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Bentley joins VW's party of quirky names

DETROIT -- When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. This is the German company that dreamed up the Touareg, named for the nomadic Tuareg people of North Africa, and Tiguan, a combination of the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19

Why falling fuel prices are bad, bad news

Cheap gasoline usually brings higher incentives on hybrids and other fuel-efficient cars -- making it harder for automakers and suppliers to sell them at a profit. When it comes to buying gasoline, I have deep pockets but short arms. Like you, I ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Strong margins signal more strong growth

The counting's done, so it's official: 2014 was a great year. We can all rattle off lots to celebrate: fifth straight year of sales growth, 13 brands setting U.S. sales records, 6 million-plus units higher than 2009 and more growth forecast for 2015. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12

NHTSA had lots of help making roads safer

Here's some good news you didn't read much about this year: U.S. roads are safer. The number of people who died in U.S. traffic crashes fell 3 percent in 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. That year's total: 32,719 ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29

How auto dealers gained our esteem

Auto dealers have a golden business opportunity -- to become their customers' favorite merchants. Here's my take. Several trends in business and technology favor local merchants, including auto dealers, over national conglomerates in terms of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15

How to stop supplier price fixing now

The U.S. Department of Justice has assessed $2.4 billion in fines on 32 auto parts suppliers and charged 46 individuals -- nearly all of them Japanese -- in the largest antitrust prosecution in U.S. history. That's as of early last week and just in ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1

How Sprinter dodges the chicken tax

LADSON, S.C. -- A curious exercise in auto manufacturing takes place daily inside the old, 350,000-square-foot Western Star truck plant here now owned by Daimler. This is where Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter cargo vans are reassembled after ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24

Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful

As Jim Farley heads out of Dearborn to run Ford of Europe, starting Jan. 1, folks in marketing and sales at Ford Motor Co.’s headquarters are getting ready to greet Stephen Odell, who will replace Farley as head of sales, service and marketing ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10

Good times are rolling for pickup makers

What a terrific month October was for sales of pickups. Large pickups rose 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. The 10-month numbers for big pickups look pretty good, too. Sales are up 7 percent to 1.7 million units, just ahead of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10

For some, a big downside to cheap gas

Last month on vacation, I encountered $2.69-a-gallon gasoline in Virginia. Subsequently, I've enjoyed seeing fill-ups cost $10 to $15 less than I've come to expect. As a consumer, I like that. I'm sure people selling bigger vehicles do, too. But one ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10

CT6? Cadillac missed chance to sell 'em on a sexy name

MGB. 500. 280SL. G8. XK120. 2002Tii. TR6. 318is. Car names derived from letters and numbers have been with us since at least the 1950s. So why the big fuss after Cadillac said it will name its big new sedan the CT6? For example, Peter De Lorenzo of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13

Sedan-heavy brands also pile on the incentives

Take a look at who's been increasing incentives lately, and you will see a larger trend in U.S. vehicle strategy. The guys who stepped up their incentive spending last month are brands that are counting on strong sedan strategies in an era of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22

For GM, the self-driving car of the future is also a thing of the past

DETROIT -- In the 1950s, General Motors futurists envisioned a highway system that included a "Safety Autoway" that contained metallic strips embedded in the road. Those strips would be read by cameras and sensors on the road and be used to help ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15

Gigafactory: Tesla's key to meeting cost, range targets

The ceremony last week announcing Tesla's decision to build its lithium ion battery "gigafactory" in Nevada was filled with phrases such as "as many as" and "as much as." That's standard verbiage for governors and CEOs hyping the economic impact of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8

Sit-highs: The lucky ducks have trucks

August's U.S. auto sales report was full of good news. Most automakers recorded volume gains. Average transaction prices rose more than incentives. And a Labor Day surprise surge pushed the month beyond merely matching last year's blowout August ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8

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