Drivers and cellphones: Unsafe at any speed

There is a tidy -- and purely coincidental -- historical tie in this week's issue of Automotive News. On Page 3, a nod to Ralph Nader, whose trailblazing work on automotive safety was marked 50 years ago today with the publication of Unsafe at Any ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

Car designers come from everywhere

You have not heard of Jason Mosery, a clay modeler at Ford. Depending on how his career evolves, it may be years before you do again. Many people in auto design are never visible to the public -- people like Jerry Malinowski. More on him a little ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23

Fat margins can fund greener cars

We need to talk. Not about personal relationships, but about the auto industry. Our current glorious, exhilarating ride is headed down an unsustainable track. We can't just keep sticking a straw into the earth forever, not with global auto sales at ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23

Takata crisis dents keiretsu argument

Honda has decided to stop using airbags supplied by Takata Corp. That's a catastrophic turn of affairs for Takata after a run of quality glitches that have resulted in 19 million U.S. vehicle recalls and as many as eight deaths. But it's also a ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16

Sage advice: Mind people, cash

U.S. auto sales rocked again in October, but I didn't sense much glee in the dealership folks I met. Their fear: This streak won't last forever. Things can go south in a hurry. We could be heading to 2008-09 all over again. Could we? For some ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9

Chevy goes from 'technology and stuff' to boring and forgettable

This year's World Series worked out much better for "Chevy Guy" Rikk Wilde. His beloved Royals won, and Wilde didn't find himself sweating and stammering on national TV. But for Chevrolet, Wilde's absence meant its presentation of a 2016 Camaro to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9

Amid success, Ford suffers Wall St. penny punishment

When is doing better than you thought a bad thing? When Wall Street doesn't listen. Back in June, Ford Motor Co. invited analysts to a question-and-answer session with its CFO, Bob Shanks. Among the details Shanks shared was a forecast that Ford's ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2

For some, a fresh driveway stain

Uh-oh. Is that a new stain on the driveway? That was my first thought last week, hearing Consumer Reports' chief auto tester Jake Fisher tell the Automotive Press Association how troublesome transmissions have joined twitchy infotainment systems as ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26

Blazing a trail to self-driving cars

Steve Handschuh has a mission. He hopes to hasten U.S. market adoption of autonomous vehicles and usher in an era of greatly reduced traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities. He's certainly not alone. Most folks in the auto industry can see the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12

No wonder Japanese praise trade pact

TOKYO -- Compared with the disgruntled murmuring from Detroit, the reaction of Japanese automakers to the historic Pacific Rim trade pact was one of elation. And rightly so -- at least from their point of view. The deal gives Japan's automakers ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12

Lesson not learned will cost VW

As it drove to become the world's biggest automaker, Volkswagen forgot the lessons of one of the most painful chapters in its history. And it will pay a price. Back in the 1980s, some U.S. owners of VW's Audi 5000 discovered that their sleek new ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5

How to do an automotive hookup

FRANKFURT -- Carlos Ghosn and Dieter Zetsche's annual press conference, known on the auto show circuit as "The Carlos and Dieter Show," would be easy to dismiss as mere self-congratulation. At the auto show here, the two CEOs once again spent an ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5

Connected car finally may have found a parking spot

How did we ever live without GPS? Before satellite navigation became common in cars and smartphones, drivers were forced to fumble with paper maps. Or leaf through printed-out directions from the Internet. Or stop and ask for directions. Every ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28

Well, there goes my new-car buzz

Owning a four-month-old Volkswagen Golf TDI today feels a bit like having a puppy that you know someday must be taken in to have neutered. You wonder whether he'll be quite the same spunky dog afterward. The neutering, of course, will be whatever ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28

Is there a side door into Fortress GM?

Amid the handshakes and smiles of a tentative labor agreement with the UAW last week, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne let slip where he is going next. The industry's capital consumption "is something which remains unsolved," Marchionne said, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21