On the Eve of Thanksgiving, GM Announces Parts Manufacture in Turkey

Pass the Stove Top and cranberry sauce, because GM has announced an initial $500 million-dollar investment in replacement-parts manufacturing in none other than Turkey. They're planning to create around 30,000 jobs in the nation, which is the automaker's sixth-largest market, according to GM Europe sales veep Jonathan… » 11/22/06 2:45pm 11/22/06 2:45pm

Every New Morning: Bricklin's China Plan Changes Again

If one thinks about it, the only truly great thing Malcolm Bricklin ever did was bring Subarus to America. Other than that, Yugo? The Bricklin? Entirely amusing vehicles, but only if other people own them. So who really expected his venture with Chery to succeed? Well, we kind of did. At least for a while. But now that … » 11/20/06 5:00pm 11/20/06 5:00pm

GM to Cut Midsize Car Development Spending by $1 Billion

Yowch. The machete-wielding rats on GM's listing ship have committed to cut a billion dollars from the company's global midsize car development programs by opening up the global parts bin to all, which means in a few years, nobody will be buying a hodgepodge of BLS93G6Malibu. This sounds like a train wreck waiting to… » 8/09/06 5:00pm 8/09/06 5:00pm

Intro The New GM Media Strategy: CEO Rick Wagoner Waxes On The Opel…

Initially we believed — and frankly many GM PR staff seemed to confirm — the General's strategy for the next 90 days was going to be "Get Rick the hell away from cameras." However, we now think we were a bit hasty in snapping to that assessment. Exhibit A would be the above announcement for the Opel Corsa. Normally,…

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No MSG, Much MG: Nanjing's High Hopes for the Brand

"I say MG, what do you think? When I say Geely, Chery, Shanghai, what do you think?" asks Duke Hale, head of North American operations for MG. Truthfully, Duke. We think, "Crappy Lucas electrics." Then we think of zippy little runabout droptops. But the reworked TF that Nanjing's going to sell here is actually a hardtop,… » 7/17/06 3:30pm 7/17/06 3:30pm

Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda Dodges Fastballs From CNBC's Bartiromo

There are so many great combinations of "Dodge r " and "Tom LaSorda" — we almost don't know where to start. Ok, well — we'll just play it straight down the plate then. Chrysler President and CEO Tom LaSorda sat down on CNBC's "Closing Bell" with Maria Bartiromo to answer some questions on the late-night dinner

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Lonely, Lonely, Lonely, Lonely, Lonely Time: Cadillac Dumps "Rock and…

With Cadillac shedding Leo Burnett as its ad agency of record, so goes Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" from its media spots. The brand's got a new agency in the hipsters at Modernista!, and their mission (yes, they've chosen to accept it) is to lure even younger (younger than 65, that is), affluent buyers from their Euro… » 7/17/06 11:09am 7/17/06 11:09am

Toyota! Toyota! Toyota! #2 Automaker War-Games Options for GM Alliance


We kind of knew Toyota wasn't going to stand by and let their big shot at being number one best automaker drop away like they were the last gal left standing at the Sadie Hawkins dance. Although it's rumorific like nothing else and complete conjecture — the weekly mag on all-things Business is reporting Toyota may… » 7/15/06 8:50pm 7/15/06 8:50pm

Breaking! Herbie Goes Submissive: Porsche to Take Control of VW!

The men in Berlin have given the okay to Porsche to purchase the remaining 3.5% of Volkswagen stock the sports-car maker needs to hold a controlling interest in Volkswagen, which through the years, has often been seen as the company's bigger half-brother. If we get any further into this analogy it's gonna turn into the … » 7/15/06 7:28pm 7/15/06 7:28pm

Rick And Carlos Have Dinner; General Motors, Renault-Nissan Arrange…


Rick and Carlos had dinner last night in Metro Detroit — and although folks may not know where, we do know they've now moved from an agreement to sit down and talk about an "alliance" — to an agreement to discuss for 90 days an "alliance." But for us anyway, the question of "where" they ate is much more interesting — and… » 7/15/06 11:00am 7/15/06 11:00am