The Truth About Cars » People http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 02 May 2016 12:00:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Old Man Says to Hell With the Government, He’ll Fix Potholes Himself, Dammit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/old-man-says-hell-government-hell-fix-potholes-dammit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/old-man-says-hell-government-hell-fix-potholes-dammit/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2016 18:20:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1316698 If this catches on, local governments will have to choose between anarchy and saving on infrastructure repair. An 84-year-old man in rural Nova Scotia, Canada just did what many of us have always fantasized about — he rolled out his own heavy equipment to fix the road in front of his house, according to Global News. […]

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If this catches on, local governments will have to choose between anarchy and saving on infrastructure repair. An 84-year-old man in rural Nova Scotia, Canada just did what many of us have always fantasized about — he rolled out his own heavy equipment to fix the road in front of his house, according to Global News. […]

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Tesla’s VP of Global Communications Leaves Before Model 3 Reveal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/teslas-vp-of-global-communications-leaves-before-model-3-reveal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/teslas-vp-of-global-communications-leaves-before-model-3-reveal/#comments Sun, 20 Mar 2016 14:32:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1307409 Tesla Motors’ revolving door better be generating power considering all the use it’s getting. Tesla Motors’ VP of Global Communications, Ricardo Reyes, has either chosen to part ways with the Silicon Valley automaker or been shown the door by security. The departure comes just weeks before Tesla Motors is to reveal its newest electric vehicle, the […]

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Tesla Motors’ revolving door better be generating power considering all the use it’s getting. Tesla Motors’ VP of Global Communications, Ricardo Reyes, has either chosen to part ways with the Silicon Valley automaker or been shown the door by security. The departure comes just weeks before Tesla Motors is to reveal its newest electric vehicle, the […]

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VW Exodus: Suspended Tuch Quits, Hands Quality Keys Back to Rothenpieler http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/vw-exodus-suspended-tuch-quits-hands-quality-keys-back-rothenpieler/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/vw-exodus-suspended-tuch-quits-hands-quality-keys-back-rothenpieler/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1283130 Like rats abandoning a sinking ship, Volkswagen managers see the writing on the wall in Wolfsburg. Whether or not their particular jobs are in jeopardy, from their own actions or those of others, the road ahead is long, rough, and filled with busy days and sleepless nights. The latest to jump ship is Frank Tuch […]

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Like rats abandoning a sinking ship, Volkswagen managers see the writing on the wall in Wolfsburg. Whether or not their particular jobs are in jeopardy, from their own actions or those of others, the road ahead is long, rough, and filled with busy days and sleepless nights. The latest to jump ship is Frank Tuch […]

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New Volkswagen NA Boss Quits Before Taking Position http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/new-volkswagen-na-boss-quits-before-taking-position/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/new-volkswagen-na-boss-quits-before-taking-position/#comments Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:36:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1195058 Chairman of Škoda Prof. Dr. Winfried Vahland, who was tapped to lead a new North American Volkswagen region, will be leaving the Volkswagen Group, it was announced Wednesday. Vahland will not be taking the N.A. role which would have given him the responsibility of overseeing the U.S., Canadian and Mexican markets. “Differing views on the organisation […]

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Chairman of Škoda Prof. Dr. Winfried Vahland, who was tapped to lead a new North American Volkswagen region, will be leaving the Volkswagen Group, it was announced Wednesday. Vahland will not be taking the N.A. role which would have given him the responsibility of overseeing the U.S., Canadian and Mexican markets. “Differing views on the organisation […]

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Mark Fields To Replace Alan Mulally, As Ford CEO: We Wish Him Mazel Tov http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/mark-fields-to-replace-mulally/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/mark-fields-to-replace-mulally/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:01:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=806746 Two of the most reliable reporters on the automotive beat, Karl Henkel and David Shepardson of the Detroit News, have reported that their sources confirm that Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally will step down later this year and that Mark Fields, Ford’s chief operating officer, will be named to the CEO position. Earlier on […]

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Two of the most reliable reporters on the automotive beat, Karl Henkel and David Shepardson of the Detroit News, have reported that their sources confirm that Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally will step down later this year and that Mark Fields, Ford’s chief operating officer, will be named to the CEO position. Earlier on […]

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Our Daily Saab: Muller Losing Faith, Antonov Going Down http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/our-daily-saab-muller-losing-faith-antonov-going-down/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/our-daily-saab-muller-losing-faith-antonov-going-down/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:09:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420806 A TTAC tipster sent us a Teknikens Värld  interview with Saab’s long-suffering would-be rescuer, Victor Muller, in which the eternal Saabtimist seems ready to admit defeat. In essence, he admits that GM is unlikely to ever approve a plan involving Chinese firms, that the Chinese firms are throwing “money into a black hole” and that all […]

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A TTAC tipster sent us a Teknikens Värld  interview with Saab’s long-suffering would-be rescuer, Victor Muller, in which the eternal Saabtimist seems ready to admit defeat. In essence, he admits that GM is unlikely to ever approve a plan involving Chinese firms, that the Chinese firms are throwing “money into a black hole” and that all […]

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As Sales Rebound, Key Mitsubishi US Execs Depart http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/as-sales-rebound-key-mitsubishi-us-execs-depart/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/as-sales-rebound-key-mitsubishi-us-execs-depart/#comments Sat, 12 Nov 2011 17:14:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417966 Hear about two high-ranking Mitsubishi execs leaving their positions simultaneously, and you might be forgiven for thinking “rats leaving the sinking ship.” After all, Mitsubishihas been in deep decline for the better part of a decade, as sales have fallen from a peak of over 345,000 units in 2002. But in actuality, Mitsubishi is having […]

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Hear about two high-ranking Mitsubishi execs leaving their positions simultaneously, and you might be forgiven for thinking “rats leaving the sinking ship.” After all, Mitsubishihas been in deep decline for the better part of a decade, as sales have fallen from a peak of over 345,000 units in 2002. But in actuality, Mitsubishi is having […]

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Elon Musk And Bob Lutz Mix It Up On Charlie Rose http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/elon-musk-and-bob-lutz-mix-it-up-on-charlie-rose/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/elon-musk-and-bob-lutz-mix-it-up-on-charlie-rose/#comments Sat, 12 Nov 2011 00:07:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417818 The post Elon Musk And Bob Lutz Mix It Up On Charlie Rose appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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OICA President Walks Back Criticism Of US Auto Industry http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/oica-president-walks-back-criticism-of-us-auto-industry/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/oica-president-walks-back-criticism-of-us-auto-industry/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2011 18:25:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417361 A week ago the president of OICA, Patrick Blain, ruffled some feathers on this side of the Atlantic by laying into the US auto industry with such bon mots as If the American manufacturers had gone years ago to the government and said, ‘Listen, we have a huge project’ – electric cars, for instance, the […]

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A week ago the president of OICA, Patrick Blain, ruffled some feathers on this side of the Atlantic by laying into the US auto industry with such bon mots as If the American manufacturers had gone years ago to the government and said, ‘Listen, we have a huge project’ – electric cars, for instance, the […]

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood “Not Running For Public Office Anymore” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-not-running-for-public-office-anymore/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-not-running-for-public-office-anymore/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2011 20:43:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414846 Having had an unexpectedly action-packed couple of years as Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood  has had enough. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Illinoisan who heads the U.S. Department of Transportation, said today that he is staying in that job for one term only and will not run for public office again. And no wonder. LaHood has created controversy […]

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Having had an unexpectedly action-packed couple of years as Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood  has had enough. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Illinoisan who heads the U.S. Department of Transportation, said today that he is staying in that job for one term only and will not run for public office again. And no wonder. LaHood has created controversy […]

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Martin Winterkorn Less Impressed By New (European) Honda Civic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/martin-winterkorn-less-impressed-by-new-european-honda-civic/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/martin-winterkorn-less-impressed-by-new-european-honda-civic/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2011 17:37:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413872 Remember the video of Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn testing the quality of the new Hyundai i30? Thanks to Autobild, we’ve found a companion video from the Frankfurt Show, in which Winterkorn, along with VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech, gives the once-over to the new European-market Honda Civic. According to Autobild, Piech kept his nickname “Fugen-Ferdi” (Gap-Ferdi) […]

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Remember the video of Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn testing the quality of the new Hyundai i30? Thanks to Autobild, we’ve found a companion video from the Frankfurt Show, in which Winterkorn, along with VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech, gives the once-over to the new European-market Honda Civic. According to Autobild, Piech kept his nickname “Fugen-Ferdi” (Gap-Ferdi) […]

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Automobile Magazine And The New Pimpatorialism http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/automobile-magazine-and-the-new-pimpatorialism/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/automobile-magazine-and-the-new-pimpatorialism/#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2011 17:10:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411583 Once upon a time, this stuff was easy. When Jean Jennings needed a little extra pocket change all she had to do was… make an ad. Like this one, for the Silverado. Or this one, for Jeep (which I swear was still visible less than a year ago). Nowadays, however, you’ve got to be a […]

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Once upon a time, this stuff was easy. When Jean Jennings needed a little extra pocket change all she had to do was… make an ad. Like this one, for the Silverado. Or this one, for Jeep (which I swear was still visible less than a year ago). Nowadays, however, you’ve got to be a […]

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Piëch: Stop Me, I’m Full http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/piech-stop-me-im-full/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/piech-stop-me-im-full/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2011 16:51:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411243 Volkswagen will almost certainly finish the year as the second-largest automaker by volume… and if it wants to take the top spot, it will do so on sales, not acquisitions. Having gobbled an extraordinary number of acquisitions over the past several decades, including Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Italdesign and Karmann, VW’s monstrous appetite appears to be […]

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Volkswagen will almost certainly finish the year as the second-largest automaker by volume… and if it wants to take the top spot, it will do so on sales, not acquisitions. Having gobbled an extraordinary number of acquisitions over the past several decades, including Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Italdesign and Karmann, VW’s monstrous appetite appears to be […]

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Sergio Shakes Up The Chrysler Board: Brings In Longtime Allies http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/sergio-shakes-up-the-board/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/sergio-shakes-up-the-board/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2011 23:25:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410462 Today’s resignation of Chrysler’s chairman and two other government-assigned directors was hardly a surprise, as now-Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne had signaled that changes were coming in the wake of Chrysler’s “payback” of government loans. In fact, Rebecca Lindland of IHS Automotive predicted that chairman Robert Kidder, as well as the other two departing directors […]

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Today’s resignation of Chrysler’s chairman and two other government-assigned directors was hardly a surprise, as now-Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne had signaled that changes were coming in the wake of Chrysler’s “payback” of government loans. In fact, Rebecca Lindland of IHS Automotive predicted that chairman Robert Kidder, as well as the other two departing directors […]

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Lutz Back At GM, Check Out TTAC’s Exclusive Interview With Him Next Week http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/lutz-back-at-gm-check-out-ttacs-exclusive-interview-with-him-next-week/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/lutz-back-at-gm-check-out-ttacs-exclusive-interview-with-him-next-week/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 15:51:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410047 The original car czar is headed back at General Motors, as the company announced today that it was officially retaining former Vice Chairman Bob Lutz as a Senior Advisor. The General’s press release notes Lutz will be available to executives on a part-time consultancy basis effective immediately. He brings a wealth of experience built over […]

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The original car czar is headed back at General Motors, as the company announced today that it was officially retaining former Vice Chairman Bob Lutz as a Senior Advisor. The General’s press release notes Lutz will be available to executives on a part-time consultancy basis effective immediately. He brings a wealth of experience built over […]

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What Do Lotus, Aston-Martin And Reebok Have In Common? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/what-do-lotus-astonmartin-and-reebok-have-in-common/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/what-do-lotus-astonmartin-and-reebok-have-in-common/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 17:24:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407274 The easy answer: desperation. More literally though, all three have recently employed the talents of hip hop producer Swizz Beatz in more or less desperate attempts to recapture some much-needed cool. Unfortunately for Lotus, the most recent employer of Mr Beatz, they’re not only getting “sloppy thirds,” but they have to actually share promotional space with Reebok, […]

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The easy answer: desperation. More literally though, all three have recently employed the talents of hip hop producer Swizz Beatz in more or less desperate attempts to recapture some much-needed cool. Unfortunately for Lotus, the most recent employer of Mr Beatz, they’re not only getting “sloppy thirds,” but they have to actually share promotional space with Reebok, […]

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Quote Of The Day: Dr Z Rallies The Troops Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/quote-of-the-day-dr-z-rallies-the-troops-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/quote-of-the-day-dr-z-rallies-the-troops-edition/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2011 19:16:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=405267 With the luxury market defying sluggish economic conditions, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche doesn’t want the upstarts at BMW and Audi to slip past it… which they are. Six months through 2011, the Mercedes brand found itself in third place among the German global luxury brands, at 610,531 units. A surging BMW captured 689,861 sales in […]

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With the luxury market defying sluggish economic conditions, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche doesn’t want the upstarts at BMW and Audi to slip past it… which they are. Six months through 2011, the Mercedes brand found itself in third place among the German global luxury brands, at 610,531 units. A surging BMW captured 689,861 sales in […]

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Dan Akerson Talks Down Hydrogen, Reveals Natural Gas Plans In Extended Interview http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/dan-akerson-hydrogen-down-natgas-up/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/dan-akerson-hydrogen-down-natgas-up/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2011 22:49:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404978 In an extended interview with Fareed Zakaria this weekend, GM CEO Dan Akerson repudiated a lot of GM’s previous optimism about hydrogen fuel cell cars, saying We’re looking at hydrogen fuel cells, which have no carbon emissions, zero. They’re very expensive now, but we’ve, just in the last two years, reduced the price of that […]

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In an extended interview with Fareed Zakaria this weekend, GM CEO Dan Akerson repudiated a lot of GM’s previous optimism about hydrogen fuel cell cars, saying We’re looking at hydrogen fuel cells, which have no carbon emissions, zero. They’re very expensive now, but we’ve, just in the last two years, reduced the price of that […]

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Trollhättan Official Calls On Saab CEO To Step Down http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/trollhattan-official-calls-on-saab-ceo-to-step-down/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/trollhattan-official-calls-on-saab-ceo-to-step-down/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 21:57:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404674 SvD.se reports that Paul Akerlund, Saab’s former IF Metall (one of Sweden’s largest trade unions) representative and now Trollhättan Municipal Council Chairman, has called for the resignation of Saab CEO Victor Muller, saying I do not think Victor Muller is a good president. He is an owner and a contractor, but he has not sufficient knowledge about […]

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SvD.se reports that Paul Akerlund, Saab’s former IF Metall (one of Sweden’s largest trade unions) representative and now Trollhättan Municipal Council Chairman, has called for the resignation of Saab CEO Victor Muller, saying I do not think Victor Muller is a good president. He is an owner and a contractor, but he has not sufficient knowledge about […]

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Marchionne Is The Man In North America, As Fiat And Chrysler Align Management http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/marchionne-is-the-man-in-north-america-as-fiat-and-chrysler-align-management/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/marchionne-is-the-man-in-north-america-as-fiat-and-chrysler-align-management/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 20:08:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404664 [UPDATE: Fiat press release outlining the complete new management structure added] The awaited consolidation of Fiat and Chrysler operations is complete, reports Bloomberg, and CEO Sergio Marchionne is taking the North American job for himself. Joining Marchionne at the top of the company’s new regionally-based divisions, are Gianni Coda, former head of purchasing at Fiat and […]

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[UPDATE: Fiat press release outlining the complete new management structure added] The awaited consolidation of Fiat and Chrysler operations is complete, reports Bloomberg, and CEO Sergio Marchionne is taking the North American job for himself. Joining Marchionne at the top of the company’s new regionally-based divisions, are Gianni Coda, former head of purchasing at Fiat and […]

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Movie Review: Senna http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/movie-review-senna/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/movie-review-senna/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 20:13:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403809 I was just a pre-licensed car nut when the July 1994 issue of Car and Driver passed along the news of Ayrton Senna’s death. Brock Yates’ column in that issue said, “In a sad way, Ayrton Senna’s death dignifies motor racing…He did not die in vain, but rather he made the ultimate sacrifice in seeking […]

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I was just a pre-licensed car nut when the July 1994 issue of Car and Driver passed along the news of Ayrton Senna’s death. Brock Yates’ column in that issue said, “In a sad way, Ayrton Senna’s death dignifies motor racing…He did not die in vain, but rather he made the ultimate sacrifice in seeking […]

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It Turns Out GM And Ford Really Don’t Like Each Other http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/it-turns-out-gm-and-ford-dont-really-like-each-other/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/it-turns-out-gm-and-ford-dont-really-like-each-other/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:06:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403792 Earlier this year when it seemed that a price war could be brewing in the US market, one of TTAC’s industry sources noted that the problem wasn’t strictly a question of business competition. Speaking on background, the source told us that when speaking with old friends at Ford and GM, the level of mutual distaste […]

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Earlier this year when it seemed that a price war could be brewing in the US market, one of TTAC’s industry sources noted that the problem wasn’t strictly a question of business competition. Speaking on background, the source told us that when speaking with old friends at Ford and GM, the level of mutual distaste […]

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Sergio Marchionne Is Not Superman, Will Delegate Responsibility http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/sergio-marchionne-is-not-superman-will-delegate-responsibility/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/sergio-marchionne-is-not-superman-will-delegate-responsibility/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2011 22:41:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403447 Every time Sergio Marchionne makes the headlines, I half expect him to announce that he is not merely a mild-mannered accountant with a fondness for frump, but a mighty superhero, born to rescue failing automakers and the American and Italian ways of life. Having scored a sizable stake a bankruptcy-rinsed Chrysler for no money down, Marchionne has […]

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Every time Sergio Marchionne makes the headlines, I half expect him to announce that he is not merely a mild-mannered accountant with a fondness for frump, but a mighty superhero, born to rescue failing automakers and the American and Italian ways of life. Having scored a sizable stake a bankruptcy-rinsed Chrysler for no money down, Marchionne has […]

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Fiat And Chrysler To Make It Official, Unified Management Coming “Soon” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/fiat-and-chrysler-to-make-it-official-unified-management-coming-soon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/fiat-and-chrysler-to-make-it-official-unified-management-coming-soon/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:29:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402655 When Fiat and the US government collaborated to bail out and restructure Chrysler, many hailed the news as nothing less than the rescue of the American auto industry. Though Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne became CEO of the Auburn Hills-based automaker, he maintained much of its management corps on the strength of brief interviews, only relieving […]

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When Fiat and the US government collaborated to bail out and restructure Chrysler, many hailed the news as nothing less than the rescue of the American auto industry. Though Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne became CEO of the Auburn Hills-based automaker, he maintained much of its management corps on the strength of brief interviews, only relieving […]

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Why GM Should Hire Alan Mulally http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/why-gm-should-hire-alan-mulally/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/why-gm-should-hire-alan-mulally/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 23:34:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402392 Alan Mulally should be named Chairman and CEO of General Motors…immediately. The General needs talented executive leadership with experience in the automotive industry. And if you look at the track record so far of GM’s present top management – Lt. Dan and his sidekick Girsky – there’s no reason to believe they’ll do any better […]

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Alan Mulally should be named Chairman and CEO of General Motors…immediately. The General needs talented executive leadership with experience in the automotive industry. And if you look at the track record so far of GM’s present top management – Lt. Dan and his sidekick Girsky – there’s no reason to believe they’ll do any better […]

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