Detroit

For Automakers, Brand Loyalty Hits The Skids
For Automakers, Brand Loyalty Hits The Skids

Not so long ago, brand loyalty played a major role in keeping the auto industry healthy. Many of our parents bought vehicles from one particular manufacturer, and they often inherited such preferences from their own parents. Here in the U.S., brand perception was frequently rooted in national...Read More»

The New Auto Industry Breakdown words only
Must-See Graphic: Cheat Sheet For Today’s New Auto Industry

Over the past eighteen months or so, the auto industry has been going through one of the most pronounced periods of change ever. While the Japanese and South Korean auto industries have avoided major upheavals, two major U.S. automakers have gone bankrupt, long-held brands have been sold to...Read More»

Transormers special edition Camaro
2010 Chevrolet Camaro Outsells Ford Mustang Again

When comes to Detroit's Big Three, Ford is the belle of the ball these days: the company never accepted bailout dough from the U.S. government, and as a result, Ford's brand and its sales are both doing pretty well. However, one of the company's flagship models -- the Ford Mustang -- has recently...Read More»

Mark Fields
Five Questions: Ford EVP Mark Fields

Ford is in by far the best shape of the Detroit Three right now. Their sales are up compared to GM and Toyota, and their 2009 Ford Focus and 2009 Ford Escape were two of the top-selling cars bought using Cash-for-Clunkers credits. TheCarConnection.com was lucky enough to attend a Ford social event...Read More»

'Feral House' by James D. Griffioen
Off-Topic Friday: Detroit Draws Artists

We can't say for sure, but many analysts are predicting sunnier skies for Detroit's auto industry. Chrysler and GM got new leases on life, Ford's doing fine on its own, and car buyers have gone cuckoo for Cash-for-Clunkers. As for the city itself, the forecast is a little cloudier, but there's at...Read More»

Clunkers
BREAKING: House Adds $2 Billion To Cash-For-Clunkers, Senate Is Next

Well, that was quick. Just four days after the launch of the Car Allowance Rebate Systems (CARS) program, better known as "Cash for Clunkers," it appears that it may be suspended due to its own success. Apparently eager buyers have blown through the $1 billion allocation, and dealers are worrying...Read More»

Snoop Dogg's 1967 Cadillac, Brown Sugar, from The News Herald
End-of-the-World Hint: Detroit Paper Can't Tell Cadillac From Lincoln

Detroit's been going through tough times for, oh, the last 40 years or so. That's both Detroit as in the carmakers formerly known as The Big Three, now more commonly called The Detroit Two and a Half, and Detroit the city. About which one can only say, oh dear. But the rot is spreading. We read...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
Consumer Groups Lobby For Liability Warnings on Chrysler Vehicles

The United States Federal Trade Commission has received a petition from consumer organizations worried about Chrysler vehicles manufactured prior to April 30, 2009, when the company entered bankruptcy court. Specifically the organizations are concerned about Chrysler Group (aka "New Chrysler") and...Read More»

Wagoner
GM's Rick Wagoner Gets $8.6 Million Consolation Prize

Good news: former General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner has finally been given a retirement package. Bad news (for Rick): it's about a third of what he was hoping for. When the Obama administration's auto industry task force booted Wagoner from his position at General Motors last March, details of his...Read More»

Steve Rattner, via the New York Times
Steve Rattner Surrenders 'Car Czar' Crown

Just a few months into his tenure as President Obama's "cars czar", Steve Rattner has resigned from the federal auto industry task force. Little detail has been given about the step-down, which, in its Palin-esque way, seems to have taken many by surprise. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner made...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G8
Lutz Saves Pontiac G8; Chrysler Gives Lutz's Dodge Viper A Reprieve

What once was old is new again -- and we're not just talking about GM's beloved Bob Lutz, who was lured out of retirement on Friday  to serve as the company's "vice chairman responsible for all creative elements of products and customer relationships". No, we're also referring to the Pontiac G8...Read More»

Bob Lutz and the Chevrolet Volt
Bob's Back: Lutz Returns To GM For PR & Development Duties

Just when Bob Lutz thought he was out, they pulled him back in. As a key element of its massive restructuring endeavor, the new General Motors Company asked the former Vice-Chairman of Global Product Development for General Motors Corporation to return to his desk pronto, and Lutz has agreed. The...Read More»

GM Logo
General Motors Corporation Has Become...General Motors Company

Forget what you knew about GM. The lumbering entity known as General Motors Corporation is gone, and today, its surviving staff and assets have been reborn as the lighter, more nimble General Motors Company. To be sure, GM isn't entirely out of the woods--not yet. Among the obstacles that the...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
Disenfranchised Dealers Battle Chrysler, GM In D.C.

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering not one, but two bills that would provide legal remedies to the 2,100 dealers cut from the Chrysler and GM networks during each company's recent restructuring. Although the text of those bills hasn't filtered into the congressional database just yet...Read More»

GM's new logo--in green?
Rumor: GM Going Green -- Literally

We all know that General Motors is trying to change its image. We also know that GM, like much of the auto industry, is trying to boost its eco-credentials. So is anyone really surprised to learn that GM's design team are considering a revamp of the company's image that includes changing the logo...Read More»

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GM Expects 20% Growth In 2009 Sales. In China.

Here in America, General Motors is facing tough times: bankruptcy hearings, tricky brand sell-offs, and a thoroughly unpleasant sales slump. Across the Pacific, however, the General is faring much better. In fact, GM's go-to guy in China, Kevin Wale, predicts the company will see a 20% growth in...Read More»

Judge Robert Gerber
GM Bankruptcy Opponents Get No Love In Court

On Monday, we told you that Judge Robert Gerber had given General Motors the OK to sell off its bad assets and lump the good ones into a new company. When he announced that decision on Sunday evening, Gerber instituted a four-day stay on the ruling to give plaintiffs time to file appeals. So far...Read More»

'Unsolicited Proposals to Detroit' from 'Lunchbreath'
Unsolicited Proposals: Cartoonist Pitches Marketing Ploys To Detroit

Every armchair CEO on the planet has suggestions for Detroit these days. Most of their ideas are big-picture, obvious things--like, "Make stuff people want to buy" or "Make cars that don't suck". But clearly, Big Three bigwigs need more guidance than that. Luckily, illustrator "Lunchbreath" has...Read More»

General Motors Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan
General Motors Ready To Emerge From Bankruptcy

While most of America was enjoying a long holiday weekend full of cookouts and fireworks, Judge Robert Gerber was overseeing a very different sort of explosive activity in Manhattan: the conclusion of the General Motors bankruptcy trial. Late last night, Gerber ruled in favor of General Motors'...Read More»