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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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, ... 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 ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30

For a new GM culture, pinpoint responsibility

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- For more than 10 years, scores of General Motors engineers, inspectors and other employees engaged in a deadly cover-up over an easily fixable ignition-switch defect. An estimated 13 to 300 people lost their lives ... 1:06 pm U.S. ET | May 7

Foreign brands race to develop vehicles for Chinese consumers

BEIJING -- It's unusual for automakers to design vehicles exclusively for one foreign market. But that's quickly becoming the new normal in China, judging from the unveilings last month at the Beijing auto show. Ford Motor Co. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5

Does Gen Y hate driving?

LOS ANGELES -- Splashed across USA Today are the results of a survey that purports that there is “little car ... 3:17 pm U.S. ET | April 25

Cars become computers on wheels

Here's yet more evidence that the auto industry's center of gravity, at least for cool new technology, is shifting from Detroit to Silicon Valley. The r&d required to develop the underlying architecture for the computer chip ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21

Why compact SUVs will play big in Beijing

SHANGHAI -- Ten years ago, the average Chinese family could not afford a car. Today, not only can they afford it, but they're also getting picky about which vehicle to buy. SUVs, with their high seating position and a wide view of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14

In China, Musk rivals Jobs as tech superstar

SHANGHAI -- Never before has a car model created such a big splash in China as the Tesla Model S electric sedan. Tesla has yet to deliver a single Model S to China, but the car has attracted an enormous amount of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31

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