Commentary

RICHARD JOHNSON

Woo suppliers with longer deals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

As auto sales and production have climbed steadily over the past six years, so has capacity utilization among parts makers. And now OEMs -- each certain their own market share is about to take off -- are leaning on their suppliers to add production capability.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

Industry breaks trust, makes its bed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Widespread safety recalls, information withholding and deceitful practices are damaging the auto industry's public credibility and sparking a regulatory reaction.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

How GM zoomed past VW in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

The Volkswagen Group was China's largest automaker in 2013 and 2014, but last year, General Motors regained top billing. How did VW lose bragging rights as China's No. 1 automaker?... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Top '16 priority: Managing change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

U.S. auto sales are headed toward the longest growth streak in a century, but what counts is how healthy profits can pay for profound changes in the industry's future.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

The risk of being an auto pioneer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Some companies making the most noise about transforming the car have a poor record of delivering world-class vehicles when they are distracted.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

Nobody needs a safety-tech nanny

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Automakers like to say they are transforming cars into rolling computers or rolling smartphones. In doing so, they should take care not to turn their products into rolling smoke detectors. Let me explain.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Toyoda shows playful side at Lexus unveiling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Lexus unveiled the LC 500 with a debut as memorable and emotional as the sleek, sexy coupe.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Rosekind extends a hand. Take it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind wants the U.S. auto industry and federal regulators to work together to make American roads safer. The auto industry should seize the offer.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Tech push requires culture clash

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

If you want to understand the real meaning of the Consumer Electronics Show - and how the tech sector is influencing auto and vice versa - you need to go back a year and head 2,000 miles east from Las Vegas to a cafeteria in Dearborn, Mich.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Cash can make VW's woes go away

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Will anything ever get Volkswagen out of the scandalous pit it has thrown itself into?... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Industry's gain eclipses the pain

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

How will 2015 look in the rearview mirror? Pretty good, because, let's be honest, strong auto sales numbers outweigh everything else. But before the party starts rocking, look closer at 2015. It wasn't all happy.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Cash can make VW's woes go away

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

Will anything ever get Volkswagen out of the scandalous pit it has thrown itself into? Yes. One thing will for sure. Cash. A lot of cash.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Climate pact: Regulations are a given, attitudes aren't

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

Stricter auto regulations are a constant. They keep coming, but moments of clarity can keep us flexible.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

With a foe like this, CarMax just can't win

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

Sean Kane, a consumer advocate, set out deliberately to buy a used vehicle with an open safety recall at a CarMax store in Massachusetts. He succeeded, purchasing a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee with three unfixed recall orders on it. Now, he's upset that CarMax sold him the Jeep.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

Renault-Nissan's love lost?

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

The auto industry has seen its share of split-ups - DaimlerChrysler, General Motors-Fiat, Volkswagen-Suzuki. But could it really happen to Renault-Nissan?... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Go above and beyond on safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Automakers have an opportunity to seize market leadership by championing more vehicle safety. Not just complying with rules but pushing to add more.... Read More »

DAVE VERSICAL

Drivers and cellphones: Unsafe at any speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Fifty years after the publication of Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe at Any Speed,” a modern-day menace gets pinpointed by the nation’s highway traffic safety chief: distracted driving.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

Finally, China charges its EV drive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Five years after China launched its drive to make itself the world leader in electrified vehicles, it is finally starting to build an EV charging infrastructure.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Car designers come from everywhere

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

University of Louisiana - Layfayette grad and Ford clay modeler Jason Mosery shows how Detroit is seeking talent beyond Detroit's College for Creative Studies or Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Haunting memories of another Paris attack

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The recent wave of terrorism in Europe was a reminder of a violent period in the mid-1980s when Renault's president was assassinated and a bomb was set off near Peugeot's Paris headquarters.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

Haunting memories of another attack

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

There had been a wave of terrorism in Europe, much like today. Just a week before the assassination, a bomb set off by the same group that killed Besse shattered windows at Peugeot's headquarters in Paris.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Fat margins can fund greener cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The auto industry must focus on making more sustainable vehicles, but the long current sales boom can pay for the green research.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Takata crisis dents keiretsu argument

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Honda has decided to stop using airbags supplied by Takata Corp. That's a catastrophic turn of affairs for Takata after a run of quality glitches that have resulted in 19 million U.S. vehicle recalls and as many as eight deaths. But it's also a dramatic twist in what the auto industry has long assumed about Japanese keiretsus.... Read More »

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 »

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