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.
InfoGroup Inc. agreed to pay $13 million to resolve investors’ claims that directors sold the database-marketing company on the cheap to bail out founder Vinod Gupta, a former financial backer of Bill Clinton.