Joseph Szczesny, Editor

The automotive editor of the Oakland Press in Pontiac, Mich., and veteran automotive journalist, Joe's work is widely read in Detroit and around the auto world. His articles about the industry have appeared in Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Automobile Magazine and other publications. A Vietnam Veteran and graduate of Michigan State University. Mr. Szczesny resides with his family in Bloomfield Township, Mich.

Articles

China Building Cars in Mexico
China Building Cars in Mexico

One of China's top automakers expects to open an assembly plant in Mexico in the next three years. Officials from Grupo Elektra S.A. de C.V., a leading specialty retailer, consumer finance, and banking company in Latin America, said they plan to introduce FAW automobiles designed in China into the...Read More»

2008 Dodge Avenger
Chrysler Looking for More Cuts

Despite deep cuts in production numbers and plans to trim between 8500 and 10,000 blue-collar jobs through the first half of 2008, Chrysler LLC is still looking for more cost savings. The automaker is prepared to push its suppliers for new concessions as it moves forward with efforts to reduce...Read More»

2006 Dodge Hornet concept. Geneva Motor Show
Chrysler Cherys Will Take a While

The new alliance between Chery and Chrysler LLC is up and running, but it be a while before the cars spawned by the collaboration will reach showrooms in theU.S. and Europe, a Chery executive says. Lin Zhang, general manager of Chery's International operations, said the work on the alliance is just...Read More»

2009 Ford Fiesta
Ford Drops New N.A. Plant Plans

Ford is shelving plans to build a new assembly plant in northernMexico. Instead, Ford has promised the United Auto Workers in its new labor pact to build a small car in the U.S. Pushing both Ford and GM to build small and alternate fuel vehicles in plants staffed by union members was one of the top...Read More»

2007 Honda FCX Clarity
Honda Sets Fuel-Cell Plans in L.A.

Honda plans to lease a fuel-cell-powered vehicle directly to consumers inSouthern California for around $600 per month, beginning in the summer of 2008. The leasing of the FCX Clarity will test both Honda’s fuel-cell platform and as well as the ability of dealers to handle the futuristic...Read More»

2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt
Ford Inks New UAW Pact

Members of the United Auto Workers have ratified the last of three labor contracts that include a dramatic reduction in wages for new employees of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, and shifts the burden for retiree healthcare to a new, independent fund, the union said Wednesday. The union...Read More»

2008 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, Los Angeles Auto Show
GM’s $39B Loss: Turnaround On Hold?

Last week's stunning announcement by General Motors that it had lost $39 billion in the third quarter put a halt to a lot of chatter about GM's ostensible comeback. With the economy and new vehicle sales slowing, skepticism about GM's future was the order of day on Friday, despite the company's new...Read More»

2007 HUMMER H2 Victory Red Edition
Poll: Americans Want Less Foreign Oil

American voters now consider the nation's dependence on foreign oil, the nation's top national security issue and favor tougher fuel economy standards by an overwhelming margin, according to a new poll released by the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency and the National Environmental Trust. The new...Read More»

2007 Volvo ReCharge Concept
Ford: Volvo Not For Sale

 Ford Motor Co. has decided not to sell Volvo after all. Alan Mulally, Ford chief executive officer, told reporters and analysts Thursday that Volvo is no longer for sale. Instead Ford now plans to concentrate on repairing the Swedish company’s cost base. “The plan right now is to fix...Read More»

2008 Ford Focus
Ford Signals Tweaks to Turnaround

Concern is growing inside the Ford Motor Co. about the current state of the economy and its impact on the automotive industry, a top company executive has acknowledged. Mark Fields, president of Ford of the Americas , said the company is looking at a number of "variables" and will consider amending...Read More»

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