BMW http://michiganradio.org en New book gives behind-the-scenes look at big automakers http://michiganradio.org/post/new-book-gives-behind-scenes-look-big-automakers <p>While Detroit embarks on the beginning days of its bankruptcy, the city’s Big Three automakers are reemerging from their own financial crises. It was four years ago that GM and Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.</p><p>And as this month marks the 150th year after Henry Ford’s birth, we take a look at what it takes to run a big auto company, and the future of Michigan’s automakers.</p><p>Bob Lutz has held top positions at GM, Ford, Chrysler, and BMW. His most recent position was that of Vice Chairman of GM from 2001 to 2010.</p><p>His newest book gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the bosses Bob Lutz has worked for, some of the most legendary names in auto history. It's called <em>Icons and Idiots</em>, out from Portfolio/Penguin.</p><p>Bob Lutz joined us today to talk about his book. &nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:00:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 13735 at http://michiganradio.org New book gives behind-the-scenes look at big automakers Cadillac goes head to head with German automakers with new ATS http://michiganradio.org/post/cadillac-goes-head-head-german-automakers-new-ats <p>Cadillac got an early start on the 2012 Detroit Auto Show&nbsp;with the unveiling of a new small car&nbsp;Sunday night.</p><p>General Motors hopes the ATS will help Cadillac compete for the first time with BMW and&nbsp;Mercedes Benz.&nbsp;</p><p>Most of the luxury cars sold around the world are small cars. Cadillac hasn&#39;t had a small luxury car for many years and it hasn&#39;t had a successful small car for even longer.</p><p>The acknowledged leaders&nbsp;are BMW with its 3 series and Mercedes Benz with its C-class cars. GM North American President Mark Reuss says the Cadillac ATS can outperform&nbsp;those German cars on the famous - or infamous - Nurburgring track - which&nbsp;features dangerous turns and&nbsp;steep hills that send cars airborne.</p><p>&quot;[We&#39;re] taking on the European competition head to head. [The&nbsp;ATS] is a&nbsp;true driver&#39;s&nbsp;car in every sense,&quot; Reuss&nbsp;said.</p><p>Reuss said he thinks there might be demand for the ATS even in Europe, but&nbsp;Cadillac will focus on U.S. sales first. BMW launches its new 3 series at&nbsp;the Detroit auto show Monday. Mon, 09 Jan 2012 12:38:21 +0000 Tracy Samilton 5696 at http://michiganradio.org