In D.C., Takata finds no friends, just cross hairs

Years from now, automotive historians will agree that Takata Corp.'s fate in the U.S. was sealed during a congressional hearing on Dec. 3, 2014. One hour into the hearing, Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., leaned toward his microphone, stared at the witness ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15

Poached from BMW, Diess in position for VW CEO job

Volkswagen's decision to poach BMW product development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in the pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as head of what could soon be the world's largest automaker. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15

Luxury cars go the way of free-trade coffee

LOS ANGELES -- Luxury automobiles typically offer customers a combination of high performance, advanced technology and plush comfort. But now they may offer wealthy car buyers something else: a clearer conscience. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Volvo ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1

China's fuel economy goal will punish foreign imports

SHANGHAI -- For many years in China, vehicle imports have soared as rising incomes whetted consumers' appetite for luxurious cars that proclaimed their status. But foreign automakers -- especially producers of big, gas-guzzling sedans -- soon will ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3

'14 honorees raise the bar for worker engagement

My firm, Best Companies Group, measures employee engagement and satisfaction. In determining the 2014 Best Dealerships To Work For, we surveyed more than 55,000 dealership employees. To determine how emotionally connected or "engaged" the employees ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15

Dissecting what it means when Buffett grabs the wheel

Wherever Warren Buffett goes, investors follow. Such is the power of the Oracle of Omaha's reputation. True to form, Berkshire Hathaway's recent purchase of the Van Tuyl car dealership group has pushed up the share value of large dealership ... 11:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4

How one pol championed China EV sales

SHANGHAI -- Until recently, China's electric vehicle industry was nothing more than a hobby. In 2013, automakers produced only 17,600 EVs and plug-in hybrids. Automakers halfheartedly built them while bureaucrats dithered over proposals to jolt the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15

Why Google cars? The software, stupid

Does Google really want to become an automaker, or does it have some other goal for its driverless cars? Last May, the Silicon Valley company announced plans to produce at least 100 fully autonomous vehicles, a fleet that reportedly will be ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15

The New York Times editorial got it wrong

An editorial in the Saturday, Aug. 9, issue of The New York Times made unreasonable demands on dealers and automotive lenders while grossly misrepresenting automotive lending.The Times editorial, titled "When a Car Loan Means Bankruptcy," argued ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18

China's new antitrust watchdog

SHANGHAI -- Until recently, the National Development and Reform Commission, a ministry-level government body, was very friendly toward foreign automakers, approving numerous factory projects the companies sought. But lately it has begun ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11

Pressure builds on suppliers to team up

When ZF Friedrichshafen AG announced plans to acquire TRW Automotive, media reports focused on their combined sales of about $40 billion, which would rival behemoths such as Bosch, Denso and Magna. Fair enough, but it might make more sense to focus ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21

Hungry VW wants to devour Fiat Chrysler

Anyone who follows the auto industry might find it easy to dismiss this week's news that Volkswagen is in talks to take over the recently consolidated Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. After all, VW has been aggressively eyeing Fiat's best assets ever ... 2:28 pm U.S. ET | July 18

Minivans: So practical, so maligned

Here's an exercise: Think of the most practical product you own, something you use every day. Maybe it's a pen you keep in your pocket, or a garment, a briefcase, a handbag -- whatever. Do you like it? Probably, or you'd switch to an alternative. Is ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14

Replacing the Wrangler is a puzzler

I pity Mark Allen. The soft-spoken, self-effacing Jeep design boss has successfully tackled a series of product interventions and designs that have put Chrysler Group's top-selling brand where it is today. The Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Compass, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7

Will global automakers drop Chinese partners?

SHANGHAI -- Under China's regulations, foreign automakers may not own more than 50 percent of their joint ventures with Chinese partners. But that may change. Since President Xi Jinping took office early last year, he has repeatedly pledged to shore ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30

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Canadian dealer buries a Jeep, hires an ambassador and puts on the Ritz

Canadian dealer buries a Jeep, hires an ambassador and puts on the Ritz

At Bay King Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Hamilton, Ontario, dealer Jamie Richter has put luxury-hotel touches in his new showroom. They include concierges who see to the needs of service customers. Mon., December 15
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