Staff Columns

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Now Mark FIelds knows how Gene Bartow felt

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
What do Gene Bartow, David Moyes, Tim Cook and Harry Truman have in common with new Ford CEO Mark Fields?... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

GM recall blitz spotlights used-car sales loophole

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Used-car retail giant CarMax has dozens of Cobalts and Ions listed for sale that haven't had their switches replaced, GM's online VIN database shows. And this is perfectly legal.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Three takeaways from Barra's return to Capitol Hill

3:11 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
General Motors' ignition switch defect has done the impossible: It has unified a bitterly split Congress in a desire for closure.... Read More »

 

THE BELTWAY

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 »

 

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