Opinion

EDITORIAL

Is IIHS raising safety standards too quickly?

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

The decision by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to expand crash testing to more variants of pickups next year and beyond opens a broad re-examination of the best way to promote automotive safety.... 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 »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: UAW chief's credibility, legacy on the line with Tier 2

12:25 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams flashed an unmistakable determination to solve the union's Tier 2 dilemma during this year's contract negotiations with the Detroit 3.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: VW pays the price for failing to respond to evolving customer needs in China

5:00 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

After outperforming the market for almost a decade, Volkswagen, the top-selling brand in China, has begun to lose market share as the economy slides and the automaker becomes less responsive to evolving consumer needs.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Who was Kirk Kerkorian? He was a money man

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

It was always about the money for Kirk Kerkorian, the auto industry provocateur who died Monday at 98.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: The advantages for going online with F&I

12:00 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

To reduce the push and pull around F&I product options and avoid surprising consumers with unexpectedly higher monthly payments as F&I products are added on, dealerships should introduce F&I online.... Read More »

JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: A case for breaking the 300% rule

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Most F&I folks subscribe to the “300 percent rule”: Offer 100 percent of the products to 100 percent of the dealership's customers 100 percent of the time. But a recent conversation with a friend indicates the rule doesn't apply to 100 percent of cases.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why FCA's merger quest will test loyalties

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

What does loyalty really mean to workers? If you're Fiat Chrysler and living amid a self-made swirl of morale-sapping merger rumors, it means that loyalty's very existence is about to be tested.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: How the Detroit 3-UAW can solve Tier 2 on the cheap

4:38 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

The UAW’s thorny Tier 2 problem with the Detroit 3 is so daunting I now expect the parties to avoid structural changes to Tier 2 with an extra contract signing bonus that placates entry-level workers.... Read More »

NEAL E. BOUDETTE

BLOG: Kerkorian-Iacocca tag team hit Chrysler execs with a reality check

1:45 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

Kirk Kerkorian took a run at Chrysler in 1995 when he launched an unsolicited $20 billion takeover bid. Perhaps even more astounding was whom he had teamed up with: Lee Iacocca.... Read More »

JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: A fantastic and revealing story of Kirk Kerkorian

1:36 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

I never met Kirk Kerkorian, but I feel as if I knew him through my lunches with Jerry York, Kerkorian's longtime lieutenant who once served on GM's board.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The dark side of electronics

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

As automobiles age and the quality of replacement parts for the electronics diminish, repairs become difficult, frustrating and expensive.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Marchionne's merger mania: Why now?

5:34 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

There have been countless theories offered by analysts and in the press as to why Marchionne is on a quest to merge Fiat Chrysler with another automaker. Whatever the reason, it looks likely to benefit the Agnelli family that employs him.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Marchionne's merger mania: Why now?

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

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and related companies, has a number of honorifics and titles on his resume.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

JCI mulls future, raises questions for the industry

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

Johnson Controls, the world's No. 1 supplier of automotive seats, says it may sell its seating unit. Not only would such a move have huge consequences in this crucial sector, it also raises a slew of questions for the auto industry.... 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 »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Life or death decisions

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

Self-driving cars would open a world of opportunity to people like me who are fascinated by any new technology but these vehicles also raise some ethical dilemmas regarding the choices a vehicle might make in a critical situation.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Life or death decisions

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

Self-driving cars would open a world of opportunity to people like me who are fascinated by any new technology but these vehicles also raise some ethical dilemmas regarding the choices a vehicle might make in a critical situation.... Read More »

VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: On Twitter, retail events and auto shows are marketing gold

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

New data show that retail events and auto shows are key drivers of consumer conversations on Twitter. The research, conducted by Canvs on behalf of Twitter, found that tweets in which people consider specific makes triple during retail events such as truck month or year-end sales.... Read More »

VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Dealer putting Mayweather's big-ticket Enzo back on the market

4:15 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2015

A familiar guest is back at exotic-car dealership Fusion Luxury Motors. The rare 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar that boxer Floyd Mayweather bought from the dealership in January is going back up for sale.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Why Nissan Leaf sales surged -- and yet fell 33%

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

Sales of the Nissan Leaf fell 33 percent in May from a year earlier, so why did some reports portray Leaf sales as surging ahead?... Read More »

GABE NELSON

BLOG: Tesla sours on swappable batteries

4:03 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

When it unveiled the Model S, Tesla Motors Inc. crowed about its fast-swapping technology, demonstrating in 2013 that a depleted battery could be swapped for a fresh one in minutes. Later, it built a swap station in Harris Ranch, Calif., halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, to test the technology.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Why credit bureaus' loan data vary

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

The three major credit bureaus, TransUnion, Experian and Equifax, publish their auto finance data in spurts throughout the year, usually a week or two apart from one another. But one thing always stops me when reporting the data: The trends are the same, but the numbers don't match up.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: The incredible power of praise

1:55 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

The industry's up-and-coming executives require something their old-school bosses are often reluctant to give: praise. This deficiency can be the difference in losing or keeping a game-changing team member.... Read More »

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