Opinion

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: VW's Seat brand puts brakes on sportiness to lure family buyers

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

VW's Spain-based Seat brand is no longer the “Spanish Alfa Romeo” after moving away from its sporty image, CEO Juergen Stackmann said. Nowadays, the marque aims to win family buyers, he said.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: Marchionne adds weight to Tuesday's UAW bargaining kickoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

The seriousness of this year’s UAW contract negotiations with Fiat Chrysler just got more so.... Read More »

ARLENA SAWYERS

BLOG: Minority dealers association celebrates 35th year

3:31 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers celebrated its 35th birthday this week here at its annual conference.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Lessons for Americans from Hamp's case

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

A foreign national caught violating laws that are often flouted back home is not new.... Read More »

DAVID JOLLEY

BLOG: Germany's EV drive gets a supermarket's help

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Aldi, a popular German-based discount supermarket chain, has introduced something that could help its home market get closer to an ambitious target of having 1 million EVs on the road by 2020: free charging.... Read More »

PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: What do Julie Hamp and price fixing have in common?

2:20 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

If the Japanese want to enforce their drug laws, they are perfectly entitled to do so. But they had better be prepared for other countries to enforce their own laws, too.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Startups just keep coming in the used-car market

7:14 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

In case you missed it, this week brought more reminders that the used-car market is in flux.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Interiors sector will get smaller, but not too small

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

Grupo Antolin's planned purchase of most of Magna's interiors operations and JCI's possible sale of its seating business are just the beginning of the upheaval in the automotive interiors world. The sector, however, will remain competitive, an expert with vast M&A experience said.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Alfa's last chance?

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

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne hopes that his 5 billion-euro ($5.3 billion) bet on Alfa Romeo will result in eight new models, a sales boost, and an end to financial losses at the brand. If I were Marchionne, I would be very worried about not achieving those ambitious goals – and I'm not alone.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Alfa's last chance?

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

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne hopes that his 5 billion-euro bet on Alfa Romeo will result in eight new models, a sales boost, and an end to financial losses at the brand. If I were Marchionne, I would be very worried about not achieving those ambitious goals – and I'm not alone.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Has high court raised bar for CFPB in auto bias cases?

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

From the outside, the Supreme Court's ruling last month upholding disparate impact claims in housing discrimination lawsuits may look like a headache for auto dealers, but a provision in the decision could give the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a hurdle that could work in dealers' favor.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: So far, F-150's rivals are mostly sticking with steel

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The big switch from steel to aluminum may not happen. So far, other than Ford, automakers have shunned complete aluminum bodies for their pickups.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: No, Bob Nardelli. Just no.

12:23 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

In a column released this week on LinkedIn.com, former CEO Bob Nardelli takes credit for turning around Chrysler Corp. and guiding it back to where it is today.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

BLOG: Did Piech's prodding revive Alfa?

4:56 am U.S. ET | July 7, 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 »

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 »

NICK BUNKLEY

A sales record not worth breaking

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

By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's not the whole story. rather misleading. June 2015 was actually far better than June 2005. In June 2015, automakers were healthy and scrambling to keep up with demand for their most profitable vehicles. In June 2005, they were overflowing with inventory nobody wanted and desperate to get rid of it at any cost.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Chop chicken tax to lift competition and innovation

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

It's time to eliminate the so-called chicken tax. The onerous 25 percent U.S. tariff on imported pickups has stifled competition for a half century. Elimating the tariff would lead to greater competition among small pickups in the U.S. and spur innovation in a staid market segment.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: German carmakers are right: Grexit can save Europe

3:39 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

German automakers are right to believe that Greece's exit from the Europe could save Europe.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why Ford stumbled with the EcoSport

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

Ford stumbled with the EcoSport and was forced to make a quick redesign to address poor sales. So what went wrong?... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Swedish royalty and the XC90

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

The Volvo XC90 has become synonymous with the Swedish royal family on multiple levels.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Citroen CEO sees positive changes for women in auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

One year into her role as Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says she hasn't encountered any prejudice as a woman working a man's world. In fact, she says it's an advantage.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Look out! Still water ahead

4:30 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

June was another good sales month. We’ve had a good first half, and a great six-year run-up. But expect to start seeing some separation among competitors.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The (technology) pluses and minuses of a GM-FCA deal

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

GM and FCA could benefit from each other's technology. Instead of a full-blown merger, maybe some small side-deals is all Sergio needs.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A role for dealers in lease transfers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

I read with great interest about James B. Treece's experience in assuming the short-term lease of a Chevy Volt ("Mixed reviews are in after assuming lease for Volt," June 8). I agree with him. Dealers should have a role in the lease-transfer process.... Read More »

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