Staff Commentary

HANS GREIMEL

Toyota must keep on pushing for diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota derives three-quarters of its sales from overseas. About 80 percent of its 338,875 employees are outside Japan. Yet only two non-Japanese are board members.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

A sales record not worth breaking

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's not the whole story. rather misleading. June 2015 was actually far better than June 2005. In June 2015, automakers were healthy and scrambling to keep up with demand for their most profitable vehicles. In June 2005, they were overflowing with inventory nobody wanted and desperate to get rid of it at any cost.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

'Car guy' passion is universal

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

I have always been impressed at how the auto industry is full of people with passion. I don't mean folks who like their jobs. I mean individuals who adore cars, who absolutely love what they do. And the car biz is full of people who think beyond the task at hand.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Electronic gremlins may keep old cars off the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Advanced electronics have transformed every aspect of today's automobile. They are cleaner, faster, safer, more efficient and more capable. But here's the downside: As light vehicles age, repairs could get more difficult and expensive -- especially as high-quality electronic replacement parts become harder to obtain.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Marchionne's merger mania: Why now?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and related companies, has a number of honorifics and titles on his resume.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

EV subsidies and the bottom line

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

A big part of the problem is that some of the government incentives that have largely driven demand are starting to evaporate.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

Mixed reviews are in after assuming lease for Volt

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

After running into title snags and other glitches in assuming an existing lease on a Chevrolet Volt, Automotive News' James B. Treece sees opportunity for dealerships in smoothing lease swaps for consumers. Here is his story.... Read More »

DAVE VERSICAL

Gibberish! What did you expect?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Some gibberish has crept into the way U.S. auto sales are reported each month. It revolves around one word: "Expectations." We saw this in abundance last week, as the U.S. industry chalked up 1.63 million light-vehicle sales.... Read More »

JAMIE LAREAU

No room for 'pink tax' in a car contract

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Do women pay more than men for the same cars? That's the question NBC's "Today" show posed last week. It turns out that the dealerships in question fared rather well in NBC's investigation, but there is still work to do.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Android Auto's simplicity is such a luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Usually with a car, the more you pay, the more you get. The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend that rule.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

A tale of 2 production booms

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

It's easy to view Mexico's auto manufacturing ascendancy as an encore of last decade's production boom in central Europe.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

To win over humans, Google's self-driving car must clear a high bar

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The flawed analyses of Google's accident record illustrated the bar that the self-driving car will need to cross to be accepted. It must not only be safer than human drivers, but unquestionably safe.... Read More »

COMMENTARY: DAVE GUILFORD

Which road to self-driving tech will win?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

The auto industry has an increasingly bipolar view of autonomous vehicles. The basic question is whether to go all in or install limited doses of self-driving technology. Let's look at the two poles.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Detroit has little to gain from free trade with Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Detroit's automakers have little to gain by having Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact, even if the U.S. wins auto import concessions from Tokyo.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Auto industry should cheer Tesla Motors' battery play

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

When it unveils its first batteries for homes and businesses this week, Tesla Motors will no longer be a car company. It will be an energy company, competing against electric utilities just as it has gone after the car market.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

States' varying auto insurance rates play with the car-buying equation

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Want $7,700 more to spend on a new car? Move from Michigan to Maine before you insure it.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

A GM-FCA hookup? 'Put' it in perspective

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Perhaps Sergio Marchionne is banking on a loss of institutional memory at General Motors. That's the only way I can see that he might expect GM to consider buying Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Self-driving tech building blocks already in place

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Kathy Winter, Delphi's vice president of advanced engineering and software service, declined to predict when autonomous cars would be ready for the market. But she did say it'll probably be regulatory and insurance issues - not the readiness of the technology - that slows the rollout of autonomous cars.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Left for dead, British industry booms again

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Ten years ago this month, MG Rover went bankrupt -- and appeared to symbolize the end of the once proud British auto industry.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

Ford at it again as Continental grabs spotlight

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Ford Motor Co. seems to have its formula for creating auto show buzz down pat. Let a major competitor talk about an upcoming important new vehicle for months, even years, then swoop in with a surprise just as that competitor is finally unveiling that vehicle.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

The new sticker shock: High costs to fix high-tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

We all know about showroom sticker shock. But here's another side of the affordability problem: the hefty repair costs for minor accidents. At least two factors are driving up the cost to fix vehicles: safety electronics and the way cars are built today.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

FCA may find perfect partner is from Asia

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Sergio Marchionne wants a dance partner for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The financial media keep trying to fix him up with Volkswagen, but I think Marchionne has his eye on a mate in Asia. To me, the best partners, in descending order, are Suzuki, Mazda and Hyundai.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Do not hesitate to build that North American vehicle assembly plant, Jaguar Land Rover. You will be amazed. Trust me on this one.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Lexus' ideas about entry cars changing?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

One of the most perplexing cars at the Geneva auto show is the Lexus LF-SA minicar concept. The Japanese luxury brand has said repeatedly that it won't dabble in the sub-$30,000 zone, yet that's exactly what the LF-SA is.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

Why GAAP and the bottom line matter

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, is how accountants keep score across highly different industries. By agreeing to tally the figures in a consistent way, accountants provide scorecards that investors can review with confidence. So I take note how often publicly traded dealership groups present their earnings on an "adjusted" basis rather than on a GAAP basis.... Read More »

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