Monthly Archives: January 2014
  • Will aluminum lighten Ford's load?

    After its metal makeover, F-150 will become more fuel-efficient, but it's unclear if the change will alter the truck's strong image.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- Ford Motor Co.'s decision to build its new F-150 with a mostly aluminum body is a moonshot, the first time an automaker has employed so much of the metal in a mainstream vehicle. The new F-150 will appear later this year and is Ford's single MORE

    Jan 31, 2014 11:43 AM ET
  • Super Bowl smackdown: Corporate edition

    With the Denver vs. Seattle Super Bowl matchup set, we took a look at the Fortune 500 companies in each city. Then we reached out to them to seek some executive trash talk.

    By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter

    FORTUNE -- If there's any scenario in which it's acceptable to wear a football jersey to the office, it's probably when the home team is playing in the Super Bowl.

    That's the case this week MORE

    - Jan 31, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • The Pink Zone: Why Detroit is the New Brooklyn

    Detroit may not the richest U.S. city, but it's a place where millennials can build wealth

    By Andres Duany

    FORTUNE -- Detroit is going to be the next "Brooklyn." Perhaps not all of Detroit. But certainly a portion of the city has the potential to become as rich and thriving as New York's trendiest borough.

    Hope for Detroit would seem far-fetched if you had been on the "pornography of ruins" tour I have MORE

    Jan 30, 2014 10:09 AM ET
  • Jamba Juice tries something new: Serious juicing

    Whether consumers will kale up to the bar is another matter.

    By Beth Kowitt, writer

    FORTUNE -- There's one major juice-related trend that Jamba Juice (JMBA) has missed over the past half-decade or so -- and that's serious juicing. Now, the $230 million-a-year purveyor of fruit smoothies says it's pushing hard into the pulverization business.

    The Emeryville, Calif. company, which has long sold the staples of the fresh-squeezed realm -- orange and MORE

    Jan 29, 2014 11:38 AM ET
  • Diamond Foods' identity crisis

    After paying $5 million to settle SEC accounting fraud charges, Diamond Foods can now focus on the fundamentals.

    FORTUNE -- Diamond Foods (DMND) was already well on its way earlier this month toward getting past its problems when it settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission for $5 million on allegations that it cooked the books in 2010 and 2011 to boost its results. But the San Francisco-based Diamond, which MORE

    - Jan 29, 2014 9:54 AM ET
  • Paradise lost? How garden suburbs can save Detroit

    The architect Robert A.M. Stern's new 1,072-page opus hails an oft-forgotten kind of neighborhood he thinks could be key to the future of our cities.

    By Leigh Gallagher, assistant managing editor

    FORTUNE -- It's humbling to write a book only to have a brand new tome on the same topic, one that dwarfs it in every possible way, land on your desk with a thud -- a very loud thud.

    Last MORE

    Jan 28, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • Toyota's hydrogen-powered gamble on the future

    The Japanese automaker's fuel-cell car hits the market next year, despite widespread skepticism about the lack of an infrastructure for hydrogen.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- Toyota Motor is getting set to defy naysayers once more. This time, Toyota's initiative is the first commercial hydrogen-powered fuel-cell car, which the Japanese automaker said it will sell starting next year.

    Toyota (TM) showed a prototype it calls FCV at the North American International Auto Show MORE

    Jan 27, 2014 12:04 PM ET
  • Leigh Steinberg talks Richard Sherman, Jay Z, and the Super Bowl

    The former sports superagent and real-life "Jerry Maguire," recently recertified to represent NFL players, opens up about a wide range of issues -- from salary caps to the concussion controversy to his ambitious plans for a comeback.

    FORTUNE -- He's back -- maybe.

    The man who director Cameron Crowe shadowed for a year as research for the movie Jerry Maguire has a new book out and has initiated a return to athlete MORE

    - Jan 24, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • The next thin slice of luxury from Ford

    The 2015 Lincoln Navigator gives the company a model that competes against the Range Rover and Escalade, but building a luxe brand is a long slog.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- The new Lincoln Navigator signifies a spruced-up addition to Ford Motor Co.'s vehicle lineup. More importantly, the big and fancy SUV proves that Ford hasn't lost its determination to recreate the Lincoln luxury brand.

    Taken alone, the 2015 Navigator, which will MORE

    Jan 23, 2014 11:47 AM ET
  • Don't believe the tech bubble hype

    3 reasons why tech valuations aren't as outrageous as some think

    By Scott Kupor

    FORTUNE -- With private tech companies pulling down billion-dollar-plus valuations with seeming ease, and shares of some newly public tech outfits soaring, talk of a tech bubble is on the rise again. Financial market prognosticators have declared that technology valuations defy logic and that Silicon Valley needs to be institutionalized before it becomes a danger to itself MORE

    Jan 23, 2014 11:25 AM ET
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