Ford Motor Co., which plans to cease making the Econoline van later this year, will revive the Ohio factory where the vehicle is made by investing $168 million to move pickup production there from Mexico early in 2015.
Winter’s wrath fell hard on car dealer David Kelleher last month, forcing him to close his Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep store near Philadelphia for five days due to heavy snow and ice. There was an upside, though: Booming sales of all-wheel drive models.
The Ford brand is closing in on Toyota as the favorite of retail auto buyers, a sign of rising popularity of the Fusion mid-size car and Escape sport-utility vehicle, and of growing dismay with the Japanese manufacturer.
The polar vortex that blasted through much of the United States last month made selling cars as difficult as moving the snow mounds that rose up around David Martin’s dealership near New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington.
It wasn’t long after Ericsson AB Chief Executive Officer Hans Vestberg was identified as a contender for the top job at Microsoft Corp. before phones were ringing off the hook at the telecom supplier’s Stockholm offices.
Sales soared by as much as 25 percent at Gordon Stewart’s four Chevrolet stores in 2013, the fourth straight year of rising U.S. auto sales, and he said he’s never had a better lineup from General Motors Co. His best market will come when he no longer has to persuade car buyers to pay up for models such as the shark-nosed Chevy Impala.