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The Cadillac ATS with a turbo 4 cylinder engine: A surprise to drive for one skeptic. (BILL TRUETT)
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The redesigned Mazda Miata MX-5 is nearly as light as the original, yet with a power-to-weight ratio exceeding that of its predecessor.
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Jeep's Renegade. (BLOOMBERG)
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The Jeep Gladiator concept from 2005 still has legion of fans pining for a Wrangler-based pickup.
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| Larry P. Vellequette covers Fiat Chrysler for Automotive News.|
Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31, probably will be the most advantageous days of the foreseeable future for U.S. consumers to buy a new Fiat Chrysler vehicle.
You see, those two days are likely to determine whether FCA US’s self-described “Iron Man” streak of year-over-year sales gains will reach five consecutive years -- or will stop at an impressive but awkward 4 years and 11 m ...
Continue reading "Why March 30-31 might be the greatest two days of deals at FCA dealerships" »
| Lindsay Chappell is the Mid-South bureau chief in the U.S. for Automotive News.|
Pawan Goenka has not given up on the idea of entering the U.S. auto market.
The head of automotive operations for India’s Mahindra & Mahindra, Goenka acknowledges that the company is “still in the middle of it” on the legal fallout from his first attempt at entering.
Mahindra was scheduled to introduce an Indian-built compact pickup with a four-cylinder diesel engine throug ...
Continue reading "India's Mahindra stills wants to sell in the U.S." »
Deep in the bowels of Fiat Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills -- or Turin, or London (it’s hard to tell these days) -- the automaker’s brain trust is making its final call about what to do with the Wrangler plant in Toledo, Ohio.
On its face, the decision will be of intense interest in and around the plant, for obvious economic reasons. There are hundreds, if not thousands of poten ...
Continue reading "There is a ton of dealer profit riding on FCA's Wrangler decision" »
| Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News.|
For anybody keeping track -- which is to say, anybody interested in subprime auto lending – U.S. tax refunds have fallen a bit more behind than they were a few weeks ago.
Tax refund season is typically the high point of the year for subprime auto loans.
The IRS reported in a March 12 update that it had processed around 54.3 million refunds -- valued at about $162.1 billion -- as of March 6 ...
Continue reading "Size of average tax refund makes a decent down payment" »
Tiny crossovers and SUVs could be immune to America’s long-standing love-hate relationship with small cars. We love ’em when gasoline is expensive and shun ’em when it’s cheap.
But gasoline is cheap right now, and the new crop of tiny SUVs and CUVs such as the Nissan Juke and Buick Encore is off to a fast start. U.S. consumers are gladly paying thousands of dollars more fo ...
Continue reading "Small utility vehicles' big payoff" »
As fans of lightweight roadsters know, it’s hard for manufacturers to continually lighten and shrink cars, especially with changing safety and efficiency regulations.
But Mazda’s still fighting the good fight -- and winning. The 2016 Miata MX-5 roadster will tip the scales at just 2,332 pounds.
Mazda said the new MX-5's curb weight would be close to the first generation’s flab, ...
Continue reading "2016 Mazda MX-5 curb weight: 2,332 pounds" »
| Daron Gifford is the partner leading automotive industry strategy consulting at accounting firm and consultancy Plante Moran.|
One of the more advanced technologies used in cars today is the application of radar, lasers or cameras to sense what is happening ahead, allowing the driver, or even the vehicle itself, to react in a proactive way to avoid a potential crash.
It’s this sense of predicting the road ahead that automotive industry leaders are going to have to build into their own thinking. Yes, looking ahead i ...
Continue reading "Why suppliers need to think differently or face extinction" »
| Nick Bunkley reports on Ford for Automotive News.|
Even Ford Motor Co. executives admit being surprised at how fast transaction prices on pickups keep rising.
Not that they’re complaining, of course. Ford execs are more than happy to find somewhere to stash all that money. (Though it could be awkward to show up at the UAW bargaining table in a few months with crumpled $100 bills falling out of their pockets.)
But Ford also knows the pricin ...
Continue reading "Why the F-150 pricing 'gravy train' will eventually slow down" »
| Gabe Nelson covers Silicon Valley for Automotive News.|
Fear often outpaces reality. If any of your friends outside the auto industry have fretted that a computer hacker could take control of a car and plunge it off a bridge, you know what I’m talking about.
I understand this fear. People are used to having their credit card numbers and passwords stolen by hackers, but that’s rarely a matter of life and death.
This is different. It’ ...
Continue reading "Let the car-hacking lawsuits begin" »
| Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News.|
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its critics on the House Financial Services Committee traded jabs in a tense session last week as CFPB Director Richard Cordray presented the bureau’s semiannual report.
Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, used the occasion to advocate again that a bipartisan committee should lead the CFPB, not a single director.
Hensarling repeated the ...
Continue reading "Congressmen get testy with CFPB chief Cordray" »
There’s one last item to address before we close the book on my recent column about General Motors’ latest efforts to reposition Cadillac.
Thanks to central Florida Cadillac dealer Alan Starling, we tested my theory that a good way to obliterate Cadillac’s lingering dinosaur brand image is simply to let people drive the cars.
In a previous column, I mentioned that my brother&rs ...
Continue reading "A test drive converts a Cadillac skeptic" »
Late last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles filed its annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission, setting off a flurry of stories about the compensation of its sweater-clad CEO, Sergio Marchionne.
The numbers, from The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg and others, varied widely: from as little as $8 million to $72 million and more. Yeah, really.
Admittedly, some of Marchionne& ...