1967 500. But my favorite Granatelli story was the one he told about his brief stint as a driver at the Speedway in 1948.... Read More »


Might the GM shuffle have ripples at Chrysler-Fiat?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
Big management shake-ups at big companies yield winners and losers, and the losers can become candidates for top jobs at other automakers. So after last week's changes at General Motors, players in the Fantasy CEO Succession League have some new executives on which to speculate and place bets.... Read More »


Ex-Chevy vet Dewar shifts to NASCAR

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
While the auto world focused on all the personnel changes at General Motors last week, a former GM stalwart quietly snagged a big job. Ex-Chevrolet brand boss and racing enthusiast Brent Dewar was named the COO of NASCAR.... Read More »


AutoNation boss Jackson to join Atlanta Fed board of directors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
Mike Jackson is moving on up at the Federal Reserve. The AutoNation chief has been appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's board of directors, effective Jan. 1.... Read More »


Holden name won't die when production ends in Australia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2013
General Motors' graveyard of dead brands will not be getting a new member in 2017 when Holden production ends in Australia. The brand will live on, said GM spokesman Greg Martin.... Read More »


Humans optional: A vending-machine concept to sell used cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
A new venture called Carvana is trying out what the owner calls a "vending machine" for used cars.... Read More »


A Corvette Christmas (the penny-pinching version)

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
For their year-end holiday sales, many brands favor commercials in which people present loved ones with with a special gift to show their love: a car, of course.... Read More »


GM's new problem: Too much dough

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
General Motors executives bristled at the nickname Government Motors after the government bailed out the company in 2009 and owned a large chunk of GM stock.... Read More »


Ex-Renault COO Tavares finds a job at the top

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
In August, the career of Carlos Tavares, 55, looked in jeopardy when the COO of Renault mused to Bloomberg News that he would like to be CEO of General Motors or Ford.... Read More »


2013 L.A. Auto Show

When the Mustang goes global, marketing boss Farley will be in ...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013
To make the point that it has global aspirations for the Mustang, Ford announced last week that the redesigned version marking the car's 50th anniversary will be introduced Dec. 5 in six cities around the globe: New York, Dearborn, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Shanghai and Sydney.... Read More »


Reuss closes the book on Facebook

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Mark Reuss shut down his Facebook account last week after a tart reply to a Web site that wrote dismissively about General Motors' shrinking U.S. market share. But GM's top executive for North America hasn't sworn off social media altogether. He also engaged last week in a friendly (we think) exchange with Chrysler's Ralph Gilles on Twitter.... Read More »


Perks make EVs hot sellers in Norway

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
For one month at least, Tesla's Model S was the top-selling car in Norway -- a brief moment of glory that received global attention. But the electric vehicle was knocked off its pedestal in October -- only to be replaced by another EV, the Nissan Leaf.... Read More »


Volvo's CEO doesn't want 'concrete temples'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Volvo's CEO, a relative newcomer to the car business, thinks the pendulum has swung too far toward glitzy U.S. car dealerships that soon will be outdated relics in the digital age.... Read More »


Survey: A self-driver? Sure, if insurance rates are slashed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Self-driving cars are getting a lot of buzz, and a new survey suggests nine of 10 drivers would consider buying one -- if it meant paying a lot less for auto insurance. A survey by asked 2,000 licensed drivers if they would buy an autonomous vehicle if they could get an 80 percent discount on insurance.... Read More »


From Hyundai, a car that mimics mom: 'You need some fresh air'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Automakers spend lots of effort trying to limit carbon tailpipe emissions these days. With the redesigned 2015 Genesis, which arrives in the second quarter of 2014, Hyundai wants to cut CO2 levels inside the car caused by exhaling passengers.... Read More »


Likely UAW chief is money man, Southern organizer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
UAW leaders have endorsed Secretary-Treasurer Dennis Williams to take over in June when President Bob King retires. But when King was elected nearly four years ago, few would have predicted Williams would be his successor.... Read More »


Sold! Rare Chevys attract big spenders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Lambrecht Chevrolet's inventory controls were not exactly by the book, but things worked out in the long run. The Pierce, Neb., dealership simply put unsold vehicles in storage and waited for the day when they would be collectors' items.... Read More »


Aston kills pint-sized Cygnet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
The tiny Cygnet -- surely the most unlikely car to wear the winged Aston Martin badge -- looks destined to end up as no more than a footnote in Aston history.... Read More »


Mulally says he's staying at Ford, but bloggers remain restless

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Alan Mulally insists he will remain at Ford through at least 2014, but ever since he was cited as a possible successor to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the tech press and mainstream media can't get enough of the story.... Read More »


Mixed news for Volvo: Low sales, high mileage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2013
Don't ask about Volvo's sales in September, but last month was a memorable one for the brand in another way. Irv Gordon, a 74-year-old Long Island native and retired science teacher, reached a milestone no single owner in a noncommercial vehicle has ever accomplished: driving 3 million miles in his cherry red 1966 Volvo P1800.... Read More »


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