'Car guy' passion is universal

I have always been impressed at how the auto industry is full of people with passion. I don't mean folks who like their jobs. I mean individuals who adore cars, who absolutely love what they do. And the car biz is full of people who think beyond the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22

Electronic gremlins may keep old cars off the road

Advanced electronics have transformed every aspect of today's automobile. They are cleaner, faster, safer, more efficient and more capable. But here's the downside: As light vehicles age, repairs could get more difficult and expensive -- especially ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22

Marchionne's merger mania: Why now?

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and related companies, has a number of honorifics and titles on his resume. But there is one important task that doesn't get talked about that much: Sherpa. I refer to Marchionne's desperate quest ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15

EV subsidies and the bottom line

U.S. sales of electrified vehicles are a bit shaky these days. A big part of the problem is that some of the government incentives that have largely driven demand are starting to evaporate. But that's hardly the only problem for EVs. Sales are ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15

Gibberish! What did you expect?

My late colleague Jack Teahen once wrote that the auto industry isn't alone in having its own jargon -- "words or phrases that are gibberish to the average Jane or Joe but make perfect sense to those 'in the business.'" Jack felt it was his duty to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8

No room for 'pink tax' in a car contract

Do women pay more than men for the same cars? That's the question NBC's "Today" show posed last week. Before I tell you the answer, let me set up the premise. The report was part of a secret-shopper series on female consumers. One segment said ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8

A tale of 2 production booms

It's easy to view Mexico's auto manufacturing ascendancy as an encore of last decade's production boom in central Europe. Mexico has the same heady feel of exuberance now as I saw growing in the early 2000s in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1

Android Auto's simplicity is such a luxury

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- Usually with a car, the more you pay, the more you get. The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend that rule by giving cars from brands such as Chevrolet, Honda and Hyundai ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1

To win over humans, Google's self-driving car must clear a high bar

SAN FRANCISCO -- No matter how far Google Inc. comes with self-driving cars, the technology will never be perfect. Human error and a chaotic world will not allow it. This may be why Google, prodded by a report by the Associated Press about accidents ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25

Which road to self-driving tech will win?

An economic development group in Paris predicts that autonomously driven "taxibots" will largely replace private vehicles. So you can add taxi driver to bookstore clerk, mail carrier and telephone installer on the list of technologically endangered ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11

Detroit has little to gain from free trade with Japan

TOKYO -- With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington to meet President Barack Obama and address Congress last week, automakers were watching for signs of progress toward a controversial free-trade pact. The U.S. carmakers, in particular, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4

Auto industry should cheer Tesla Motors' battery play

When it unveils its first batteries for homes and businesses this week, Tesla Motors will no longer be a car company. It will be an energy company, competing against electric utilities just as it has gone after the car market. Any automaker or ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27

States' varying auto insurance rates play with the car-buying equation

Want $7,700 more to spend on a new car? Move from Michigan to Maine before you insure it. That's because U.S. insurance premiums on a new vehicle vary wildly by state, according, from a high of $206 a month in Michigan to $67 in Maine. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27

A GM-FCA hookup? 'Put' it in perspective

Perhaps Sergio Marchionne is banking on a loss of institutional memory at General Motors. That's the only way I can see that he might expect GM to consider buying Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Marchionne might have an opening if only because the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20

Self-driving tech building blocks already in place

No one had ever done it before. Delphi Automotive just completed a 3,400-mile drive from San Francisco to New York in a self-driving car. It was an amazing technological feat. And it shows just how rapidly engineers and software code slingers are ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20

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