Audi has swapped trademarks with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to snare the rights to the Q2 and Q4 badges for upcoming crossover SUVs.
General Motors has released its earnings for the fourth quarter, and the news is mostly good. Net income was $913 million, up two percent from $892 million recorded during the same period in 2012. Earnings for the entire year ended up still positive at $3.77 billion, but that figure is down 22.4 percent from the $4.9 billion earned in 2012 and the earnings ended up being lower than Wall Street expectations, the AP reports. Nevertheless, the positive cash flow marks the fourth consecutive year an
Ford announced this morning that the company earned net income of $190 million in the fourth quarter of last year, which is actually down sharply from the $886 million earned in the same quarter a year ago. The reason for the dip, however, is a good one, as Ford took on $960 million in debt reduction charges during the quarter, which ultimately reduced the company's debt by $1.9 billion.
The Chrysler Group is stepping in line with Ford today, which earlier announced more buyouts for Blue Oval workers, plant closings and that it won't see a profit in North America until 2009 at the earliest, to announce that it has increased the amount it expects to lose in the third quarter by almost $1 billion to a total of $1.5 billion. Citing a laundry list of reasons mirroring those that also caught Ford by surprise, including high fuel prices, lack of a competitive small vehicle lineup and
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