Staff Columns

GABE NELSON

GM's recall and the watchdog that didn't bark

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is supposed to be the people's auto safety watchdog. In the case of General Motor's decade-old defect, why didn't it bark?... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

In Congress, a changing of the guard

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2014
After more than a half century of service, Rep. John Dingell is ready to go. And that's the clearest sign yet that the U.S. auto industry must prepare for a changing of the guard in Congress.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Brit savvy makes this Chinese car a winner

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2014
The most credible car yet to emerge from China wears an unlikely badge: MG.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

At Volkswagen, labor is indeed a full partner

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
I was shocked by two Southern politicians so eager to score points with local conservative voting bases that they insulted half the board members of the automakers whose U.S. plants they so covet.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Cars can get connected to bad guys, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
If transportation cyber security follows the path of the Internet, we will see real-world cyber attacks within five years.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Can laws stop distracted driving if we won't?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Sen. Jay Rockefeller has reason to be frustrated. The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is supposed to be making sure that federal laws keep the roads safe. Yet Americans keep getting killed because they won't stop looking down from the road to check text messages and play with the high-tech gizmos built into cars.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Together, Hillary Clinton and NADA show their team spirit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2014
They might disagree with her political views, but auto dealers could learn a thing or two from Hillary Clinton. Clinton captivated a crowd of 4,000 last week at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention here, drawing applause despite the Republican leanings of the group's members.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Automakers set to receive EPA anti-smog mandate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Rarely does the auto industry want the government to speed up new regulatory mandates.... Read More »

 

JAMES TREECE

Ads must be clear; laws must, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission's crackdown on what it calls deceptive dealership advertising should have much to applaud.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Heads up, D.C.: Here comes pickup lite

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2014
this week in Detroit, when Washington's dignitaries arrive at Cobo Center, the Detroit 3 should try this: Grab the visitors by the arms and bring them straight to the pickups.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Can't we make things a bit simpler?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
My wish for the new year is that the auto industry will get its act together on electronics and cabin controls. As in: Just put a doggone "OFF" switch on the thing.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Remembering the Detroit show as it used to be

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Having witnessed the 1988 Detroit show made the 1989 show all the more remarkable to me. In one year, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association transformed the event into a global spectacle, giving foreign brands main-floor locations and spotlight-grabbing introductions.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Diesel struggles to clear air on dirty reputation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2014
When it comes to fuel economy and tailpipe emissions, today's diesel vehicles are as eco-friendly as their gasoline-fueled counterparts, and often more so. This is real progress. Unlike "clean coal," "clean diesel" is more than a marketing phrase.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Washington's verdict: Bailout? What bailout?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2013
Was the government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler a good investment? Five years ago, that question was debated feverishly in Congress. But now, no one in Washington seems able to work up the energy to debate it. The bailout era, born of fire, has ended with a whimper.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Japanese auto leaders stand strong as survivors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Japan's automakers have bonded as survivors.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Car hacking: Remote possibility, looming fear

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2013
In a world in which hackers track computer keystrokes to steal credit card numbers and the government snoops on phone calls and e-mails, it's not so hard to imagine a laptop-wielding bad guy remotely wresting control of a car and wreaking havoc.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

How Silicon Valley ended up in the driver's seat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2013
Silicon Valley moves more quickly than Detroit. Late this summer, after nearly five years and a dozen software iterations, the 1 billionth Android device was activated, roughly matching the total number of cars in service on Earth.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Has Elon Musk's PR machine met its match?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2013
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stridently insisted that the recent spate of battery fires in Model S sedans is being blown out of proportion. He may be right, but a good public relations strategy requires more than that.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

For some, the jury's still out on the auto rescue

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2013
Was saving General Motors and Chrysler worth the taxpayer dollars spent? That's the question pundits and politicians tend to focus on as they begin filling out their final scorecards on the auto industry bailout.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Vette's thumping rubs some drivers the wrong way

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2013
Chances are you have never heard of Georg Lankensperger, a 19th-century German wooden-wheel maker. He solved a problem nearly 200 years ago that Corvette engineers chose to live with in the redesigned 2014 Stingray.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Trade deal debates may redefine 'us vs. them'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2013
Now that Toyota, Honda, Nissan and other foreign-owned automakers are established auto manufacturers in the United States, the concept of the American car is open to interpretation.... Read More »

 

COMMENTARY: GABE NELSON

Why dealers' show of force proved feeble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2013
Amid all the gridlock in Washington, the mail still seems to be going out. Tossed into the outbox last week was yet another note from Capitol Hill to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.... Read More »

 

THE BELTWAY

Dead letters: Why dealers' show of force proved feeble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Amid all the gridlock in Washington, the mail still seems to be going out. Tossed into the outbox last week was yet another note from Capitol Hill to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Graded on a curve(d) calendar, August-September duo ain't all that bad

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
With 2,638,500 light-vehicles sold, this AugSept ain't all that bad.... Read More »

 

RYAN BEENE

Weak yen turbocharges Mazda profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
What last year was Mazda Motor Corp.'s biggest headache has become a key earnings advantage: its heavy exposure to the Japanese yen.... Read More »

 

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