Jason Stein


Marchionne still goes his own way with tell-all strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
As if Sergio Marchionne and his ubiquitous black sweater haven't done enough to shake up fashion, last week he showed us how to open up a little more, how to let our secrets flow.... Read More »



Mulally and Ford soared above skeptics

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
It's springtime in Las Vegas, 2008. A ballroom at the Mandalay Bay hotel is packed with Ford dealers.... Read More »



Krafcik's back: Many projects, scads of ideas

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Somewhere between a conversation on the future of retailing and the excitement over meeting a big investor for a lunch in Century City, John Krafcik has discovered something incongruous in the way the world works.... Read More »



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 »



CEO Barra's defining first chapter

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
When they write the book on Mary Barra's career at General Motors, the first chapter will be a real page-turner.... Read More »



New generation must maintain the momentum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
With one sweeping announcement General Motors went from conservative to cutting edge, from out of touch to an out-of-the-box decision, from old Detroit to (really, really) new GM. Even the competition took note.... Read More »



Chinese carmakers primed for shakeout

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2013
If you listen to the industry experts, they'll tell you that the good times in China are over. Foreign car manufacturers are raking in huge profits and placing vehicles in more Chinese garages every day. The real shakeout will be among the domestics Jason Stein is the editor of Automotive News.... Read More »



Europe's auto collapse feels like a rerun

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2012
Dealers can't finance their floorplan. Incentives are running at 30 percent as sales hit historic lows. Some companies are stockpiling inventory just to keep the factories running. Cash is burning. Detroit, circa 2008? Yes and no Jason Stein is editor of Automotive News.... Read More »



Enjoy the boom . . . while it lasts?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2012
What was that number that snuck up on us last week amid the buzz of product launches at the New York auto show? Sixteen? "Sixteen million," Mercedes-Benz USA boss Steve Cannon said in hushed tones last week, speaking of 2013 prospects. "Sixteen million was like the mirage in the desert. It's no longer a mirage." So are the bad times really over for good Jason Stein is editor of Automotive News.... Read More »



The sizzling debate: Will renovation boost profits?

9:17 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2012
There's a car dealer in Michigan who has a dilemma: Some time ago the dealer made extensive renovations to his store. New fireplace, new tile, new paint scheme. The factory says anything older than five years needs a renovation.... Read More »



If NADA is the bellwether, the auto industry's back

9:46 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2012
From a standing-room-only press conference for the Factory Image Program to a concourse crowded with attendees, when the doors opened Saturday there was little doubt about the state of this convention: NADA is back.... Read More »



TrueCar and Taj Mahals have everyone thinking

6:48 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2012
Scott Painter probably never imagined the day when his name would share the podium with gray tile or grout. But there they were Friday -- the oddest of bedfellows. If there is an early theme in this NADA convention, it is this: While business has recovered from the horror of 2008 (Great Recessions are so last decade) and NADA attendance is up, most dealers aren't ready to celebrate just yet.... Read More »


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