Staff Commentary

HANS GREIMEL

Lexus RC: Nifty lighting, walk-in seats -- and more

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Design is always subjective, but if the new RC coupe is a sign of future cars from Lexus, brand boss Tokuo Fukuichi is working magic in my book. Here are some cool flourishes that enhance the RC experience.... Read More »

PHILIP NUSSEL

How to stop supplier price fixing now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Supplier price fixing is a global epidemic that stifles fair competition, inflates the cost of components for automakers, erodes investor confidence and rips off the customer. Automakers can make it all stop right now, but will they?... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

How Sprinter dodges the chicken tax

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Daimler has devised a reasonably efficient system designed to avoid the "chicken tax." Between 66 and 74 Sprinter vans a day roll off the 17-station line five days a week in South Carolina. This after being built, then disassembled in Germany. The gyrations some automakers perform to avoid the 25 percent tariff seem wasteful and crazy.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

I know Ford's Jim Farley was considered a marketing wunderkind. But I don't think Odell is by any means a step down as marketing boss.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Good times are rolling for pickup makers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

What a terrific month October was for sales of pickups. Large pickups rose 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. The 10-month numbers for big pickups look pretty good, too. In fact, everyone has something to smile about.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

For some, a big downside to cheap gas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

The volatility of gasoline prices has long bedeviled teams devising business plans for battery electrics, plug-in hybrids and even standard Prius-type hybrids.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

CT6? Cadillac missed chance to sell 'em on a sexy name

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014

Car names derived from letters and numbers have been with us since at least the 1950s. So why the big fuss after Cadillac said it will name its big new sedan the CT6? Well, there's a good reason.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

Small engines could power a big GM change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

Not long ago, the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in U.S. showrooms. Times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

How to end predatory auto-loan practices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

Americans won't abide companies that gouge minorities and other vulnerable consumers. By acting aggressively to adopt and publicize the NADA and AFSA solution, auto retailers and lenders can show they are determined to fight discrimination before the heavy hand of government steps in.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

How Mazda may have survived the A-bomb by a hair

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

Mazda Motor Corp., the most famous company from Hiroshima, may have survived the city's atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945, quite literally by only a split hair.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Sedan-heavy brands also pile on the incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

The guys who stepped up their incentive spending last month are brands that are counting on strong sedan strategies in an era of crossover growth.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

For GM, the self-driving car of the future is also a thing of the past

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

A close look at the Firebird II video shows GM made a lot of the right calls on the issues facing self-driving cars -- issues that are still being resolved.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

Gigafactory: Tesla's key to meeting cost, range targets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014

The ceremony last week announcing Tesla's decision to build its lithium ion battery "gigafactory" in Nevada was filled with phrases such as "as many as" and "as much as."... Read More »

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 »

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 »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Automakers called out on lousy voice recognition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014

The world's automakers are going to be doing a lot of cringing now that J.D. Power plans to lay into them for one of the most poorly executed technologies they peddle to consumers -- voice recognition.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

New systems amaze, but what about the joy of driving?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014

Recent visits to Visteon Corp. and Valeo North America threw me into a bit of a funk. They are working to create a cloud-based, always-connected information pod. Taking a back seat is the joy of driving.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Despite its speed, the Camaro still has road manners

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014

It's reasonable to assume that the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, which has the power and ambition to run with Porsche 911s and Nissan GT-Rs, would be a bear to drive. Except it isn't.... Read More »

COMMENTARY: JAMES B. TREECE

A failure to punish fails members

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

A New York Times report on July 20 cast some car dealerships once again as unscrupulous businesses. Both the NIADA and NADA issued strong statements against the practices outlined in the report. Fine, but what matters is action.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Are fuel cell cars worth 40%-plus subsidies?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to make his country's auto industry the global leader in hydrogen fuel. The effort hinges mainly on incentives and plans to extend the infrastructure. But, surprisingly, some voices in Japan say even massive incentives lack oomph.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Wait for Congress to act? Good luck

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2014

The need to fix America's crumbling roads is one of the few things Democrats and Republicans agree on, yet it took an accounting trick to free up a little money for road repairs. It's a sign of how little we can expect from the federal government these days when it comes to the big, important issues facing the auto industry.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

Road to mythical 54.5 mpg not likely to change

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

Automakers have proved effective at wringing efficiencies out of internal combustion drivetrains, along with weight reduction and aerodynamics.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

Scheele wasn't too big to solve a paint problem

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

Former Ford Motor Co. President Nick Scheele, who died this month at age 70, left warm memories throughout the auto industry.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help.... Read More »

JAMIE LAREAU

Golfer gets a hole-in-one; dealer whiffs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

A California Kia dealership was basking in the glow of its sponsorship of a hole-in-one challenge at an annual charity golf tournament when the unthinkable happened.... Read More »

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