Staff Commentary

JESSE SNYDER

Blazing a trail to self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Most folks in the auto industry can see the promise of self-driving vehicles. The tricky part is a vision of how to get there.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

No wonder Japanese praise trade pact

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Compared with the disgruntled murmuring from Detroit, the reaction of Japanese automakers to the historic Pacific Rim trade pact was one of elation. And rightly so -- at least from their point of view.... Read More »

DAVE VERSICAL

Lesson not learned will cost VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

As it drove to become the world's biggest automaker, Volkswagen forgot the lessons of one of the most painful chapters in its history. And it will pay a price.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

How to do an automotive hookup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

The low-key cooperation between Daimler and Renault-Nissan offers a low-key counterpoint to Sergio Marchionne's assertion that mergers are critical to industry survival.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

Well, there goes my new-car buzz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Owning a four-month-old Volkswagen Golf TDI today feels a bit like having a puppy that you know someday must be taken in to have neutered. You wonder whether he'll be quite the same spunky dog afterward.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Connected car finally may have found a parking spot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Parking is drawing a new level of attention from in-car navigation specialists such as Inrix, of Kirkland, Wash., which already taps into smartphone data to beam down cloud-based traffic updates to millions of cars.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Is there a side door into Fortress GM?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Amid the handshakes and smiles of a tentative labor agreement with the UAW last week, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne let slip where he is going next.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Governments trump market forces

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

There are many reasons why the auto industry does such a poor job of recouping the capital invested in it. Automotive News detailed dozens of them in our six-part "Industry on Trial" series. But for me, one factor cuts through all others. Market forces work poorly in the car biz because governments overrule them.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

M&A fever's hefty toll on talent

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Throughout Automotive News' Industry on Trial series, we've looked at wasted capital, duplicated engineering and how economies of scale drive the urge to merge. Let's set aside the corporate chessboard to focus on people.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Why JLR picked 'Detroit East'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover's selection last week of Nitra, Slovakia, for its next assembly plant dashed hopes in the U.S., Mexico and Poland. Was Slovakia's pick just another low-wage choice? Hardly.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Digital maps are a precious resource

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

High-quality digital maps, which will play a crucial role in the connected, automated cars of the future, have basically become a critical resource to the auto industry -- the new oil.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

July's secret sauce? There's 'Nothing bad happening'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Why did U.S. auto sales flourish in July? “There's nothing really special about July except there's really nothing bad happening," said AlixPartners' Mark Wakefield.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

The knock on higher octane

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Expect the debate over raising the octane levels at U.S. gasoline pumps -- perhaps making 93 octane the new regular -- to get a lot louder between now and 2017.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Sports cars: Launch 'em and leave 'em? No way

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Launch it and leave it is a death sentence for sporty cars. And no company has been more successful at failing with sporty cars than Toyota.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Why others aren't adopting Ford's aluminum strategy

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It's starting to look like the switch to all-aluminum bodies for high-volume vehicles may not happen at all. Here's why: Ford's strategy for the change in metals doesn't apply to other automakers.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Performance rules -- despite the push for more mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Right now, we are in the golden age of high-performance cars, be they gasoline, electric or hybrid.... Read More »

VINCE BOND JR.

A proving ground for collaboration

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Could the smartphone -- the source of so many deadly driving distractions -- prove to be an auto safety device? That question has been in my head ever since I rode along on a Honda demonstration of a safety system that integrates connected-car and autonomous-driving technologies.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

Autonomous vehicle explosion brings challenges

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Conundrum is defined by Webster's New World College Dictionary as a puzzling question or problem. The exploding autonomous vehicle phenomenon is presenting the automobile industry with a thicket of conundrums.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

All self-driving cars will need V2V capability

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Two SUVs on a California street try to merge into the same lane at the same time and get too close. Happens all the time. Except these two vehicles were self-driving cars.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

Like the others, Nardelli learned the hard way -- or did he?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

I wouldn't be recalling these events had Bob Nardelli not attempted to rewrite history last week in a LinkedIn blog titled "What I Learned Leading a Company Like Chrysler Through Bankruptcy -- and Revitalization."... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Self-driving cars make ethical choices

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Car companies don't usually get sucked into philosophical debates, but right now they're facing a big, thorny question: how the self-driving cars of the future will decide who will live and who will die.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Toyota must keep on pushing for diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota derives three-quarters of its sales from overseas. About 80 percent of its 338,875 employees are outside Japan. Yet only two non-Japanese are board members.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

A sales record not worth breaking

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's not the whole story. rather misleading. June 2015 was actually far better than June 2005. In June 2015, automakers were healthy and scrambling to keep up with demand for their most profitable vehicles. In June 2005, they were overflowing with inventory nobody wanted and desperate to get rid of it at any cost.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

'Car guy' passion is universal

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

I have always been impressed at how the auto industry is full of people with passion. I don't mean folks who like their jobs. I mean individuals who adore cars, who absolutely love what they do. And the car biz is full of people who think beyond the task at hand.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Electronic gremlins may keep old cars off the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Advanced electronics have transformed every aspect of today's automobile. They are cleaner, faster, safer, more efficient and more capable. But here's the downside: As light vehicles age, repairs could get more difficult and expensive -- especially as high-quality electronic replacement parts become harder to obtain.... Read More »

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