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Exploiting Familial Ideals for a Car

Alissa Fleck | Posted 03.04.2014 | HuffPost Home
Alissa Fleck

Is anyone else more than a little crushed when images of gooey, familial perfection splash dazzlingly across the screen to a backdrop of dramatic music swelling to an emotional climax, only to have this scene culminate in an advertisement for the latest, greatest luxury vehicle?

How Car Companies Are Trying To Pimp The Local Food Movement

The Huffington Post | Carey Polis | Posted 12.18.2013 | Green

Does driving a new car make you want to go to the farmers market or visit a local food shop? If you've turned on the television or checked out any car...

How the iPhone Got Tail Fins -- Part 2

Steve Blank | Posted 12.21.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

In a stroke of genius, GM invented the annual model change. Sloan borrowed this idea from fashion where styles changed every year and applied it to automobiles starting in the 1920s.

How the iPhone Got Tail Fins -- Part 1

Steve Blank | Posted 12.18.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

First it was a craft business, then driven by relentless technology innovation and then a price war as economies of scale drove production. No, it's not Apple and the iPhone. It was General Motors and the auto industry.

The Worst Corporate Reputations In America

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 07.03.2011 | Business

A company's reputation is formed not only by the products it sells, but by the decisions it makes in times of crises. For some, that's a good thing. F...

Chrysler's PT Cruiser Symbolized The Company's Fall

AP | DEE-ANN DURBIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT — A decade ago, the PT Cruiser roared onto the road with trendsetting looks and Al Capone swagger. In a sea of bland Honda Civics and To...

Toyota To Issue Fix For Recalled Cars

AP | TOM KRISHER and KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT — Toyota Motor Corp. plans to start sending parts to dealers in the coming days to fix a sticky gas pedal problem that has tarnished its...

An American Heartbreak

Norman Lear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Norman Lear

What's going on with our car companies breaks the heart of this member of the Greatest Generation. The American motor car played such a significant part in our "American Dream."

GM Bankruptcy Would Be Most Complicated In History

New York Times | MICHELINE MAYNARD and MICHAEL J. de la MERCED | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It is not just lawyers who will be busy handling a G.M. bankruptcy filing, which would be perhaps the biggest and most-watched in legal history. Beca...

The Chrysler Bankruptcy May Not Be As Smooth As Hoped

Ian Welsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Welsh

The debt holders will go to the judge and argue that they deserve to own much more Chrysler or that it should be broken up and that their claims take precedence. I don't know if they'll succeed.

GM In "Intense" Preparations For Bankruptcy: Report

Reuters | Chelsea Emery and Soyoung Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

General Motors Corp is in "intense" and "earnest" preparations for a possible bankruptcy filing, a source familiar with the company's plans told Reute...

GM Speeds Up Bankruptcy Plans

Bloomberg | Jeff Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

General Motors Corp. is speeding up preparations for a possible bankruptcy filing even as directors seek deeper savings this week to avoid that outcom...

Ford completes tender offers, cuts $10B in debt

AP | KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT — Shares of Ford Motor Co. soared 16 percent Monday after the company said it completed tender offers that will reduce its debt by 38 pe...

Car Companies Take Bailout Money And Sue Government To Prevent Stricter Fuel-Efficiency Standards

New Yorker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

It might be hard to find a better example of biting the hand that feeds you. American automakers, the subject of much attention and beneficiaries of a...

Make Wall Street Take The Same Deal The Autoworkers Get

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Weigant

If we're going to minutely examine autoworkers' wages, and dictate the travel plans of one industry we are bailing out, then it seems eminently reasonable to do the same for the banking industry.

At the Pump: Down with Gas!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rick Horowitz

Gas prices are down -- it's party time! All it takes is a hearty appetite, and a good-old-American willingness to forget that the rest of the storm is still headed our way.