Jesse Snyder

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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 »

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BLOG: Despite a quirky January, industry is on the right path

5:11 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Better run down to the local Asterisks R Us store and load up. The industry always wants January U.S. auto sales to foretell the year ahead, but it's a lousy month for soothsaying.... Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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BLOG: For 2016, some growth, but watch out

7:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

It's wonderful to be starting an expected seventh straight year of U.S. auto sales growth.... Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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BLOG: In chase for record, it all comes down to December's deals

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

U.S. auto sales through the first 11 months are a third of a million behind the record-setting 2000 pace. Manufacturers won't be able to resist going for a new record.In chase for record, it all comes down to December's deals.... Read More »

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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 »

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BLOG: Will we set a sales record? (Do we want to?)

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

I’m calling it early. After a terrific October, I think 2015 light-vehicle volume will top the previous peak in 2000 of 17,395,142 sales.... Read More »

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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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Blazing a trail to self-driving cars

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

Most folks in the auto industry can see the promise of self-driving vehicles. The tricky part is a vision of how to get there.... Read More »

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BLOG: Look again: VW dropping but industry is rocking

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Take wandering Labor Day out of the sales equation and look at August and September as a single period. No brand was as bad as it looked in August, or as good as it looked in September, especially Volkswagen.... Read More »

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Governments trump market forces

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

There are many reasons why the auto industry does such a poor job of recouping the capital invested in it. Automotive News detailed dozens of them in our six-part "Industry on Trial" series. But for me, one factor cuts through all others. Market forces work poorly in the car biz because governments overrule them.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why the momentum could last

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Auto marketers are still standing back from the edge of 2009’s pit of despair, though maybe some leaned in a bit last month.... Read More »

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M&A fever's hefty toll on talent

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Throughout Automotive News' Industry on Trial series, we've looked at wasted capital, duplicated engineering and how economies of scale drive the urge to merge. Let's set aside the corporate chessboard to focus on people.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why Jaguar Land Rover picked 'Detroit East'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover's selection of Nitra, Slovakia, for its next assembly plant dashed hopes in the U.S., Mexico and Poland. Was Slovakia's pick just another low-wage choice? Hardly.... Read More »

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Why JLR picked 'Detroit East'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover's selection last week of Nitra, Slovakia, for its next assembly plant dashed hopes in the U.S., Mexico and Poland. Was Slovakia's pick just another low-wage choice? Hardly.... Read More »

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July's secret sauce? There's 'Nothing bad happening'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Why did U.S. auto sales flourish in July? “There's nothing really special about July except there's really nothing bad happening," said AlixPartners' Mark Wakefield.... Read More »

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BLOG: July's secret sauce? 'Nothing bad happening'

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Why did auto sales flourish in July? “Nothing bad happening,” which as it happens, is my favorite explanation this month.... Read More »

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BLOG: Look out! Still water ahead

4:30 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

June was another good sales month. We’ve had a good first half, and a great six-year run-up. But expect to start seeing some separation among competitors.... Read More »

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'Car guy' passion is universal

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

I have always been impressed at how the auto industry is full of people with passion. I don't mean folks who like their jobs. I mean individuals who adore cars, who absolutely love what they do. And the car biz is full of people who think beyond the task at hand.... Read More »

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EV subsidies and the bottom line

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

A big part of the problem is that some of the government incentives that have largely driven demand are starting to evaporate.... Read More »

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BLOG: Subaru hot; Hyundai-Kia not; Ford's cozy spot

5:15 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

May was a great sales month for the U.S. auto industry, everything a marketer could ask for. Spectacular selling rate, strong pricing power, modest incentives and volume well above expectations.... Read More »

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