Opinion

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

1 great leader can turn GM around

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Great leaders of other large, struggling companies have demonstrated conclusively that GM is just one great leader away from regaining and surpassing its former greatness.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Pressure builds on suppliers to team up

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
If the ZF-TRW alliance is going to create a product portfolio for collision avoidance and driverless vehicles, the r&d budget will make or break it.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

With its new minivan, BMW ditches rwd for practicality

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Even BMW has to obey the laws of physics: a rwd car that is compact yet roomy is a paradox. But for traditional fans of the brand, the fwd 2-series Active Tourer is nothing less than a heresy on wheels.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Let's hope for a litter of Hellcat kitties

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
Spend a few minutes with Chrysler's new monster power plant -- the 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 -- and you will be left, as I was, with one overriding question.... Read More »

 

EDWARD NIEDERMEYER

Hungry VW wants to devour Fiat Chrysler

2:28 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
What appears on the surface to be just another twist in the ego-driven soap opera between VW's visionary leader Ferdinand Piech and FCA's scrappy boss Sergio Marchionne may actually presage the next round of auto industry consolidation.... Read More »

 

KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

GM waive liability shield? It can't

3:22 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Is it conceivable that Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who is both a lawmaker and lawyer, has only a tenuous grasp of the law?... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Will de Nysschen take Caddy into small cars?

1:01 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Johan de Nysschen is barely a week into his new job as president of Cadillac. It will take some time to learn what he will attempt to do there.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Credit union ads highlight misperceptions of dealer reserve

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
A Florida credit union's ad campaign beating up dealers and auto lenders for “rate markups” is hard to look at, but dealers and lenders should check it out to see what they're up against in terms of public perception and in case the approach catches on in other states.... Read More »

 

MARK VAUGHN

Acura claims a sales honor with MDX

11:55 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Automakers are always defining segments and claiming sales crowns for their own purposes. Here's the latest instance.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Now Mark FIelds knows how Gene Bartow felt

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
What do Gene Bartow, David Moyes, Tim Cook and Harry Truman have in common with new Ford CEO Mark Fields?... Read More »

 

HAN GREIMEL

Infiniti will move ahead even without de Nysschen

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Dealers and employees at Infiniti understandably may feel some unease following last week's news that President Johan de Nysschen, 54, is leaving the brand after just two years.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

A contradiction or a cornucopia?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
This has to be the best time for consumers. Whatever you want, a car company is more than ready to sell you a vehicle to fulfill your wishes.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Minivans: So practical, so maligned

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
The minivan is simultaneously one of the most practical yet wrongly maligned vehicles on the road today, and therein lies the challenge facing Chrysler Group as it redesigns its minivan for a new generation of drivers.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

3 automakers' wise investments in dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Automakers keep asking more of their dealers. But lately some manufacturers seem to be focusing less on how dealerships look and more on how well they work.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

GM's false economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
It's not yet clear what the final tab will be on General Motors' unfolding recall mess, but it certainly will put a dent in the automaker's so-called fortress balance sheet.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why fuel economy faces law of diminishing returns

3:02 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
In economics, it's known as the law of diminishing returns, the shrinking benefit you get when you pour ever-increasing resources toward achieving a singular goal. The DOE showed a good mathematical example of the principle today with a graphic it released about the consumer benefits of fuel economy.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

How Infiniti will move ahead without de Nysschen

6:55 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Johan de Nysschen's unexpected departure from the helm of Infiniti to Cadillac comes at a delicate time for Nissan's luxury brand, just as things were falling into place. But that is exactly why the brand's leadership need not worry.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

PSA may be better off without Thierry Peugeot

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's future could be brighter following former chairman Thierry Peugeot's departure from the automaker's board.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

How UAW can leverage minority support in Chattanooga and elsewhere

2:15 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
Today's surprising news that the UAW will set up a union local for Chattanooga's Volkswagen AG factory -- despite losing the organizing vote there -- signals a new strategy under President Dennis Williams. Start with the devotees. Win over the doubters later.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Minivans are too practical to have the reputation they have

3:13 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
If all vehicles represent compromises to necessity, I would argue that minivans are the least compromised of any segment.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Why buy-here, pay-here is losing some turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
More consumers are passing up offers from buy-here, pay-here stores in favor of cheap financing by some franchised new-car dealerships, one giant used-car retailer says.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Is the maligned Mitsubishi Mirage a good value?

12:40 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the strangest cars I have ever driven -- and it's one of the most polarizing new models of 2014... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Safety comes to the fore

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
As the General Motors recall crisis evolves, it's clear that the entire auto industry's approach to quality, safety, public disclosure and legal responsibility will change fundamentally.... Read More »

 

Larry P. Vellequette

Replacing the Wrangler is a puzzler

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The Wrangler -- Jeep's own mud-encrusted halo -- is being redesigned for 2017, when it must comply with more stringent fuel economy requirements.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A salute to Ford’s executives, dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Alan Mulally did a great job for Ford Motor Co. and its dealers in his time at the helm.... Read More »

 

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