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M&A fever's hefty toll on talent

Throughout Automotive News' Industry on Trial series, we've looked at wasted capital, duplicated engineering and how economies of scale drive the urge to merge.Let's set aside the corporate chessboard to focus on people. The bigger a merger, the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24

Why JLR picked 'Detroit East'

Jaguar Land Rover's selection last week of Nitra, Slovakia, for its next assembly plant dashed hopes in the U.S., Mexico and Poland. Was Slovakia's pick just another low-wage choice? Hardly. Sure, Slovak wages are lower than those in the U.S. or ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17

Digital maps are a precious resource

If the global supply of steel, rubber or oil were about to fall into the wrong hands, car companies would be awfully scared. It's the reason the OPEC oil embargo in the early 1970s sent the auto industry on a scramble for alternatives to foreign oil. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17

July's secret sauce? There's 'Nothing bad happening'

Why did U.S. auto sales flourish in July? "Nothing bad happening," which, as it happens, is my favorite explanation. July's seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate hit 17.55 million, a bit higher than forecasters had expected. After so many good ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10

The knock on higher octane

Look for the debate over raising the octane levels at U.S. gasoline pumps -- perhaps making 93 octane the new regular -- to get a lot louder between now and 2017. Here's why: Automakers and suppliers are spending lavishly on product development to ... 11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5

Sports cars: Launch 'em and leave 'em? No way

The newly redesigned Mustang is barely a year old, and Ford already has revealed updates and improvements for the 2016 model. Some of the motivation for these quick changes, of course, is aimed at blunting an expected strong challenge from the ... 11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4

Why others aren't adopting Ford's aluminum strategy

Some observers expected a rush to aluminum after Ford last year switched the body of the venerable F-150 pickup from steel to the lightweight metal.  It didn’t happen. Fiat Chrysler is sticking with steel for the next-gen Jeep Wrangler ... 11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3

Performance rules -- despite the push for more mpg

Sometimes, you can't see something when you are in the middle of it. Right now, we are in the golden age of high-performance cars, be they gasoline, electric or hybrid. Who knows how long it will last? The original muscle-car era spanned from 1964 -- ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3

Autonomous vehicle explosion brings challenges

Conundrum is defined by Webster's New World College Dictionary as a puzzling question or problem. The exploding autonomous vehicle phenomenon is presenting the automobile industry with a thicket of conundrums. These challenges will keep an army of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27

A proving ground for collaboration

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Could the smartphone -- the source of so many deadly driving distractions -- prove to be an auto safety device? That question has been in my head ever since I rode along on a Honda demonstration of a safety system that integrates ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27

All self-driving cars will need V2V capability

Two SUVs on a California street try to merge into the same lane at the same time and get too close. Happens all the time. Except these two vehicles were self-driving cars. And this incident, which occurred in late June in Palo Alto, Calif., gives us ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20

Self-driving cars make ethical choices

SAN FRANCISCO -- Car companies don't usually get sucked into philosophical debates, but right now they're facing a big, thorny question: how the self-driving cars of the future will decide who will live and who will die. Last month, an excellent ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13

Like the others, Nardelli learned the hard way -- or did he?

When Bob Nardelli introduced himself to Chrysler employees as the new CEO on Aug. 6, 2007, in Auburn Hills, he was a man with plenty to prove.Employees, who milled around the lawn talking worriedly in small groups, had been expecting product whiz ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13

Toyota must keep on pushing for diversity

TOKYO -- Many questions had foreign reporters in attendance squirming in their seats. Japanese journalists oozed with insinuation while asking Toyota President Akio Toyoda at last month's press conference about his just-arrested chief communications ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6

A sales record not worth breaking

By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's not the whole story. June 2015 was actually far better than June 2005. In June 2015, automakers were healthy and scrambling to keep up with demand ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6

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