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.


Dana Plunges Into Bankruptcy
Dana Plunges Into Bankruptcy

GM-UAW-Delphi Stuck in Neutral by Joseph Szczesny (2/20/2006)Talks lay fallow, but zingers do too. Following a path worn by big suppliers such as Delphi, Tower,Meridian, Federal-Mogul, and Collins & Aikman, Dana Corp. has filed for protection under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Ballard Focuses On New Business

Vancouver-based Ballard Power Systems sits at the leading edge of the fuel-cell revolution — but judging from the Canadian company’s recent financial report, the revolution is on hold. Ballard’s partners include automotive heavyweights Ford, DaimlerChrysler, and Honda. And public-relations...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Delphi Sets Final UAW Deadline

Can GM Turn Itself Around? by TCC Team (2/19/2006)Is there enough time, analysts ask? GM-UAW-Delphi Stuck in Neutral by Joseph Szczesny (2/16/2006)Talks lay fallow, but zingers do too. The bankrupt Delphi Corp. has once again delayed confrontation over the company’s expensive labor contracts...Read More»

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Ghosn Puts His Stamp on Renault

2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part VIII by Bengt Halvorson (1/9/2006)Jeep Compass, Toyota Camry, Nissan Sentra and Urge. Just as he did at Nissan, Carlos Ghosn is planning to use a new product offensive to boost the fortunes of Renault with a combination of judicious cost-cutting and a move upmarket. At...Read More»

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DC Profits $3.4 Billion in 2005

DaimlerChrysler earned $3.4 billion in 2005 with the Chrysler Group accounting for $1.8 billion of the profit, the company announced on Thursday. The Mercedes Benz Group posted an operating profit of $1 million in the fourth quarter, and finished the year with a $600 million loss, but...Read More»

Porsche’s U.S. headquarters and Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia
End of the Line for Generous Motors?

It used to be conventional wisdom in American business that “Generous Motors” offered the richest benefits around. GM was an enormously rich company back in the 1950s and 1960s, and GM’s top management used the company’s wealth to attract and retain talent. Fast-forward 50 years, and the...Read More»

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GM-UAW-Delphi Stuck in Neutral

The three-way talks between General Motors Corp., the United Auto Workers and the bankrupt Delphi Corp. appear to be stuck in neutral. Today will be a pivotal day in the talks, though, as a Feb. 17 deadline thatDelphi nominally set for filing court motions to have its current labor pact with the...Read More»

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Detroit Stakes Out Political Path

Study Boosts Ethanol As Fuel by Joseph Szczesny (1/30/2006)Emissions study finds it’s not “negative” on energy. Bush Takes Ethanol Message on Road by Joseph Szczesny (2/6/2006)Follow-ups to State of the Union press for break from oil “addiction.” President George W. Bush seems to have...Read More»

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GM Announces New Cuts

General Motors Corp. announced a new wave of cost-cutting, aimed at stuffing criticism the company hasn’t moved fast enough to meet the challenges that contributed to $8.6 billion loss in 2005. Richard Wagoner, GM’s chairman and chief executive officer, said Tuesday GM intended to slash the...Read More»

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Zetsche Tightens Control on DC

Industry Report: Jan. 30, 2006 by TCC Team (1/30/2006)Ford's Way Ahead, GM earnings, DC's job cuts at home. Dieter Zetsche, DaimlerChrysler AG’s chief executive officer, continues to open up more space between his new administration and the reign of his predecessor Juergen Schrempp. Zetsche told...Read More»

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