Hardly a fresh face, Fields came to the job with a strong tail wind, but also some pressure to show that Ford can avoid problems such as launch glitches, marketing missteps and technology hiccups.
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The first woman to head a global automaker stole the spotlight at the Detroit auto show, then stayed in it through a grueling recall crisis that offered a clearer window into her leadership style.
GM's internal inquiry into the ignition switch fiasco spread blame throughout the company, but the investigators' 315-page report zeroed in on this "single engineer" who they said not only caused the problem but obstructed efforts to detect it.
Rather than walk away after its election defeat at VW Chattanooga, the UAW set up a local that has attracted nearly half the plant's 1,500 workers, and it gained a seat at the table on workplace issues.
It was not a fuel-economy breakthrough, but a breakthrough nonetheless. The full-size pickup was the product of a high-stakes gamble that Ford could be innovative on the big stage with a high-volume vehicle.
Hello? Hello? Are you there? Apple's smartphone-powered CarPlay interface (previewed in 2013) and its Google counterpart, Android Auto, were heralded as the new model for infotainment controls. But customers are still waiting for them to show up in mass-market vehicles.
The subcompact crossover is the first model developed from scratch by the combined Fiat and Chrysler. It is the tip of the spear in FCA's effort to take the surging Jeep brand global.
A business model that emphasizes moving people rather than selling them vehicles is at the heart of automakers' renewed investments in car-sharing, ride-sharing and public-transportation initiatives.
Along with marketing boss Uwe Ellinghaus, de Nysschen has been given wide latitude — including passage out of Detroit — to rebuild Cadillac as a luxury standard- bearer.
The first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to come with a retail sticker price — $57,500 — will launch in 2015 amid accelerated efforts to develop a fueling infrastructure.
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