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Marty’s Marketing Minutia: NBA Edition

Marty’s Marketing Minutia: NBA Edition

After a three month lockout delay the National Basketball Association finally returned to the boards, tipping off on Christmas day with five season-opening games broadcast on three television cable networks. Millions watched as millionaires played hoops – with major...
First Drive: 2012 Honda Civic Si

First Drive: 2012 Honda Civic Si

It’s not often that an automaker admits shortly after introducing an important new model that it may have missed the mark. But in October, a Honda spokesman told Automotive News that the automaker would accelerate a mid-cycle refresh, normally scheduled for 2014, to...
Fisker Recall Triggered by Potential Battery Fire

Fisker Recall Triggered by Potential Battery Fire

In a potentially embarrassing turn of events, the California-based battery-car start-up Fisker Automotive will recall all of the cars it has sold so far due to a potential defect that could cause the $102,000 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrids to catch fire. The problem is...
Toyota Narrowly Misses Third Year Atop Recall List

Toyota Narrowly Misses Third Year Atop Recall List

Editor’s Note: This story has been revised to reflect a last-minute Honda action and final federal recall numbers for 2011. It isn’t always good to be number one, as Toyota clearly understands.  While it slipped from first to third in the global automotive sales...
Mystery of the North Korean Lincoln Solved

Mystery of the North Korean Lincoln Solved

Eagle-eyed–and certified car-nutty—auto enthusiasts have been mystified the last couple of days by an obvious anachronism in the funeral procession of Dear Leader Kim-Jong-il: a real, if elderly, Detroit Lincoln stretch limousine leading the parade, coffin on...
GM Could Cut More White-Collar Jobs

GM Could Cut More White-Collar Jobs

Like a late-to-the-party Grinch, General Motors could sap some of the holiday cheer from its white-collar workforce.  Frustrated that it isn’t generating the sort of profit margins seen at some of its key competitors, GM is looking at ways to boost its efficiency –...
Pontiff Wants a Green Popemobile

Pontiff Wants a Green Popemobile

“The geeks shall inherit the earth”? We’re not wont to quote from scripture very often — and for obvious reasons — but we’ve heard some intriguing interpretations, of late, from those who insist that the Bible would have us all driving electric...
AMP Takes on Tesla With Two AWD Battery SUVs

AMP Takes on Tesla With Two AWD Battery SUVs

Amp Electric Vehicles will be taking its place alongside some of the industry’s biggest players when it rolls out a pair of new battery-electric vehicles at the upcoming North American International Auto Show. To be more precise they’re not entirely new; Amp is...
Book Excerpt: Jim Dunne’s Car Spy

Book Excerpt: Jim Dunne’s Car Spy

His name is Dunne.  James Dunne.  And if Ian Fleming had written about the world of automotive espionage, this is the man who might have served as his role model.  But where some spies sleuth for competing car companies, this septuagenarian Grosse Pointer serves a...
Nissan Launches Third Recall in a Month

Nissan Launches Third Recall in a Month

Nissan Motor Co. announced its third safety recall in December, more than a half-dozen different models impacted by the various problems. The latest safety-related service action involves 14,000 vehicles – including the 2011 Infiniti FX, 2012 Infiniti M, and the...
Ousted Mercedes Exec Fights Back

Ousted Mercedes Exec Fights Back

Ernst Lieb, the U.S. Chief Executive fired last October for allegedly violating Mercedes-Benz ethics policies plans to refute the charges in a German court. The popular former executive claims, through his attorney, that he did not misuse company funds – and will...
Buick Encore Does a Slow Striptease

Buick Encore Does a Slow Striptease

Like the most skilled ecdysiast the Buick Encore is performing a slow and seductive striptease in advance of its January 10 debut at the North American International Auto Show. The latest pictures – along with a close-up released earlier — confirm what we...