Opinion

RICHARD TRUETT

Mustang changed lives, inspired careers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
Just like countless other kids around the world who were captivated by the original Mustang and decided they wanted to be mechanics, designers, engineers, race car drivers, etc., I knew I would have a future under the hood of cars.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Why new world Tesla needs old world factory relief

7:27 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Despite all the ongoing Wall Street chatter about Tesla, there really is a larger issue closer at hand worth watching: How long will it take Tesla to sort out its manufacturing blocking and tackling?... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Automotive safety at any cost? Sounds good, but it's not true

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Cost-benefit analysis is a deep-rooted and necessary practice in every industry in which health and safety are at stake. If automakers truly spared no cost for safety, cars in American showrooms would have nothing but five-star crash test ratings and cutting-edge safety technology. And they would all cost a lot more.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show

5:58 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Ten years ago, many Chinese could not afford a car, but today not only can they afford one, they are getting picky about which vehicle to buy -- and they're increasingly opting for compact SUVs.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show

5:58 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Ten years ago, many Chinese families could not afford a car. Today, not only can they afford one, but they are getting picky about which vehicle to buy and they're increasingly opting for compact SUVs.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LAREAU

Subaru-sponsored study identifies safe dog harness

6:21 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
In the book Citizen Canine, author David Grimm examines whether dogs are on the edge of becoming legal “persons” in this country. For those who think the answer is, or is close to becoming, yes, Subaru of America has significant news: Only one of the 11 dog harnesses designed for use in cars can be rated “acceptable.”... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

Why the UAW appeal at VW is a slippery slope

3:23 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
The UAW better be careful what it wishes for. If the union convinces President Barack Obama's National Labor Relations Board that it's an unfair labor practice for political leaders to be publicly involved in an organizing effort, then organized labor risks diluting the power of its best weapon: public pressure.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Misleading sales ads hurt F&I

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
State and federal regulators have cracked down this year on misleading dealership advertising. In just about every case, their complaint was that the advertising failed to adequately disclose financial terms or hidden costs.... Read More »

 

JASON STEIN

Barra's job just got a lot harder

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Was last week's public grilling about a faulty ignition switch or about New GM vs. Old GM?... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

GM's debacle: A lesson for the auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Viewing last week's congressional hearings through the prism of history, you would get the impression that the industry hasn't progressed a millimeter on safety since Ralph Nader exposed the instability of the Chevy Corvair a half century ago.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The National Automobile Dealers Association is one large gorilla, and Crain certainly does not want to cross it.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Eastern Europe is an auto hot spot

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The crisis in Ukraine and Eastern Europe is ongoing and will be causing all sorts of problems for European auto manufacturers for some time to come.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Why GM dealers have a chance to shine

7:30 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
There's no getting around the fact that GM is taking a clubbing right now. A huge recall, several lawsuits, a blistering congressional hearing, apologies to consumers, potential criminal investigations -- it's all bad. But then there are the retailers.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

More Mercedes records to fall in 2014

8:55 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Mercedes' new record for global sales in a single month -- 158,523 -- probably won't last long. Not with the arrival of the new-generation C class and the all-new GLA SUV this year.... Read More »

 

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

We need more bite from our safety watchdogs

3:59 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Over the course of two blistering hearings, General Motors CEO Mary Barra proved she has a lot to learn about the optics and political dynamics of Washington. For a lesson, she might call up David Friedman.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Land Rover provides more clues to expanded Discovery family

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Land Rover is taking its largest vehicle, the Discovery, and making a family of it.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Land Rover's vision of an expanded Discovery family

7:15 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Land Rover is taking its largest vehicle, the LR4 in the United States and the Discovery elsewhere, and making a family of it. The story is unfolding in New York this week with the introduction of the Discovery Vision Concept SUV.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Lawmakers want heads to roll, and won't excuse Barra

5:56 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Judging from the rough reception GM CEO Mary Barra encountered on Wednesday from the Senate Commerce Committee's consumer protection panel, it was clear that this is just the start of GM's reckoning on Capitol Hill.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

If you like paying MSRP, then Tesla/Apple is for you

4:44 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
The next time you’re in an Apple store, try this. When one of the product geniuses who work there approaches you, ask him or her, “So, how much below list price are you offering this iPhone 5 for this month?”... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Off-lease surge should spark even more leasing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Scheduled lease terminations are expected to grow again in 2014, providing a strong tailwind for additional leases this year and higher customer loyalty.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

With Tavares no longer involved, Renault divorces Alpine partner

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Renault appears to be scaling back its ambitions for the sporty Alpine subbrand after ending plans with Caterham, its racing partner, to revive the marque. But a source says the project will still go ahead.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

3 things the GM hearing exposed: Leaks, blurred lines and a media circus

9:13 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
If you boil it down, few new facts emerged from Tuesday's frenzied four-hour U.S. House hearing on GM's recall crisis, prompted by a faulty ignition switch the company has linked to dozens of crashes and at least 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Auto companies are buying the creative souls of late night TV

6:42 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
Two bedrocks of late night TV did something so unseemly last week it looked as though they had responded to an unholy informercial.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

OK, the scary part is over

4:44 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
It’s officially safe to breathe again. Most folks in the industry firmly believed the dreary January and February auto sales were caused primarily by wretched weather. But actually seeing March sales rebound confirms it.... Read More »

 

JENNIFER CLARK

End of an era at Fiat

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
Fiat held its last annual shareholder's meeting in Turin. The next one will be in the Netherlands, which is like Ford Motor holding its annual assembly in Canada.... Read More »

 

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