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GM'S DAN AMMANN: Becoming a leader in emerging tech

Dan Ammann helped General Motors through bankruptcy as a Wall Street banker. As GM's president, he's helping to prepare the automaker for unprecedented technological change.

Toyota's Lentz: There's work to do in Plano

Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz is finally comfortable that he's got his people where he wants them to enable better communication and faster decision-making.


Toyota shake-up: No time to lose

The appointment of computer guru Gill Pratt to a new "fellow" position at the top of Toyota underscores Akio Toyoda's urgency to remake the company.

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Only Musk can get away with this

Burning through $1 billion per quarter, or $8,000 per minute? Anyone but Elon Musk would be waving a white flag or contemplating leaving the country (planet).

GM-Lyft relationship? It's complicated

General Motors has reaped financial benefits and learnings from its $500 million investment in the ride-hailing company Lyft; however, the long-term parameters of the relationship between the two remain uncertain.

BMW roasts big dealer in countersuit

Megadealer Norman Braman filed a federal lawsuit against BMW in September, arguing that changes to a bonus program illegally modified franchise agreements. Now BMW has issued a scorching response.

ZF CEO's 'reckless' buying spree led to his departure

The departure of ZF CEO Stefan Sommer shows that politics and entrepreneurism rarely are a good match. Sommer turned ZF into the world's second-largest supplier but his global expansion ambitions were considered "reckless" by the head of the foundation that owns the supplier.

ZF CEO Sommer steps down after losing power struggle

ZF said CEO Stefan Sommer is leaving the company. Sommer's departure likely signals the end of an expansion strategy that drove the German supplier's $12.4 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive, creating the industry's second-largest supplier.

Kia continues its Super Bowl streak

Kia is coming back to the Super Bowl for the ninth straight year, as the automaker establishes itself as one of the most loyal advertisers in the game.

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