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Rep. Ryan Voted for the Auto Bailout Before He Was Against It

David Kiley | Posted 10.14.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

Rep. Paul Ryan voted in December of 2008 to lend billions to General Motors and Chrysler. His vote puts him at odds with Romney and spotlights the difference in the political needs of a sitting congressman versus an out of work governor.

Jobs Plus National Pride Equals Auto Industry Rescue Worth It

David Kiley | Posted 10.03.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

It's hard to believe, as we come into the last 90 days or so of the presidential election, that the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler, and most of the rest of the U.S.-based auto industry, is still being debated three years after the fact.

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, ...

Woodward Light Rail Not Dead Yet -- Should it Be?

David Kiley | Posted 06.24.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

The project looks great on paper, and even better in a computer-generated rendering provided by the project's backers. But life in Detroit is not lived on paper.

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."

Can I Put An End To Chrysler vs. Pure Detroit Squabble?

David Kiley | Posted 05.02.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

We who like it here are trying to communicate to a skeptical world that Metro Detroit is not the hellhole some paint it to be. If we limit our definition of Detroit to the city limits, we will hurt the city's chances of a comeback, and confuse the message we are trying to send to the outside world.

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.

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.

Chrysler Adding Jobs In Detroit Part Of Bigger Success Story

David Kiley | Posted 03.07.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

The announcement of 1,100 new jobs at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant is emblematic in many ways of the way the Chrysler-Fiat alliance has progressed to the benefit of Detroit.

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."

What 'Once Upon A Car' Can Teach Us About the Auto Industry, and Detroit

David Kiley | Posted 02.15.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

The city of Detroit is still weak and gasping to avoid bankruptcy. In the event of a bankruptcy, the city's union contracts will be torn up, debts eliminated and renegotiated. It would be painful, just as it was for GM and Chrysler.