MARTHA 'LIVING' AT LAST

Martha Stewart is finally getting sprung from her own big house. About Aug. 11, Stewart will end what she calls her "hideous" house arrest at her Bedford, N.Y., estate.

IF YOU CAN FIND A BETTER PITCHMAN...

A lot has changed since Lee Iacocca last appeared in a Chrysler ad in 1992, just before he retired. The cushy land yachts of his day have given way to wicked whips like the Chrysler 300C favored by rapper 50 Cent.

REVVING UP GM

There hasn't been much to celebrate at General Motors lately. So as its "employee discount for everyone" deal filled showrooms last month, the automaker's new marketing chief, Mark LaNeve, gathered his troops in Orlando, Fla., for a love-in.

Q&A: COUNTING THE MILES

Honda is so obsessive about having the best gas mileage on the road that Charlie Baker, its U.S. chief engineer, once crawled underneath a BMW at a car show to gather some competitive intel.

10 Big Thinkers for Big Business

THOMAS MIDDELHOFFIt's not a glamorous comeback. After all, the last time Thomas Middelhoff sat in the corner office, he was one of the top dealmakers of the Internet bubble years, buying up companies for one of the world's great media conglomerates, Bertelsmann A.

A COLLISION COURSE FOR GM AND THE UAW

As GM's engine stalled this year, CEO Rick Wagoner has laid much of the blame on the automaker's runaway health-care costs. And he's pushed the United Auto Workers union to give concessions on its generous medical bennies (no deductibles, tiny co-pays).

10 BIG THINKERS FOR BIG BUSINESS

Last year Omidyar shook up the philanthropic world by converting the foundation he and his wife, Pam, established in 1998 into the Omidyar Network, which will direct money not only to traditional nonprofits, but to profitmaking businesses as well--as long as those enterprises create what Omidyar calls "positive social impact."Omidyar says he was inspired by the lessons of eBay, which "taught 150 million people that they can trust a complete stranger," and also by his work on the board of...

THE INTERPRETER MOVES IN

Inside Ford Motor Co.'s top-secret design studio, stylists gather around a hulking clay model of a work-in-progress pick-up truck. Their boss, Peter Horbury, sweeps in, throws off his suit coat and declares: "Let's do some designing, shall we?" But while the workhorse vehicle before him is quintessentially American, Horbury, who moved to Detroit only last year, speaks like a proper British gentleman; until a year ago he was designing Jaguars. "I'm learning to speak truck," he confesses.Ford's...

Toyota Triumphs

When U.S. automakers teetered on the brink of collapse 25 years ago, Japan-bashing in Detroit was in full swing--literally--as autoworkers took sledgehammers to Toyotas.

RED, WHITE & BOLD

When U.S. automakers teetered on the brink of collapse 25 years ago, Japan-bashing in Detroit was in full swing--literally--as autoworkers took sledgehammers to Toyotas.

A PUZZLING PROBLEM

Tupperware CEO Rick Goings wants America to throw a new kind of party, where "decadent desserts" are made with his company's kitchen gadgets. But his marketing budget is being diverted instead to auditors who treat his execs "like criminals" in order to comply with stringent new regulations aimed at preventing another Enron.

Martha Breaks Out

AFTER FIVE MONTHS IN PRISON, MARTHA'S PRIMED AND READY FOR HER NEXT ACT: TWO TV SHOWS AND A MARKETING BLITZ STAGE-MANAGED BY A NEW A-LIST TEAM. INSIDE THE MARTHA MAKEOVER MACHINE.

ROAD TEST | MUSTANG GT

I parked my fire-red Mustang GT next to a $75,000 Jaguar, and the Jag's elegant owner raved: "Is that the new Mustang? It's absolutely gorgeous!" And so it is.

BRITISH INVASION

Nestled away in England's bleak industrial Midlands, General Motors car designers toil in obscurity in a nondescript studio. Unlike the automaker's Detroit design center--a postmodern architectural marvel--GM's Coventry studio is a plain box crammed with stylists carving away on clay models.

BRITISH INVASION

Nestled away in England's bleak industrial midlands, General Motors car designers toil in obscurity in a nondescript studio. Unlike the automaker's Detroit design center--a postmodern architectural marvel--GM's Coventry studio is a plain box crammed with stylists carving away on clay models.

CARS: WHAT'S IN? TRICKED OUT.

A big black SUV tricked out with 20-inch chrome rims, smoked-glass taillights and a snarling, double-barreled exhaust cruised a crowded parking lot last week. "You've got some bling," one admirer shouted to the driver.

TRUMP: TIME TO MEET THE PARENTS

I interviewed Donald Trump in February, with his supermodel girlfriend, Melania Knauss, by his side--along with a mysterious, unnamed middle-aged couple, who sat impassively.

SEEING GREEN

Even when he's getting his Saturday-morning espresso at Starbucks, Bill Ford Jr. can't escape the pressures of being Detroit's best-known environmentalist.

CLEAN START

Last week most inmates at Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia were making 12 cents an hour cleaning toilets and doing laundry. But on Wednesday, inmate No. 55170-054 made $32.7 million without lifting a finger.

GREEN & MEAN

Avnish Bhatnagar has always lusted after fast cars like racy BMWs. But when the California computer programmer and his wife had their first baby this year, they needed something more practical.

GREEN & MEAN

Avnish Bhatnagar has always lusted after fast cars like racy BMWs. But when the California computer programmer and his wife had their first baby this year, they needed something more practical.

OFFICER, IT'S A HYBRID

As I cruise along a leafy Washington, D.C., parkway, I decide to see what the hybrid Honda Accord can do. I veer into the passing lane, punch the accelerator and suddenly I'm silently propelled ahead of all other traffic.

FULL THROTTLE

Mitch Hammack never misses "American Chopper." After a long day on his California alfalfa farm, he likes to unwind by tuning in to see the bike-building Teutul family curse each other as they create motorcycle sculpture.

Q&A: Nancy Sinatra

She'll always be her father's daughter, but Nancy Sinatra, 64, has never been shy about making a name for herself, either, most famously with the '60s hit "These Boots Are Made for Walking." She's back with a new CD that shows her hippest side yet.

A CAR IS BORN

With just three weeks to go, Oprah was still looking for something big to kick off her 19th season. General Motors, desperate to get attention for its unheralded new Pontiac G6, had already pitched Oprah on featuring the car on her December "Favorite Things" show.

ROAD TEST | DODGE MAGNUM

With its gangster lean and high-caliber name, the Dodge Magnum RT is a station wagon that longs to be a street racer. To see if the Magnum can straddle the lanes of cool and comfortable, I piled my family into the low rider for a 240-mile road trip to the grandparents.

'I WILL BE BACK'

Though she had just been sentenced to prison, Martha Stewart stormed the courthouse steps last Friday like a woman who had been exonerated. She swept through her entourage and confronted the media horde that had dogged her for two years. "Is this on?" she said, grabbing the microphone, brushing back her blond locks and launching into a withering condemnation of her prosecution. "That a small personal matter has been able to be blown out of all proportion and with such venom and gore, I mean,...

SENTENCING: MARTHA'S LAST PLEA

Stock analyst Dennis McAlpine visited Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia recently and got quite a tour. CEO Sharon Patrick pitched him hard on how the company could carry on despite Stewart's conviction in the ImClone stock scandal, even showing off employees cooking in Martha's kitchen.

FED UP WITH FILLING UP

John Luber reached the breaking point when he took the family SUV for a fill-up recently and the pump didn't stop spinning until it hit $65. When the Cincinnati-area dentist got home, he sat down with his wife and did the math.

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