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NASHVILLE -- Bill Strauss has some very good news for the American auto industry. Or he has some very bad news. You can take your pick.
Strauss, a Federal Reserve Board senior economist and economic adviser for 30 years, has spent the past few years examining what's going on in auto manufacturing. He concludes, in a nutshell, ... Continue reading "The auto boom -- without new jobs" » May 14, 2013 2:49 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Score one for the tortoise.
Subaru's plan to invest $400 million to expand its U.S. auto factory is evidence that a long-term business outlook and a steady commitment to growth are worth more than neon headlines and Wall Street drooling.
Even in the car business. ...
Continue reading "Slow and steady wins at Subaru" » May 9, 2013 10:32 am U.S. ET Post Comment | Permalink
The free-trade proposal that’s on the table between Japan and the United States and other countries has been a flash point because Japan’s critics have grave doubts that the Japanese government will allow American cars to sell there unencumbered.
If only the Japanese government would stop making it difficult to im ... Continue reading "The past is no indication of Japanese trade barriers" » Apr 12, 2013 7:21 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
The wraps came off of the 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid Wednesday afternoon in New York, and the model signals a clear new path for the luxury brand. There will be hybrid powertrain options for almost every new model Infiniti introduces.
But there will also be new marketing challenges -- not just for Infiniti, or for the rest of ... Continue reading "Hybrid wave raises marketing questions" » Mar 28, 2013 2:23 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
The news that General Motors alum Mark Hogan will take an unprecedented director's seat on the board at Toyota Motor Corp. evokes all sorts of historical observations.
But don't forget this one: Hogan has come full circle to Toyota's aide.
Presumably, based on his rich global experience ins ... Continue reading "How Mark Hogan came full circle to aid Toyota" » Mar 7, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
One thing that stands out on the new Mercedes-Benz CLA four-door coupe, which goes on sale in September, is that big Mercedes star on its grille.
You can see it from down the block.
That's going to count for something when Mercedes attempts what it says it will attempt in September -- takin ... Continue reading "The big star drops into the mass market" » Feb 25, 2013 3:22 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
ORLANDO -- Was it all of three or four years ago that the buzz at the auto retailers convention was all about dealer Web sites? Who was doing them well? Who was missing the boat? Who was making sure they met standards, and what bright new promise did they held for the auto industry?
And suddenly last year the buzz shifted to ... Continue reading "This year’s buzz: Dealer apps" » Feb 10, 2013 10:13 am U.S. ET Post Comment
ORLANDO -- Before we get around to cheering for the growth in vehicle sales, let us wax nostalgic for the good old days of 2009 and 2010.
Even though it was cataclysmic on most counts, it wasn’t too shabby on at least one point. Dealership gross profits were better then.
Since the mon ... Continue reading "Gross memories of 2009" » Feb 8, 2013 2:26 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
This was supposed to be a big year in the push for better auto fuel economy. Electric vehicles and hybrids were supposed to make giant strides in 2012.
It turned out to be a little spotty.
Cases in point:
and others claim the ... Continue reading "On the mpg front, 2012 had some fizzle" » Dec 28, 2012 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
The old rule of thumb in design is the KISS principle: "Keep It Simple Stupid." Or, as some people write it, "Keep it simple, Stupid." Either way.
The advertising business long ago adopted the adage. The newspaper business tries to adhere to it as well.
But we're living in complicated t ... Continue reading "They slip by fast, but not all TV spots are so simple" » Dec 6, 2012 3:36 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn reveals that, even as his company is building new North American factory capacity, it will run out of room again by 2017 and will need to build still another plant here.
By itself, that shouldn't come as a surprise given the sales momentum generated by Nissan dealers the past few years.