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

Left for dead, British industry booms again

Ten years ago this month, MG Rover went bankrupt. The event appeared to symbolize the end of the once proud British auto industry. But in April 2005 no one could have foreseen that: MG -- one of the world's most cherished sports car brands -- ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13

The new sticker shock: High costs to fix high-tech

We all know about showroom sticker shock. But here's another side of the affordability problem: the hefty repair costs for minor accidents. At least two factors are driving up the cost to fix vehicles: safety electronics and the way cars are built ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6

Ford at it again as Continental grabs spotlight

NEW YORK -- Ford Motor Co. seems to have its formula for creating auto show buzz down pat. Let a major competitor talk about an upcoming important new vehicle for months, even years, then swoop in with a surprise just as that competitor is finally ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6

FCA may find perfect partner is from Asia

Sergio Marchionne wants a dance partner for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The financial media keep trying to fix him up with Volkswagen, despite his refusal to be courted by this particular German fraulein and his repeated attempts to douse the rumors. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23

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

Lexus' ideas about entry cars changing?

TOKYO -- One of the most perplexing cars at the Geneva auto show is the Lexus LF-SA minicar concept. The Japanese luxury brand has said repeatedly that it won't dabble in the sub-$30,000 zone. The company could build a car in that price range, but ... 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 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

Year of the Recall wasn't all GM's fault

Don't blame General Motors for the Year of the Recall. At least not before studying the numbers a little more closely. Sure, GM started it. But like those predictable, out-of-control TV sitcom parties that begin by "just inviting a few friends over" ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23

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

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