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How the feds might take aim at General Motors

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2014
Judging by the investigative findings of Anton Valukas released this month, the legal template devised for Toyota may not work with GM.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Ford of Europe's quiet designer made a big impact

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
The Sunday Times of London once referred to him as "Audi's Modest Mr. Smith." Indeed, Martin Smith, Ford's longtime European executive design director, is not a man of many words.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Why global trade alliances will eclipse the power of Detroit, U.S. automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2014
If the United States finishes the European and Asian trade alliances, we could see a new, global Big Three or Gang of Four, in which the members are nations, not companies, and the dominant strategy is lowering trade barriers, not raising them.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Electronics: What's lost is simplicity

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Several industry executives spoke last week about the challenges of integrating more and more electronics, apps, features and connectivity into automobiles and making them very easy for us to operate.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Brace yourself for the fiscal pothole

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2014
Cars are getting more efficient. Congress is not. That confluence of factors has brought Washington to the brink of another fiscal crisis, this time over highway funding.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Along for the ride on a course set by Silicon Valley

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Riding through town in one of Google's self-driving vehicles is, in a word, ordinary. And that's the extraordinary thing.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Behind DOE's supplier outreach: Self-defense

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10, 2014
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced that his department is taking steps to make the $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program more attractive to suppliers, not just automakers. It was a nice gesture, but it also displayed how much heat is building up at the Energy Department.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Will Ford’s transition buck history?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
A harmonious transfer of executive leadership at Ford has not always been assured.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

For diehard fans, loving Olds never gets old

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Oldsmobile may be gone from new-car showrooms, but the brand has a big following among car collectors who have a healthy appreciation for the company's classics.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Politics begins to steer driverless car's future

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2014
As frustrating as a tame problem might be, it can be solved. Wicked problems, on the other hand, defy engineering solutions. For self-driving cars, wicked problems are starting to pop up from state legislatures to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Impala vs. Cobalt: Not all NHTSA probes are equal

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, based on a report about a single vehicle that got into a fender-bender when the automatic braking system engaged unexpectedly. The media responded with a narrative already scorched into their minds. They were only half right.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

New Russian outlook: 'Slower, lower, weaker'

3:50 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Days after Russia annexed a province of Ukraine and U.S. and European forces mobilized, you'd expect a conference on the future of the Russian auto industry to be pessimistic.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Automotive safety at any cost? Sounds good, but it's not true

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Cost-benefit analysis is a deep-rooted and necessary practice in every industry in which health and safety are at stake. If automakers truly spared no cost for safety, cars in American showrooms would have nothing but five-star crash test ratings and cutting-edge safety technology. And they would all cost a lot more.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

NHTSA’s chief must be feeling Opening Day jitters

11:03 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Opening Day is bittersweet when you expect your baseball team to finish last. And that’s how David Friedman, acting head of NHTSA, will feel on Tuesday when Congress kicks off a grueling doubleheader of hearings on GM's ignition switch woes.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

2016 alert: Tesla's fight goes national

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The lights are on. The cameras are rolling. The flag pins are in place. And the topic of this unofficial Republican debate, taking place 30 months before the next presidential election, is whether Tesla Motors should be allowed to sell cars directly to the American consumer.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Why Tesla vs. dealers debate could become a 2016 presidential talking point

12:17 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
It’s looking like Tesla’s corporate-owned showrooms could be a political flashpoint in the 2016 presidential election now that Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio has come out as a defender of Tesla’s right to sell cars without franchised dealers.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Lexus boss: Time for a clean-sheet approach to cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
You might assume that Tokuo Fukuichi, who takes over as head of Lexus on April 1, will walk in the door with firm ideas about the brand's look.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Why Sally can't buy a new car

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
America's outstanding student-loan debt is now greater than all auto loans, more than credit card debt.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

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