Don’t bet against GM and its CEO, Mary Barra

General Motors CEO Mary Barra spent a large chunk of her week calmly discussing quarterly results that left investors relatively unimpressed. Shocking. GM’s shares enjoyed a small bump this week — $1.32 since Oct. 30 – but the company ended the week worth less than Tesla. Billions less. The market values GM at $51.45 billion, …

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Ford’s comeback story, once again

Ford of Canada’s sales plunged 14.1 per cent in September and the news was almost as bad in the United States – sales down 11.2 per cent. In particular, combined F-Series sales in both countries approached a double-digit decline in September, year-on-year. As the F-Series goes, so goes Ford. A review of analyst sentiment by …

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Aston Martin vs. Tesla: a tale of two car companies

When the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday announced a lawsuit that, if successful, will end Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s career as venture capitalist and public company boss, I immediately thought of Andy Palmer. Andy Palmer is a serious car company executive who is on a path to accomplish much of what Musk has achieved, …

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As sedans struggle, their best hope is a bad economy

Today I am driving a terrific sedan, the 2018 Mazda6. It’s a handsome car, with sensual lines, nice proportions, little details in the sheetmetal that entertain the eye and it’s very amusing to drive. By any standard, it’s an excellent car. And if you’re like almost every other car buyer in North America, you couldn’t …

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You know Volvo, but do you know its parent, Geely?

Geely. Heard of it? Li Shufu? Heard of him? The typical car buyer most likely has not heard of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group – parent of the stunning turnaround at Volvo Cars, controlling shareholder of Volvo Trucks, major shareholder of Daimler AG and rumoured suitor for Fiat Chrysler (FCA). And Li Shufu? He’s the ambitious …

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