Most mergers come from weakness

Once again, there is talk about consolidation of the global auto industry, triggered by the folks at FCA. The fundamental problem with mergers is that, historically, they almost always have been of two turkeys rather than two eagles. Occasionally, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20

Cadillac, Lincoln place their bets

I'm getting tired of carmakers using combinations of letters and sometimes numbers to identify autos. It has become very confusing. If you have known a name for a half century, it's branded into the brain. But anything more recent, and it gets ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13

What's new at N.Y. auto show? Lots

As the New York auto show opened last week, even the auto companies were excited about all the hybrids delivering 40-plus mpg. There were lots of new luxury cars and SUVs. It is amazing that the world's car manufacturers could reload their product ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6

When will next shoe drop in China?

Awhile back, several industry executives I trust told me they believed China's government would nationalize the auto industry once it was confident it could manage automotive companies without foreign assistance. Today, you could argue that China is ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30

Is cheap fuel permanent or a blip?

If you have any interest in an electric vehicle these days, I suggest a used Nissan Leaf. I'm not picking on Nissan. If you look at the auction prices of just about any used electric vehicle, you'll discover they have fallen through the floor. All ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23

Keeping the passion alive for 20 years

If you have doubts about America's love affair with the automobile, go to a local car show. This past weekend, the 20th anniversary of a classic car gathering took place on Florida's Amelia Island. It is a terrific show that grew from the dogged ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16

Let's ensure recalled vehicles get fixed

Balancing the rights of states and those of the federal government can be controversial. But I have long advocated that most laws regulating cars and drivers should be at the federal rather than the state level. The idea that each state should set ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9

Katayama was quite a rebel

It is a feat in itself to live to be 105. But in that longevity, Yutaka Katayama, the long-retired head of Datsun and Nissan in the U.S., became a legend. Mr. K, as everyone called him, put Datsun on the map. As a young rebel within Nissan, he was ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2

Now everyone wants to build cars

Last week I wrote about how everyone seemed to want to jump into automobile retailing. People were coming out of the woodwork to enter this century-old business. It didn't matter that most didn't know a lot about retailing. And when you saw the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23

Everyone wants to be a dealer

There have been associations for minority dealers and minority suppliers for just about as long as I can remember. Now General Motors is adding a second 20 group for female dealers because of all the new ones. Warren Buffett made news when he spent ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

When do we see price reductions?

There never seems to be any delay in imported car price hikes when the dollar gets weak and makes it more expensive to do business in the United States. But we have seen quite a run-up of the value of the U.S. dollar recently compared with just ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9

This is right out of '1984'

One issue never properly resolved involves autos sold in the United States with a memory chip that records the last seconds before a crash. It doesn't hold much data, but it could be critical in some lawsuits to determine what was going on seconds ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2

Time to rethink auto safety

I am looking forward to seeing how new Administrator Mark Rosekind reshapes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He has spent a great deal of time at the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates transportation ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26

Week 1 down; now for Week 2

The car business is alive and well. The opening days of the North American International Auto Show last week in Detroit were a spectacular success. And I am pleased to say that the 39th Automotive News World Congress was also a hugely successful ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19

Everyone is in Detroit this week

It was just over 25 years ago that the Detroit auto show changed from a sleepy local event into the substantial international motor show that it is today. If you are a journalist, you don't dare miss this Motor City event. Auto executives from China ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12

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