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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8

Settlement rolls Tide coach into Birmingham

Nick Saban occupies a social position in Alabama that is approximately equal to Julius Caesar's in imperial Rome. So imagine the surprise at Crown Automobile, the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Birmingham, Ala., for 40 years, when it ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1

Automakers called out on lousy voice recognition

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The world's automakers are going to be doing a lot of cringing now that J.D. Power plans to lay into them for one of the most poorly executed technologies they peddle to consumers -- voice recognition. In ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11

New systems amaze, but what about the joy of driving?

DETROIT -- I often visit major suppliers to see what technologies they are working on. Recent visits to Visteon Corp. and Valeo North America threw me into a bit of a funk. They are working to create a cloud-based, always-connected ... 11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6

Despite its speed, the Camaro still has road manners

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. -- The 2014 Camaro Z/28 may be the tamest racetrack-ready car on the market. Chevrolet rented the GingerMan Raceway here in June, brought a fleet of Z/28s along with Camaro engineers, and then handed the keys to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5

A failure to punish fails members

A Page 1 report in The New York Times on July 20 cast car dealerships ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4

Wait for Congress to act? Good luck

WASHINGTON -- The need to fix America's crumbling roads is one of the few things Democrats and Republicans agree on. Yet last month, with the country on the verge of running out of cash for highway repairs, lawmakers couldn't ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3

Road to mythical 54.5 mpg not likely to change

So how goes the long, steep climb to corporate average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg by the 2025 model year? Pretty well, according to speakers at a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute conference last week. But even ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28

Scheele wasn't too big to solve a paint problem

Former Ford Motor Co. President Nick Scheele, who died this month at age 70, left warm memories throughout the auto industry. Scheele ran both Ford of Europe and Jaguar before coming to the United States in 2001. In those days, he ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help. When it comes to small cars, American buyers have a limit to how low ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28

Golfer gets a hole-in-one; dealer whiffs

A California Kia dealership was basking in the glow of its sponsorship of a hole-in-one challenge at an annual charity golf tournament when the unthinkable happened. On May 7, for the first time in the event's history, a golfer, Allan ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21

Now Mark FIelds knows how Gene Bartow felt

What do Gene Bartow, David Moyes, Tim Cook and Harry Truman have in common with new Ford CEO Mark Fields?
All had to follow legends. It’s Fields’ lot to succeed ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14

GM recall blitz spotlights used-car sales loophole

WASHINGTON -- Right now, for less than $10,000, an unsuspecting used-car buyer could easily drive off the lot in a Chevrolet Cobalt or Saturn Ion equipped with General Motors' defective "switch from hell." Used-car retail giant ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30

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