Final Assembly

Red flags in the rearview mirror

Last year, AutoNation's Mike Jackson warned of three red flags the industry should watch: inventories, incentives and leasing. In his eyes, how did we do?

Gurney pushed Ford to racing triumphs

Legendary race car driver Dan Gurney played a major role in one of Ford Motor Co.'s greatest eras — its racing success under Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca in the 1960s.


Wagener loves them just the way they are

Mercedes introduced the redesigned G class last week at the Detroit auto show, making sure to keep the iconic boxy exterior for which it is beloved.

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Copart buys land, gets tires

Copart plans a 36-acre expansion of its San Antonio, Texas, salvage auction. But first it has to clear the site of an estimated 1 million discarded tires.

Just call him rate-hike Mike?

AutoNation's Mike Jackson will help to set U.S. interest rates as chair of the Atlanta Fed's board, a term that began Jan. 1.

Aston taking cue from Ferrari?

Aston Martin's owners have hired investment bank Lazard to prepare for a stock market listing or sale of the British sports-car maker, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Aston: How will Lagonda shape up?

As if plotting to challenge Ferrari in the midengine supercar arena wasn't difficult enough, Aston Martin also is brainstorming how best to break the stranglehold Rolls-Royce and Bentley have on the ultraluxury sedan market.

BMW's bona fide dud detector

Building a working prototype is expensive, so BMW's advanced research teams construct cheaper 'pretertypes' for new innovations to check they're on the right track. Sometimes the reaction can halt an idea on the spot.

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