Keith Naughton

The Last Van Standing

When Chrysler designer Ralph Gilles first became a family man, he wasn't ready to drive a dowdy minivan. So he pimped out a '99 Dodge Caravan with big wheels, dual racing stripes and a monster engine. "I thought, 'If I'm going to have a minivan'," he says, " 'I'll have it my way'." Now Chrysler is letting him have his way with its entire minivan lineup, injecting some style into what is essentially this generation's station wagon.

Honda Primes the Pump

Falling gas prices have taken some of the steam out of hybrid car sales lately. But you wouldn't know that from all the buzz about hybrids at the opening day of the Detroit Auto Show.


If Lebanon flares into civil war, once again, the spark may well ignite inside the minority Christian community.This threat has been obscured by the rising tension between Shiites and Sunnis.

Average Joe Goes Green

Five years ago Bill Ford said selling a green agenda was an uphill fight. Now, the chairman says, it's catching on inside Ford and worldwide, as other big businesses take leadership roles.

Kerkorian Cashes Out

With Kerkorian Gone, What Now for GM?General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner tried to generate some good news for his struggling company this week. On the eve of the glitzy L.A.

Three for the Road

When Detroit's Big Three chieftains emerged from their long-awaited, oft-delayed meeting with President Bush earlier this week, there was a telling moment at the end of their press conference in the White House driveway.

Putting Detroit in the Shop

Bob Wiley has always driven Detroit iron. So when the 62-year-old retired Air Force man decided this year to trade in his Ford pickup truck for a more comfortable car, he test-drove Ford and Buick sedans.

The Great Wal-Mart Of China

In the grocery section of a big-box store in north Beijing, shoppers struggle to catch a bargain. And a fish. "We'd still rather pick it out ourselves," says law student Guo Jiao, as she and a friend repeatedly plunge fishing nets into a tank full of slippery grass carp.

A Smooth Ride

The rapper Xzibit made his name customizing cars. But when it came time for the host of MTV's "Pimp My Ride" to purchase his most expensive car ever, he didn't change a thing.

One Rich Ragtop

As the sun sets on Golden Vineyards in Napa Valley, I wind my way through mountain switchbacks and become lost. And I couldn't care less. I'm too enthralled by the power and the glory that is the Bentley Continental GTC.

Let's Make a Deal

When I interviewed General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner two days before his first meeting with Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn this summer, it was clear that this was an unwilling bride being forced into a shotgun marriage. "There's a lot of aspects of all of this that haven't been normal," Wagoner said, referring to how his hand was forced into negotiating with Ghosn by GM's big and restive shareholder, Las Vegas billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. "It's not the way I would have done it." In the end,...


In mid-July, Boeing executive Alan Mulally received an unexpected phone call from someone who had recently become a trusted adviser: former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt.

Hot Wheels

It's the week before finals at Texas A&M University, and cramming for exams is in high gear. But just outside the student center, a half-dozen cars are parked in a row beneath the shade trees surrounding A&M's iconic Rudder Fountain.