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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson didn’t exactly deny a report from China on Sunday that the Swedish brand is considering a U.S. assembly plant, but he wasn’t quite embracing it either.
The Reuters report cited unnamed executives at Geely, which owns Volvo. When asked about it Sunday night, Samuelsson suggested that the idea was premature for a company that sold just ... Continue reading "Volvo CEO Samuelsson details U.S. agenda, 'e-ordering'" » Jan 12, 2015 11:46 am U.S. ET Post Comment
DETROIT -- I don't like surprises. And it's a good thing for me that automakers don't much, either.
Most of the vehicles revealed at auto shows today break cover before the wraps formally come off onstage. For the ones that don't, the companies are kind enough to give us automotive journalists the photos and details so we can write our stories ahead of time.
So I was mil ... Continue reading "Why the Buick Avenir is a pleasant surprise" » Jan 12, 2015 10:37 am U.S. ET Post Comment
DETROIT -- By now you’ve seen the new Nissan Titan pickup that debuted today at the North American International Auto Show here.
But even if you haven’t, you have.
That’s because it has Ford F-150 DNA stamped all over it, from the three horizontal indentations in the grille that recall Ford’s three-bar grille, to the shape of the chamfered headlig ... Continue reading "Why Nissan's overhauled Titan falls short of the mountaintop" » Jan 12, 2015 9:15 am U.S. ET Post Comment
DETROIT -- A young, stylish and energetic crowd poured into Detroit's Orchestra Hall on Sunday night for the MAIN Event 20, the de facto kick-off for the North American International Auto Show.
The event, sponsored by Ford Motor Co. and now in its fifth year, celebrates the "people behind the cars" by honoring students, automotive executives and Detroit's design community ... Continue reading "Honors for the 'people behind the cars'" » Jan 11, 2015 9:45 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Luxury automakers can expect their niche to expand. But reaching customers will get harder as Millenials increasingly enter the market.
A Society of Automotive Analysts conference Sunday before the Detroit auto show press days was all about the changing U.S. luxury auto market.
Lots of data and insight from several speakers, but the takeaway was dead simple. Luxury custo ... Continue reading "Why the growth in U.S. luxury sales gets tricky" » Jan 11, 2015 7:59 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
DETROIT -- Infiniti finally has its much anticipated halo car. But it’s not the massive, performance-engined Porsche Panamera fighter once bandied about by brand executives.
Instead, it's the production coupe going on sale next year that will be based on the new Q60 Concept unveiled Sunday on the eve of the Detroit motor show press days.
Michael Bartsch, vice presi ... Continue reading "Meet Infiniti's new 'halo' car: the Q60 Concept coupe" » Jan 11, 2015 6:15 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
DETROIT -- A year ago, just before Duncan Aldred took over as the head of Buick-GMC from his previous post at GM's Vauxhall brand, he visited the auto show here.
He didn't like what he saw.
The Buick stand, as Aldred remembers it, was like a sleepy backwater. Tucked in a corner between a line of supplier displays and Chevrolet's glitzy exhibit, there might as well have b ... Continue reading "Buick stand goes from crickets to glitz under Aldred's direction" » Jan 10, 2015 6:30 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
DETROIT -- Irony, sweet irony.
For 10 days in January, throngs of car buffs will walk the floors of Cobo Center at the Detroit auto show, eager to see whatever catches their eye.
Some of the heaviest crowds will likely be drawn by a company -- Tesla Motors Inc. -- that can’t even sell cars in Michigan because of lobbying from some of the very dealers who organize t ... Continue reading "For once, Detroit's dealers welcome Tesla" » Jan 10, 2015 2:00 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
I live in the Lafayette Park section of downtown Detroit. It’s the largest collection of Mies van der Rohe architecture in the world, halfway between Greektown and Eastern Market. So on principle, I favor events at the auto show that call attention to the good things found in Detroit.
Even if it means product replaces produce.
On Saturday, I headed over to Eastern ... Continue reading "Buick displaces broccoli" » Jan 10, 2015 3:45 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt team will no doubt be slammed during the Detroit auto show press days next week.
The Volt-sters will have a lot to talk about as the second-generation Volt rolls out. GM has been teasing the advances in battery power, range and quietness. I’m guessing that GM made price reduction a priority, too -- but we’ll see.
Neverthel ... Continue reading "Volt led the way for today's plug-in hybrids" » Jan 7, 2015 7:57 pm U.S. ET Post Comment