Commentary

JESSE SNYDER

'Car guy' passion is universal

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

I have always been impressed at how the auto industry is full of people with passion. I don't mean folks who like their jobs. I mean individuals who adore cars, who absolutely love what they do. And the car biz is full of people who think beyond the task at hand.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Electronic gremlins may keep old cars off the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Advanced electronics have transformed every aspect of today's automobile. They are cleaner, faster, safer, more efficient and more capable. But here's the downside: As light vehicles age, repairs could get more difficult and expensive -- especially as high-quality electronic replacement parts become harder to obtain.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

EV subsidies and the bottom line

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

A big part of the problem is that some of the government incentives that have largely driven demand are starting to evaporate.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

Mixed reviews are in after assuming lease for Volt

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

After running into title snags and other glitches in assuming an existing lease on a Chevrolet Volt, Automotive News' James B. Treece sees opportunity for dealerships in smoothing lease swaps for consumers. Here is his story.... Read More »

DAVE VERSICAL

Gibberish! What did you expect?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Some gibberish has crept into the way U.S. auto sales are reported each month. It revolves around one word: "Expectations." We saw this in abundance last week, as the U.S. industry chalked up 1.63 million light-vehicle sales.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Android Auto's simplicity is such a luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Usually with a car, the more you pay, the more you get. The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend that rule.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

A tale of 2 production booms

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

It's easy to view Mexico's auto manufacturing ascendancy as an encore of last decade's production boom in central Europe.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

To win over humans, Google's self-driving car must clear a high bar

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The flawed analyses of Google's accident record illustrated the bar that the self-driving car will need to cross to be accepted. It must not only be safer than human drivers, but unquestionably safe.... Read More »

COMMENTARY: DAVE GUILFORD

Which road to self-driving tech will win?

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

The auto industry has an increasingly bipolar view of autonomous vehicles. The basic question is whether to go all in or install limited doses of self-driving technology. Let's look at the two poles.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Who owns vehicle-generated data?

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

Determining who owns data generated by motor vehicles keeps getting more complicated. And it's going to get worse. As more companies develop and test autonomous vehicles, we'll have to sort out how to handle the inevitable malfunctions and crashes that come with adopting any new technology.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

Love 'em or hate 'em, handle call centers the right way

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

Business development centers can help dealers handle prospects, but 90 percent are underperforming, says BDC authority.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Piech's out at VW -- for the moment

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

Late last month, Ferdinand Piech resigned from his position as chairman of Volkswagen's supervisory board. Reportedly he was given the choice of resigning or being dismissed. For the first time in more than half a century, Piech is out of work -- for the moment.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

Piech's fall is a familiar tale in this industry

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

Let's see, patriarch of giant auto group and acclaimed automotive genius late in life squabbles with members of his own family and is forced to give up power.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Detroit has little to gain from free trade with Japan

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

Detroit's automakers have little to gain by having Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact, even if the U.S. wins auto import concessions from Tokyo.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Auto industry should cheer Tesla Motors' battery play

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

When it unveils its first batteries for homes and businesses this week, Tesla Motors will no longer be a car company. It will be an energy company, competing against electric utilities just as it has gone after the car market.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

States' varying auto insurance rates play with the car-buying equation

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Want $7,700 more to spend on a new car? Move from Michigan to Maine before you insure it.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

50 years since 'Unsafe at Any Speed'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader's bursting onto the automotive scene by publishing Unsafe at Any Speed, an indictment of the early Chevrolet Corvair with swing axles.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

Piech's career battles will be his legacy

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Ferdinand Piech started out his career with a pretty serious rivalry -- tangling with cousin Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, designer of the 911. Now it appears he'll bow out in more or less the same fashion. At war. It's just his style. In fact, it will be his legacy.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

A GM-FCA hookup? 'Put' it in perspective

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Perhaps Sergio Marchionne is banking on a loss of institutional memory at General Motors. That's the only way I can see that he might expect GM to consider buying Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Most mergers come from weakness

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Once again, there is talk about consolidation of the global auto industry. The fundamental problem with mergers is that, historically, they almost always have been of two turkeys rather than two eagles.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Self-driving tech building blocks already in place

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Kathy Winter, Delphi's vice president of advanced engineering and software service, declined to predict when autonomous cars would be ready for the market. But she did say it'll probably be regulatory and insurance issues - not the readiness of the technology - that slows the rollout of autonomous cars.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Left for dead, British industry booms again

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

Ten years ago this month, MG Rover went bankrupt -- and appeared to symbolize the end of the once proud British auto industry.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Cadillac, Lincoln place their bets

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

Both Ford Motor Co. and General Motors are rolling the dice with their new luxury sedans, and the winners are bound to include customers and dealers across the globe. Those cars aren't just for the U.S. They will be exported to China as well.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

Dealerships ignore online reviews at their peril

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

Many dealerships find it a pain to respond to customer reviews online. But new data from Cars.com show it's worth the effort to write a reply below the review.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Maroone's guiding rule: Set yourself apart

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Mike Maroone -- retailer, visionary and, as of last Wednesday, retired AutoNation Inc. president and COO -- once had a dream to be a college quarterback. Instead, he became one of the greatest field leaders the dealer franchise system has known.... Read More »

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