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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: India's Mahindra stills wants to sell in the U.S.

10:24 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Pawan Goenka has not given up on the idea of entering the US auto market. The head of automotive operations for India's Mahindra & Mahindra, Goenka acknowledges that the company is “still in the middle of it” on the legal fallout from his first attempt at entering.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: China and cutting CO2 tough tasks for incoming BMW CEO Krueger

7:15 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer sees China and CO2 emissions as the biggest challenges facing incoming chief Harald Krueger when he takes over the top job from Reithofer on May 15.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: There is a ton of dealer profit riding on FCA's Wrangler decision

1:58 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Deep in the bowels of Fiat Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills -- or Turin, or London -- the automaker's brain trust is making its final call about what to do with the Wrangler plant in Toledo, Ohio.... Read More »

JIM HENRY

BLOG: Size of average tax refund makes a decent down payment

11:45 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

For anybody keeping track -- which is to say, anybody interested in subprime auto lending – U.S. tax refunds have fallen a bit more behind than they were a few weeks ago.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Small utility vehicles' big payoff

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Tiny crossovers and SUVs could be immune to America's long-standing love-hate relationship with small cars. We love 'em when gasoline is expensive and shun 'em when it's cheap. But gasoline is cheap right now, and the new crop of tiny SUVs and CUVs such as the Nissan Juke and Buick Encore is off to a fast start.... Read More »

JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: 2016 Mazda MX-5 curb weight: 2,332 pounds

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

It's hard for manufacturers to continually lighten and shrink cars, especially with changing safety and efficiency regulations. But Mazda's still fighting the good fight -- and winning. The 2016 Miata MX-5 roadster will tip the scales at just 2,332 pounds.... Read More »

GUEST BLOG - DARON GIFFORD

BLOG: Why suppliers need to think differently or face extinction

1:56 pm U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Auto suppliers need to have a plan that accounts for likely scenarios 10 years from now that may include Silicon Valley giants engineering cars that drive themselves. This is no small change.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: How Michelin may give Europe's SUV craze even more traction

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Michelin has developed a tire that could give even more traction to Europe's SUV craze.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: Why Land Rover leads among China's second-tier luxury brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Land Rover has remained China's fourth-largest luxury brand behind Audi, BMW and Mercedes for two years in a row. The fact it has started to build SUVs in China seems likely to strengthen its position as the leader among China's second-tier luxury automakers.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: Why the F-150 pricing 'gravy train' will eventually slow down

3:35 pm U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Even Ford executives admit being surprised at how fast transaction prices on pickups keep rising. Not that they're complaining, of course.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

BLOG: Let the car-hacking lawsuits begin

3:29 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

Fear often outpaces reality, and the issue of car hacking is no exception. But if you ask experts if any ordinary car has ever been hacked, they'll tell you no.... Read More »

JIM HENRY

BLOG: Congressmen get testy with CFPB chief Cordray

11:45 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its critics on the House Financial Services Committee traded jabs in a tense session last week as CFPB Director Richard Cordray presented the bureau's semiannual report.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Ford's Farley feels the squeeze in Europe's middle

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

The squeeze in the middle of the European car market is getting worse for volume automakers, Ford of Europe CEO Jim Farley says, but he's confident the automaker has the right solution to the problem.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: A test drive converts a Cadillac skeptic

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

There’s one last item to address before we close the book on my recent column about GM's latest efforts to reposition Cadillac.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why it's hard to tally Sergio's pay

10:27 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's compensation package is wildly confusing given the structure and how it is reported. There's the conversion of euros to dollars to consider, the value of stock options and other variables. So what's the real number?... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why McLaren can be profitable without an SUV

11:45 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt says the supercar maker doesn't need an SUV to generate the cash required to keep renewing its range.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why McLaren can be profitable without an SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt says the supercar maker doesn't need an SUV to generate the cash required to keep renewing its range.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Barra's management style signaled in Wilson negotiations

4:03 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

General Motors' swift, tidy resolution of Harry Wilson's advance on its board and balance sheet has GM CEO Mary Barra's fingerprints all over it. By that, I mean it was handled efficiently and inclusively, without raising the temperature or decibel level in the room, by all accounts.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Jaguar will discover the magic of U.S. production

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2015

Do not hesitate to build that North American vehicle assembly plant, Jaguar Land Rover.... Read More »

JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: Lexus gets lucky on House of Cards

5:11 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

When a fictional Russian president says, “I want the Lexus” while reminiscing about copulating with his ex-wife in one, it is either genius product placement or incredibly fortuitous for Toyota’s luxury arm that the writers of Netflix’s hit House of Cards like the brand.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

BLOG: Tesla is all smiles on 'gigafactory' progress

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

For most car companies, a construction delay is an annoyance. But for Tesla, which is betting the company on a $5 billion “gigafactory” for lithium ion batteries in Nevada, it's an existential fear.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Why Renault should plan a U.S. return

2:07 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

France's Renault brand will eventually return to the US market, I do predict. Not any time soon, I will concede. But sooner or later.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: No German-driven 'rat race' for Volvo

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

Volvo r&d boss Peter Mertens is not impressed with the proliferation of models at the Swedish brand's bigger German rivals. “They are in a rat race. We are not going to follow them,” he said.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: BYD heralds its vehicle sales in Japan

1:04 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

Can the Chinese succeed where the Koreans and Americans largely have failed: penetrating Japan's auto market?... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: America, land of big spaces, spurs Hyundai Tucson redesign

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

How do you design a crossover with a name evoking the old West -- that cowboy, cactus, rugged desert terrain ethos?... Read More »

 
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