Jesse Snyder

JESSE SNYDER

Grading AugSept on a curve(d) calendar

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Confused by cock-eyed counting in August and September U.S. auto sales? I mean, when the folks who tally up auto sales decide to move the whole Labor Day weekend out of September and into August, it messes up comparisons.... Read More »

 

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Is industry discipline slip-sliding away?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2013
Today there's a new voice asking if the U.S. auto industry is losing its steely discipline and about to relapse into sin.... Read More »

 

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Automaker discipline is holding … so far

5:59 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2013
Four years into the sales recovery, we’re all holding our breath. We all hope everybody remembers the hard lessons of the Great Recession. And fear somebody will crack open a fresh can of marketing excess -- especially we graybeards who remember previous boom-and-bust cycles.... Read More »

 

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Will Labor Day push sales rate past 16 million?

2:12 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2013
Can a calendar quirk help the car sales rate crack the 16-million sales barrier? We're about to find out.... Read More »

 

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What's a good name? One on a solid vehicle

3:20 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2013
Call me cynical, but here's my rule of thumb on car names: Except for new-concept designs, any manufacturer that renames a direct replacement knows it screwed up the old one.... Read More »

 

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Retail is July's hero

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2013
Don't fret for the U.S. auto recovery just because July's selling rate dropped a bit from that blowout party in June. It's fleet's fault.... Read More »

 

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Auto sales headed higher (It's a hunch)

5:22 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
Auto sales in the United States were pretty good the first half. But the second half will be substantially better, I firmly predict.... Read More »

 

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Why GM can only get hurt keeping data secret

9:52 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
GM has decided to stop publicly disclosing monthly production numbers. That’s instantly alarming to economists, analysts and GM’s suppliers. Number crunchers rely on the GM data for their own forecasts, and suppliers for their business and production plans.... Read More »

 

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EV's biggest danger? If buyers feel stupid

4:09 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2013
Electric vehicle sales have hit a rough spot. Sales are soft, flat or even falling, and prices are dropping. And I see a big risk here for future sales that executives aren't voicing: the risk of making actual buyers feel stupid.... Read More »

 

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April goes Detroit's way

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2013
Pickups are back. Sales of those honking-big behemoths so unique to North American roads jumped 27 percent in April. And they're up 30 percent in the first four months of the year.... Read More »

 

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What’s that odd, pleasant feeling?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2013
Feel like something’s missing, but can’t quite put your finger on it? The chaos is missing. Look around. Everybody is quietly working away.... Read More »

 

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Straight talk on energy independence from a former CIA chief

6:55 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
Outside perspective is always useful, especially in Detroit. It's a one-industry town, and we talk to each other a lot. Ourselves, and Washington regulators and policians.... Read More »

 

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The scientist-juggler heart of car guys

5:33 pm U.S. ET | March 21, 2013
Blake Zuidema is a master juggler. Like the rest of us (I'll explain). Juggler isn't on his ArcelorMittal business card. That reads "Director, Product Applications." His job: Make steel, specifically ArcelorMittal sheet and bar steel, fit the needs of auto designers and manufacturers.... Read More »

 

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So far, so good; but politics will take a toll

5:31 pm U.S. ET | March 1, 2013
Today is an interesting juncture. On one hand U.S. automakers are reporting a fourth straight rousing sales month. On the other, it’s the first day of sequestration -- remember that poison pill Democrats and Republicans agreed to in 2011 as a way to guarantee future cooperation -- and $85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts this year.... Read More »

 

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Wait, how many new features?

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2013
When Mercedes-Benz USA product planners detailed the latest features they'll add on three new products this year, it wasn't the technology that struck me. We all know automobiles carry lots of electronic sensors and controls. We recognize that combining different ones yields new features.... Read More »

 

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How much longer can the good times roll?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2013
The auto industry in the United States is the healthiest I’ve ever seen it. Suppliers and automakers are matching production to supply without big incentives, managing capacity and developing attractive models.... Read More »

 

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Hey, come build a plant in sunny Macedonia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2013
Viktor Mizo is all smiles and speaks fluent English as he explains why the Republic of Macedonia would be an excellent spot to build an auto parts plant. Mizo can rattle off his country's virtues faster than you can take his business card.... Read More »

 

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Hey, come build a plant in sunny Macedonia

4:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2013
Viktor Mizo is all smiles and speaks fluent English as he explains why the Republic of Macedonia would be an excellent spot to build an auto parts plant. Mizo can rattle off his country's virtues -- low wages averaging about $500 a month, 97 percent literacy, universal English-language instruction and business incentives that European Union members “just can't give anymore” -- faster than you can take his business card.... Read More »

 

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Debt ceiling standoff is an auto sales time bomb

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2013
The biggest drag on 2013 U.S. auto sales is the congressional impasse. Auto executives, forecasters, economists and analysts all agree. I've rarely seen such unanimity on naming a single problem for the year ahead.... Read More »

 

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Shel Woodard and the real Chrysler Turbine

12:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2013
In a quiet spot on the Chrysler stand at the Detroit auto show is the Chrysler 300 Turbine concept car. As concepts go, it's mild: matte finish “Turbine Copper,” 22-inch wheels and a billet grille, all to honor the 1963 Chrysler Turbine show car.... Read More »

 

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In Detroit, show goers say, 'I built that'

9:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
Every auto show is a little different. Anywhere on the planet, show goers ogle the cars, with subtle differences in what turns on the locals. But to me, Detroit is unique. It's not the venue or elaborate displays. It happens during the public days. The first time I noticed, it delighted me and stoked my hometown pride.... Read More »

 

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3 things buyers will love about 2013 -- and 3 they'll hate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2013
With 2012 U.S. auto sales in the books, we're three days into a 2013 that doesn't look too bad. Virtually everybody is assuming continued sales growth, though a bit slower. Savor that thought just a moment.... Read More »

 

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Those brave new car buyers

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2012
It's Thursday. A new-style triple-witching eve. Friday is the first day of winter, the latest chance for Congress to push us off the fiscal cliff, and the end of the world if the Mayan-calendar doomsayers are right. And yet LMC Automotive is forecasting a December auto sales pace of 15.3 million, just below the November rate that was the best since early 2006.... Read More »

 

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The stuff that trumps more mega-hyper-data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2012
You don't have to be in the auto biz for long to notice the steady creep of … more. More facts, more data, more choices, more comparables … more information at hand to make decisions. Oh yeah, are there ever moredecisions. We all keep adding more responsibilities, without shedding old ones. We just wear morehats.... Read More »

 

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Beneath the cliff, speak softly and walk away

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2012
We finally got a blowout sales month. But is November a harbinger of a boom year ahead? Or a last flurry of giddiness before yet another economic disappointment?... Read More »

 

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