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Mark LaNeve Says Goodbye to GM

Mark LaNeve’s career success at GM—moving from minor league Cadillac man to the head of S&M (Sales and Marketing)—is a text book example of GM’s obliviousness to the idea of accountability. Despite failing to resurrect Cadillac’s fortunes, despite helping Rick “Captain Queeg” Wagoner fondle his balls (read the book)…

Hammer Time: Retail Hell

I’m sitting inside one of the largest auto retailers in the world. Khakis. Shorts. Blue shirts are wandering. Aimlessly. Finally a family of ‘fish’ enter this pond of corporate hookery. They look at the displays. And then a nice middle-aged female lady comes to make her greeting. And the fun begins… Is this the way…

The Best Of Robert Farago

GM Deathwatches 1-75 (PDF) Inside GM: Mystery Of Crap Interiors Explained Subaru Tribeca Review Embargo This GM Deathwatch 2: Dan Neil Takes a Bullet Ruf 3400S Review GM Deathwatch 60: Bankruptcy Is Good For The Soul 300C Review Al-Jazeera Pagani Zonda Review Got a favorite that we forgot? Post a link to it in the…

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China Covets Saab And Volvo

China has a booming car market, the biggest of the world. Their car exports on the other hands, of which the world is dead afraid, are a joke: China exported a trifling 190,000 vehicles in the first seven months of this year, down 58 percent from 2008. Adding insult to ingrained rivalry, India out-exported China [...]

NUMMI RIP

Toyota’s board has voted to end production at its NUMMI plant starting in March 2010, reports the AP [via sfgate]. The factory in Fremont California was a joint venture by Toyota and GM, but its future was first cast into doubt when GM announced it was withdrawing after discontinuing the Pontiac Vibe built there. The…