Blogs

Why the Mustang II should get its due

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 16
blogs
The smaller and more fuel-efficient Mustang II rolled into Ford showrooms just weeks before several Middle Eastern countries declared an oil embargo.
RICHARD TRUETT:  One member of the Mustang family won’t have a very high-profile role at this week’s 50th anniversary celebrations: the 1974-78 Mustang II. But if you reconsider the case of the Mustang II, you may find it is time to give the car the respect it is due. Had the Mustang II not been a massive sales success -- more than a million were sold in five model years -- the Mustang story may have ...
     Continue reading "Why the Mustang II should get its due" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Mazda throws a big birthday party for Miata

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 16
blogs
Mazda is heralding 25 years of the Miata at the New York auto show this week. (DAVID PHILLIPS)
GABE NELSON:  On paper, the MX-5 Miata probably shouldn’t be that important to Mazda. Last year, the roadster accounted for just 2 percent of Mazda’s U.S. sales, with fewer than 6,000 units sold. Toyota sells more Camrys in a week. The market for sporty, two-seat cars is a shadow of what it once was since competitors have all but abandoned making the kind of affordable sporty cars that the Miata ep ...
     Continue reading "Mazda throws a big birthday party for Miata " »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



A mixed message about GM's PR -- but why?

Posted 3:44 pm U.S. ET, April 15
blogs Philip Nussel is editor of autonews.com.
 
If a company changes its head of public relations in the midst of a public relations crisis that stems from a recall crisis, does that not send a certain message? Yes, unless the company is General Motors. On Monday, GM parted ways with Selim Bingol, its head of public relations -- but, for whatever reason, said it was not related to the company’s festering public relations crisis. Rather, ...
     Continue reading "A mixed message about GM's PR -- but why?" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Waiting for Alfa. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

Posted 10:46 am U.S. ET, April 15
blogs
The Alfa Romeo 4C already is well-known in Europe, but its appearance at the New York auto show will mark the first time since 1992 that Alfa has shown a vehicle at a major U.S. show.
LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:  If you show up decades late for your own surprise party, are guests still expected to cheer your arrival? Maybe not for most. But it might be a different story if your name is Alfa Romeo. This week, the Alfa Romeo 4C will appear at the New York auto show, marking the sporty two-seater’s North American debut. There won’t be a formal news conference -- the 4C is already well-known in ...
     Continue reading "Waiting for Alfa. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting." »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Autos' enthusiasm for emerging markets hits brakes

Posted 2:11 pm U.S. ET, April 15
blogs Dave Guilford is news editor for Automotive News.
 
NEW YORK -- It’s been common for years to hear that emerging markets will power global growth in auto sales. Global automakers have jostled to position themselves for that growth, particularly in the much-touted BRIC markets -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. But that growth formula has been looking a little less solid lately. Tension with Russia over the annexation of Crimea, with the pr ...
     Continue reading "Autos' enthusiasm for emerging markets hits brakes" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



With SportWagen concept, VW mulls awd for North America

Posted 11:39 am U.S. ET, April 14
blogs
VW says the new SportWagen's body shell is lighter than the current Jetta SportWagen and offers an enhanced crash structure. (VW)
GABE NELSON:  WASHINGTON -- A certain type of person went gaga when Volkswagen AG released details on the Golf SportWagen that it will show at the New York auto show this week. A station wagon? Oh, yes. With a diesel engine? Bingo. And a manual transmission? You bet your hatch. For those enthusiasts who take pride in going against the grain of the U.S. car market, it doesn’t get much better than that. W ...
     Continue reading "VW SportWagen concept hints at awd in North America" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Mustang changed lives, inspired careers

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 13
blogs
Richard Truett: Impressed at a young age that someone at Ford cared enough to research the history of his 1967 Mustang GTA. (RICHARD TRUETT)
RICHARD TRUETT:  Kevin Laughlin lived across the street from me when I was growing up in Orlando, Fla. He made a living rebuilding air-cooled Volkswagens, Beetles, buses and Karmann Ghias. After school and on weekends, I was drawn to Laughlin’s backyard like a moth to a light to see what he was working on and, on some occasions, help in minor ways, handing him tools and assisting with engine installations. ...
     Continue reading "Mustang changed lives, inspired careers" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Why new world Tesla needs old world factory relief

Posted 7:27 am U.S. ET, April 12
blogs Lindsay Chappell is the Mid-South bureau chief for Automotive News.
 
Analysts, pundits and commentators have been mesmerized of late by two very big issues facing Tesla Motors. Issue 1: Will state dealer laws allow Tesla to go on selling its cars direct, without a retail franchise network? And Issue 2: How will little Tesla build its $5 billion “Gigafactory” -- a breathtaking plan to build batteries on a scale that vastly outreaches Tesla’s curren ...
     Continue reading "Why new world Tesla needs old world factory relief" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show

Posted 5:58 am U.S. ET, April 11
blogs Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
 
SHANGHAI -- Ten years ago, many Chinese families could not afford a car. Today, not only can they afford one, but they're getting picky about which vehicle to buy. SUVs, with their high seating position and wide view of the road, have won the hearts of Chinese consumers. Within the segment, compact models are the big sellers because they are less expensive and easier to maneuver on China's conges ...
     Continue reading "Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Subaru-sponsored study identifies safe dog harness

Posted 6:21 pm U.S. ET, April 10
blogs
Jamie LaReau is a reporter for Automotive News.
JAMIE LAREAU:  In the book Citizen Canine, author David Grimm examines whether dogs are on the edge of becoming legal “persons” in this country. For those who think the answer is, or is close to becoming, yes, Subaru of America has significant news: Only one of the 11 dog harnesses designed for use in cars can be rated “acceptable.” Subaru funded a study late last year with the Center f ...
     Continue reading "Subaru-sponsored study identifies safe dog harness" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Why the UAW appeal at VW is a slippery slope

Posted 3:23 pm U.S. ET, April 9
blogs
Actor Danny Glover, flanked by union activists, came to the Detroit auto show in 2013 to press the case for the UAW's organizing efforts at Nissan's Mississippi plant. (JOE VERMILLION, UAW)
PHILIP NUSSEL:  The UAW better be careful what it wishes for. If the union convinces President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board that it’s an unfair labor practice for political leaders to be publicly involved in an organizing effort, then organized labor risks diluting the power of its best weapon: public pressure. The UAW clearly has a case in contesting its lost election in February a ...
     Continue reading "Why the UAW appeal at VW is a slippery slope" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Misleading sales ads hurt F&I

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 9
blogs Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News.
 
State and federal regulators have cracked down this year on misleading dealership advertising. In just about every case, their complaint was that the advertising failed to adequately disclose financial terms or hidden costs. The regulators’ complaints weren’t aimed at the F&I office. But customers don’t necessarily distinguish between a dealership’s marketing and F& ...
     Continue reading "Misleading sales ads hurt F&I" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Why GM dealers have a chance to shine

Posted 7:30 am U.S. ET, April 5
blogs Lindsay Chappell is the Mid-South bureau chief for Automotive News.
 
NASHVILLE -- There’s no getting around the fact that General Motors is taking a clubbing right now. A huge recall, several lawsuits, a blistering congressional hearing, apologies to consumers, potential criminal investigations -- it’s all bad. But then there are the retailers. The image of 2.6 million cars being recalled is ugly. But the prospect of 2.6 million GM customers queuing ...
     Continue reading "Why GM dealers have a chance to shine" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



We need more bite from our safety watchdogs

Posted 3:59 pm U.S. ET, April 3
blogs
If David Friedman took any heat, it was more like warmth: sympathy from lawmakers for an agency that labors under a shortage of money and manpower. (BLOOMBERG)
KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN:  Over the course of two blistering hearings, General Motors CEO Mary Barra proved she has a lot to learn about the optics and political dynamics of Washington. For a lesson, she might call up David Friedman. The acting chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mostly charmed his way through two rounds of questioning on Capitol Hill this week that touched on the agency’s un ...
     Continue reading "We need more bite from our safety watchdogs" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Land Rover's vision of an expanded Discovery family

Posted 7:15 pm U.S. ET, April 2
blogs
Land Rover says the headlights on the Discovery Vision Concept SUV emit the closest thing to daylight than any other form of artificial light. (LAND ROVER)
DIANA T. KURYLKO:  NEW YORK -- Land Rover is taking its largest vehicle, the LR4 in the United States and the Discovery elsewhere, and making a family of it. The luxury SUV specialist said at the Geneva auto show in March that an expanded Discovery range would debut in 2015. The second part of the story is unfolding in New York this week with the introduction of the Discovery Vision Concept SUV. The use of only th ...
     Continue reading "Land Rover's vision of an expanded Discovery family" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Lawmakers want heads to roll, and won't excuse Barra

Posted 5:56 pm U.S. ET, April 2
blogs
Barra has agreed to return to the Senate and testify again. (BLOOMBERG)
GABE NELSON:  WASHINGTON -- Mary Barra survived back-to-back brushes with the U.S. Congress. But judging from the rough reception she got on Wednesday from the Senate Commerce Committee’s consumer protection panel, it was clear that this is just the start of General Motors’ reckoning on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers treated the CEO more roughly than their U.S. House counterparts did Tuesday. Led by subc ...
     Continue reading "Lawmakers want heads to roll, and won't excuse Barra" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



If you like paying MSRP, then Tesla/Apple is for you

Posted 4:44 pm U.S. ET, April 2
blogs James B. Treece is retail news editor for Automotive News.
 
The next time you’re in an Apple store, try this. When one of the product geniuses who work there approaches you, ask him or her, “So, how much below list price are you offering this iPhone 5 for this month?” The answer will tell you why I roll my eyes at the suggestion that Tesla’s fight against the franchised dealer system is all about aiding consumers. You know what I ...
     Continue reading "If you like paying MSRP, then Tesla/Apple is for you " »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Off-lease surge should spark even more leasing

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 2
blogs Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News.
 
Scheduled lease terminations are expected to grow again in 2014, providing a strong tailwind for additional leases this year and higher customer loyalty. Lease customers are more loyal than loan or cash customers to a particular brand or dealership. After all, the dealership has a built-in chance to sell or lease the customer another car when they bring in their off-lease vehicle. In 2013, lease ...
     Continue reading "Off-lease surge should spark even more leasing" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



3 things the GM hearing exposed: Leaks, blurred lines and a media circus

Posted 9:13 pm U.S. ET, April 1
blogs
GM CEO Mary Barra is sworn in before testifying at a House Energy and Commerce Committee oversight panel hearing in Washington on Tuesday. (BLOOMBERG)
GABE NELSON:  WASHINGTON -- If you boil it down, few new facts emerged from Tuesday’s frenzied four-hour U.S. House hearing on General Motors’ recall crisis, prompted by a faulty ignition switch that GM has linked to dozens of crashes and at least 13 deaths. GM CEO Mary Barra stuck to script beautifully. In two hours of testimony, she told members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee tha ...
     Continue reading "3 things the GM hearing exposed: Leaks, blurred lines and a media circus" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Auto companies are buying the creative souls of late night TV

Posted 6:42 pm U.S. ET, April 1
blogs Larry P. Vellequette covers Chrysler for Automotive News.
 
Two bedrocks of late night TV did something so unseemly last week it looked as though they had responded to an unholy informercial. Are you an artist looking to sell your soul, but don’t want to stand at the Crossroads waiting for the Devil? If you are, then we’ve got great news! Detroit wants to make you a counteroffer! That’s right: Cash-rich auto companies are looking to bu ...
     Continue reading "Auto companies are buying the creative souls of late night TV" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



OK, the scary part is over

Posted 4:44 pm U.S. ET, April 1
blogs Jesse Snyder is editor of the opinion page at Automotive News.
 
It’s officially safe to breathe again. Most folks in the industry firmly believed the dreary January and February auto sales were caused primarily by wretched weather. But actually seeing March sales rebound confirms it. It’s good to have faith. But better to have verification. Yes, we’re back on track for a fifth straight growth year. The odds of reaching 16 million sales in ...
     Continue reading "OK, the scary part is over" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



End of an era at Fiat

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 1
blogs Jennifer Clark is an Automotive News Europe correspondent in Italy.
 
Fiat's last annual shareholder's meeting in its hometown of Turin, where it was founded 115 years ago, was surprisingly low key. Fiat's next shareholders meeting will be in the Netherlands, which is like Ford Motor holding its annual assembly in Canada. The furor from Italian unions and politicians about Fiat's decision in 2011 to slow the pace of its investments in Italy has died down, given tha ...
     Continue reading "End of an era at Fiat" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



An old Rover plant comes back — and someday, maybe, the brand

Posted 12:19 pm U.S. ET, March 28
blogs
The aluminum body of a Range Rover Sport in inspected as it moves along the assembly line at Jaguar Land Rover's plant in Solihull, United Kingdom, in July 2013. (BLOOMBERG)
RICHARD TRUETT:  “Everything dies baby that's a fact But maybe everything that dies someday comes back” -- “Atlantic City,” Bruce Springsteen, 1982 SOLIHULL, ENGLAND -- The transformation of the old Rover plant here in the British Midlands, scene of so much labor strife, turmoil and heartbreak in the 1970s and ’80s, is breathtaking. No other factory on the planet makes more alumin ...
     Continue reading "An old Rover plant comes back — and someday, maybe, the brand" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Ford vs. Cadillac: C-Max video spoofs rich-guy ELR spot, speaking to the common man

Posted 3:49 pm U.S. ET, March 28
blogs Sean Gagnier is a reporting intern for Automotive News
 
Why do we work so hard? Is it so we can take a vacation in August to get away from our luxurious homes, pools, $75,000 cars and claim ownership of the moon? Those things are so tiring and I have yet to find the opportunity to get to my time share on the Sea of Tranquility. Or, as a new Ford C-Max Energi video by Ford's Team Detroit agency posted on YouTube suggests, do we work so hard because we ...
     Continue reading "Ford vs. Cadillac: C-Max video spoofs rich-guy ELR spot, speaking to the common man" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



What's on dealers' minds -- and what's not

Posted 1:20 pm U.S. ET, March 28
blogsModerator James B. Treece is retail news editor for Automotive News.
 
A small group of Florida dealers gathered last week at a Fort Lauderdale hotel to share best practices. Automotive News hosted the roundtable in conjunction with Ally Auto. The group swapped best-practices ideas and then talked about some of the challenges auto retailers will face over the next decade and how they might turn those challenges into opportunities. The sessions were off the record, ...
     Continue reading "What's on dealers' minds -- and what's not" »
()
Post Comment  |  Permalink



Subscribe
Latest digital edition
Digital Edition Archive
Table of Contents
 Automotive News
Special Report
How a Texas Toyota store solved used-car-supply challenge

How a Texas Toyota store solved used-car-supply challenge

Mike Shaw Toyota in Corpus Christi, Texas, needed more used cars. But driving 150 miles to the nearest auction was time-consuming and costly. Mon., April 14
» Watch the Video
     
News by Brand


Rocket Fuel