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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 »

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

The connected car will get better with age

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The upgrade CD gave way to the downloadable software patch and later to the over-the-air update that's beamed wirelessly to your laptop or smartphone. This is how today's connected computers get better -- continually, seamlessly and sometimes automatically. It's how connected cars will get better, too.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

'Car guy' passion is universal

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

I have always been impressed at how the auto industry is full of people with passion. I don't mean folks who like their jobs. I mean individuals who adore cars, who absolutely love what they do. And the car biz is full of people who think beyond the task at hand.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Electronic gremlins may keep old cars off the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Advanced electronics have transformed every aspect of today's automobile. They are cleaner, faster, safer, more efficient and more capable. But here's the downside: As light vehicles age, repairs could get more difficult and expensive -- especially as high-quality electronic replacement parts become harder to obtain.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

EV subsidies and the bottom line

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

A big part of the problem is that some of the government incentives that have largely driven demand are starting to evaporate.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

Mixed reviews are in after assuming lease for Volt

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

After running into title snags and other glitches in assuming an existing lease on a Chevrolet Volt, Automotive News' James B. Treece sees opportunity for dealerships in smoothing lease swaps for consumers. Here is his story.... Read More »

DAVE VERSICAL

Gibberish! What did you expect?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Some gibberish has crept into the way U.S. auto sales are reported each month. It revolves around one word: "Expectations." We saw this in abundance last week, as the U.S. industry chalked up 1.63 million light-vehicle sales.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Android Auto's simplicity is such a luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Usually with a car, the more you pay, the more you get. The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend that rule.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

A tale of 2 production booms

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

It's easy to view Mexico's auto manufacturing ascendancy as an encore of last decade's production boom in central Europe.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

To win over humans, Google's self-driving car must clear a high bar

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The flawed analyses of Google's accident record illustrated the bar that the self-driving car will need to cross to be accepted. It must not only be safer than human drivers, but unquestionably safe.... Read More »

COMMENTARY: DAVE GUILFORD

Which road to self-driving tech will win?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

The auto industry has an increasingly bipolar view of autonomous vehicles. The basic question is whether to go all in or install limited doses of self-driving technology. Let's look at the two poles.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Who owns vehicle-generated data?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Determining who owns data generated by motor vehicles keeps getting more complicated. And it's going to get worse. As more companies develop and test autonomous vehicles, we'll have to sort out how to handle the inevitable malfunctions and crashes that come with adopting any new technology.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

Love 'em or hate 'em, handle call centers the right way

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Business development centers can help dealers handle prospects, but 90 percent are underperforming, says BDC authority.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Piech's out at VW -- for the moment

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Late last month, Ferdinand Piech resigned from his position as chairman of Volkswagen's supervisory board. Reportedly he was given the choice of resigning or being dismissed. For the first time in more than half a century, Piech is out of work -- for the moment.... Read More »

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