Opinion

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Marchionne's Wrangler conundrum will require creativity

12:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
I truly believe that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne would prefer to write a big check and keep the next generation Jeep Wrangler in its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. The problem? There's not much wiggle room right now in the corporate checking account.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Acura exec drops the chalupa, runs for the border

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Acura boss Mike Accavitti let a case of the Mexican munchies get the better of him when he conceded Taco Bell was a source of marketing inspiration for his luxury auto marque.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Bentley joins VW's party of quirky names

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Now we can add a new head-scratcher name to the list: the Bentley Bentayga. That's what Bentley is christening its first-ever SUV, which will be introduced later this year and will go on sale in 2016.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Body shop shakeup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
It's getting more complicated for auto dealers to operate body shops. Repairs are increasingly complex as new designs add ultra high-strength steels and other new alloys and a broader range of material.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Autonomous car rivalry is good for the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
In the battle to define the autonomous car, established automakers such as Mercedes-Benz and newcomers such as Google are slugging it out in labs and on the road. It's a big deal.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Is Cadillac going the wrong way?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Do you think it's odd that General Motors is moving Cadillac to New York City? I realize that it involves only a small number of people, but at a time when major car companies are moving headquarters to lower the costs of doing business, New York seems like a bad choice.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

'Age doesn't always mean that much'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Tell your young designers that the best design tool is a 2H pencil: Put work down with one end; remove bad with the other.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An unwise move for Mercedes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Yes, the Northeastern United States is more costly for business because of a higher standard of living and more choices that allow corporations to be global and be near the world center for commerce, New York City. But why Atlanta?... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Week 1 down; now for Week 2

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
The opening days of the North American International Auto Show last week in Detroit were a spectacular success. And I am pleased to say that the 39th Automotive News World Congress was also a hugely successful event. We got to rest over the weekend, but by midweek, we'll head to San Francisco for an exciting National Automobile Dealers Association convention.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

What keeps leadership dealers awake at night?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2015
Even in good times, there are things that will keep most dealers awake at night. At the Detroit auto show last week, I sat down with the outgoing chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, Forrest McConnell, and the incoming chairman, Bill Fox, to talk about what gives them restless nights.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

Jeep uses Paris boat show to gain traction

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Jeep hopes its role as a marketing partner at the Nautic in Paris, one of Europe's biggest boat shows, will help it get a leg up in the fast-growing small SUV market. The U.S. off-road brand says it is considering partnering with the event this year after gaining “positive feedback” at last year's show in December.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

Musk's $481 million paper loss in Detroit

12:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
In the world of Elon Musk, one off-hand remark can be expensive. On Tuesday, the Tesla CEO lost $481 million on paper after he mentioned "unexpectedly weak" sales in China. But after his celebrity-like appearance here, it was clear that Detroit's love for Musk is only going to grow.... Read More »

 

GUEST BLOG -- JEFF GREEN

Auto show vet longs for toy cars and comes up with thumb drives

2:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
My fondest moments covering auto shows, after jostling with my peers at press briefings, have been collecting the swag -- toy cars, clocks, hats, even chairs emblazoned with logos of new models. I'm sorry to report, that era is over.... Read More »

 

ARLENA SAWYERS

How will the newest metal in Detroit hold up in the used market?

2:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
When analysts who examine used vehicles and establish prices for them look at an all-new or redesigned car or pickup, they study exterior styling, engine specs and technical innovations. The also weigh factors such as price, incentives, competitors and deliveries to rental fleets.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

So what is a Bentayga?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. Now we can add a new head-scratcher to the list: the Bentley Bentayga.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Save up -- the future is a hungry beast

11:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Anywhere on the Detroit auto show floor you can see healthy automakers branching out. Call it the vigor of health. These initiatives don't happen in hard times.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Lending practices face new scrutiny: States

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
State officials aren't far behind the federal government in the present crackdown on auto lenders, especially in the subprime segment.... Read More »

 

BILL SHEA

Downtown development mogul Gilbert sees missed opportunities with Detroit auto show

9:58 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Real estate mogul Dan Gilbert, the key player in the revival of downtown Detroit, thinks more can be done with the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

Drones fly at Ford and stir up drama

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
There's drone drama at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

Honda's latest take on personal mobility

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
The mobility movement that's spreading across the industry isn't limited to city streets.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

Can a 'driver's car' brand mission and driverless tech coexist?

11:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
If your calling card is “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” what do you do when the machines drive themselves? How can you reconcile autonomous vehicles with your brand's deep-rooted mission?... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

So what is a Bentayga?

11:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. Now we can add a new head-scratcher to the list: the Bentley Bentayga.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

GM takes long view with Chevrolet Bolt EV

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Looking way the road, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has another mission entirely.... Read More »

 

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