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GM Thinks Twice About Robot Suicide
GM Thinks Twice About Robot Suicide

General Motors relented Friday and agreed to re-edit a Super Bowl ad that offended suicide prevention groups. The ad, which tells the story of an assembly line robot that dreams of getting fired after dropping a screw, and then jumps off a bridge because it can’t stand the thought of not working...Read More»

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06  -  2014 Detroit Auto Show live photos
2004 New York Show: Final Words

2004 New York Auto Show Index (4/5/04) No News That 1-Series is Delayed Recent news reports about the “delay” of BMW’s 1-Series to the U.S. give a false impression that the hatchback 1-Series launching in Europe this fall was ever intended for U.S. shores. In fact, BMW chairman Helmut Panke...Read More»

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Chrysler Shows ’04, ’05 Models

Related Articles: DC, Kerkorian Get Day in Court by Joseph Szczesny (11/23/2003) Judge rules merger lawsuit will see a trial. Chrysler Group, struggling under the weight of a stalled restructuring plan, divulged its full lineup of calendar-year 2004 new product launches along with several features...Read More»

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Chrysler Shows ’04, ’05 Models

Chrysler Group, struggling under the weight of a stalled restructuring plan, divulged its full lineup of calendar-year 2004 new product launches along with several features and pricing details. Chrysler CEO Dieter Zetche has been on a multi-city tour talking up the new products to dealers. Zetche...Read More»

Volvo production site in Chengdu, China
Power Results Show No Gain

DETROIT — Japanese and German auto manufacturers still dominate a leading measure of quality by J.D. Power and Associates, and most of the industry remains below average in things gone wrong during the first 90 days of ownership. Toyota topped Power's Initial Quality Survey, released Tuesday, for...Read More»

2002 Scion bbX concept
Burt: NY Show Heartburn

2002 New York Auto Show (3/31/2002) NEW YORK--At last week’s New York Auto Show, it was the best of times for Toyota and the worst of times for Ford. First Toyota. For weeks, I had been hearing about Toyota’s plan to market a line of vehicles to “youth” called Scion. And I was thinking it...Read More»

Chevrolet Corvette C7R race car  -  live photos, 2014 Detroit Auto Show
Power Shows Slower Gains

2001 J.D. Power CSI by TCC Team (7/16/2001) DETROIT—For the first time since J.D. Power and Associates began tracking customer satisfaction, actual warranty repairs are less than 50 percent of service visits. So what? That means that cars are that much better in terms of quality, and don’t have...Read More»

2019 Buick Envision FWD 4-door Preferred Air Vents
Buick Says

DETROIT—Brand management. Gotta love it. We all know that General Motors doesn’t know how to market its wares. But we were given a wee bit of hope a few months ago when the General hired C.J. Fraleigh from Pepsi to be its advertising czar. But if this week’s release from Buick had C.J.’s...Read More»

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