Last week at an after-party during the New York Auto Show, a long-time automaker PR professional uttered a maxim of automotive spin I've heard so often it feels like a Tantric mantra: "The cars are the stars." Every time I hear it, I shake my head — because if there's one phrase that sets us apart from every other…
According to Bloomberg, Mark Fields — mullet enthusiast, Ford Motor Company's then and current president of the Americas, and reportedly a leading candidate to succeed Alan Mulally as CEO of the automaker — nearly got into a fistfight with the car company's former CFO over a marketing budget and had to be restrained…
In a month that saw Ford sales up 7%, and even Chrysler up 44%, it's hard to see a sales drop of 6% at General Motors and see much in the way of good.
Bloomberg reported moments ago that Chrysler's head of the Fiat brand in North America, Laura Soave, is "leaving the company" and being replaced by Tim Kuniskis, a marketing executive. But why?
General Motors has repeatedly claimed a sales target for 2011 of 10,000 units for the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt sedan. But, nine months into the year, they've only shipped 3,895 off the lot. In fact, in September sales numbers, released an hour ago, GM sold only 723 Volts. Will GM fail to meet its own sales…
The Associated Press is reporting that the "Unintended Acceleration" lawsuit against Toyota, known around these parts as "Beige Bites Back," has been dismissed by a federal judge in California.
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, the star of Chrysler's 2006 "Dr. Z." ad campaign, is under investigation for suspected involuntary manslaughter. Except it's not what you think. UPDATE!
Today is Labor Day and as a salute to the men, women and robots that make our cars for us — both here and abroad — we're taking a look at some of our favorite stories about how our cars are made.
General Motors today announced it's bringing back former Vice Chairman Bob Lutz to provide counsel to the senior leadership team of the company. Although Lutz has been providing advice to GM executives informally since retiring from the company in 2010, we think maybe they realized just how much they needed a, you…
Bloomberg reports Porsche may expand its line-up to seven model lines to achieve a goal of selling at least 200,000 sports cars and sport-utility vehicles by 2018. Anyone care to name them all?
One bright spot in the jobs picture appears to be the auto industry. Americans are buying more cars, and carmakers are putting more people back on the assembly line. Oh, except there aren't many assembly lines in Detroit anymore. D'oh!
It's one thing to pad your high-ad-dollar content by page view-whoring to celebrity-searching 14-year-old teen girls on Google search, but Autoblog's twin sister AOL Autos pimping Susan Sarandon? That's not even high-traffic padding. Is this really the AOL way?
Ford, to compete with hybrid and electric vehicles produced by Toyota, GM, and Nissan, said today its C-Max compact minivan will be a dedicated hybrid when U.S. sales begin next year. So Ford's bringing minivans back, and they're hybrids.
Apparently AOL Autos, Autoblog's Huffington Post-sister site, has a new strategy for milking the high-dollar CPM rates they're charging advertisers — by bringing in low-dollar non-in-market readers watching interviews with Alec Baldwin and his hot girlfriend. That's the Arianna way!
With the world's demand for fuel efficient engines only growing, Ford said today it would soon build a 1-liter, three-cylinder version of its EcoBoost engine for small cars around the world, including the United States.
Here's a shot of Assistant to President Barack Obama for Manufacturing Policy Ron Bloom watching a female auto worker on the assembly line during a tour before yesterday's announcement of the repayment of the remaining $5.9 billion of Chrysler's $10.5 billion loan from the U.S. Government at the Sterling Heights…
Bloomberg's reporting General Motors plans to sell $500 million in unsecured bonds as it raises cash to increase lending to less creditworthy car buyers. I think we saw this happen once before. That didn't end so well either.
According to the BrandZ Top 100 annual ranking of the world's most valuable brands, Toyota's brand value jumped 11% to $24.2 billion, allowing it to overtake BMW, which was No. 1 last year in the automotive category.