Final Assembly

Car guy Lutz still has the vision for flying high

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Bob Lutz, the former General Motors product development chief who turned 83 in February and is getting married this summer, is still involved with sports car startup VL Automotive - and is still flying jet airplanes.... Read More »

In CASE you missed it, here's the future of the car business in a word

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Consulting firm AlixPartners has taken a shot at creating some shorthand to describe the coming investment crunch faced by automakers. In a report released last week, AlixPartners came up with CASE - short for “connected, autonomous, shared and electric” - to refer to the bundle of technologies and business models that car companies may need to embrace to remain at the forefront of the industry.... Read More »

'The Future' is now: Lexus will test hoverboard

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

It's been 30 years since the first Back to the Future movie was released, and Marty McFly only hopped on a hoverboard to evade his pursuers in the second installment released in 1989.... Read More »

Isn't it obvious? It'll be a Caddy crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

General Motors announced last week that it will invest $245 million at its Orion Assembly plant in Michigan Lake Orion, Mich., assembly plant for production of an unnamed model. What might that model be? Speculation has centered on a small Cadillac crossover.... Read More »

Kirk, Lee and the one that got away

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

When billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian set his sights on acquiring Chrysler 20 years ago this summer, he effectively pushed the automaker into its tie-up with Daimler three years later.... Read More »

Mehari could be Citroen's comeback kid

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Here's a way that Citroen might find its way to the U.S. market. The French carmaker is considering a revival of its iconic Mehari lightweight utility car to help give the brand a “fun” image, CEO Linda Jackson said.... Read More »

Consolidation is key? How to explain Nissan?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

If synergies deriving from automotive partnerships are so great - as Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne posits - why is Nissan's return on capital so poor? That's the question asked by Deutsche Securities analyst Kurt Sanger.... Read More »

How the right car at the right time reset the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

French car designer Patrick le Quement 6/21is associated with several landmark European vehicles. But he changed the auto industry in a way that went far beyond car styling.... Read More »

The setup that saved de Gaulle may be history

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Reuters reported last week that Citroen will cease using its signature hydropneumatic suspension technology after the C5 sedan is discontinued as part of cost-cutting measures by CEO Carlos Tavares.... Read More »

The compact crossover takes the king down a notch

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

In the second half of 2014, sales of compact crossovers were rapidly catching up with those of midsize sedans, long the category king in the U.S. But through the first five months of 2015, the crossovers have nudged ahead by about 3,500 units.... Read More »

Lamborghini sets SUV in motion

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Last week, Lambo announced it will produce a new SUV at its Sant'Agata Bolognese plant in Italy, for launch in 2018.... Read More »

How to say 'Hyundai'? Close enough

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

If a Sonata driver asks Android Auto for directions to a Hyundai dealership, the female voice will answer with a sound that makes Hyundai executives cringe: “HEE'-yuhn-day.”... Read More »

No EV talk no problem at all

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The annual Vienna Motor Symposium always attracts big thinkers and lots of provocative talk, and this year was no exception. We sat down with Fritz Indra, former head of powertrain development at General Motors and Audi and now an adviser to AVL List, the Austrian engineering powerhouse. He is no great fan of electric vehicles.... Read More »

Trouble for ex-FCA execs Down Under

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's Australian subsidiary has filed suit against two former top executives in the country, accusing them of bilking the company out of millions of dollars to fund lavish lifestyles, according to Australian news reports.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

A tale of 2 production booms

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

It's easy to view Mexico's auto manufacturing ascendancy as an encore of last decade's production boom in central Europe.... Read More »

Ford makes over another icon by going aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The F-150 isn't the only Ford Motor Co. icon that's been changed to aluminum this year. Get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum, which goes on sale in a few months, and you'll notice that something familiar is missing: the Ford Blue Oval.... Read More »

Now that's what we call a hands-on executive

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

When one of Mark Reuss' classic cars needs a bit of roadside repair, he doesn't reach for a cell phone. General Motors' head of global product development goes for a wrench.... Read More »

Detroit returns to Tokyo auto show with Jeep

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep - the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan - will return when doors open in October. The return of Jeep signals rekindled interest in the Japanese market and is a win for the beleaguered domestic show.... Read More »

Borgward's revival plan comes into focus

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Bankrolled by a Chinese truckmaker and run by a former Daimler executive, Borgward's revival is starting to look real.... Read More »

Can dealership make this SUV fit for a horse? Of course

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

A Ford store in Illinois revamped an Excursion, making it in to a mobile horse stall that hauls around a miniature horse for charity.... Read More »

VW gets Mom involved in ad war with FCA

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

And now for the grudge report: In the latest round of provocation involving Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler, sedans from Chrysler and Dodge have been cast in unflattering supporting roles in a TV spot for VW's diesel Passat.... Read More »

Porsche zooms from 3 sales a month to 5,217

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

The new monthly sales record pushed Porsche's year-to-date sales up by 17 percent and added to the celebratory mood as the brand opened its $100 million U.S. headquarters and customer experience center in Atlanta on May 7.... Read More »

GM's O'Connell was down but not defeated

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Bob O'Connell, who died last week at 76, was among the casualties of the revolution at General Motors in 1992, the one that ushered in the Jack Smith-Rick Wagoner era and displaced the team of Bob Stempel and Lloyd Reuss.... Read More »

COMMENTARY: DAVE GUILFORD

Which road to self-driving tech will win?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

The auto industry has an increasingly bipolar view of autonomous vehicles. The basic question is whether to go all in or install limited doses of self-driving technology. Let's look at the two poles.... Read More »

High-level meeting minus high-level hoopla

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

You'd probably get an image in your head if we told you we saw the president of General Motors preparing to meet with the head of North American operations at the company's Renaissance Center aerie overlooking the Detroit River.... Read More »

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