Opinion

EDITORIAL

Rural dealers need some heavy-duty help

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Vast rural areas of North America are being transformed by hydraulic fracturing, the controversial energy extraction process better known as fracking. The process is transforming rural auto dealerships as well. The dealers need some help, and automakers serious about selling pickups ought to jump in with both feet to assist.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

N.Y. move is not a vote against Detroit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
I read the observations regarding Cadillac in Keith Crain's Oct. 6 column with interest. Without wishing to consume valuable column space elaborating the rationale behind the various changes taking place at Cadillac, I am, however, compelled to respond to some of the issues he has raised.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Crash recorder video craze hits Japan

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
Count Japan as the latest entrant to the dash cam craze. Across the country, drivers are uploading and swapping video footage taken through their vehicle crash data recorders.... Read More »

 

DAVID BARKHOLZ

In Chicago, Cox execs hear dealers' concerns -- and praise

10:26 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
vAuto's Access: Velocity conference has been an eye-opening experience for the senior management of Cox Automotive -- formerly the AutoTrader Group -- as well as the dealers attending.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Sergio has been the glue that kept Fiat Chrysler intact

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014
Sergio Marchionne's declaration that he will leave his job as head of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the end of 2018 sent my memory back nearly a decade to an ornate love fest in Las Vegas.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Subprime is no runaway train

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014
There it goes again, as Ronald Reagan might have said. The New York Times is still hammering a theme that subprime auto loans will endanger the U.S. economy in the way that subprime mortgages helped bring about the Great Recession.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

What's in a name? Cadillac CT6 creates fervor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
What's the big deal with the endless wave of alphanumeric car and light truck names? If a vehicle has the performance, style, quality, value and safety consumers are looking for, it will sell regardless of the badge.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Hard-won upgrades

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
As a business, General Motors is arguably better situated and better run than it was back when it lost its investment-grade ratings. GM's bean counters can make a case for getting an extra rung or two on the credit ratings scale.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Carlos and Dieter show goes from strength to strength

5:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Dieter Zetsche and Carlos Ghosn dispelled speculation that the industrial partnership between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan alliance could crumble once they are not around to instill a sense of unity in their teams.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Small engines could power a big GM change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Not long ago, the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in U.S. showrooms. Times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Cadillac is making big mistakes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Cadillac is an American icon. It is not a German car. It doesn't matter who's running Cadillac or what his background is. Cadillac belongs in Detroit.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Automotive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Warren Buffett's investment is an endorsement of auto retailing and its prospects. And his statement that he's already looking to buy more dealerships will pour fuel on an already blazing buy-sell market.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Hard questions on autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
The autonomous car has enormous implications for our industry. We seem to be focusing on the benefits, which are many, and avoiding the harder questions such as security and the implications of future generations who will have diminished driving skills.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

GM gets serious about Cadillac

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
I was at the Las Vegas Cadillac dealers meeting. It was only the second time in my career as a Cadillac dealer that the General Motors CEO made an appearance. It was evident to the audience that GM is serious about Cadillac -- finally.... Read More »

 

EDWARD NIEDERMEYER

Dissecting what it means when Buffett grabs the wheel

11:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2014
Wherever Warren Buffett goes, investors follow. But for anyone who thinks now is the best time to buy into car dealerships, a quick reality check may be in order.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Wrangler is so engrained in its DNA, the city should be spelled Toledo, OIIIIIIIO

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
My hometown completely freaked out Thursday. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne disclosed the next-generation Jeep Wrangler might have to be manufactured somewhere else other than in its historic home in Toledo.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Why U.S.-European auto harmony is still just a dream

1:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Wolfgang Schneider remembers when French cars had yellow-tinted headlights and German cars had white lights.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

Tavares brings PSA back in the race

5:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares is already achieving positive results with his turnaround plan at the money-losing automaker. So much so, that one analyst believes the operating targets Tavares has set for the automaker to hit by 2018 are way too conservative.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Musk's mysterious 'D' is probably an awd Model S

2:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
With his 1 million-plus Twitter followers and his celebrity status, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a tendency to act like a one-man marketing department.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Will the customer buy what governments demand?

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says that after a global wave of new emissions and fuel economy regulations, the automotive industry needs a break. In doing so, he's warning about the unintended consequences of rapid regulatory change.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

XC90 boosts Volvo CEO's belief in e-commerce

6:41 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson's belief in e-commerce got a huge boost because of the XC90.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Making a splashy entrance in Paris

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, hauling it up the Seine River on a massive barge.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

What the new Opel Corsa and next-gen Chevy Volt have in common

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
It wasn't long ago when the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in the United States. But times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent

5:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late? He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not emotionally.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

The Nissan Leaf's top-selling town?

10:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
It's true that sales of Nissan's Leaf have picked up momentum this year in the United States, but what is the geographic mix across the country? Where is the Leaf doing well?... Read More »

 

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