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BRADFORD WERNLE

Now Mark FIelds knows how Gene Bartow felt

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
What do Gene Bartow, David Moyes, Tim Cook and Harry Truman have in common with new Ford CEO Mark Fields?... Read More »

 

HAN GREIMEL

Infiniti will move ahead even without de Nysschen

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Dealers and employees at Infiniti understandably may feel some unease following last week's news that President Johan de Nysschen, 54, is leaving the brand after just two years.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

A contradiction or a cornucopia?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
This has to be the best time for consumers. Whatever you want, a car company is more than ready to sell you a vehicle to fulfill your wishes.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

GM is doing the right thing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
It's going to be very expensive for GM, but the company made the right decision to hire Kenneth Feinberg and give him the responsibility to negotiate with the people filing claims.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

GM recall blitz spotlights used-car sales loophole

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Used-car retail giant CarMax has dozens of Cobalts and Ions listed for sale that haven't had their switches replaced, GM's online VIN database shows. And this is perfectly legal.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

An easy solution to recall compliance

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Even on the most serious recalls, the percentage of owners who get their vehicles fixed is low. Joan Claybrook, former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has an idea: If a vehicle hasn't had all recall repairs made, the owner can't register it to operate on the road.... Read More »

 

JANG JIAN

Will global automakers drop Chinese partners?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Will global automakers ditch their Chinese partners if government regulations are relaxed and they are allowed to? If BMW accurately reflects the sentiments of global automakers, the answer is no.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

A brand is built 1 customer at a time

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
To help celebrate the anniversary, I decided it was time to visit my local Dodge dealer. I met the next-generation car dealer, I hope.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Three takeaways from Barra's return to Capitol Hill

3:11 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
General Motors' ignition switch defect has done the impossible: It has unified a bitterly split Congress in a desire for closure.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

Dodge touted 'old lady,' then kicked her to curb

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
When muscle car enthusiasts refer to Dodge -- now celebrating its 100th anniversary -- as one of the great brands of the '60s and '70s, I have a different kind of "60s and 70s" in mind.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Changing GM will take time

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
GM's management team needs a lot of help from nonexecutive Chairman Tim Solso and President Dan Ammann. Their strength is that they are from outside.... Read More »

 

THE BELTWAY

How the feds might take aim at General Motors

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2014
Judging by the investigative findings of Anton Valukas released this month, the legal template devised for Toyota may not work with GM.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

States meddle in car sales again

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
It wasn't long ago that California adopted a zero-emission vehicle policy that cost a lot of money and didn't do a thing. Now states are demanding that 15 percent of vehicle sales within their borders be ZEVs by 2025. You can't push technology faster than consumers are willing to adopt.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Ford of Europe's quiet designer made a big impact

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
The Sunday Times of London once referred to him as "Audi's Modest Mr. Smith." Indeed, Martin Smith, Ford's longtime European executive design director, is not a man of many words.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Do recalls also mean profits?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
I have always noticed how whenever the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration orders a new piece of safety equipment, it is installed on new vehicles and customers pay the freight.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Why global trade alliances will eclipse the power of Detroit, U.S. automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2014
If the United States finishes the European and Asian trade alliances, we could see a new, global Big Three or Gang of Four, in which the members are nations, not companies, and the dominant strategy is lowering trade barriers, not raising them.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Electronics: What's lost is simplicity

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Several industry executives spoke last week about the challenges of integrating more and more electronics, apps, features and connectivity into automobiles and making them very easy for us to operate.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Eventually, you have to fix cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
One of the toughest parts of being in the automobile business is that no one has figured out how to keep cars running forever without repairs or maintenance.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Brace yourself for the fiscal pothole

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2014
Cars are getting more efficient. Congress is not. That confluence of factors has brought Washington to the brink of another fiscal crisis, this time over highway funding.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

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