Commentary

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 »

JASON STEIN

Fore! A full recovery takes flight

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

The Center for Automotive Research celebrated a half century of its supplier-rich Management Briefing Seminars last week. Fifty years of tradition rest here along Grand Traverse Bay, but there's also the real feel that the industry is stepping into uncharted waters.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

The knock on higher octane

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Expect the debate over raising the octane levels at U.S. gasoline pumps -- perhaps making 93 octane the new regular -- to get a lot louder between now and 2017.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Sports cars: Launch 'em and leave 'em? No way

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Launch it and leave it is a death sentence for sporty cars. And no company has been more successful at failing with sporty cars than Toyota.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Why others aren't adopting Ford's aluminum strategy

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It's starting to look like the switch to all-aluminum bodies for high-volume vehicles may not happen at all. Here's why: Ford's strategy for the change in metals doesn't apply to other automakers.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Putting Sergio's thesis to the test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Automotive News has devoted enormous time and resources and turned a mirror on the industry -- questioning whether the entire structure, the bones of the business, needs a rethink. We have explored the thesis that the industry burns too much capital, wastes too much effort and is beautifully inefficient at what it professes to do so well.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Performance rules -- despite the push for more mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Right now, we are in the golden age of high-performance cars, be they gasoline, electric or hybrid.... Read More »

J FERRON

Thinking outside the customers' box

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

Innovation drives the automotive industry. But what drives innovation? I get that question all the time in the Automotive News PACE Awards Program, now in its 22nd year, where independent judges study companies that commercialize innovative products and processes. How companies innovate is only the starting point. More important is understanding why they risk capital and resources.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

Autonomous vehicle explosion brings challenges

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

Conundrum is defined by Webster's New World College Dictionary as a puzzling question or problem. The exploding autonomous vehicle phenomenon is presenting the automobile industry with a thicket of conundrums.... Read More »

VINCE BOND JR.

A proving ground for collaboration

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

Could the smartphone -- the source of so many deadly driving distractions -- prove to be an auto safety device? That question has been in my head ever since I rode along on a Honda demonstration of a safety system that integrates connected-car and autonomous-driving technologies.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Store renovation blues are back

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

If you think you've just been transported to February 2012, you're right. Dealership renovations are hotter than the dealers who are steaming mad about them.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Birthday wish for CFPB: Get real

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

Five years after it was created, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should seek additional information and better methodology to ensure it is really protecting consumers from discrimination.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

All self-driving cars will need V2V capability

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

Two SUVs on a California street try to merge into the same lane at the same time and get too close. Happens all the time. Except these two vehicles were self-driving cars.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Time to rethink Detroit 3-UAW ties

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

Automakers have spent eight decades primarily treating the UAW first as a nuisance, then as an adversary, and only recently, as an occasional partner.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

Like the others, Nardelli learned the hard way -- or did he?

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

I wouldn't be recalling these events had Bob Nardelli not attempted to rewrite history last week in a LinkedIn blog titled "What I Learned Leading a Company Like Chrysler Through Bankruptcy -- and Revitalization."... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Self-driving cars make ethical choices

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

Car companies don't usually get sucked into philosophical debates, but right now they're facing a big, thorny question: how the self-driving cars of the future will decide who will live and who will die.... Read More »

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Did Piech's prodding revive Alfa?

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

So now that the Alfa Romeo plan is more fully hatched and the strategy is clear -- horsepower and hair-raising versions come first, and mainstream models follow -- here's a nagging question: Do we have Ferdinand Piech to thank for all of this?... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Toyota must keep on pushing for diversity

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

Toyota derives three-quarters of its sales from overseas. About 80 percent of its 338,875 employees are outside Japan. Yet only two non-Japanese are board members.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Is Marchionne right? Let's find out

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

We were fascinated a few weeks ago when FCA boss Sergio Marchionne made his now-famous PowerPoint presentation to the analyst community. Whatever his motivation, we have decided to take Marchionne seriously.... Read More »

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