April 15, 2012 |
Some people underestimate Alan Mulally when they first meet him. Ford Motor Co.'s 66-year-old chief executive, who grew up in Kansas and once aspired to be an astronaut, looks and sometimes acts like an overgrown Boy Scout. He laces his speech with words such as "neat," "cool" and "absolutely. " But the farm-boy exterior conceals one of business' toughest, most ruthless managers. When a desperate Bill Ford recruited Mulally from Boeing in 2006, Ford was heading for a $12.7-billion loss and on the verge of losing its No. 2 sales spot in the U.S. to Toyota because of poor management and an uninspiring vehicle lineup.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013
A dog died and a man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries early Sunday after they were rear-ended by another car on Irvine Boulevard, Irvine police told the Daily Pilot on Monday. Brad Marsicano, 30, of Mission Viejo was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, Lt. Julia Engen said. Marsicano was driving a Toyota 4Runner when he rear-ended a Mazda 3 hatchback while it was stopped about 1:20 a.m. at Irvine Boulevard and Sand Canyon Avenue, police said. A man, woman and two dogs were in the Mazda.
June 27, 2013 |
Mitsubishi is recalling more than 3,000 of its Outlander Sport compact SUV to correct an issue with the vehicles' optional panoramic sunroofs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 3,181 Outlander Sports from the 2011 model year were being recalled in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. At issue was the lack of a primer being installed around the sunroof during the manufacturing process. This could cause the glass roof to become detached from the Outlander Sport while it's in motion, "resulting in a road hazard to other vehicles," according to NHTSA.
June 23, 1985
It seems to me that "U.S. Services Targeted by the Japanese" (June 2) might have missed the mark. Travel services are usually bought based on personal friendship and/or service. The Mazda people chose to do business with those whom they felt more comfortable with. I doubt that the travel agent who lost the business speaks Japanese or is familiar with Japanese culture. I suspect both of these needs will be available at the new agency for Mazda. If I wanted Mazda's business, I'd sure be taking Japanese language classes and learning their culture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1992
The patriotic American car buyer should be aware that more is at stake than just jobs, in the world struggle for auto market share. While jobs are important, where the profits go is even more so. When an American buys a Mitsubishi Eclipse or its Eagle Talon and Plymouth variants, the profit goes to Mitsubishi. When one buys a Mazda, one-quarter of the profit goes to Ford, a 25% share owner in the company. Some Mazdas are also built in Michigan, in plants shared with Ford, thus providing American jobs and helping Ford produce such models as its Probe.
December 21, 1991 |
Mazda, Toyota and other Japanese auto manufacturers have been dumping minivans in American markets at unfairly low prices, the Commerce Department said Friday in a ruling that could lead to import charges on the popular vehicles. The preliminary ruling was an important victory for General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, the U.S. companies with more than 80% of the domestic market for the profitable vehicles.