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David Kiley

3 New Curtain Raisers From The LA Auto Show

David Kiley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Detroit
David Kiley

The Los Angeles Auto Show is a somewhat quiet affair for the Detroit Three. But the auto show that is in the city where General Motors, Ford and Chrysler all covet better sales, is not without news and a few meaningful curtain raisers.

Verdi's 'La Traviata,' A Courtesan's Love Story

David Kiley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
David Kiley

Like more than a few operas, it seems, the character at the center is a courtesan, Violetta, who is fairly burned out from her life entertaining men and believes she will die soon. Entering her life, though, is a well-meaning -- if naive -- Alfredo Germont who has long been intrigued by Violetta with no apparent recognition of her profession or lifestyle.

Wagner's 'The Flying Dutchman' Review: Why This Opera Is Like A Chevy ImpalaWhy This Opera Is Like A Chevy Impala

David Kiley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
David Kiley

How is an opera like the Chevy Impala? In both cases, the Michigan Opera Theater and Chevy can do everything right, offer their customers a wonderful product. And, still, people do not come to buy.

New Cadillac XTS A Lost Opportunity?

David Kiley | Posted 08.08.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

Given that the rich, luxury car-buying Wall Street 1-percenters are the chief judges of how well GM's recovery is going as they decide how much the company's stock is worth, having a truly viable luxury brand those they respect is important.

GM Kicks Away Super Bowl In Favor Of British Soccer?

David Kiley | Posted 07.30.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

Manchester United, despite being a British team, has followings in Chevy's most important markets going forward -- the U.S. and China, in addition to Europe and South and Latin America.

Ford Revving Up To Take On Prius

David Kiley | Posted 07.18.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

By making the new C-Max brand all hybrid and plug-in EV, Farley is copying the Prius strategy with the hope of eventually passing his old employer.

Detroit Today: Green Cars, Greenbacks And Green Shoots

David Kiley | Posted 07.08.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

As editor of a leading auto research channel, and a HuffPost columnist, I do a lot of radio and TV interviews and travel frequently. In recent weeks, ...

Will Repeal of Michigan's Motorcycle Helmet Law Pave The Way For Gay Marriage? Don't Hold Your Breath!

David Kiley | Posted 06.16.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

There has been, and continues to be, an undeniable public shared interest in requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets.

New Chevy Impala Is No John Wayne

David Kiley | Posted 06.09.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

This week, Chevy is showing off the 2014 Impala, a car that looks like the greatest single-generation improvement in anything since Rocky III made us forget about the tragedy of Rocky II.

Can The UAW Organize Volkswagen In The U.S.?

David Kiley | Posted 05.23.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

The UAW pitch to VW workers will be higher wages and job security. But the VW workers will be wary. They saw how much the union gave up to GM and Chrysler in the 2009 bankruptcies.

Ford's Comeback As 'American Icon'

David Kiley | Posted 05.16.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

If Ford matters to you, you are going to want to read "American Icon."

The Great Debate Over Chrysler's Super Bowl Ad

David Kiley | Posted 04.10.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

Eastwood's spoken lines tee up, like it or not, an inevitable political discussion that will take place this month in advance of the Michigan GOP primary and into the fall, especially if Michigan native Mitt Romney goes on to face off against President Obama in the general election.

Industrial Policy Would Make U.S. A Winner

David Kiley | Posted 04.04.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

The headline of the article certainly grabbed me: "White House Offers Plan to Lure Jobs Back To America." But the passage that really got me, written by the story's author Annie Lowrey, said the Obama administration's package of proposals might add up to what economists call "an industrial policy," a term, she wrote, that the White House is loathe to use. Are you kidding? Loathe to use? Could this really be true?

Will New Ad Agencies Further Boost GM?

David Kiley | Posted 03.28.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

Ads from GM's new agencies have, to use a baseball analogy, been mostly singles, doubles and triples. No home runs yet.

Cadillac vs. Lincoln: Is The Rivalry Back?

David Kiley | Posted 03.21.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

With the debut of the Lincoln MKZ concept and the Cadillac ATS at the North American International Auto Show, I see green sprouts of a rekindled rivalry and competition between the two brands that we haven't really seen since the 1960s.

Chrysler's Marchionne: A Smoking Success

David Kiley | Posted 02.28.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

Marchionne is one of the most complete CEOs I have ever come across in 25 years of covering business and the auto industry. In about 15 months, he and his team have seen to cleaning up Chrysler's balance sheet, while at the same time remaking and cleaning up most of the product line Fiat inherited. Unheard of!

It's Time To Wake Up Buick

David Kiley | Posted 02.22.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

In all my travels around Michigan, New Jersey (my native state), greater Washington, D.C., (where I frequently travel) and California, I haven't bumped into a single person whom I can get interested in Buick. It usually goes like this: "Buick? Seriously? My Uncle Mort drove a Buick."

GM Posts Best Earnings Quarter in More Than A Decade

AOL Autos | David Kiley | Posted 07.05.2011 | Business

General Motors reported first quarter earnings of $3.2 billion, its fifth consecutive profitable quarter and its best quarter in more than a decade. T...