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Happy 50th to an American icon

The Ford Mustang is 50 years old. It deserves a celebration, and I am sure Ford is planning an appropriate party. It came into the U.S. market like a storm. It set sales records in its first 24 months. It survived a near-death ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14

Eastern Europe is an auto hot spot

Last week, American eyes were focused on Washington as General Motors CEO Mary Barra testified before House and Senate subcommittees on GM's problems with ignition switches. That and continuing coverage of the missing Malaysian ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7

Tesla's wasting time, energy, money

When I buy a product, I want a retailer nearby where I can get service and satisfaction. If there isn't a service outlet nearby, it is up to the manufacturer to make arrangements to provide service. If you care about customers, you ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31

Filling the hole in the dashboard

It wasn't that many years ago that auto dealers ordered cars from the factory with simple AM radios or without radios. Dealers would swap the radios for some fancy sound system that could be installed at the dealership, and ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24

Barra should recuse herself from GM investigation

General Motors is under attack from all sides. It is time for GM’s leaders to act quickly and decisively to investigate the circumstances that led to the global recall of 1.6 million 2003-07 model vehicles because of defective ... 1:10 pm U.S. ET | March 14

Is your dealership one of the best?

This year for the third time, Automotive News is conducting a program to determine the 100 Best Dealerships To Work For in the United States and Canada. In a few weeks, though, the time for registering will be past, and so will ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10

GM recall: Issue is not a faulty switch

General Motors this week added more than 588,000 vehicles to a recall to fix ignition switches, bringing the total number of vehicles recalled in the United States to 1.37 million. Some of the vehicles were built a decade ago, and ... 10:02 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28

The r&d grunt work shifts to suppliers

It wasn't too long ago that every car company and every division within a company had its own innovation center. They weren't fancy starched-labcoat research laboratories so much as rooms full of clever people with tools and ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24

Selling cars today takes a lot of work

Once upon a time, selling cars was a fairly straightforward process. Those days are gone forever. Today, there are people from 18 to 80 buying cars, and they all have different needs, which require entirely different sales ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17

Crash avoidance is a noble idea

For decades people in the aircraft industry have believed that for the most part airplane crashes were not survivable. So they spent all their time and energy creating systems for crash avoidance. It has been spectacularly successful; ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10

This is not a simple business anymore

Honda Motor Co. announced last week that it exported more vehicles from the United States in 2013 than it shipped from Japan to the United States. Last month, Fiat completed its purchase of Chrysler. The new company, Fiat Chrysler ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3

Technology takes a lot of training

Today's automobile is packed with technology, more than most customers understand. As cars and trucks become more complicated, manufacturers and dealers are going to have to provide more training for customers. The days of telling ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27

NADA is more important than ever

The U.S. auto industry has just finished what has to be one of the best years in its history. But a lot of factors must be addressed if we want to see the recovery continue. So this week's National Automobile Dealers Association ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20

After 25 years, product is still king

The modern success of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit was forged 25 years ago with new products. The die was cast in 1989, when Bob McCurry decided to debut Toyota's luxury brand at the newly designated ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Detroit is well worth the trip

Next week is the start of the North American International Auto Show. The Detroit show is always remarkable with more debuts than anywhere else and lots of executives who are available to share insights on what's shaping this ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6

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