Imagine an automotive apocalypse that destroys all the cars in the world. You are able to save only a handful of vehicles in a hidden bunker, vehicles that you will later use to rebuild the automotive population. What cars do you save?
This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:30 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important?
Today, with a heavy heart, we remember Suzuki, the "little Japanese car maker that could" which actually couldn't and finally ended its own life, Kevorkian-style, at the tender age of 27 [1985-2012].
General Motors says it made $510 million in the fourth quarter and $4.7 billion last year in net income on revenues of $135.6 billion. It's the first time an automaker named General Motors has posted a gain since 2004.
GM closed the doors of its Willow Run Plant officially last week, writing the final chapter in the story of a building with more history than you might think.
Earlier this week, an automotive blogger took to the pages of the New York Times to argue that the Detroit bailout didn't work. Why can't the New York Times op-ed page find writers who know anything about the auto industry?
In the depths of the financial collapse, the U.S. Federal Reserve pumped $3.3 trillion into keeping credit moving through the economy. It eventually lent $57.9 billion to the auto industry — including $26.8 billion to Ford, Toyota and BMW.
The "new" General Motors gets listed on the New York Stock Exchange in just 30 minutes. For now, watch GM get it's name plastered on the outside of the NYSE. By the way, where's the "old" big blue logo?
The biennial British Motor Show's been canceled again, much to the disappointment of countless dozens.
Last week we solved the mystery behind an abandoned Ohio car dealership caught on Flickr. Our story set off a flurry of responses from readers about similarly abandoned sales relics. Here's a ghostly gallery of America's lost car dealerships.
General Motors won't start the hard sell of its shares to investors, called a "road show," until Nov. 3, one day after mid-term elections, and the actual IPO now expected Nov. 18. Why? Politics, of course.
GM is rebuilding
its captive finance arm by buying AmeriCredit for $3.5 billion to increase leasing to low credit and at-risk car buyers. Wait, isn't this part of what got the U.S. into this whole mess? [GM]
U.S. President Barack Obama gets out of a Chevrolet Volt following a groundbreaking ceremony in Holland, Michigan today. He reportedly asked "When can Americans buy one?" We already did, Mr. President. We already did.
Today is the final day of production for the Chrysler PT Cruiser. Once the shining star and gotta-have Chrysler of the moment, the much-neglected PT has finally been put to rest. It serves as a perfect demonstration of Chrysler's failings.
Officially, Mercury's dead, but Ford's special platform prostitution diet doomed the brand from the start to a life of mediocrity. But, if we believe the 71-year-old brand ever truly lived, then here are the ten cars that killed Mercury.
Seven decades after its birth, Mercury is dead. We don't mourn the loss, but we don't rejoice, either. To be honest, we don't feel a thing. Do you care? Does Ford? Does anyone?
UPDATE #2: It's official. Ford's killed the 71-year-old Mercury brand. The last wing-footed car will roll off the assembly line in the 4th quarter of this year.