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If you show up decades late for your own surprise party, are guests still expected to cheer your arrival?
Maybe not for most. But it might be a different story if your name is Alfa Romeo.
This week, the Alfa Romeo 4C will appear at the New York auto show, marking the sporty two-seater’s North American debut.
There won’t be a formal news conference -- the 4C ... Continue reading "Waiting for Alfa. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting." » Apr 15, 2014 10:46 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Two bedrocks of late night TV did something so unseemly last week it looked as though they had responded to an unholy informercial.
Are you an artist looking to sell your soul, but don’t want to stand at the Crossroads waiting for the Devil?
If you are, then we’ve got great news! Detroit wants to make you a counteroffer!
That’s right: Cash-rich auto co ... Continue reading "Auto companies are buying the creative souls of late night TV" » Apr 1, 2014 6:42 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Jeep set a global sales record in 2013 at 731,565 vehicles. It also had a big number of recalls of its vehicles.But one of last year's Jeep recalls led to an unintended consequence for some owners of 2005-10 Grand Cherokee and 2006-10 Commanders -- a consequence Chrysler now says it intends to fix, at least for most people.Here's what happened.In May, Chrysler Group recall ... Continue reading "Jeep's software fix and the law of unintended consequences" » Feb 21, 2014 12:30 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Many journalists went into the Detroit auto show with questions about CEO succession at various automakers.Why didn't Ford's Alan Mulally trade Mustang 50.0 for Windows 8.1? Would Mark Reuss or Dan Ammann be team players for new coach Mary Barra at General Motors?Fiat-Chrysler tried to cut off speculation by announcing that CEO Sergio Marchionne would stick around for "at ...