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Ford looks for upside in Europe

Ford gets buffeted by the same headwinds as General Motors, whether home or abroad, yet it earned $1.2 billion in Europe last year. A timely restructuring helped, but there's more to it than that.

The Smart way to grow

When Smart announced that it would sell only electric vehicles in the U.S. and Canada some wags wondered whether it was the beginning of a broader retreat for the brand.

Electric is 'the Smart way' to grow in Canada and U.S.

When Smart announced that it would sell only electric vehicles in the U.S. and Canada some wags wondered whether it was the beginning of a broader retreat for the brand.

For Italy's Giugiaros, a return to the Geneva spotlight

It would not be a Geneva Motor Show without Giorget‎to and Fabrizio Giugiaro up on a small stand, surrounded by hordes of onlookers and admirers, bathed in brilliant light, joyfully pointing out details of their latest...

Why Ford stands by its 'One Ford' philosophy

Ford of Europe product development chief Joe Bakaj isn't commenting on GM's retreat from Europe, but he's adamant that Ford sees no reason to step away from its "One Ford" philosophy.

Why Ford stands by its 'One Ford' philosophy

Ford of Europe product development chief Joe Bakaj isn't commenting on GM's retreat from Europe, but he's adamant that Ford sees no reason to step away from its "One Ford" philosophy.

Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. Automotive News Print Editor RIck Johnson was there when it happened.

Opel was once the little engine that could

Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. Automotive News Print Editor RIck Johnson was there when it happened.

Why Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth changed his view on EVs

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth gave the impression last year that the automaker would be one of the last premium brands to add an EV. Last month, Jaguar previewed the I-Pace electric SUV.

Jaguar Land Rover’s Speth: Keeping pace with EV demand

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has the British automaker growing at a record pace, but he wants to make sure the company always puts profits ahead of volume. Speth outlines the next steps in JLR's model and plant expansion.

GM's Barra focusing on profits and technology leadership

When Mary Barra faced a massive recall crisis as General Motors' new CEO, she implored employees to never forget the errors of GM's past.

For Subaru, when and where to add capacity as U.S. sales streak rolls on

If you are Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent of Subaru, one of the hottest brands in the U.S., when do you take the next step, capacity-wise, and start gnawing away at the big numbers of the volume giants?

The crossover had an early fan in Martin Leach

I don't know if Martin Leach was a product visionary, but he was certainly capable of visionary analysis.

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