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KEITH CRAIN

Everyone is in Detroit this week

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

It was just over 25 years ago that the Detroit auto show changed from a sleepy local event into the substantial international motor show that it is today.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Why falling fuel prices are bad, bad news

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

Cheap gasoline usually brings higher incentives on hybrids and other fuel-efficient cars -- making it harder for automakers and suppliers to sell them at a profit.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Exchange rate windfalls a mixed bag for Japan's Big 3

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

After trading at record highs for several years, the Japanese yen has tanked against the dollar and many other foreign currencies. The shift is generating huge windfalls for Japan's Big 3 automakers: Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. But the jackpot won't benefit the rivals equally.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Strong margins signal more strong growth

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

The counting's done, so it's official: 2014 was a great year.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Changes big and small ahead

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

Every year seems to bring changes big and small to the auto industry, and 2015 will be no different.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Even the holidays are busy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

Auto industry executives have gone home. Except for a few plants running overtime, the offices are dark. Most executives probably think the industry is sleeping. That couldn't be further from the truth.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

NHTSA had lots of help making roads safer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

Here's some good news you didn't read much about this year: U.S. roads are safer. The number of people who died in U.S. traffic crashes fell 3 percent in 2013.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

It's as if the recession didn't happen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Those of us with a vivid memory of the trauma of the recession and recovery are surprised, even amazed, that the auto industry is back to business as usual.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Big recalls are a dilemma for us all

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

The auto industry, including the National Automobile Dealers Association, SAE International and everyone else, must come up with a comprehensive solution before this happens again.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

How auto dealers gained our esteem

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

Several trends in business and technology favor local merchants, including auto dealers, over national conglomerates in terms of treating customers right.... Read More »

DAVID SEDGWICK

In D.C., Takata finds no friends, just cross hairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

Years from now, automotive historians will agree that Takata Corp.'s fate in the U.S. was sealed during a congressional hearing on Dec. 3, 2014.... Read More »

DAVE BARKHOLZ

Little by little, UAW taking hold at VW Chattanooga

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

The UAW is well on its way to representing the majority of the 1,500 hourly workers at VW Chattanooga despite the best efforts of right-to-work advocates and Tennessee politicians to keep the union out.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Takata just doesn't get it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

Takata has become the poster child for how to mishandle recalls and customers. Company executives seem to be stonewalling their automaker customers, then stonewalling federal regulators and, finally, stonewalling Congress.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Lexus RC: Nifty lighting, walk-in seats -- and more

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Design is always subjective, but if the new RC coupe is a sign of future cars from Lexus, brand boss Tokuo Fukuichi is working magic in my book. Here are some cool flourishes that enhance the RC experience.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Recalls: Dealers in the hot seat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Say you're a dealer. You have a new car on your lot and discover that the model has been recalled for a severe safety problem. Replacement parts may not be available for months. Are you supposed to just park it in the back lot? There are many knotty questions to sort out.... Read More »

PHILIP NUSSEL

How to stop supplier price fixing now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Supplier price fixing is a global epidemic that stifles fair competition, inflates the cost of components for automakers, erodes investor confidence and rips off the customer. Automakers can make it all stop right now, but will they?... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Where's HQ? It's like musical chairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Nissan and Infiniti, Toyota, Cadillac, and maybe Chrysler? Why car companies are headquartered where they are in the U.S. seems obscure. Why they move sometimes makes sense, but it is always disruptive.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

How Sprinter dodges the chicken tax

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Daimler has devised a reasonably efficient system designed to avoid the "chicken tax." Between 66 and 74 Sprinter vans a day roll off the 17-station line five days a week in South Carolina. This after being built, then disassembled in Germany. The gyrations some automakers perform to avoid the 25 percent tariff seem wasteful and crazy.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Want to buy a good, used crystal ball?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

The scenario was clear: Constantly rising prices at the gas pump would encourage more and more people to switch to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

SEMA is still a 3-ring circus

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

Last week was the annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas to celebrate the automobile at the SEMA show.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

I know Ford's Jim Farley was considered a marketing wunderkind. But I don't think Odell is by any means a step down as marketing boss.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Good times are rolling for pickup makers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

What a terrific month October was for sales of pickups. Large pickups rose 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. The 10-month numbers for big pickups look pretty good, too. In fact, everyone has something to smile about.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

For some, a big downside to cheap gas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

The volatility of gasoline prices has long bedeviled teams devising business plans for battery electrics, plug-in hybrids and even standard Prius-type hybrids.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

Edmunds ad crisis obvious before it even happened

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014

Edmunds.com President Seth Berkowitz had the guts last week to ask me what I thought of the shopping site's controversial ads that spoofed price haggling at dealerships. With his foreknowledge, I'll tell you what I told him.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

China's fuel economy goal will punish foreign imports

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014

Foreign automakers -- especially producers of big, gas-guzzling sedans -- soon will have difficulty sustaining growth as Beijing gets serious about its fuel economy targets.... Read More »

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