Archives: March 2007

Bush, GOPers, Dems and Big Three Show No Leadership on Fuel Economy

Posted by: David Kiley on March 26

I dropped into the White House today for the photo opp session with President Bush, GM CEO Rick Wagoner, Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Chrysler CEO Tom Lasorda. The four,...

O'Reilly Still Wrong And Won't Acknowledge It

Posted by: David Kiley on March 23

Just an update on my earlier post. I have tried to contact Bill O'Reilly, as has Ford, to try and get the bloviator-in-chief to acknowledge that he didn't know what...

Ugh. Flex This Ford.

Posted by: David Kiley on March 23

I have been a fan of the Ford Fairlane concept vehicle since its introduction a few years ago. This week, I got a glimpse of photos of the production...

An old acquaintance knocks at Chrysler

Posted by: David Welch on March 20

The hip thing for ex-Chrysler execs to do these days is advise someone bidding to buy the company. Another big name has surfaced. None other than former Chrysler CFO...

Mercedes-Benz Scores Zero in Consumer Reports. Ouch!

Posted by: David Kiley on March 20

We all know vaguely that Mercedes-Benz had had some quality "issues." But whenever J.D. Power and Associates come out with their Initial Quality Study, or some other ranking that shows...

With Friends Like Bill O'Reilly, Detroit Doesn't Need Enemies

Posted by: David Kiley on March 15

In his March 14th broadcast, Fox News bloviator Bill O'Reilly aptly criticized UAW President Ron Gettelfinger for testifying before Congress that higher fuel economy regulations for automobiles would result...

Toyota rewards Japanese workers

Posted by: Ian Rowley on March 15

Much is made of how Toyota benefits from its non-union employees in the United States, but it's a bit different back home. In Japan, Toyota Motor Workers' Union has 58,000...

Bernhard helps Cerberus kick Chryslers' Tires

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on March 14

For the private equity kingpins eager to figure out whether a risky bet on Chyrsler could pay big dividends, what better than to have a former Chrysler top executive as...

Ford Unlikely To Sell Jag and Land Rover

Posted by: David Kiley on March 14

With the sale of Aston Martin netting Ford more than $800 million, the attention turns immediately to whether the automaker will sell Jaguar and Land Rover, too, and get...

Porsche Joins The Advertising Review Parade

Posted by: David Kiley on March 08

It used to be that the advertising accounts would go into review only once in a great while. Ad agencies, of course, have long coveted car accounts because of the...

Hyundai At The Crossroads

Posted by: David Kiley on March 07

It didn’t take long for Hyundai COO Steve Wilhite to start making changes at the Korean automaker. In the last few weeks, Wilhite has initiated a review for the...

Ford's Challenge Ads Reaching Higher

Posted by: David Kiley on March 01

Ford is showing moxie. In January, it kicked off ads for the Fusion sedan built around an event it held in Washington DC, and supervised by Car & Driver, in...

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