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RICHARD TRUETT

De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to reconstruct Cadillac's image

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
It seems nothing gets people chattering these days like Cadillac, a brand in transition. So when reporter Richard Truett took to autonews.com last week with an "open letter" to Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen, reactions poured in. Here is Truett's column and excerpts from three emails that arrived in his inbox.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

Still a car guy -- with a Tata friendship

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Bona fide car guy Wolfgang Reitzle, the former BMW rising star and Ford luxury chief who's been running an industrial gas company for the last few years, hasn't left the car business after all. It turns out that he's befriended Indian industrial magnate Ratan Tata, the guy who bought Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford in 2008. Tata said last week that he and Reitzle meet every month or so to discuss Jaguar and Land Rover models. Reitzle doesn't hold back.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Katayama was quite a rebel

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Yutaka Katayama, the long-retired head of Datsun and Nissan in the U.S., became a legend.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Car stores could be just like Apple stores, right?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
"How's it going?" I asked my friend Gene-Erik Marketer. I hadn't seen him since the NADA convention. "Great!" he replied. "I really got our dealers fired up at our make meeting with my pitch to make our dealerships more like Apple stores!" I had to ask: "What does that mean?"... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Now everyone wants to build cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Much like Preston Tucker, John DeLorean and Malcolm Bricklin, there are lots of people with lots of money interested in becoming automakers. Elon Musk notwithstanding, the number of success stories in this business is fairly limited. The trail of those who failed as automakers is a long one.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Has diesel had its day in Europe?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Pollution is one reason why the diesel engine has perhaps peaked at 50 percent of new-car sales in most of Europe.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Everyone wants to be a dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
No one is clamoring for the stocks of global automakers -- with the exception of Wall Street darling Tesla. Nor is anyone driving up supplier stocks. Automobile dealerships are where everyone wants to be.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

When do we see price reductions?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Right now, the U.S. has the hottest currency in the world and one of the hottest automotive markets as well. With a much stronger U.S. dollar, you would think we'd see huge reductions in pricing on vehicles and parts from countries with weak currencies.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

In the rush to digital, a defense of the old media

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Digital, digital, digital was the clear, repetitive marketing message for auto dealers at this year's National Automobile Dealers Association convention. But ad agency owner Terry Lancaster had a different message for retailers: Don't be so quick to change horses.... Read More »

 

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

Why can't dealers shake the shady rep?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Auto dealers are pillars of their communities. They sponsor Little League teams, fund scholarships, donate vehicles to first responders, pay their taxes and fly big flags. So why do so many consumers leave dealerships feeling uneasy.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

This is right out of '1984'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
According to a Wall Street Journal report, the U.S. Justice Department is tracking millions of cars and knows just where they are. The paper reports that the effort started as a move to combat drug cartels near the Mexican border has expanded around the country. It is a massive intrusion on our rights.... Read More »

 

YANG JIANG

China dealers fight back as stock piles up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
The China Automobile Dealers Association has been a weak and loose organization. Its main job was to produce an annual list of China's top 100 dealerships and to hold a few national conferences for dealers.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Time to rethink auto safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Keith Crain is looking forward to seeing how new Administrator Mark Rosekind reshapes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Bentley joins VW's party of quirky names

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Now we can add a new head-scratcher name to the list: the Bentley Bentayga. That's what Bentley is christening its first-ever SUV, which will be introduced later this year and will go on sale in 2016.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Week 1 down; now for Week 2

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
The opening days of the North American International Auto Show last week in Detroit were a spectacular success. And I am pleased to say that the 39th Automotive News World Congress was also a hugely successful event. We got to rest over the weekend, but by midweek, we'll head to San Francisco for an exciting National Automobile Dealers Association convention.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

'Hive mind' could help cars expect the unexpected

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Perhaps the key obstacle to the adoption of self-driving cars is fear of the unexpected -- a road encounter with an unfamiliar object that the vehicle's computer can't classify and thus can't anticipate. But what if each autonomous car could benefit from a central supercomputer that could identify the unknown object by analyzing images transmitted by millions of vehicles?... Read More »

 

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 »

 

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