Vile Gossip: Interview With Ford of America’s President Mark Fields’ Mother

Vile Gossip: Interview With Ford of America’s President Mark Fields’ Mother
Interview With Ford of America's President Mark Fields' Mother - Elinor Fields Interview by Jean Jennings - Automobile Magazine
Mrs. Fields on the subject of cookies, the Flex, and her Ford Exec son, Mark.

Ford of America’s president, Mark Fields, needs to visit his mom more often. What with the daily pressures of saving Ford and all, he could use a bit more of his very down-to-earth mother’s brand of support. Elinor Fields lives not far from the old family home in Paramus, New Jersey. She is the mother behind a son who has navigated his way through an economics degree at Rutgers, an MBA at Harvard, and what has been a stunning career at Ford. Fields headed Mazda in Japan at age 38, the youngest person to ever run a Japanese car company. He went on to lead the Premier Automotive Group, now dismantled, and he sits at the right hand of Alan Mulally, trying to move his Way Forward program, well, forward.

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1958 Chevy Corvette – By Design

1958 Chevy Corvette – By Design
1958 Chevy Corvette - Vintage Chevy Corvette Convertible - Automobile Magazine
Kid stuff comes good fifty years later.

In the 1950s, most Detroit cars got an annual face-lift, with big sellers getting all-new body shells every two or three years. Low-volume cars like the Chevrolet Corvette didn’t justify big investment, but since fiberglass was cheap to tool, General Motors intended to change Corvettes every year to demonstrate the potential for plastic body panels on mainstream cars. The original Corvette design lasted three years, but the 1956 face-lift was supposed to be good for only one. In 1955, it fell to me to stick four headlights on the C1 front end for 1957, while simultaneously working on the C2, due in ’58 with its new shorter-wheelbase, V-8-only chassis.

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Noise, Vibration, and Harshness: 1962 MGA 1600 Mark II

Noise, Vibration, and Harshness: 1962 MGA 1600 Mark II
1962 MGA 1600 Mark II - North American MGA Register's Annual Event, NAMGAR - Automobile Magazine
MG’s old motto: “Safety Fast.” MG’s new motto: “Get Me to Safety, Fast.”

You come into this world alone. You leave it alone. And although the tried and trusted truism overlooks it, you will spend a lot of time along the way all by your lonesome, too.

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US: Chrysler buy could help GM cashflow – reports

Reports over the weekend have suggested that General Motors sees acquiring Chrysler as a way of boosting cashflow at a time of tightened credit and falling revenues, and that some sort of deal is close. It has also been reported that negotiators hope to finalise a deal before the 4 November presidential election and are lobbying for government financial assistance to help clinch it.

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1949-1990 Citroen 2CV – Collectible Classic

1949-1990 Citroen 2CV – Collectible Classic
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The charming little tractor that put France on wheels.

When an astute Frenchman named Pierre Boulanger wrote the design brief for what would become one of the world’s most iconic cars, the requirements were simple: It had to carry two people and a 110-pound sack of potatoes at a speed of 30 mph, all while achieving 90 mpg. It also had to be able to comfortably traverse dirt roads and rutted farmland.

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