Tom LaSorda And Ron Gettelfinger Shake Hands, Agree To Try And Play…

Thanks to Nick Bunkley over at the New York Times, we're hearing the handshake between Tom LaSorda and Ron Gettelfinger was so nice they allowed the photographers to take it twice. We're told it was to accommodate the crushing numbers of folks seeking to snap a shot of history in action. We, on the other hand, think… » 7/21/07 1:15pm 7/21/07 1:15pm

Former Chrysler CEO Rips Into "Clueless Bozos" — Err — The Bush…

Lee Iacocca, former Chrysler CEO and shepard of the once-independent automaker through its government loans of the late 70's and early 80's has long been a critic of Bush administration policies. But never like this. » 4/12/07 1:20am 4/12/07 1:20am

Wow, go get 'em Lee! Not only does the automaker go after Dubya's motley crew, the formerly…

President Bush Plays With Cars, Has A Really Corny Meeting With US…

We love it anytime Bush speaks and he's not behind a podium. We just love how he walks struts out all gunslinger-like. Seriously, it just tickles us in all sorts of wonderful ways. Today he's taking the CEO's of the traditional US automakers, and yeah, they showed off their "very relevant" E85-powered…

» 3/26/07 2:49pm 3/26/07 2:49pm

Chrysler Group CEO Tom LaSorda Says "There's Nothing To See Here, Folks…

Chrysler Group CEO Tom "Lose Weight By Cutting The Fat" LaSorda is urging employees to remain calm and ignore all the hubbub out there about the German-American hybrid looking to sell off the not-so-equal side of the "merger of equals." Somehow we're going to bet it'll take more than an e-mail from the boss to lift… » 2/22/07 11:36am 2/22/07 11:36am

Running Out Of Dance Partners: Renault-Nissan Denies Interest In…

Seriously, the 'merican side of the German-American hybrid's been shunned by the likes of Fiat and Hyundai, and now they've been denied by the cross-global alliance of Renault-Nissan. The Wall Street Journal's reporting Renault Chief Financial Officer Thierry Moulonguet as telling investors in London that the… » 2/21/07 8:30am 2/21/07 8:30am

Breaking! Chrysler Group To Cut 13,000 Workers And Return To…

Now we understand why Dr. Z won't be talking about the Chrysler Group. The main man in the big office in Stuttgart is letting his main man in Auburn Hills, MI give the bold and bad news and put his ass on the line. Like when he's giving the news today that instead of 11,000 job cuts, the 'merican side of the… » 2/14/07 9:05am 2/14/07 9:05am

Jeep Stops Head-Bobbing: LaSorda Pissed At Everyone, Sends Marketing…

Apparently Tom LaSorda's got some serious rage going on today. We're assuming it's about the terrible head-bobbing ads for the Jeep Compass and not just random displays of bravado in the face of what'll more than likely be a terrible Valentine's Day tomorrow. The ads, which were criticized by both the ad pundit class… » 2/13/07 5:19pm 2/13/07 5:19pm

One Down: Wolfgang Exits Stage Left At VW, Will Chrysler Group's…

Reports are coming in Wolfgang Bernhard was just told he's no longer allowed to be representin' Deutschland and Ferdinand "Fergie" Piech has moved his buddy Winterkorn into the vacated spot. Bernhard, the main man for the VDub brand, and former DaimlerChrysler exec, is leaving Volkswagen at the end of this month,… » 1/11/07 11:35am 1/11/07 11:35am

Bump N' Grind: Dieter And Tom Get The Man-Love On

While our main man from the West-side of the US of A brought you the product love from Mercedes, I'm here on this side of the 8 Mile line to get all obsessed with the industry insider stuff. So of course I was all over the man-love going on at the reveal for the more Bruce side of the German-American hybrid.…

» 1/08/07 1:08pm 1/08/07 1:08pm

Not-So-Happy Valentine's Day! Is February 14th An Important Date For…

Chris Vander Doelen of the Windsor Star, the main newspaper of the Canuckian hamlet on the other side of the river from Detroit, claims he's got himself a source telling him when the get 'er done date for a Chrysler Group turnaround by Windsor's hometown hero, Tom LaSorda, needs to be under way. The CEO if the 'merican … » 12/20/06 12:56pm 12/20/06 12:56pm

Jalopnik Team Party Crash: The Chrysler Group Revels In The Excess…

Before Captain Jack Sparrow Jason Vines up there jumped up on stage, we caught him enjoying what appears to be the Detroit automaker holiday party treat of choice — the Bob Lutz tenderloin "hamburger" — or as we've come to call it, the "loin-burger." When not downing steaming hot loin-meat last night at the Chrysler … » 12/15/06 12:36pm 12/15/06 12:36pm

Chrysler Group CEO Tom LaSorda Seeks Slim-Fast To Shed The Weight Of…

I almost feel a sense of deja vu, or some other type of crap where you think you've been somewhere or done something before. Back in August Today, while Tom LaSorda was carrying a big bucket of water getting ready for the Chrysler Group's media party he provided some remarks at the United Way event » 12/14/06 3:46pm 12/14/06 3:46pm

Autoexremist, er, Autoexcremist, er Autoextremist: Hey, Ho, Eberhardt…

The Peet that's Sweet and Fun to Eat has chimed in on the "Joe Eberhardt is a pox on Chrysler...or is he?" debate, and he's most definitely come down on the side of the pox. Peet's plan for Chysler Group's salvation? Bring back Wolfgang now that Herr Doktor "Your vife, my vife" Winterkorn has taken the big chair at VW,… » 11/22/06 2:00pm 11/22/06 2:00pm

Rappin' With The President Wrap-Up: US Auto Execs Play In The Rose…

We were a bit slow on the Tivo button, so all we've got is the last four minutes of the just-to-the-side-of-the Rose Garden press conference where "Slick" Rick Wagoner, Tom "Two-Shoes" LaSorda and Alan "Get Yer Irish Up Like A Boeing Jet" Mulally officially reported out the obvs outcome of their meeting with the…

» 11/14/06 5:15pm 11/14/06 5:15pm

Clear The Streets, DC! US Auto Chieftains Driving To Meet President At …

Just a reminder if you're reading guys, you've got less than an hour to hightail it over to your meeting at the White House. Y'all won't want to be late as you've only got 45 minutes with President Bush — so make it snappy. We've heard that the General's CEO, Rick Wagoner, will be driving a Saturn VUE Greenline hybrid, … » 11/14/06 12:45pm 11/14/06 12:45pm