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A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already

Do not hesitate to build that North American vehicle assembly plant, Jaguar Land Rover. You will be amazed. Trust me on this one. I can't tell you how many times history has repeated itself on this count. The story always goes like this: Automaker X ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16

Why GAAP and the bottom line matter

I have been covering companies' earnings reports for 35 years, across a variety of industries and, shall we say, weirdnesses. I have reported on companies sliding into bankruptcy, ones that were more concerned with buying and selling other concerns ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9

De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to reconstruct Cadillac's image

It seems nothing gets people chattering these days like Cadillac, a brand in transition. So when reporter Richard Truett took to autonews.com last week with an "open letter" to Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen, reactions poured in. Here is Truett's ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2

Car stores could be just like Apple stores, right?

"How's it going?" I asked my friend Gene-Erik Marketer. I hadn't seen him since the NADA convention. "Great!" he replied. "I really got our dealers fired up at our make meeting with my pitch to make our dealerships more like Apple stores!" "What ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23

Has diesel had its day in Europe?

Driving into Paris a few years ago in a Peugeot diesel hatchback, I became lodged in a long line of traffic. I started coughing violently. It was so bad, I nearly couldn't drive. Thankfully, I had a bottle of water, which helped. I blamed diesel ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

In the rush to digital, a defense of the old media

SAN FRANCISCO -- Digital, digital, digital was the clear, repetitive marketing message for auto dealers at this year's National Automobile Dealers Association convention. Move beyond the old world of TV, newspapers and radio, thousands of dealers ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9

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

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