• Detroit's bankruptcy is an utter defeat

    The city's darkest day is a tragedy a long time in the making.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- The bankruptcy filing on the afternoon of July 18 by the city of Detroit isn't just a massive financial implosion. Nor is it simply a milestone moment, the biggest municipal collapse ever in U.S. history. It is an utter defeat.

    Detroit's bankruptcy is a profound failure for a place where once beat the heart MORE

    Jul 19, 2013 6:54 AM ET
  • Why Europe is a disaster zone for car companies

    From cantankerous unions to soft demand, car makers of all stripes are finding the continent a vexing place to do business.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- European automakers are keeping fingers crossed every month for a ray of sunshine that tells them the worst market in memory might be ready to improve. It didn't happen again in May, when sales were lower than in any May since 1993. Registrations dropped 5.9% MORE

    Jun 21, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • To fight Toyota, Chevrolet turns to plastic surgery

    Will a facelift for its Malibu help compete with Toyota and Honda?

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet division is keeping fingers crossed that plastic surgery on its midsize Malibu sedan -- plus some tinkering with its engine -- will be sufficient to boost sales and pricing until an all-new model appears two or three years hence.

    GM (GM) has been enjoying a spate of good news lately, particularly MORE

    Jun 6, 2013 10:36 AM ET
  • Pickup trucks are back!

    Suddenly, the one-time profit engines for the Detroit 3 are firing on all cylinders again.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- April, a cruel month for poets, turned out to be one of joy and relief for Detroit automakers due to the rebounding sales of large pickup trucks, a key moneymaking category for the U.S. industry.

    Sales of the Ram, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, and their peer group, were up almost 27% from MORE

    May 7, 2013 10:36 AM ET
  • Ford and Toyota feud over whose is bigger

    A quibble between two of the world's most successful automakers.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- Ford Motor Company can't be faulted for bragging that it sells more of a single car model, the compact Ford Focus, than any automaker in the world -- even if the claim is debatable, given Toyota's rebuttal that its Corolla compact is the true champ.

    The number of cars separating the two models isn't that large. Which MORE

    Apr 15, 2013 11:47 AM ET
  • Self-driving cars could solve the oil crisis

    Autonomous driving technology could cut down on vehicles' weight - and therefore improve fuel efficiency.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- Earlier this month, President Obama proposed spending $2 billion over the next decade to find an alternative to operating cars and trucks on oil -- an idea that has been catnip to the political class. Previous presidents and congresses have sought favor with voters by spending on gas-electric hybrids, biofuels, advanced MORE

    Mar 27, 2013 11:25 AM ET
  • Toyota wants to win in pickups

    Its Tundra is being retooled to fight Ford and GM.

    By Doron Levin, contributor

    FORTUNE -- One of Toyota Motor Corp.'s rare miscalculations in the U.S. was in full-size pickups, a category dominated by General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and less so by Chrysler's Ram.

    But Toyota (TM), an also-ran, isn't giving up. Exhibit A: a new-generation Tundra pickup shown on February 8 at the Chicago Auto Show. The Tundra's exterior has MORE

    Feb 8, 2013 11:24 AM ET
  • The Ford Focus Electric: A bad case of range anxiety

    It's a fun and quiet ride, but there are some drawbacks.

    By Brian Dumaine, senior editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- In theory, I really like electric cars. They emit less greenhouse gas than traditional models and are easier to maintain. Electrics cost less to operate: The electricity to run one is the equivalent of paying about $1 or so a gallon for gas.

    So I was excited to head off from Manhattan in the MORE

    Aug 10, 2012 10:02 AM ET
  • The mighty Hyundai juggernaut rolls on

    Hyundai's two new cars and its luxury-car strategy offer proof that GM, Ford and Toyota ought to worry more about the South Korean automaker than one another.

    By Doron Levin, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Two main themes of 2011's post-recession competition in the U.S. car market so far are:  1) the rebound of Detroit and 2) the stumbles of Toyota.

    A third and equally significant development has drawn less attention, namely the surging fortunes MORE

    Jul 6, 2011 8:15 AM ET
  • Meet the auto industry's favorite Republican

    How did the union-heavy Big Three end up with a Republican as the face of the U.S. auto industry in Washington? Matt Blunt will tell you how.

    By Anna Palmer, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Matt Blunt has a big job ahead of him.

    As the new head of the American Automotive Policy Council, a lobbying group formed in late 2009 by Chrysler, Ford (F) and General Motors (GM), the former governor of Missouri has MORE

    May 19, 2011 11:15 AM ET
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