Don't talk the market into a recession

The economy may be delicate, but there's no reason strong automotive sales won't continue for the next few years.


Disrupters must trust the 'nonconsumer'

The primary target for companies looking to establish a disruptive foothold in a market should be people who aren't yet customers of a product or service.


Ten years later, more stories of survival

Doug Wilson's survival plan in 2009 called for a massive sale that would liquidate six months' worth of Dodge inventory within three weeks. Before he knew it, the sale was under way.

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COMMENTARY: Richard Oppmann
Are the Chinese really coming here?

To succeed in the U.S., Chinese brands must assimilate brand promise, market, dealer and sales differences, as well as business structures and management cultures and hierarchies.

COMMENTARY: Gerald Schorin
Why Cadillac's New York move failed

No one who has ever worked in Detroit's auto manufacturing sector could possibly be surprised by GM bringing Cadillac back home after a four-year foray in trendy Manhattan.

COMMENTARY: Richard Truett
GM Silverado has the wrong engine

It's hard to answer the "why buy" question about General Motors' 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, with its four-cylinder engine and weak fuel economy ratings.

Paris previews a new era for auto shows

Was this Paris show good? Was it too quiet? Does this mean shows are dead? The arguments around auto show relevance were endless last week, and the jury is still very much out. But this much was clear: Paris was the first auto show of this new season of auto shows.

COMMENTARY: Vince Bond Jr.
Ten years later, more stories of survival

Doug Wilson's survival plan in 2009 called for a massive sale that would liquidate six months' worth of Dodge inventory within three weeks. Before he knew it, the sale was under way.

Are EV makers listening to their customers?

GM seems to have the right approach — making available both a plug-in and a hybrid at the bottom of the range rather than developing very expensive vehicles with no idea about the market volume.

China trade war: Assessing the casualties

While some higher-tier suppliers will have little difficulty enduring the trade war, increased costs resulting from the tariffs will place a significant and harmful burden on small and medium-size lower-tier suppliers.

Aston faces the downside of growing up

Aston Martin's expectation that it will double production to beyond 10,000 by 2021 means NHTSA will no longer classify it as a small-volume manufacturer -- at which point penalties will occur for missing corporate average fuel economy targets.

COMMENTARY: Richard Johnson
In Källenius, Daimler gets a new kind of CEO

This changing of the guard is intriguing not because Dieter Zetsche is leaving, but because his successor appears to be a new order of chief executive — especially for a German car manufacturer.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cheryl Falvey, Laura Foggan and Elaine Panagakos
Autonomous vehicle incidents: Who's liable?

As responsibility for autonomous vehicle accidents expands beyond drivers to include the companies that design, manufacture and maintain self-driving vehicles and the technology they rely upon, the pool of companies potentially liable for accidents will deepen.

What we'll learn as Tesla faces real competition

Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar are all launching production vehicles that will create some real competition for Tesla, and we are going to learn a few things as these new entries arrive.

COMMENTARY: Richard Kelly
Time to scale up Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 has similarities to lean manufacturing in the 1990s. The application of digital connectivity and collaboration offers that next level of performance potential. In lean manufacturing terms, you're still looking to eliminate waste, shrink time, improve productivity and boost the effectiveness of assets.

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