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Ford Pulls Controversial Ad

Ford Pulls Controversial Ad

Ford Motor Co. has pulled a controversial ad in which a “buyer” tells a staged news conference he wouldn’t buy a car from Ford’s unnamed Detroit competitors because they took federal bailouts. The campaign was clearly aimed at helping Ford market itself as the only...
What Does Washington Make?

What Does Washington Make?

Conventional wisdom says this city makes nothing, that we are just a place of words and bureaucracy. Conventional wisdom is not quite right. Washington manufactures crises—big-time crises, completely unnecessary crises, costly crises, the kind that drain money and...
Bob Lutz Tries Retirement, Says No Thanks

Bob Lutz Tries Retirement, Says No Thanks

Maximum Bob is back. Again. Someone should talk to him about the definition of “retirement.” Just weeks after General Motors announced that former Vice Chairman Bob Lutz was coming back as a consultant, VIA Motors, a Utah startup, has announced that Lutz would join...
GOP Scraps Plan to Cut into Federal Green Car Fund

GOP Scraps Plan to Cut into Federal Green Car Fund

A $25 billion fund created during the Bush Administration to help promote the development of clean, fuel-efficient automobiles has survived an assault by Republican lawmakers who had hoped to chip away $1.5 billion for use in disaster relief efforts. Conservatives,...
First Drive: 2012 Mini Coupe

First Drive: 2012 Mini Coupe

Small is big, or so it seems, these days, with all manner of new products, small, smaller and smallest coming to market as buyers put a premium on fuel efficiency.  But no brand has done more to change the perception of what a small car can be than Mini, the British...
Economic Turmoil? Where? Not at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Economic Turmoil? Where? Not at the Frankfurt Motor Show

With one of the biggest displays of new cars, crossovers and concept vehicles ever, the biennial Frankfurt Motor Show saw public attendance surge by 10%, according to the show’s organizers, suggesting the auto industry’s future is brighter than the turmoil in the...
UAW Intensifies Talks at Ford, Chrysler

UAW Intensifies Talks at Ford, Chrysler

United Auto Workers Union negotiators have intensified talks with the Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC as the union pushes for settlements with both automakers. Obstacles, however, remain including the union’s desire to win a larger signing bonus than at...
Saab Shooting to Re-Start Production Mid-November

Saab Shooting to Re-Start Production Mid-November

Struggling under court protection to raise cash and pay off angry creditors Swedish automaker Saab hopes to get back into the business of building cars by sometime in mid-November. That is just the latest in a series of plans to restart the company’s headquarters...
Ford May Build Battery Cars in China

Ford May Build Battery Cars in China

Ford Motor Co. may try to tap into the potentially huge market for electric vehicles in China, echoing the strategy of its rival General Motors. Ford has already committed to producing at least five battery-electric vehicles, like the Ford Focus Electric, and plug-in...