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GABE NELSON

Can laws stop distracted driving if we won't?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Sen. Jay Rockefeller has reason to be frustrated. The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is supposed to be making sure that federal laws keep the roads safe. Yet Americans keep getting killed because they won't stop looking down from the road to check text messages and play with the high-tech gizmos built into cars.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Selling cars today takes a lot of work

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Once upon a time, selling cars was a fairly straightforward process. Those days are gone forever. Today, there are people from 18 to 80 buying cars, and they all have different needs, which require entirely different sales approaches and processes.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Why Australia's auto industry is going the way of the dodo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2014
Toyota will end Australia's run as an automaking nation when it pulls the plug on local assembly in 2017. The move follows similar cut-and-run announcements by Ford and General Motors and triggered an outcry Down Under about the demise of local manufacturing.... Read More »

 

MARK RECHTIN

Chevy's $600 million Manchester United deal turning into a fiasco

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2014
Chevrolet's controversial $600 million sponsorship deal of English soccer giant Manchester United can't get any worse, can it?... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

A new, scary meaning of 'China price'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
For any automaker or supplier doing business in China, Aston Martin's decision to recall 17,590 sports cars built since 2007 has got to be a nightmare. To recap briefly, the British automaker discovered last May that the accelerator pedal arm in its cars was made of inferior counterfeit plastic and was subject to breakage.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Crash avoidance is a noble idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
The government is suggesting that perhaps the first step in creating a safer automotive environment would be to install transmitting devices in all vehicles sold in the United States, the first step toward enable vehicles to communicate with one another to avoid accidents. What may be a noble suggestion is probably an impractical solution to automotive collisions.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

This is not a simple business anymore

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
It hasn't been easy over the past decade or so to figure out what's a domestic vehicle and what's an import. And it's not getting any easier as more companies become multinationals. It probably doesn't matter anymore.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Together, Hillary Clinton and NADA show their team spirit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2014
They might disagree with her political views, but auto dealers could learn a thing or two from Hillary Clinton. Clinton captivated a crowd of 4,000 last week at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention here, drawing applause despite the Republican leanings of the group's members.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Automakers set to receive EPA anti-smog mandate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Rarely does the auto industry want the government to speed up new regulatory mandates.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Technology takes a lot of training

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Today's automobile is packed with technology, more than most customers understand. As cars and trucks become more complicated, manufacturers and dealers are going to have to provide more training for customers.... Read More »

 

JAMES TREECE

Ads must be clear; laws must, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission's crackdown on what it calls deceptive dealership advertising should have much to applaud.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

NADA is more important than ever

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
This week's National Automobile Dealers Association convention is an important opportunity to encourage manufacturers and dealers to continue the business practices that have allowed the industry to flourish.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

After 25 years, product is still king

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
The lifeblood of the motor industry is product. Anyone who thinks product isn't king should see the thousands of journalists who come to Detroit from all over the world. They come to see the newest models and to talk to the global automotive executives here to introduce their cars and promote their companies.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Heads up, D.C.: Here comes pickup lite

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2014
this week in Detroit, when Washington's dignitaries arrive at Cobo Center, the Detroit 3 should try this: Grab the visitors by the arms and bring them straight to the pickups.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Can't we make things a bit simpler?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
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.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

How Granatelli broke the code, saved his life

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Andy Granatelli, the renowned race-car owner and STP oil treatment mogul who died last week at age 90, is best remembered for the cars that won the Indianapolis 500 in 1969 and 1973, and for building and sponsoring Parnelli Jones' radical turbine car that almost won the 1967 500. But my favorite Granatelli story was the one he told about his brief stint as a driver at the Speedway in 1948.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Detroit is well worth the trip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
The Detroit show is always remarkable with more debuts than anywhere else and lots of executives who are available to share insights on what's shaping this global industry. In addition, I add with a certain amount of pride, Automotive News will be opening the 38th Automotive News World Congress in the midst of the auto show's press days.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Remembering the Detroit show as it used to be

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Having witnessed the 1988 Detroit show made the 1989 show all the more remarkable to me. In one year, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association transformed the event into a global spectacle, giving foreign brands main-floor locations and spotlight-grabbing introductions.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Detroit's international show keeps getting stronger

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
It doesn't seem that long ago that the Detroit auto show was just one of many sleepy, regional shows around the country that didn't excite the public or auto manufacturers. But 25 years ago, some dedicated auto dealers in Detroit, along with my old friend Bob McCurry, transformed the show into the North American International Auto Show. It has never been the same.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Diesel struggles to clear air on dirty reputation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2014
When it comes to fuel economy and tailpipe emissions, today's diesel vehicles are as eco-friendly as their gasoline-fueled counterparts, and often more so. This is real progress. Unlike "clean coal," "clean diesel" is more than a marketing phrase.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

A busy time of year for dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
A lot of people in the manufacturing business have gone home.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

What to do with the empty ships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2013
North American auto exports seem odd after decades of seeing so many vehicles being imported.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Washington's verdict: Bailout? What bailout?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2013
Was the government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler a good investment? Five years ago, that question was debated feverishly in Congress. But now, no one in Washington seems able to work up the energy to debate it. The bailout era, born of fire, has ended with a whimper.... Read More »

 

DAVID BARKHOLZ

Data mining, ad targeting to tease dealers in 2014

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
Automakers spent time and money this year dragging many of their dealers into the digital age.... Read More »

 

JASON STEIN

New generation must maintain the momentum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
With one sweeping announcement General Motors went from conservative to cutting edge, from out of touch to an out-of-the-box decision, from old Detroit to (really, really) new GM. Even the competition took note.... Read More »

 

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