Fields was ousted in May as Ford Motor Co. CEO after 28 years with the company, including stints leading its Premier Automotive Group and then-affiliate Mazda. His replacement — a former office-furniture company CEO known for visionary thinking and close ties to Silicon Valley — illustrated both Fields’ shortcomings and the unsettled future of the industry.
Australian auto manufacturing
When GM Holden shut its final assembly plant in October, just weeks after Toyota did likewise, it marked the end of a century of automaking Down Under. Holden, which built the Corvette engine-equipped Chevrolet SS, had been a GM unit since 1931.
Lincoln’s MK names
Near the end of the year, Lincoln finally admitted what consumers knew: MKZ, MKX, etc., were just too confusing. The Continental already is back. The Navigator will be joined by a Nautilus and other pronounceable names.