Archives: April 2010

GM pays back its loans and Whitacre stirs up some controversy

Posted by: David Welch on April 29

You’d think that General Motors Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre, who built AT&T with $200 billion worth of deals, would be a savvy poker player. Well, judging from the...

Detroit's opportune moment. American cars are better than Asian cars, Americans say

Posted by: David Welch on April 23

Well, I haven’t heard too many people say this since the late ‘70s: American cars are better than Asian cars. No, really. Associated Press and GfK Roper Public Affairs...

GM to pay off government debt. Will it be Ed's Lido moment?

Posted by: David Welch on April 20

GM CEO Ed Whitacre is scheduled to be at the company’s Fairfax, Kan., plant tomorrow to announce that his company has paid the debt portion of the government’s assistance...

Consumer Reports Calls Lexus GX 460 a Safety Risk

Posted by: David Welch on April 13

By now, Toyota executives must be afraid to go to their inboxes or turn on the news. These days, doing either is likely to reveal yet another challenge to...

GM's Whitacre writes to the troops. Profit may not be far off

Posted by: David Welch on April 12

General Motors Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre has sent out his second memo in two weeks in an effort to make his rank-and-file staffers feel better about working at...

Renault-Nissan and Daimler could work. Ghosn will insist

Posted by: David Welch on April 07

When Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn first formed the Franco-Japanese car alliance, he joked at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show about serving sushi and Chardonnay. Well, let’s slather some spatzle...

GM pushes for buzz, but market share fizzles

Posted by: David Welch on April 01

They came one after the other over the course of about 15 minutes, four press releases teasing us with big sales gains made by General Motors. First, a press...

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