Opel was once the little engine that could

Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. Automotive News Print Editor RIck Johnson was there when it happened.

 

BMW could shift car production from Germany to U.S. to avoid tariff

BMW could conceivably shift some car production from Germany to its crossover plant in Spartanburg, S.C., if President Donald Trump follows through on threats to erect high barriers to trade.

Mad dash to sell comes to the big screen

A new film focuses on an ambitious dealership general manager played by Patrick J. Adams from USA Network's "Suits."

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Opel was once the little engine that could

Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. Automotive News Print Editor RIck Johnson was there when it happened.

Hyundai takes down Lada in Russia upset

Last year, the unthinkable happened in Russia: For the first time ever, a non-Russian brand topped the model charts. The humble Hyundai Solaris subcompact sedan was No. 1, knocking the Lada Granta sedan to No. 2.

On UAW scorecard, Buick ad fumbled

If UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada had a Super Bowl commercial hits and misses column, she would apparently place Buick's ad firmly in the miss category.

COMMENTARY: Richard Truett
Auto writer leaves lasting influence

Jim Mateja, one of the nation's most trusted auto writers, and a fixture at the Chicago Tribune for four decades, had that tough-as-nails Chicago persona. Mateja, 71, who died last week at age 71 after a battle with cancer, turned a deaf ear to the musings of automaker marketing departments and PR spin-meisters. The only spin he was interested in was where the tire met the road.

There's only one Rolls. Except for the other one.

Bribery. Corruption. An $809 million settlement. It's a scandal no automaker would want to be a part of. The good news for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is that it had absolutely nothing to do with it. The bad news is that the company that did is also called Rolls-Royce.

No head games: Foreigner wants to team with dealers

Foreigner is inviting car retailers to give them a call - the band will book dealer visits in the vicinity of their various concerts venues, - which usually number about 100 a year, as they tour celebrating their 40th anniversary as a hit machine.

The big, tough Traverse

After a first generation that has been around for nine years, Chevrolet has given the Traverse, its largest crossover, a more trucklike appearance. Here's a sampling of reaction to the redesigned 2018 model, which debuted at the Detroit auto show.

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