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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 »

RICHARD JOHNSON

Piech's fall is a familiar tale in this industry

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

Let's see, patriarch of giant auto group and acclaimed automotive genius late in life squabbles with members of his own family and is forced to give up power.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Detroit has little to gain from free trade with Japan

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

Detroit's automakers have little to gain by having Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact, even if the U.S. wins auto import concessions from Tokyo.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Auto industry should cheer Tesla Motors' battery play

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

When it unveils its first batteries for homes and businesses this week, Tesla Motors will no longer be a car company. It will be an energy company, competing against electric utilities just as it has gone after the car market.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

States' varying auto insurance rates play with the car-buying equation

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

Want $7,700 more to spend on a new car? Move from Michigan to Maine before you insure it.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

50 years since 'Unsafe at Any Speed'

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

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader's bursting onto the automotive scene by publishing Unsafe at Any Speed, an indictment of the early Chevrolet Corvair with swing axles.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

Piech's career battles will be his legacy

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

Ferdinand Piech started out his career with a pretty serious rivalry -- tangling with cousin Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, designer of the 911. Now it appears he'll bow out in more or less the same fashion. At war. It's just his style. In fact, it will be his legacy.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

A GM-FCA hookup? 'Put' it in perspective

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

Perhaps Sergio Marchionne is banking on a loss of institutional memory at General Motors. That's the only way I can see that he might expect GM to consider buying Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Most mergers come from weakness

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

Once again, there is talk about consolidation of the global auto industry. The fundamental problem with mergers is that, historically, they almost always have been of two turkeys rather than two eagles.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Self-driving tech building blocks already in place

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

Kathy Winter, Delphi's vice president of advanced engineering and software service, declined to predict when autonomous cars would be ready for the market. But she did say it'll probably be regulatory and insurance issues - not the readiness of the technology - that slows the rollout of autonomous cars.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Left for dead, British industry booms again

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

Ten years ago this month, MG Rover went bankrupt -- and appeared to symbolize the end of the once proud British auto industry.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Cadillac, Lincoln place their bets

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

Both Ford Motor Co. and General Motors are rolling the dice with their new luxury sedans, and the winners are bound to include customers and dealers across the globe. Those cars aren't just for the U.S. They will be exported to China as well.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

Dealerships ignore online reviews at their peril

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

Many dealerships find it a pain to respond to customer reviews online. But new data from Cars.com show it's worth the effort to write a reply below the review.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Maroone's guiding rule: Set yourself apart

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

Mike Maroone -- retailer, visionary and, as of last Wednesday, retired AutoNation Inc. president and COO -- once had a dream to be a college quarterback. Instead, he became one of the greatest field leaders the dealer franchise system has known.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

What's new at N.Y. auto show? Lots

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

New York is always an interesting auto show. It's in a city that seems to do everything in its power to discourage using a car, yet New Yorkers flock to the Javits Center to see what is going on in the world of cars.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

The new sticker shock: High costs to fix high-tech

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

We all know about showroom sticker shock. But here's another side of the affordability problem: the hefty repair costs for minor accidents. At least two factors are driving up the cost to fix vehicles: safety electronics and the way cars are built today.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

While others stand up, Italy stands aside

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

Formula One tire supplier Pirelli will have a Chinese owner.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

When will next shoe drop in China?

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

Many people are convinced that when the time comes -- and it might be tomorrow, next year or in a decade -- foreign companies in China will be nationalized.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Is cheap fuel permanent or a blip?

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

Lots of smart folks in the automobile industry are betting huge amounts of money that alternative-fuel vehicles will capture an important part of the market. But it is going to be difficult to displace gasoline for mainstream vehicles in the U.S.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Keeping the passion alive for 20 years

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

If you have doubts about America's love affair with the automobile, go to a local car show.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already

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

Do not hesitate to build that North American vehicle assembly plant, Jaguar Land Rover. You will be amazed. Trust me on this one.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Lexus' ideas about entry cars changing?

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

One of the most perplexing cars at the Geneva auto show is the Lexus LF-SA minicar concept. The Japanese luxury brand has said repeatedly that it won't dabble in the sub-$30,000 zone, yet that's exactly what the LF-SA is.... Read More »

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