Mike Sussman is one of the buyers helping General Motors Co. come back in the small-car business. The 45-year-old systems analyst just traded in a Toyota Prius for a Chevrolet Cruze, seeking both high mileage and more pep.
Faurecia SA, Europe’s largest maker of car interiors, is pushing for global supply contracts with customers such as Ford Motor Co. as the component manufacturer weans itself from relying on its recession-strapped home region.
For decades, Ford Motor Co.’s Mondeo was the company car of choice in Europe. Roomy, comfortable and conservative, it was the perfect set of wheels for mid-level executives, who became known as “Mondeo Men.”
Ford Motor Co.’s Russian venture near St. Petersburg, the nation’s second-biggest city, canceled a working shift and other carmakers ordered extra breaks after local temperatures rose to the hottest in seven years.
Automobiles occupy an outsized chunk of my time. When you drive as many as three new cars a week, every week, slamming doors, pinching leather, evaluating gas mileage and figuring out how the radio works, the small stuff matters. I love the smart, outrageous and practical; and am exasperated by the wrongheaded, timid and abstruse.