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It was a weekend of celebration

This past weekend, there were two events separated by 2,500 miles that in many ways describe the love affair with the automobile. Both have been single-day events for decades, but with all the activities surrounding them, the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18

You ain't seen nothing yet

With car shows filling the calendar across the country, it's a good time to contemplate your favorite car from the 1960s or 1970s. It's great fun to remember the cars and the state of the industry back then. But after the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11

Automakers need state departments

There was a time in the automobile business when all you did was build and sell cars and trucks. You might have shipped a few overseas to a distributor or had someone build cars in foreign lands. No big deal; such operations ran ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4

It was one heck of a night

Last week, the Automotive Hall of Fame celebrated its 75th anniversary and inducted four people. I was very honored to be one of them, along with data guru Dave Power; Ferdinand Piech, chairman of Volkswagen AG's supervisory board ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28

No end in sight to GM mess

Last week brought more revelations about General Motors and the infamous ignition switch, and there was more grueling testimony, from executives at GM and Delphi. It is a mess, and it keeps going. There is a never-ending ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21

A contradiction or a cornucopia?

I am told that Bugatti may add a vehicle to its lineup with something like 1,500 hp, and, I am sure, a purchase price to match. Meanwhile, some other European companies are prospering by making small, frugal vehicles that drive the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14

GM is doing the right thing

Last week, Kenneth Feinberg released his plan to compensate the victims of defective ignition switches in General Motors cars. It's going to be very expensive for GM, but the company made the right decision to hire Feinberg and ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7

An easy solution to recall compliance

I recently had a conversation with Joan Claybrook, former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about the extremely low rate of recalled vehicles that actually get repaired. I have heard some pretty low ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30

A brand is built 1 customer at a time

Dodge, that historic automobile brand, is celebrating its 100th year. To help celebrate the anniversary, I decided it was time to visit my local Dodge dealer. Actually, it was with a certain amount of fear and trepidation ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23

Changing GM will take time

Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally was in the right place at the right time. General Motors CEO Mary Barra may or may not be in the right place at the right time. After working at one company for a third of a century as she has, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16

States meddle in car sales again

It wasn't that long ago that California adopted a zero-emission vehicle policy that cost a lot of money and didn't do a thing. The state mandated that ZEVs had to be 2 percent of major automakers' sales in California, increasing to 10 ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9

Do recalls also mean profits?

I have always noticed how whenever the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration orders a new piece of safety equipment, it is installed on new vehicles and customers pay the freight. If you take the backup cameras recently ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2

Eventually, you have to fix cars

One of the toughest parts of being in the automobile business is that no one has figured out how to keep cars running forever without repairs or maintenance. Even if someone figures out how to build autos to last forever and the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26

Scattered around the nation

The recent announcement that Toyota will move most of its North American operations to a suburb of Dallas leaves just a couple of Asian car companies in Southern California. First it was Nissan to Nashville and now Toyota to Texas. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19

Watch out, more brands are coming

Last week Fiat Chrysler announced that it will spend billions of dollars to reinvigorate Alfa Romeo into a brand that sells hundreds of thousands of cars. It seems inevitable that the Chinese will send over some of their brands in ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12

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