Staff Columns

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Infiniti, Lincoln face one tough challenge

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2013
Sales for Lincoln and Infiniti have been disappointing. In fact, there was talk that their respective parent companies might kill them. Now dynamic new leaders are trying to create some buzz with exciting lineups. But the brands faces some of the toughest competition in the business: Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Lexus and even the revived Cadillac.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Price is next hurdle for Tesla growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2013
Tesla has had one hell of a run lately. It reported its first quarterly profit. It's brainstorming self-guided cars with Google. The stock is sizzling. Let's just take a deep breath. Amid all the buzz, it's important to realize what Tesla has and hasn't accomplished Dave Guilford is enterprise editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Can Akio be the Steve Jobs of Lexus?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2013
Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda wants to take personal responsibility for injecting design and performance pizazz into the Lexus brand. In essence, Toyoda is setting out to be the automaker's equivalent of the late Steve Jobs, the legendary boss of Apple James B. Treece is industry editor for Automotive News.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Yen and the art of baseball card trading

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2013
Are you confused by currencies? Do you, along with most other Americans, wonder why the yen is considered "stronger" at 80 to the dollar and "weaker" at 90? Here's an easy way to make sense of currency gyrations: Think of baseball cards James B. Treece is industry editor for Automotive News.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Looking at Henry Ford the man

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2013
If you hang around Ford Motor Co. much, you'll know it is Henry Ford's 150th birthday this year. The story of the Dearborn, Mich., farm boy who put America on wheels has been told countless times but seldom more rivetingly than the "American Experience" documentary that premiered on the Public Broadcasting Service last month Bradford Wernle covers Ford Motor Co. for Automotive News.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

For Bill Ford, Lincoln's fate is personal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2013
For most members of the Ford Motor Co. management team, the resurrection of the Lincoln brand is a sound business strategy and a critical component of Ford's strategy to be a complete global car company. For Chairman Bill Ford, Lincoln is much more personal Bradford Wernle covers Ford Motor Co. for Automotive News.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Japan's currency crybabies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
Japanese automakers are whining about the yen again. Those crybabies should admit that the pendulum swings and stop complaining when it swings against them. They were certainly quiet enough when it swung in their favor for most of the past decade and a half James B. Treece is industry editor for Automotive News.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LAREAU

F&I faces tough climate in 2013

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
Experts say new-car sales will keep growing this year. Dealers expect there to be plenty of credit available. Most lenders seem to have a realistic loan-to-value ratio, which means they are willing to finance aftermarket products. But 2013 may still pose challenges in the F&I office Jamie LaReau is an Automotive News staff reporter.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

What to watch in Washington

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2012
In his first term, President Obama supported electric-drive vehicles. Will he double down in his second? It probably will take several months to find out, one person connected to alternative vehicle programs says Dave Guilford is enterprise editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

America has lots of oil? Now what do we do?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2012
Four years after the auto industry started trembling at the real prospect of a global fuel shortage and painful pump prices, this news arrives: There's way more oil under America than we realized. Oops Lindsay Chappell is Mid-South bureau chief for Automotive News.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

BMW pushes ahead with EVs, green technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2012
This is a time of retrenchment in electric vehicles and alternative powertrains. Entrepreneurs are flaming out and major automotive players are quietly putting their more adventuresome technologies on the back burner. But that's not universally true Dave Guilford is enterprise editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Our slow recovery? Not so bad, really

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2012
It's hard to miss the contrast between U.S. and European auto sales. They are polar opposites these days. And the trend lines for both auto industries are accelerating -- away from each other Jesse Snyder is senior writer at Automotive News.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LAREAU

Do online reviews trump CSI surveys?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2012
Because a growing number of dealers say they rely on independent online consumer feedback to run their businesses, it could make sense for automakers to use a similar online-ratings type system for their own customer satisfaction index programs Jamie LaReau covers auto dealers for Automotive News.... Read More »

 

GREEN SHOOTS

Feds should pick goals, not technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2012
The Obama administration's tilt toward electric vehicles as a solution to global warming and dependence on foreign oil has always produced some grumbling. That criticism looks valid, as advances in internal combustion engine efficiency make EVs a tough sell Dave Guilford is enterprise editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

GREEN SHOOTS

Battery maker looks beyond EVs for profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2012
David Roberts expects the lithium ion battery company that he heads to begin generating black ink late next year or by 2014 at the latest. Amid the turmoil hitting the electric vehicle segment and its battery-pack suppliers, that kind of confidence is rare. But Roberts isn't necessarily optimistic about EVs Dave Guilford is enterprise editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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