Opinion

NICK BUNKLEY

Is Hackett an outsider or an insider?

While Jim Hackett is certainly no grizzled auto veteran, it's an oversimplification to label him an outsider just like Alan Mulally.

DAVE GUILFORD

How racing pays off in daily driving

Automakers rationalize racing as a proving ground for performance and safety technology. I totally buy that, even for brands that make mainstream family haulers.

BLOG: OMARI GARDNER

BLOG: Why Fields' departure echoes Nasser's past

The circumstances leading to the departures of Jacques Nasser and Mark Fields aren't exactly the same, but the execs' goals had some common threads.

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BLOG: Hannah Lutz
Should dealerships go back to the basics for best F&I results?

Whether it's a customized presentation, a digital menu or online F&I product intros, many F&I companies have suggested an adjusted approach for today's consumer. But for some dealerships, it may be best to stick to the basics, an F&I expert says.

BLOG: Nick Gibbs
Lotus can thrive under Geely

Geely's decision to take a majority stake in Lotus is great news for the unprofitable UK sports-car maker because the Chinese company has had great success in reviving Volvo's fortunes. Lotus badly needs to expand its aging lineup and possibly add a promised SUV to lift sales.

COMMENTARY: Dave Guilford
How racing pays off in daily driving

Automakers rationalize racing as a proving ground for performance and safety technology. I totally buy that, even for brands that make mainstream family haulers.

EDITORIAL
Why racing matters

Racing is the soul and maybe even the starting point of the auto industry. That's why this issue of Automotive News is dedicated to the sport of automobile racing.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Avi Steinlauf
Don't give up yet on EV subsidies

While many in the industry may believe EVs are the future, the unfortunate reality is that they're not the present, writes Edmunds CEO Avi Steinlauf.

BLOG: Jay Ramey
BMW 6-series two-door coupe exits quietly

Cars tend to go out of production either with a bang, reinforced by last-of-the-line special editions billed as instant collectibles, or quietly and discreetly. The BMW 6-series coupe falls into the second category.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Eric Chase
Automakers must scrap metrics for dealers

Auto manufacturers routinely assess dealer sales performance relying on metrics with no established or demonstrated statistical reliability or accuracy to gauge the minimum number of new cars dealers should expect to retail.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Still a great way to get rich

The retail automobile business gives so many people the chance to rise through the ranks and become successful. That doesn't happen with big-box stores or fast-food franchises.

BLOG: Hannah Lutz | UPDATED: 5/11/17 12:57 pm ET - adds details
F&I vendors take aim at used vehicles

The trend toward used vehicles has extended beyond financing. It's become a focus in the F&I product world, too.

BLOG: Richard Truett
Time for another look at the midsize 5-door hatchback

With the market filling up with SUVs and crossovers of every size, but mostly the same basic shape, the time is right for the midsize five-door hatchback that looks like a sporty car, not an awkwardly styled wagon/crossover mashup like the failed Honda Crosstour.

BLOG: Jay Ramey
Jaguar Land Rover doubles down on diesel

While a number of automakers are curtailing plans for diesel offerings or development, some are doubling down on a bet made well before Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal erupted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Price, insurance will keep Demon at bay

Between the cost of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon itself and the cost to insure it, I doubt these cars will end up in the hands of many dangerous or inexperienced drivers.

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