The president should have said 'Mexico'
Posted 11:23 am U.S. ET, April 28
| Lindsay Chappell is the Mid-South bureau chief in the U.S. for Automotive News.|
Is China really the competitive threat that will spur Congress to sign off on the proposed new free-trade pact with Japan and other Asian nations?
That’s what President Barack Obama recently said as he tries to win over Democrat and Republican skeptics in Congress. Obama warned that if the United States fails to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Japan, Vietnam, Singapore and eight ...
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Why Piech's departure is bad for the industry
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 27
| Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe Germany correspondent.|
Of all the backdrops befitting a historic event for Germany’s auto industry, the least likely would have to be an insignificant airport in the city of Brunswick, a tiny satellite that orbits the massive VW factory in nearby Wolfsburg.On Saturday, however, it served as the meeting place where Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech, outnumbered five to one during a meeting of the board’s mo ...
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Uber might trump the cost of car ownership, but not leasing…yet
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 25
| Jamie LaReau covers the automotive retail beat for Automotive News.|
Most dealers probably don’t lose sleep with worry that Uber, the popular app-based service that pairs private drivers with riders, will usurp car ownership anytime soon despite Uber’s ambitions to make it so.
In most cases, when a person drives more than 13,500 miles a year, car ownership is still ideal and ultimately cheaper than using ride-sharing, according to published reports tha ...
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Maybe NHTSA could use excessive force to fix old Jeeps -- or leg traps
Posted 2:25 pm U.S. ET, April 24
| Larry P. Vellequette covers Fiat Chrysler for Automotive News.|
Editors note: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect model years of recalled Jeep Libertys.
So the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering its options on how to speed up the repair rate on a couple older recalls, including one involving hundreds of thousands of old Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys.
May I suggest leg traps? You know, those inhumane devices that ...
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Buick chief says new China duties won't distract from 'a lot more to do' in U.S.
Posted 6:00 am U.S. ET, April 24
Aldred: “We've got a good start, but there's a lot more to do.”
SHANGHAI -- In the year since he took over the Buick and GMC brands in the U.S., Duncan Aldred has made a lot of fans among dealers.
He's earned a reputation as a sales and marketing exec willing to try new things, such as a 16 percent cash-back offer tied to the 'Sweet Sixteen' during the NCAA men's basketball tournament last month.
He also successfully pushed for a 50 percent increase in suppl ...
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Midsize with a four-banger or large and loaded? How auto insurance affects consumers' buying power
Posted 11:32 am U.S. ET, April 23
| Jesse Snyder is opinion page editor at Automotive News.|
Want $7,700 more to spend on a new car? Move from Michigan to Maine before you insure it.
That’s because U.S. insurance premiums on a new vehicle vary wildly by state, according Insure.com, from a high of $206 a month in Michigan to $67 in Maine. All else equal, a buyer can spend $139 a month more for car payments in the Pine Tree State than in the Great Lakes State. That adds up over the l ...
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Why the auto industry should root for Tesla's battery play
Posted 3:20 pm U.S. ET, April 22
| Gabe Nelson covers Silicon Valley for Automotive News.|
When it unveils its first batteries for homes and businesses next week, Tesla Motors will no longer be a car company. It will be an energy company, competing against electric utilities just as it has gone after the car market.
Any automaker or supplier that has invested heavily in electric cars or fuel cells should be quietly cheering for Tesla to succeed, because it would mean that car companies ...
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Toyota's message to critics who, um, pooh-pooh fuel cells
Posted 3:40 pm U.S. ET, April 22
Toyota's video was directed by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who directed and starred in the 2004 documentary Super Size Me.
VINCE BOND JR.:
Toyota has a message for critics who call bullsh*t on hydrogen fuel cells: You’re right -- in one sense.
Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Toyota launched a new campaign today showing how cow pies are a viable source of renewable energy.
The catch phrase: “We’re driving down the road, running on bullsh*t,” uttered by a dairy farmer as he wheeled the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fu ...
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Auto finance critic Warren stands firm on CFPB dealership oversight
Posted 11:15 am U.S. ET, April 22
| Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News.|
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is once again calling for direct regulation of auto dealerships by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
In a stinging speech last week, she also advocated for what amounts to a ban on dealer markup on auto loans and equated auto loans with “the pre-crisis housing market,” which helped bring about the 2008-09 recession.
“It’s no coincidence&rdquo ...
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With 3-D printing, product development flies
Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, April 21
An axle casing made of resin.
It’s not uncommon for an engineer or designer at Fiat Chrysler’s tech center in Auburn Hills, Mich., to see a prototype part deposited on his or her desk less than 24 hours after ordering it.
That kind of speed -- never before consistently possible in the auto industry -- reduces development costs by cutting dramatically the amount of time and labor expended in the vehicle creation pr ...
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Who's using whom in the Mazda-Toyota Mexican marriage?
Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, April 21
Scion's Doug Murtha reveals the Scion iA sedan in New York.
TOKYO -- From the beginning, Mazda Motor Corp.’s deal to build a small car for Toyota Motor Corp. at Mazda’s new plant in Mexico was a marriage of convenience. But the debut this month of the vehicle, the Scion iA sedan, raises the question of which company is getting the better bargain.
Mazda is loaning a rival one of its biggest brand assets: its distinct Kodo design language. Scion ...
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