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JIM HENRY

Don't do much leasing? Better bone up

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
Leasing's not just for luxury brands anymore. It's spreading to mass-market brands too, experts say.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

How can 1% growth feel so good?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
June turned out to be a great month for U.S. auto sales. Ignore that goofy 1 percent increase in units sold. It’s a calendar fluke. The 17 million selling rate tells the tale.
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Gesture recognition makes dials, buttons obsolete

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
Buttons and dials may become obsolete to control your car's radio, heater and navigation system. That's because those functions can now be managed with the wave of the hand.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Gesture recognition makes dials, buttons obsolete

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
Buttons and dials may become obsolete to control your car's radio, heater and navigation system. That's because those functions can now be managed with the wave of the hand.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Will global automakers drop Chinese partners?

7:32 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
China may relax its 50 percent ceiling on foreign automakers' ownership of joint ventures, but this may not lead to Western companies ditching their local partners if recent moves by BMW and VW are anything to go by.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BMW's iDrive earns high marks, but doesn't match Apple

7:37 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
BMW's iDrive system ranked highest in Germany and Italy for user experience in a recent test, but the automaker and its peers have a long way to go to match Apple.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

Inside the Camaro's transformation for latest 'Transformers' film

4:09 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The reimagined Camaro in the latest Transformers film features a slew of design alterations unique to the movie. Chevy Camaro enthusiasts hitting theaters for Transformers: Age of Extinction this weekend should have a field day identifying changes amid the over-the-top explosions as Bumblebee fights alongside Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

GM's Mary Barra is a woman. Get over it

4:15 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
I learned some shocking news this morning watching “Today” with Matt Lauer. General Motors CEO Mary Barra is a woman.... Read More »

 

DAVID PHILLIPS

Honda aims to take 3D leap forward with advanced crash-test simulation software

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
It takes roughly 5 years, on average, to develop and launch an all-new vehicle today. Honda believes it's poised to take a major chunk of time out of the process.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

How smaller states can challenge Texas in the pickup wars

12:09 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
When it comes to selling pickups in the United States, the obvious centerpiece market is Texas. Last year, 322,000 new pickups were registered there -- or 15 percent of all 2.1 million pickups sold nationwide, according to IHS Automotive data.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Ally moves closer to independence, cheaper money

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Ally Financial will move one step closer toward independence from government ownership next month when two of its three remaining board members nominated by the U.S. Treasury step down from the board.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

At PSA, Tavares echoes Renault's management template

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares's new executive committee structure is very much like the one he left behind at Renault when he was Carlos Ghosn's No. 2.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

In 1 day, Ford blitzes China with 88 stores

7:22 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
It must be some kind of record and speaks to the rampant pace of business in China and the bounding aspirations of Ford there.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Toyota exec ready to 'help' Nissan in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy says he's ready to “help” Nissan achieve its stated goal of becoming the top-selling Japanese automaker in the region.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Despite Ford's apology, recent mpg downgrades are troubling

3:32 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
When Ford lowered window-sticker mpg ratings for six vehicles last week, it was refreshingly forthright. But, frankly, there's a troubling undercurrent in recent mpg downgrades.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Who makes irrational loans? Not Me

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
Are the gremlins at it again in auto loans? Maybe they're to blame for so-called irrational competition, presumably the result of lenders making unprofitable loans to gain market share.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

In India, torrential rains mean good business

10:42 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
We've all seen the stereotypical pictures of peak monsoon season in India: Throngs of people wading waist-deep through cities swamped with muddy water.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

With Gen Y, where is online selling headed?

8:07 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2014
Imagine buying a car while picking up milk and eggs. Bryan Murphy’s friend did that. His story illustrates how comfortable Gen Y buyers are buying anything online -- even cars.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Look who's leading the small-car mileage race

3:42 pm U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
Here's an interesting little irony from Ford's embarrassing restatement of its fuel ratings for six vehicles: The new, low-price Mitsubishi Mirage just pulled ahead of the Ford Fiesta SFE and is now the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered small car in America.... Read More »

 

Walter de Silva: Italy's loss, VW's gain

6:37 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
Walter de Silva had to leave Italy to become a legend in the vehicle design world. It's a common story in a country that fails to nurture its best and brightest.... Read More »

 

KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

The hidden brilliance of Barra's cliches

5:34 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
Mary Barra has been frustrating. The best we've heard from GM's new CEO during the recall crisis is a bland, canned line about “putting the customer at the center of everything we do.”... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

U.S. House action on CFPB is symbolic

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
The auto finance industry, auto dealers, and their mostly Republican allies in Congress continue to make it clear they don’t like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or how it was set up in 2010.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

How electric vehicles could get cleaner without doing a thing

3:45 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
If the EPA’s proposed emissions rules withstand legal challenges, electric utilities will need to accelerate a switch from coal to natural gas, nuclear power and renewable energy sources. As a result, the average EV on roads in the United States will get significantly cleaner -- without any extra effort by the auto industry.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Why next year's GM-UAW handshake promises to be strikingly different

3:53 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
The 2015 labor talks between the Detroit 3 and UAW will be unique. For the first time in history, the hands that reach across the negotiation table for GM and the union will each belong to a woman.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Lender consent order grants insight into FTC

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Dealers and their legal counsels should check out last week's consent order between subprime auto lender Consumer Portfolio Services and the Federal Trade Commission, even though the case isn't about dealerships.... Read More »

 

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