Remember when Ford CEO Alan Mulally took the top job at America's number two automaker in 2006? Four years later, Mulally is delivering better results than many ever expected, and he's transformed Ford into a company that looks (and runs) a lot like Toyota in the late 90's.
Today in Washington, a group of lawmakers will roll out their plan to get the Department of Energy to spend billions of dollars nurturing the electric vehicle market.
Today in Smyrna, Tennessee, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn will be on hand for the start of production for the battery packs that will power the Leaf.
Ask Ford President of the Americas Mark Fields if he expects strong sales in the month of May, and you get an interesting response. Yes, he expects double-digit industry growth and Ford should have a relatively strong month, but his interest has already shifted to June.
It's not every day one of the Big 3 decides to take work it contracted to a foreign supplier and bring it in house back in Detroit.
As Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne unveiled the new Jeep Grand Cherokee he flashed a smile that said just how far the troubled automaker has come in the last year.
At first glance, it looks like a win/win situation. The partnership of Tesla and Toyota should, on paper, help both companies.
Once again, Toyota executives are on Capitol Hill getting grilled about unintended acceleration. Once again, the hearing will end without an understanding of what's behind complaints of Toyota's racing suddenly speeding up. Once again, I can hear supporters and critics saying these hearings are a joke. Both are right.
They want to move forward. But making sure they don't repeat past mistakes keeps reminding them (and the public) of where they've been. It's the yin and yang of where Toyota executives find themselves this spring and summer.
With a first quarter profit of nearly $900 million dollars ($1.66 per share), GM not only showed it is back in the black, but more importantly, laid another brick in the foundation needed for an IPO.
This year, Ford shareholders will have a little giddy up in their step. And for good reason. In the last year, the Mulally makeover has kicked in gear and revved up Ford's once idling profit engine and stock price.
The real appeal of GM owning the old GMAC would be in making the company more attractive for an IPO.
Let's see if this makes sense. In the fiscal year that ended in March of 2009, Toyota lost $4.4 billion. A year later, after what was arguably the worst crisis in the company's history, Toyota swung to a profit of just over $2.2 billion. How did that happen?
Four months after calling Toyota "safety deaf," Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood says the Japanese automaker is getting the message. "I think their attitude has changed," said Secretary LaHood after spending more than hour meeting with Toyota leaders including CEO Akio Toyoda. "I came away with the idea Mr. Toyoda has listened to us," said LaHood.
As Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne breathes life into the beaten down brand, he has said time and again that the customer has to have a reason to care about Chrysler.
As Congress begins work on strengthening auto safety rules and considers a wide range of more stringent requirements, I'm struck by what I've heard from people who don't want Washington to go very far with these requirements.
The hiring of former Hyundai marketing man Joel Ewanick to spearhead GM marketing is a shrewd move and shows that the folks running the country's largest automaker is realizing it can't wait around to improve sales.
there is little talk about America's fifth largest automaker. Well, in case you haven't been watching, Chrysler has quietly stopped the bleeding.
It is hard to imagine an auto company going through a more challenging start of the year than Toyota. And yet, April auto sales show the company is weathering the storm far better than most expected.
Stocks advanced on this first trading day of May after some positive economic reports and details of a European financial rescue package for Greece provided some measure of relief.