Final Assembly

RICHARD TRUETT

For GM, the self-driving car of the future is also a thing of the past

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A close look at the Firebird II video shows GM made a lot of the right calls on the issues facing self-driving cars -- issues that are still being resolved.... Read More »

 

Ferrari's profit power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Ferrari represents a tiny fraction of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' sales but a significant part of its profits.... Read More »

 

Ford bites back at Apple hype: Your tech's old news

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
During the Apple Watch two-hour webcast, Ford used its main Twitter account and the hashtag "#wegotthat2" to joke that its products already offered many of the new devices' most alluring features.... Read More »

 

Wall Street sees value in Group 1, Lithia acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In the dealership acquisition market, reward follows risk. The two most active acquirers among public dealership groups -- Group 1 Automotive and Lithia Motors -- are also the winners when it comes to rising valuations, according to a report released last week by dealership buy-sell adviser Erin Kerrigan.... Read More »

 

Report: Lenders keeping lid on risky business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Experian's latest State of the Automotive Finance Market report, covering the second quarter, suggests lenders aren't headed down any slippery slopes when it comes to discipline.... Read More »

 

Disney exec not such a goofy idea, Nissan says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
The way Nissan sales boss Fred Diaz tells it, having no auto industry experience was a plus -- not a handicap -- for the brand's new head of marketing, Jeremy Tucker.... Read More »

 

New CEO Andy Palmer had a plan from the start

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Andy Palmer, 51, the high-flying Nissan executive who last week was handed Aston Martin's CEO job, has always been an ambitious guy.... Read More »

 

Cole blasted critics, delighted charities

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Dollie Cole, who died last week at 84, cut an unusual figure in the Motown of 40 years ago. As the young, Texas-born wife of legendary General Motors President Ed Cole, she was outspoken, controversial -- and down to earth, not how a corporate spouse was expected to act then or now.... Read More »

 

Reuss hunkers down, rehabs rare Vette into his dream car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Mark Reuss, General Motors' head of global product development, wasn't looking for a major restoration project when he bought a very rare black 1954 Corvette last fall.... Read More »

 

Toyota revs up special edition of '80s-era Land Cruiser

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. is going retro by rebooting sales of the boxy, 30-year-old Land Cruiser 70 in Japan.... Read More »

 

Foam-filled Lexus NX spot too retro for America?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus' new "Shampoo" TV spot for the NX compact crossover that arrives in November seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd that Toyota Motor's luxury brand craves.... Read More »

 

He bested Clinton; now what about cabbies?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Amid regulatory battles and fierce opposition from cab companies, Uber CEO David Plouffe has turned to the 47-year-old, erstwhile boy genius to strategize for the car-booking service.... Read More »

 

A loud roar of approval for the '15 Challenger SRT Hellcat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
With its 707 hp and 650 pounds-feet of torque, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful production car ever to roll out of Detroit.... Read More »

 

With 30 mpg in sight, 2015 Vette won't bow to pressure

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
It's rare that an automaker revises a fuel economy rating down, but that's what General Motors did with the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette.... Read More »

 

Where does VW stash its cash? Check under Audi's mattress

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Volkswagen has denied reports that it wants to take over Fiat Chrysler, but if it does pull off a big acquisition, it will have Audi to thank.... Read More »

 

Ford's 'unminivan' is an undisputed hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford's decision to offer a long-wheelbase, seven-seat version of the Transit Connect Wagon for the 2014 model year is paying off.... Read More »

 

Fire proves Super Dutys will be aluminum, spies say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
It's been a burning question: Will Super Duty versions of the redesigned Ford F-series pickup have aluminum bodies like the 2015 F-150? Some bloggers and a spy photographer think the inferno that destroyed a testing prototype in Death Valley in July answers the question.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Automakers called out on lousy voice recognition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
The world's automakers are going to be doing a lot of cringing now that J.D. Power plans to lay into them for one of the most poorly executed technologies they peddle to consumers -- voice recognition.... Read More »

 

Toyota's bottom line is surging to the top

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Don't look now, but Toyota Motor Corp. has opened up a big lead on the rest of the global industry when it comes to profitability. The Japanese juggernaut reported last week that net income in the April-June period rose to a quarterly record $5.7 billion.... Read More »

 

Toyota cuts the 'andon cord,' now pushes buttons

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Toyota is retiring the fabled "andon cord," the emergency cable strung above assembly lines that came to symbolize the built-in quality of the Toyota Way and was widely copied through the auto industry and beyond. In its place are yellow call buttons.... Read More »

 

A Renegade prime minister

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, front, checks out rear legroom in the Jeep Renegade with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chairman John Elkann.... Read More »

 

Akerson misjudged GM culture

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Dan Akerson said he knew General Motors' corporate culture was flawed when he took over as CEO in 2010; he just didn't know how much -- until the automaker's delayed ignition switch recall in February.... Read More »

 

JLR puts down $170M to pick up 543 classics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover's newly formed Special Vehicle Operations unit may have blown a big hole its budget for the year with the $170 million purchase of Britain's largest classic car collection.... Read More »

 

Edmunds: Model S 'brilliant,' but 'hard to recommend'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The Tesla Model S is a "fast, comfortable and technologically brilliant luxury sedan," Edmunds.com concluded in a review it posted last week following a "long-term road test." But Edmunds editors amassed a list of 28 repairs and dealership visits for service bulletins that the car required during the 17 months and 30,251 miles it was tested.... Read More »

 

Another ace, another chance for dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Jon Peterson, general manager of Folsom Lake Kia and Folsom Lake Ford, was teeing up at a charity golf event sponsored by his dealership on July 28 when his cellphone rang. It was a tournament organizer. Someone had made a hole-in-one. Again.... Read More »

 

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