Staff Commentary

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

A recall for wheel chocks? Maybe we've rolled off the deep end

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker said last week it would voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers from the 2011-16 model years in the U.S. with free wheel chocks. Let that sink in a minute.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

In Flint, helping is just what you do

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Dealers step up to help in Flint but don't talk about it. It's too personal. Of all the body blows it has endured, lead-laced drinking water is the cruelest.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Jeep Wagoneer? Where did that come from?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

So what's a Jeep Wagoneer? Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne referred to a Wagoneer last week during a conference call about FCA's plans to "realign" its North American production plan. But a lack of details leaves us to wonder.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

Industry breaks trust, makes its bed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Widespread safety recalls, information withholding and deceitful practices are damaging the auto industry's public credibility and sparking a regulatory reaction.... Read More »

DAVID UNDERCOFFLER

A driving enthusiast can't wait for self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

My love for cars is in my DNA. So why I am looking forward to the day I don't have to drive?... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Top '16 priority: Managing change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

U.S. auto sales are headed toward the longest growth streak in a century, but what counts is how healthy profits can pay for profound changes in the industry's future.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

The risk of being an auto pioneer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Some companies making the most noise about transforming the car have a poor record of delivering world-class vehicles when they are distracted.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

Nobody needs a safety-tech nanny

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Automakers like to say they are transforming cars into rolling computers or rolling smartphones. In doing so, they should take care not to turn their products into rolling smoke detectors. Let me explain.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Toyoda shows playful side at Lexus unveiling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Lexus unveiled the LC 500 with a debut as memorable and emotional as the sleek, sexy coupe.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Rosekind extends a hand. Take it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind wants the U.S. auto industry and federal regulators to work together to make American roads safer. The auto industry should seize the offer.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

Training wheels come off for Barra & Co.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

As a former human-resources executive, General Motors CEO Mary Barra is certainly familiar with the term "probationary period." Barra has survived hers.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Cash can make VW's woes go away

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Will anything ever get Volkswagen out of the scandalous pit it has thrown itself into?... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Industry's gain eclipses the pain

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

How will 2015 look in the rearview mirror? Pretty good, because, let's be honest, strong auto sales numbers outweigh everything else. But before the party starts rocking, look closer at 2015. It wasn't all happy.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Cash can make VW's woes go away

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

Will anything ever get Volkswagen out of the scandalous pit it has thrown itself into? Yes. One thing will for sure. Cash. A lot of cash.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Climate pact: Regulations are a given, attitudes aren't

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

Stricter auto regulations are a constant. They keep coming, but moments of clarity can keep us flexible.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

With a foe like this, CarMax just can't win

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

Sean Kane, a consumer advocate, set out deliberately to buy a used vehicle with an open safety recall at a CarMax store in Massachusetts. He succeeded, purchasing a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee with three unfixed recall orders on it. Now, he's upset that CarMax sold him the Jeep.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Go above and beyond on safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Automakers have an opportunity to seize market leadership by championing more vehicle safety. Not just complying with rules but pushing to add more.... Read More »

DAVE VERSICAL

Drivers and cellphones: Unsafe at any speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Fifty years after the publication of Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe at Any Speed,” a modern-day menace gets pinpointed by the nation’s highway traffic safety chief: distracted driving.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Car designers come from everywhere

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

University of Louisiana - Layfayette grad and Ford clay modeler Jason Mosery shows how Detroit is seeking talent beyond Detroit's College for Creative Studies or Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Fat margins can fund greener cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The auto industry must focus on making more sustainable vehicles, but the long current sales boom can pay for the green research.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Takata crisis dents keiretsu argument

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Honda has decided to stop using airbags supplied by Takata Corp. That's a catastrophic turn of affairs for Takata after a run of quality glitches that have resulted in 19 million U.S. vehicle recalls and as many as eight deaths. But it's also a dramatic twist in what the auto industry has long assumed about Japanese keiretsus.... Read More »

DAVE VERSICAL

Sage advice: Mind people, cash

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

U.S. auto sales rocked again in October, but I didn't sense much glee in the dealership folks I met. Their fear: This streak won't last forever.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

Chevy goes from 'technology and stuff' to boring and forgettable

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

This year's World Series worked out much better for “Chevy Guy” Rikk Wilde. His beloved Royals won, and Wilde didn't find himself sweating and stammering on national television.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

Amid success, Ford suffers Wall St. penny punishment

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

When is doing better than you thought a bad thing? When Wall Street doesn't listen.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

For some, a fresh driveway stain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Uh-oh. Is that a new stain on the driveway? That was my first thought last week, hearing Consumer Reports' chief auto tester Jake Fisher tell the Automotive Press Association how troublesome transmissions have joined twitchy infotainment systems as big impediments to new-vehicle reliability.... Read More »

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