Automakers love concept cars and, as per usual, you’ll find an oddity or two at this week’s New York International Auto Show. Of those concept vehicles, few are unlikely to ever get off, or rather on, the ground.
The 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman is a big Mini. Big, of course, is relative in this case, but this new four-door’s size rankles purists, who point to the name of the brand itself. You can’t have a super-size Mini.
General Motors Co.’s brands all scored average or better for the first time since J.D. Power & Associates started studying the dependability of three-year-old vehicles 25 years ago. Industrywide quality had its first drop since 1998.
Robert W. Norton, who spent 29 years in equity-sales marketing for Lehman Management Co. and its successor firms, Ark Asset Management Co. and Smith Graham & Co. Investment Advisors, died in a motorcycle accident on Dec. 31. He was 61.