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KEITH CRAIN

Scattered around the nation

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
I have always wondered whether having General Motors, Ford and Chrysler clustered in Detroit is a good thing. I am not sure that having the three companies in the same area is good for creativity and innovation.... Read More »

 

MARK RECHTIN

Marketers: Auto purchase funnel is dead

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
At the Automotive News Marketing Seminar here last week, four top marketers pronounced the end of the purchase funnel because people aren't shopping for cars the way they used to. Rather than narrowing vehicle choices before purchase, younger shoppers now add and subtract vehicle choices throughout the process.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Along for the ride on a course set by Silicon Valley

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Riding through town in one of Google's self-driving vehicles is, in a word, ordinary. And that's the extraordinary thing.... Read More »

 

JASON STEIN

Marchionne still goes his own way with tell-all strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
As if Sergio Marchionne and his ubiquitous black sweater haven't done enough to shake up fashion, last week he showed us how to open up a little more, how to let our secrets flow.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Watch out, more brands are coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
In the next 10 years, we'll see plenty of new cars appear in dealerships across the land. Picking winners and losers is the real challenge.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Behind DOE's supplier outreach: Self-defense

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10, 2014
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced that his department is taking steps to make the $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program more attractive to suppliers, not just automakers. It was a nice gesture, but it also displayed how much heat is building up at the Energy Department.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Will Ford’s transition buck history?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
A harmonious transfer of executive leadership at Ford has not always been assured.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Foreign brands race to develop vehicles for Chinese consumers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
It's unusual for automakers to design vehicles exclusively for one foreign market. But that's quickly becoming the new normal in China, judging from the unveilings last month at the Beijing auto show.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

For diehard fans, loving Olds never gets old

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Oldsmobile may be gone from new-car showrooms, but the brand has a big following among car collectors who have a healthy appreciation for the company's classics.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

A great legacy, a smooth transition

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
It didn't take me long to realize that Alan Mulally might be the world's best salesman. A simple guy from the Midwest who could sell hundred-million dollar airplanes. I liked him immediately.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Politics begins to steer driverless car's future

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2014
As frustrating as a tame problem might be, it can be solved. Wicked problems, on the other hand, defy engineering solutions. For self-driving cars, wicked problems are starting to pop up from state legislatures to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley.... Read More »

 

JASON STEIN

Mulally and Ford soared above skeptics

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
It's springtime in Las Vegas, 2008. A ballroom at the Mandalay Bay hotel is packed with Ford dealers.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

In reality, it's just 1 car at a time

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
Once you leave the big auto shows, where everyone talks about global plans and discusses sales and production and recalls in terms of hundreds of thousands or even millions of units, you quickly get back to reality.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Impala vs. Cobalt: Not all NHTSA probes are equal

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, based on a report about a single vehicle that got into a fender-bender when the automatic braking system engaged unexpectedly. The media responded with a narrative already scorched into their minds. They were only half right.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

New Russian outlook: 'Slower, lower, weaker'

3:50 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Days after Russia annexed a province of Ukraine and U.S. and European forces mobilized, you'd expect a conference on the future of the Russian auto industry to be pessimistic.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Lots of buzz in New York

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
As always, we all caught our breath after the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Cars become computers on wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Here's yet more evidence that the auto industry's center of gravity, at least for cool new technology, is shifting from Detroit to Silicon Valley. The r&d required to develop the underlying architecture for the computer chip that powers a vehicle's infotainment system can easily top $1 billion.... Read More »

 

JASON STEIN

Krafcik's back: Many projects, scads of ideas

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Somewhere between a conversation on the future of retailing and the excitement over meeting a big investor for a lunch in Century City, John Krafcik has discovered something incongruous in the way the world works.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Happy 50th to an American icon

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
The Ford Mustang is 50 years old. It deserves a celebration, and I am sure Ford is planning an appropriate party.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Why compact SUVs will play big in Beijing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Ten years ago, the average Chinese family could not afford a car.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Automotive safety at any cost? Sounds good, but it's not true

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Cost-benefit analysis is a deep-rooted and necessary practice in every industry in which health and safety are at stake. If automakers truly spared no cost for safety, cars in American showrooms would have nothing but five-star crash test ratings and cutting-edge safety technology. And they would all cost a lot more.... Read More »

 

JASON STEIN

Barra's job just got a lot harder

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Was last week's public grilling about a faulty ignition switch or about New GM vs. Old GM?... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Eastern Europe is an auto hot spot

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The crisis in Ukraine and Eastern Europe is ongoing and will be causing all sorts of problems for European auto manufacturers for some time to come.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

NHTSA’s chief must be feeling Opening Day jitters

11:03 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Opening Day is bittersweet when you expect your baseball team to finish last. And that’s how David Friedman, acting head of NHTSA, will feel on Tuesday when Congress kicks off a grueling doubleheader of hearings on GM's ignition switch woes.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

2016 alert: Tesla's fight goes national

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The lights are on. The cameras are rolling. The flag pins are in place. And the topic of this unofficial Republican debate, taking place 30 months before the next presidential election, is whether Tesla Motors should be allowed to sell cars directly to the American consumer.... Read More »

 

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