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Why Sally can't buy a new car

The oldest child of a loyal customer is five years past college graduation with a steady, high-paying job. Sally's a prime prospect to buy a new car, right? Nope, she's already carrying a car-sized note, $25,000 in student loan ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17

Lexus boss: Time for a clean-sheet approach to cars

GENEVA -- You might assume that Tokuo Fukuichi, who takes over as head of Lexus on April 1, will walk in the door with firm ideas about the brand's look. But Fukuichi, who will remain Toyota's global design head, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17

At Volkswagen, labor is indeed a full partner

Especially in an election year, I expect political rhetoric over UAW organizing in the South. This month's rejection of the UAW by workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant certainly garnered lots of words on both sides. But, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24

Cars can get connected to bad guys, too

There's an uneasy undercurrent to the growth of connected cars as it dawns on people that their movements will be easy to track. But as I listened to Andre Weimerskirch, a cyber security expert, last week, I quickly became aware ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17

Ads must be clear; laws must, too

The Federal Trade Commission's crackdown on what it calls deceptive dealership advertising should have much to applaud. If a cleanup of dubious ads improves the unfavorable image of auto dealers, that's a plus for the entire industry. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20

Can't we make things a bit simpler?

My wish for the new year is that the auto industry will get its act together on electronics and cabin controls. As in: Just put a doggone "OFF" switch on the thing. Who out there thinks I want to go through two display ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6

Remembering the Detroit show as it used to be

Walking around the 1997 Seoul Motor Show, I was struck by a sense of deja vu. At South Korea's headlining auto exposition, executives from the import brands -- in this case, GM, Ford, Chrysler and the European automakers -- ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6

Japanese auto leaders stand strong as survivors

TOKYO -- The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show was an unprecedented love fest. Last month on the afternoon before the first press day, the bosses of each member of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association stood shoulder to shoulder on ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9

Graded on a curve(d) calendar, August-September duo ain't all that bad

Confused by cock-eyed counting in August and September U.S. auto sales? I mean, when the folks who tally up auto sales decide to move the whole Labor Day weekend out of September and into August, it messes up comparisons. We all ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7

Weak yen turbocharges Mazda profits

What last year was Mazda Motor Corp.'s biggest headache has become a key earnings advantage: its heavy exposure to the Japanese yen. Mazda builds about three-quarters of its vehicles in Japan, making it far more ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5

Infiniti, Lincoln face one tough challenge

Sales for this luxury marque have been disappointing. In fact, there was talk that its parent company might kill it. Now a dynamic new leader is trying to create some buzz with a more exciting lineup. But the brand faces some of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27

Price is next hurdle for Tesla growth

Tesla has had one hell of a run lately. It reported its first quarterly profit. It's brainstorming self-guided cars with Google. The stock is sizzling. And Consumer Reports, which is not prone to gushing, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 20

Can Akio be the Steve Jobs of Lexus?

Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda wants to take personal responsibility for injecting design and performance pizazz into the Lexus brand. In essence, Toyoda is setting out to be the automaker's equivalent of the late Steve ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13

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How a Texas Toyota store solved used-car-supply challenge

Mike Shaw Toyota in Corpus Christi, Texas, struggled to find good used cars. So it started providing free appraisals to service customers and offered to buy their vehicles on the spot. Mon., April 14
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