Phoebe Wall Howard Detroit Free Press Published 10:38 p.m. UTC Jul 13, 2018 Denise Gray arrived at Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant in Livonia, along with nearly three dozen clients and employees, for her business dinner. A well-dressed man she didn't know took her aside and expressed concern about the evening's corporate host, a Korean battery company that recently made leadership changes. Minutes later, she noticed a horrified look on the customer's face when she introduced herself as the company's president. The man realized Gray was the leadership of LG Chem's Michigan Inc. tech center. "It's just being a female in a male-dominated industry," Gray said. "People expect the CEO to be male or Korean or I don't know. Just not me." The little girl raised at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church on the corner of McDougall and Charlevoix in Detroit, grew up to be one of the world’s most respected electrical engineers who … [Read more...] about A daughter of Detroit defies odds, takes car industry into the future
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Ken Thomas, Catherine Lucey and Rob Gillies Associated Press Updated 10:45 p.m. UTC Jun 11, 2018 Washington – President Donald Trump took more swipes at Canada and its prime minister over trade issues as he settled in for a summit with North Korea in Singapore, contending that “Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal.” Trump roiled the weekend Group of Seven meeting of industrialized nations in Canada by agreeing to a group statement on trade only to withdraw from it while flying to Asia. He complained that he had been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s criticism of his tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference. In tweets, Trump insulted Trudeau as “dishonest” and “weak.” The attack on a longtime ally and its leader drew sharp criticism. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also attended the summit, told German public television that she found Trump’s tweet disavowing the … [Read more...] about Trump takes more swipes at Canada from Singapore
By Peter M. DeLorenzoDetroit. Needless to say, I have been inundated with emails from readers and others awaiting my take on Sergio Marchionne’s latest plan for FCA. And even though it will disappoint some, my comments will be brief. For starters, it is plainly obvious that FCA is no longer, it is now JARM (for Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Ram and Maserati). The reason Fiat, Dodge and Chrysler weren’t mentioned during the press event is that those divisions are simply going to cease to exist here. Yes, the minivan will survive, and the True Believers in Auburn Hills will churn out muscle cars as long as that plan is sustainable (which isn’t long), but Chrysler will fade away and the Fiat brand will be confined to the markets where it has a chance. (As if the Fiat dealers here in the U.S. need to be reminded, the brand never should have been brought here in the first place, and it cost them dearly because they bought into Sergio’s charade hook, … [Read more...] about THE AUTOEXTREMIST BRAND IMAGE METER VII: THE TRIFECTA OF NOT GOOD EDITION.
Is there a more vibrant and diverse segment on the market right now than that labelled ‘hot hatch’? In fact, is it technically a segment at all, but rather a broad net cast wide enough to include a $25K compact-sized Suzuki Swift Sport at one extreme and larger, circa-$80K Audi RS3s and Merc-AMG A45s at the other? And that’s just hatchbacks. When cross-shopping pocket rockets, there are also sedan (Subaru WRX STI), coupe (BMW M2) and wagon (AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake) alternatives to consider as well. The go-fast hatch goalposts are also perpetually moving: today’s ‘warm hatch’ is yesterday’s ‘hot’, the current ‘hot’ is the new ‘hyper’, and traditional hyper-hatch spearheads – gen-II Renault Megane RS, say – look to inevitably become overshadowed by ever-more potent and monstrous machinery. Buyers are just spoilt for choice in variety, size, style, price and even driven wheel type, with the playing … [Read more...] about 2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test
In car reviews, recounting how much “better” the Korean automakers are than they were in decades past has become painfully cliché. It doesn’t need to be said that Hyundai and Kia make world-class cars these days and have for some time, except in one area: performance. This is what the 2018 Kia Stinger GT aims to change. The Stinger is a sport sedan, from Kia, benchmarked against and aimed directly at the Germans for a lot cheaper. From... Kia. The idea of a performance-focused, rear-wheel drive sedan with a 365 horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine, Brembo brakes and an adaptive suspension that does zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, a car that can be had for the fraction of the price of a BMW 340i—all while wearing a Kia badge—is audacious. Arrogant, even. So what if it makes decent compacts and minivans; how dare Kia think it can do this?, a skeptic may wonder, and understandably so. This is a brand that once competed with Geo and Daihatsu, and now it wants … [Read more...] about The 2018 Kia Stinger GT Is The Real Deal