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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 »

 

De Nysschen: 'Don't mess with me'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Cadillac's new global chief used a long and, at times, cutting Facebook post to punch back at critics of his plans.... Read More »

 

Steel boosters step on Ford's football turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
A series of radio commercials broadcast this season in Michigan and Ohio during Detroit Lions football games exhorts shoppers to make sure they get a steel body on their new car, pickup or SUV.... Read More »

 

F-150: Nimble, comfy, but 700 pounds lighter?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Ford let auto writers, dealers and consumers test drive the redesigned 2015 F-150, with an aluminum body, in Texas ahead of its arrival late this year.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Small engines could power a big GM change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Not long ago, the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in U.S. showrooms. Times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.... Read More »

 

Oil prices? They're nothing to worry about

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Spikes in fuel prices have been behind most recessions during the last 40 years, Ira Silver reminded the National Auto Auction Association at its annual conference last month in Boston.... Read More »

 

Internet's down. Let's use the Volt!

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
One salesman's creative solution to when the internet went out.... Read More »

 

Time to get to know Barra better

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra landed on the cover of Time magazine, submitting to a lengthy and largely favorable profile.... Read More »

 

Ford salesman's fall job? College football player

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The movie script writes itself, a Rudy-like tale of the middle-aged Ford salesman who went back to school to get his degree -- and play college football.... Read More »

 

Mulally nips talk of prez run in the bud

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
News flash: Alan Mulally is not running for president.... Read More »

 

Toyoda pulls cord on new Mexico plant for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda put the brakes on a plan to build an assembly plant in Mexico.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

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