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DAVE GUILFORD

Can you fall in love with the car of the future?

News editor Dave Guilford elucidates his vision of the car of the future.

KEITH CRAIN | UPDATED: 03/06/17 4 am ET - adds Opel-PSA announcement

The incredible shrinking GM

Not long ago General Motors was a juggernaut in the global automobile industry. Sadly, it appears that time has passed.

EDIE REAVES

To women of the auto industry: Be yourself

I'm often asked what it was that attracted me to the automotive industry. It was the heart and art of manufacturing, the people and challenges of

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Since the Toyota Prius went on sale in 2000, nameplates such as Ford's C-Max and Honda's Insight have tried to mount a serious challenge to its domination of the hybrid market. And they have fallen woefully short.

COMMENTARY: Larry P. Vellequette
Does Marchionne grasp lessons of GM-PSA?

The GM-PSA deal comes as vindication for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, who for years has been preaching about the need for consolidation. But does he grasp the broader lesson of the deal?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Kristin Schondorf
Interiors have no limits, but there are risks

If future drivers don't have to steer, brake or watch the road, their brand preference will be at risk. And that's where interior suppliers have a chance to shine.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
A new powerhouse emerges

To say that Carlos Tavares has surprised everyone would be an understatement. Tavares is a bold leader. It will be very interesting to watch PSA. I don't think he is finished.

COMMENTARY: Vince Bond Jr.
Score One for 3rd-party certification

Last month's hacking hoax shows the value of DMS companies knowing who is pulling what data through their systems. The incident could be seen as vindication of sorts for CDK and Reynolds.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain | UPDATED: 03/06/17 4 am ET - adds Opel-PSA announcement
The incredible shrinking GM

Not long ago General Motors was a juggernaut in the global automobile industry. Sadly, it appears that time has passed.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Edie Reaves
To women of the auto industry: Be yourself

I'm often asked what it was that attracted me to the automotive industry. It was the heart and art of manufacturing, the people and challenges of every day that had me.

COMMENTARY: Dave Guilford
New GM is real, but hasn't shed some old habits

There's a new General Motors today aggressively reshaping itself to compete in the emerging connectivity-car sharing-autonomous space. But sometimes it's difficult to see New GM. Old GM gets in the way.

COMMENTARY: Sharon Silke Carty
Uber confronts dark side of Silicon Valley culture

Maybe it was some hard-earned experience that led Uber's CEO to respond quickly to the company's latest PR setback: a former engineer's claims of sexist treatment from company managers.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
We don't need mechanics anymore

As automotive systems get more and more complex, it will become even more important to have service techs who are really good at using diagnostic tools and making sure that they know what really needs replacing, writes Keith Crain.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Self-driving vehicles: Why the rush?

The idea that the public will share the roads with thousands of driverless vehicles being tested should put a shudder through everyone, writes Keith Crain.


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.

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Dealers, consumers will pay for FCA store expansion

A manufacturer's power to create a new dealership location is the power to destroy any number of existing dealerships within the market, writes Jim Appleton president of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
A car-crazy kid remembers the Chicago show

As a car-crazy lad born and raised in Chicago, the old Chicago auto show was something very special to me. That show was my first real taste of cars, and there was nothing quite like it. There still isn't.

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.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
NADA looks ready for next century

The most striking part of the National Automobile Dealers Association convention was the large number of vendors offering digital or electronic services to dealerships.

COMMENTARY: Larry P. Vellequette
What happens if Mexican plants close?

Over the course of my career, I have witnessed firsthand both the good and the horrible results of what is known as "free" trade. But in this brave new world we now find ourselves in, those demanding a "return of manufacturing" to the U.S. may not get exactly what they expect.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Ryan Kerrigan
How manufacturers affect store values

The complex and symbiotic relationship between dealers and manufacturers is a unique and challenging element of the U.S. auto retail industry. As dealers run increasingly large, complicated businesses, and make increasingly larger capital commitments, manufacturers can prove unpredictable.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Get ready for a retail revolution

Anyone who has spent time in January at CES, the Detroit auto show or the National Automobile Dealers Association convention will realize that things are changing in the auto world far more rapidly than anyone expected.

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