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Something new at NADA

In January we're going to add a new wrinkle to the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco. Automotive News is hosting its first annual Retail Forum -- a half-day conference focused exclusively on issues that matter to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20

Goodbye, Big 3! Does anyone care?

Once again, we would appear to be down to two domestic car companies. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles made it official over the weekend that the newly formed company is not American. So we can, as we did before to DaimlerChrysler, say goodbye to an ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13

Cadillac is making big mistakes

First, let's be perfectly clear. Cadillac is an American icon. It is not a German car. It doesn't matter who's running Cadillac or what his background is. Cadillac belongs in Detroit. If the management of Cadillac wants a little breathing room from ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6

In Paris, excitement amid uncertainty

Everyone loves an international motor show. And the biennial Paris event always attracts auto executives from around the world. Another grand motor show, displaying the best and the newest executives and vehicles, opens in Paris this week. Global ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29

Full autonomy will take time

Everyone seems to expect that fully autonomous automobiles will arrive overnight. It will take quite awhile, and automated driving probably will end up being introduced in pieces. Individual features of a complete automated system have been ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22

Chairman's style was part of Ferrari

Like football and baseball coaches, the heads of automakers seldom depart peacefully into retirement. Last week, the current longest reigning auto boss, Luca di Montezemolo, announced that he will step down as chairman of Ferrari, a resignation that ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15

New F-150 could be a game changer

Some time ago Audi introduced an aluminum-bodied car. Because Audi didn't plan to sell that many in the U.S. and didn't want to force dealers to invest much money, it set up a few service centers around the country where dealers could truck ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8

Dollie Cole was a remarkable woman

Last week Dollie Cole died at the age of 84. She was the widow of Ed Cole, the consummate car guy who also was the president of General Motors. Ed Cole had a lot of automotive credits, but certainly the most famous and enduring has to be the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1

China's government flexes its muscles

Audi just paid a fine of about $40 million. Mercedes-Benz is in line to get fined as well. Nearly every automaker is at risk these days of doing something wrong in the eyes of China's government. A good friend told me some time ago that China would ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25

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 festivities have ... 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 nostalgia, take a cold, ... 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 pretty much ... 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 and grandson of ... 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 series of questions ... 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 price of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14

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How #1 store scores with employees

How #1 store scores with employees

Texas dealer Greg May encourages staffers to provide input and solve problems on their own. Mon., October 20
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