Commentary

LUCA CIFERRI

Winners and losers in VW scandal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions scandal is so complex and wide-reaching that it will take months -- if not years -- before the company settles all matters related to its cheating on diesel emissions tests.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

It's the perfect time to measure progress, success of women in the auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

In the fast-paced, ever-changing and increasingly complex automotive world, there are few moments when an industry can take stock of progress. This is one such moment.... Read More »

DAVE VERSICAL

Sage advice: Mind people, cash

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

U.S. auto sales rocked again in October, but I didn't sense much glee in the dealership folks I met. Their fear: This streak won't last forever.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

Ready to roll in the buy-sell world

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

For a while people questioned why more publicly-traded dealership groups weren't forming, but rarely does the question come up anymore. The answer is obvious.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

For some, a fresh driveway stain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Uh-oh. Is that a new stain on the driveway? That was my first thought last week, hearing Consumer Reports' chief auto tester Jake Fisher tell the Automotive Press Association how troublesome transmissions have joined twitchy infotainment systems as big impediments to new-vehicle reliability.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

China's tax break will sting later

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

On Oct. 1, the central government slashed the purchase tax on small cars to 5 percent from 10 percent. The tax cut is intended to boost sales through 2016, after which it expires. But the incentive, which applies to vehicles with engine displacements of 1.6 liters or less, will do more harm than good to China's domestic automakers.... Read More »

J FERRON

Anticipate change, then innovate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Companies must create an internal culture in good times that can sustain innovation during downturns. Rapidly changing consumer behavior and evolving definitions of personal transportation challenge how companies traditionally created value.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Here's to 100 happy workplaces

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Automotive News celebrated the best dealership workplaces again last week. But to the stores honored in this program, it's so much more than that. Just ask Adam Arens.... Read More »

COMMENTARY

No airs for billionaire Ferrari son

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Piero Ferrari inherited the stake his late father retained in Ferrari S.p.A. after Fiat bought half of the company nearly 50 years ago. He now owns 10 percent of Ferrari, enough to make him a billionaire as FCA begins the process of selling a near 10 percent stake in Ferrari to Wall Street investors.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Blazing a trail to self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Most folks in the auto industry can see the promise of self-driving vehicles. The tricky part is a vision of how to get there.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

No wonder Japanese praise trade pact

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Compared with the disgruntled murmuring from Detroit, the reaction of Japanese automakers to the historic Pacific Rim trade pact was one of elation. And rightly so -- at least from their point of view.... Read More »

DAVE VERSICAL

Lesson not learned will cost VW

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

As it drove to become the world's biggest automaker, Volkswagen forgot the lessons of one of the most painful chapters in its history. And it will pay a price.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

How to do an automotive hookup

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

The low-key cooperation between Daimler and Renault-Nissan offers a low-key counterpoint to Sergio Marchionne's assertion that mergers are critical to industry survival.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

VW culture: No room to fail

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

How has a peerless automotive organization known for setting outrageous goals -- then exceeding them -- slipped so low?... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Connected car finally may have found a parking spot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Parking is drawing a new level of attention from in-car navigation specialists such as Inrix, of Kirkland, Wash., which already taps into smartphone data to beam down cloud-based traffic updates to millions of cars.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

Global turmoil? Or opportunities?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

The U.S. is the only bright spot in a global industry filled with turmoil. At least that's how Americans tend to view the situation. But here in Germany, things don't look so bleak.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Frankfurt: Lights, cameras, technology!

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Years from now when we reflect on Frankfurt 2015, memories may be less about absent players than about an industry that could finally talk in the present tense about technology.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Governments trump market forces

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

There are many reasons why the auto industry does such a poor job of recouping the capital invested in it. Automotive News detailed dozens of them in our six-part "Industry on Trial" series. But for me, one factor cuts through all others. Market forces work poorly in the car biz because governments overrule them.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Marchionne waits at the gate, but who is there to answer?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The really bad news for GM: A dragon stands again at the gates. And he's wearing a black sweater.... Read More »

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

Why autonomous cars should drive the way we do

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

As drivers, we're never as comfortable as when we or someone with the same risk tolerance and driving style is at the wheel. In that sense, even a well-trained computer might frighten us by taking a curve faster than we'd like, or exasperate us by hewing too blindly to the speed limit.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

M&A fever's hefty toll on talent

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Throughout Automotive News' Industry on Trial series, we've looked at wasted capital, duplicated engineering and how economies of scale drive the urge to merge. Let's set aside the corporate chessboard to focus on people.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Tesla strikes again at Pebble Beach

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

If there is one constant as of late at the 65-year-old Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance it is this: Everyone wants to talk about Tesla.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Why JLR picked 'Detroit East'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover's selection last week of Nitra, Slovakia, for its next assembly plant dashed hopes in the U.S., Mexico and Poland. Was Slovakia's pick just another low-wage choice? Hardly.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Digital maps are a precious resource

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

High-quality digital maps, which will play a crucial role in the connected, automated cars of the future, have basically become a critical resource to the auto industry -- the new oil.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

July's secret sauce? There's 'Nothing bad happening'

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

Why did U.S. auto sales flourish in July? “There's nothing really special about July except there's really nothing bad happening," said AlixPartners' Mark Wakefield.... Read More »

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