Opinion

JESSE SNYDER

Sit-highs: The lucky ducks have trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
August's U.S. auto sales report was full of good news. But forget the normal scorecard of unit sales. Let's look at some real winners: trucks and the automakers that have more of them.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Unfinished business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Ford Motor Co. has reversed course and agreed to stop removing standard equipment from heavy-duty pickups to inflate the maximum payload capacities it advertises. That is a wise decision.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Cancel Chinese invasion; cue the Volvo sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Next year, the Volvo S60L long-wheelbase sedan will become the first mainstream vehicle built in China to be sold in the U.S. That's hardly the wave of inexpensive vehicles from China's domestic automakers that many feared just a half decade ago.... Read More »

 

Mazda MX-5 restores love at first sight

6:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
The new Mazda MX-5 instantly reignited a fire in this longtime Miata co-owner. It's a feeling that the current model -- with its odd-shaped hood and gaping mouth -- could never muster.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Get trucky, get lucky

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
What a bubbly month August turned out to be. Good news pretty much anywhere you look. U.S. auto sales up. Lotsa folks won big percentage gains. Average transaction prices rose more than incentives. And a Labor Day surprise pushed the month beyond merely matching last year's blowout August into the best monthly selling rate since January 2006.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Why more women are willing to haggle with dealers

2:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Car dealers who believe that men like to haggle and women don't had better think again. A new study suggests that women are more keen than men to negotiate -- a reversal from just a couple of years ago.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

New rules for asset-backed securities could impact subprime lenders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
The Securities and Exchange Commission last week laid out new rules for asset-backed securities, the financial practice in which lenders bundle loans and sell them off to investors to raise money to fund new loans.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Tough times for Carlos Ghosn

4:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has had three highly skilled leaders leave the alliance since last August. Nissan Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer is the latest top-ranked executive to depart.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Tough times for Carlos Ghosn

4:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has had three highly skilled leaders leave the alliance since last August. Nissan Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer is the latest top-ranked executive to depart.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Settlement rolls Tide coach into Birmingham

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Nick Saban occupies a social position in Alabama that is approximately equal to Julius Caesar's in imperial Rome. So imagine the surprise at Crown Automobile, the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Birmingham, Ala., when it learned last year that Mercedes had quietly awarded the champion football coach a letter of intent authorizing them to open a Mercedes dealership in ... Birmingham.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Dollie Cole was a remarkable woman

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Last week Dollie Cole died at the age of 84. She was the widow of Ed Cole, the consummate car guy who also was the president of General Motors. She was quite a lady. She changed the perception of an automotive executive's wife.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

GM clears the backlog

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
General Motors finally has a moment to catch its breath after working off a backlog of orders for ignition switches to replace defective ones in 2.6 million recalled vehicles worldwide.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

What a waste of human resources

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Women may make the final decision on most vehicle purchases worldwide, but few have a substantial voice in the workplaces of automakers. That's especially true for some Japanese vehicle manufacturers, which have few if any women in leadership roles.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Can't judge client's ability to pay

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
I learned many years ago that you cannot be a judge of your customer's financial ability to purchase a vehicle.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A lot to learn from past acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Your stories in recent weeks about the possibility of large acquisitions in the supplier community bring to mind the quote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."... Read More »

 

BRAD WERNLE

Mustang and Coors -- scarcity made fans want them more

4:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Because Ford didn't make the Mustang with right-hand drive, the truly dedicated around the world could localize their cars only by using expensive right-hand-drive conversion kits. Scarcity only made fans want the Mustang more.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Fiat's cute cartoon characters suggest buying a 500 -- or else

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Since Fiat was reintroduced to the United States in 2011, the Italian brand has stretched the advertising envelope. But a new animated spot set to debut on Gas Station TV touting the fuel and ecological advantages of a Fiat 500 minicar may be the brand's most wry offering yet.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Is CFPB guilty of spin?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Remarks delivered by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and language used in a bureau statement last week were a lot harsher than the dry legalese of the consent order signed this month by the CFPB and First Investors Financial Services Group.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

See the wild Lexus NX spot too retro for outside Japan

10:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus' new “Shampoo” TV spot seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd the luxury brand craves. But the brilliant, visually enticing commercial for the new NX compact crossover won't air stateside.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

Hollywood glamour, Parisian chic and the Peugeot 308

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
PSA is using the Hollywood film "Lucy" to give its Peugeot 308 a marketing boost in more than 50 markets around the world as the automaker strives to build sales outside Europe.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Dealers are missing an opportunity by not changing that tire

3:41 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
A recent survey reported that 52 percent of American teens ages 15 to 17 do not know how to change a tire. This is where savvy car dealers have an opportunity to do community outreach and get consumers in their doors for new or repeat business.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

China's government flexes its muscles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Nearly every automaker is at risk these days of doing something wrong in the eyes of China's government.... Read More »

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Distrust of dealers benefits Tesla

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Tesla is gaining traction in many state legislatures with its direct-to-consumer sales model not just because of tacit support from other manufacturers but because many people -- especially in urban and suburban areas -- don't trust auto dealers.... Read More »

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dealers can enforce a code of ethics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A dealer thinks it would be a great thing to enforce the National Automobile Dealers Association code of ethics themselves.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Lesson not learned

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Didn't Cadillac learn anything from the botched launch of the Lincoln MKZ last year?... Read More »

 

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