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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 »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Dealers? Yes. Franchisees? Not necessarily

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2014
I believe strongly that the customer, who should be the driver of this conversation, needs a dealer to help with the multitude of requirements of owning a vehicle today.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

The recall process must change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
We have had two cases involving defective parts so bad that one potential solution has been for owners to park their cars. That is indeed a drastic remedy. We have to figure out a better way of handling recalls.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Something new at NADA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
In January we're going to add a new wrinkle to the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco. Automotive News is hosting its first annual Retail Forum -- a half-day conference focused exclusively on issues that matter to dealers.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

CT6? Cadillac missed chance to sell 'em on a sexy name

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Car names derived from letters and numbers have been with us since at least the 1950s. So why the big fuss after Cadillac said it will name its big new sedan the CT6? Well, there's a good reason.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Goodbye, Big 3! Does anyone care?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Once again, we would appear to be down to two domestic car companies. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles made it official over the weekend that the newly formed company is not American. So we can, as we did before to DaimlerChrysler, say goodbye to an American Chrysler as part of the Big 3.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Cadillac is making big mistakes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Cadillac is an American icon. It is not a German car. It doesn't matter who's running Cadillac or what his background is. Cadillac belongs in Detroit.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

How to end predatory auto-loan practices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Americans won't abide companies that gouge minorities and other vulnerable consumers. By acting aggressively to adopt and publicize the NADA and AFSA solution, auto retailers and lenders can show they are determined to fight discrimination before the heavy hand of government steps in.... Read More »

 

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