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Lessons learned from DaimlerChrysler

Conventional wisdom is that the combining of Daimler-Benz with Chrysler failed because of a clash of cultures, but that's an oversimplification.

Industry has learned the lessons of DaimlerChrysler failure

Conventional wisdom is that the combining of Daimler-Benz with Chrysler Corp. failed because of a clash of cultures, but that's an oversimplification.

Mercedes pilots subscription program in Germany

Mercedes is testing a subscription service at the two largest dealership groups in its German retail network.

Mercedes readying subscription program for U.S.

Britta Seeger, Mercedes-Benz's global sales chief, says dealers are cool with the subscription service it is launching in Germany and plans to bring it to the U.S.

Tonight on 'Dieter and Li Shufu': Fear, disruption and Elon Musk

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche chats auto industry disruption with his new top shareholder, Geely founder Li Shufu.

Europeans wince at tariff moves

President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs drew eye-rolls and outrage at the Geneva auto show -- plus retorts that the move could derail planned U.S. investments.

Jaguar I-Pace has everybody buzzing

Though it was no surprise, the production version of Jaguar's I-Pace still came off as consensus choice for most significant debut in Geneva.

VW still bullish on U.S. shows; Ratan Tata shows up in Geneva

UPDATED: 9:58 am ET 3/7/18 -- correction

Volkswagen remains bullish on U.S. auto shows, including the one in Detroit.

VW still bullish on U.S. shows; Ratan Tata shows up in Geneva

UPDATED: 3:57 pm CET 3/7/18 -- correction

Volkswagen remains bullish on U.S. auto shows, including the one in Detroit.

Opel's void stirs ghosts of Genevas past

In Detroit, they can't stop talking about Mercedes-Benz's decision to skip the auto show next January. But stranger for me was walking into the Palexpo and not seeing Opel at its accustomed spot.

Opel's void stirs ghosts of Genevas past

In Detroit, they can't stop talking about Mercedes-Benz's decision to skip the auto show next January. But stranger for me was walking into the Palexpo and not seeing Opel at its accustomed spot.

Ghosn, Zetsche, Marchionne - who will go down as the most successful?

Retirement age draws near for the heads of Daimler, FCA and Renault-Nissan. It has been a remarkable run for all three. But ...

Guys, it's not easy to close out a great career

Retirement age draws near for the heads of Daimler, FCA and Renault-Nissan. It has been a remarkable run for all three. But ...

A design of the times? Why all the talk about Jaguar's I-Pace

It's intriguing when, without prompting, designers talk up a rival vehicle. And that's happening with the Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover.

Why rival designers are talking up the Jaguar I-Pace

It's intriguing when, without prompting, designers talk up a rival vehicle. And that's happening with the Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover.

Where are the cool concepts?

This is the Detroit auto show, right? So where are the crazy, cool, or maybe clunky and clumsy experimental vehicles we used to have so much fun either faulting or falling in love with?

The legacy of Mazda's Kenichi Yamamoto

Kenichi Yamamoto, the former Mazda president and chairman who died in December at 95, was one of Japan's most charismatic executives.

The industry's future reads like a science-fiction novel

Discussing the future, even with Jim Lentz of highly successful Toyota, can be a deeply disorienting task.

Some early insight into Geely's Li

Few Westerners know more about the Chinese auto industry than Michael Dunne.


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