Lesson not learned will cost VW

As it drove to become the world's biggest automaker, Volkswagen forgot the lessons of one of the most painful chapters in its history. And it will pay a price. Back in the 1980s, some U.S. owners of VW's Audi 5000 discovered that their sleek new ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5

How to do an automotive hookup

FRANKFURT -- Carlos Ghosn and Dieter Zetsche's annual press conference, known on the auto show circuit as "The Carlos and Dieter Show," would be easy to dismiss as mere self-congratulation. At the auto show here, the two CEOs once again spent an ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5

Connected car finally may have found a parking spot

How did we ever live without GPS? Before satellite navigation became common in cars and smartphones, drivers were forced to fumble with paper maps. Or leaf through printed-out directions from the Internet. Or stop and ask for directions. Every ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28

Well, there goes my new-car buzz

Owning a four-month-old Volkswagen Golf TDI today feels a bit like having a puppy that you know someday must be taken in to have neutered. You wonder whether he'll be quite the same spunky dog afterward. The neutering, of course, will be whatever ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28

Is there a side door into Fortress GM?

Amid the handshakes and smiles of a tentative labor agreement with the UAW last week, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne let slip where he is going next. The industry's capital consumption "is something which remains unsolved," Marchionne said, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21

Governments trump market forces

There are many reasons why the auto industry does such a poor job of recouping the capital invested in it. Automotive News detailed dozens of them in our six-part "Industry on Trial" series. But for me, one factor cuts through all others. Market ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14

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

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